What we do
Bloomington PRIDE, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Bloomington, Indiana. We are entirely volunteer powered and support a range of LGBTQ+ programs and events, including the Prism Youth Community, LGBT Aging & Caring Network, Trans and Allies Support Community, PRIDE Film Festival, Pridefest summer celebration, and PrideSlam poetry competition.
Throughout the year, PRIDE partners with local community organizations on community enrichment events. We also host monthly educational workshops and social gatherings.
To serve LGBTQ+ people of Bloomington and South Central Indiana through advocacy, safe and inclusive spaces, arts and culture events, and educational programming
How we got here
it all started with a film festival...
Bloomington PRIDE, Ltd. was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in May 2013. In those days, we only had one charge—the annual Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival.
The PRIDE Film Festival was founded in 2003 by two Indiana University Arts Administration graduate students through a partnership with Bloomington's historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT). The BCT ran the festival as an annual event until our incorporation as a freestanding nonprofit.
In July, Prism Youth Community became Bloomington PRIDE's first program dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ youth ages of 12–20. With the support of Laura Alford, Michael Cooper, and other committed adult leaders, Prism quickly grew to provide safe, affirming spaces for adolescents through weekly programming, special events, and workshops.
Two months later, with the help of community partners such as The Back Door, Bloomington PRIDE hosted its first summer celebration. Then called Summerfest, the festival was Bloomington's first outdoor event celebrating LGBTQ+ community and culture. Attendees enjoyed live bands, poetry, drag performances, panel discussions, and educational workshops. Over the next three years, event attendance grew from a few hundred to a few thousand and the festival moved to Kirkwood Avenue.
The LGBT Aging & Caring Network became Bloomington PRIDE's second program in late 2016. The network provides support, plans social activities, and creates educational opportunities for the aging LGBTQ population in Monroe County and surrounding communities.
In July, Bloomington PRIDE established Trans & Allies Support Community (TASC) as its third program. TASC is a peer-facilitated group that works to support and confirm transgender and nonbinary gender-diverse people through community and advocacy. The organization also changed the name of its summer festival to Pridefest and hosted the inaugural PrideSlam poetry slam competition.
Bloomington PRIDE's Board of Directors executes the organizational mission. The five-member team is a working board responsible for all aspects of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit.