Message From the Board

A message from the Norman Pride Board of Directors

Norman Pride Weekend 2022

Dear Community Leader,

Our board is hard at work planning and preparing for Norman Pride Weekend 2022, and we are eager to bring the community together after these very long and difficult past two years. Having had to postpone Pride Weekend twice since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, we’re more excited than ever to be moving forward with this year’s event.

First, we want to recognize and celebrate Norman's recent progress in protecting our LGBTQ2SIA+ community. In August 2019, Norman made history by amending the city's Civil Rights Ordinance, becoming the most inclusive city in Oklahoma. In June 2021, we once again led the way as the first city in Oklahoma to protect our youth by banning the practice of so-called “conversion therapy,” and the Norman Pride Board is proud to have played an active role in getting the ban passed. The fight is far from over, and we remain vigilant. Above all, we are dedicated to protecting the rights, safety, and wellbeing of our Community.   

We are committed to providing safe spaces and opportunities to celebrate, engage, and empower all LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals, and we recognize a particular need within our youth community. Now more than ever, young people need a sense of fellowship and belonging, and that is exactly what Pride Weekend is all about! We’re thrilled to announce that we are inviting youth ages 11-19 to participate in this year’s Youth Project and march in the parade free of charge.   

Our 2019 Pride Weekend hosted over 50 vendors, 30 parade entries, and 6,000 attendees. Thanks to public feedback and support, we are raising the bar and look forward to showing the community how we've grown! 

Our board members invest an enormous amount of time and energy in various events, fundraising, and outreach activities throughout the year. Pride Weekend is a massive undertaking, and the event's success relies heavily upon public support and the generosity of event sponsors and private donors. With the addition of an entertainment headliner, we anticipate this year's festival and parade to cost $20,000 to produce. The current state of the economy has cut our fundraising profit in half this year, but your generous contribution will help ensure that Norman Pride puts on a fantastic festival and parade despite the setbacks. 

Building alliances is what creates momentum and helps organizations like ours grow and thrive -- to expand our outreach, strengthen existing programs, and get new projects up and running. We are so grateful to have such a supportive network in Norman and beyond, and we look forward to developing a partnership with you!

Sincerely,

 

The Norman Pride Board of Directors