|Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley was formed in 1993 by a small group of residents who were inspired while attending a civil rights march in Washington, D.C. They recognized the need to provide a much needed positive and welcoming atmosphere for the Lehigh Valley gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex community (GLBTI). In the tradition of the legendary Stonewall Riots of 1969 the following June 1994 they created the area’s first pride and film festivals. The organization has since grown to offer programming, events, and community meeting space available year round.
- First pride and film festival held in June.
- incorporated as Pride of the Lehigh Valley.
- First pride parade held marching down Linden Street to the backside of Cedar Beach Park and the Festival site.
- Pride website launched giving the community its first GLBTI community web presence.
- First Pride King & Queen crowned through the Pageants conducted at local supportive bar establishments, Diamonz & The Stonewall.
- National Coming Out Day events begin and include first youth dance and book signing in conjunction with Haven Youth Group.
- By Laws Committee made up of many community leaders creates new expanded by laws during on going summer meetings.
- Re-incorporated as Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley as part of the preparation to become a 501(c)3 non profit organization.
- Pride Parade marches down Hamilton Boulevard for the first time, expressing our inclusivity within the community.
- An expanded Gay & Lesbian Film Festival moves from June to October to coincide with National Coming Out Day Festivities and is held at Lehigh University.
- Rainbow Ribbon program launches with exclusive adhesive embroidered ribbons made available nationally as a GLBTI inclusive fund raiser on the Pride website and at festivals and events the group attends.
- Pride GLV organizes and hosts Northeast Regional Pride (NERP) Conference. This effort puts Pride GLV on the map with other National Pride organizations.
- June Festival renamed Pride in the Park with new logo & upgraded imaging.
- Festival expands and relocates across the pond to the traditional site for other events at Cedar Beach Park along the main thoroughfare through the Park.
- The Parade & PITP Festival recognize Dr. Gwen Greenberg & Mr. James Holleman as Grand Marshals. This is the first time that Transgender persons are recognized as Grand Marshalls by any Pride event in the country.
- October Gay & Lesbian Film Festival renamed Queer Film Festival and includes appearance of Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley.
- 501(c)3 IRS Application submitted.
- Rainbow Scholarship Award created through two endowments by Local Celebrity, Queer Eyes’ Carson Kressley. Carson & the Rainbow Scholarship are featured on The Jane Pauley Show.
- pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley receives official letter designation accepting the application for Pride GLV to become a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
- Pride in the Park includes Grand Festival tent and expanded stage presence for the first time. Cross over Nationally award winning performer Amber performs to the largest crowd ever at a Pride festival in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Advertising and marketing is expanded for the first time outside of the Lehigh Valley area into Philadelphia, Delaware, and New York/New Jersey regions.
- Pride receives anonymous Angel donation which allows budget plans for a future office space and website upgrade which will give Pride GLV major prominent Eastern Pennsylvania GLBT friendly community space & web presence.
- Pride secures official office space in downtown Allentown, and holds first meeting of Pride organization at a neutral space. Meeting space is made available to all organizations within the GLBT community for the first time since the early 1980’s, when the Lambda Center became the AIDS Service Center.
- First annual Casino Night as Pride’s Major Fund Raiser is held in the upstairs area within the building of the newly acquired office space. An overflow audience supports the ongoing work of Pride GLV.
- Through a promising partnership with the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, the 2005 Eastern PA Pride Guide is produced.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 June 2010 16:03 )