Frequently Asked Questions
What is Phoenix Pride?
Phoenix Pride Incorporated is an Arizona based nonprofit agency that celebrates and promotes the history, courage, diversity, and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer) community through its community events. The long-term vision of the organization is to increase world awareness of the LGBTQ community to eliminate homophobia, transphobia and discrimination.
What is the Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade?
The Phoenix Pride Festival is an annual celebratory and educational event commemorating the “Stonewall Riots”, acknowledged as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. (While the riots first occurred in June of 1969, and while many communities across the world annually celebrate Pride celebrations or “Pride” in June, the Phoenix community has adjusted the outdoor event to occur in April which is a month more tolerable to most of its residents and visitors due to the heat) The Festival & Parade Celebration (collectively the Parade, 2-Day Festival, Pride Run/Walk) brings the entire local LGBT community together to celebrate openly and proudly with the greater public.
What is the Rainbows Festival?
The Rainbows Festival is the newest addition to the Phoenix Pride family of events. Phoenix Pride acquired the Rainbows Festival in 2012 after 10 years of being run by community leader, Don Hammill. The Rainbows Festival is a free 2-Day Festival held at the end of October in the heart of Downtown Phoenix that is a fun and friendly atmosphere where people can bring their children, their partners, and their friends to enjoy “Arizona’s Greatest Street Fair”. The addition of the Rainbows Festival to the organization’s lineup of annual events allows Phoenix Pride to better serve the needs of our community by raising funds for the Phoenix Pride Community Foundation and ensuring the availability of family friendly events.
Does Phoenix Pride give back to the LGBT community?
Yes, the Phoenix Pride Community Foundation is the charitable arm of our organization. Since 2008, Phoenix Pride has given nearly $720,000 back to the metro Phoenix LGBTQ community through its Grants & Scholarships programs and is on track to fund over $100,000 this fiscal year alone.
How many people attend the Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade?
There are approximately 35,000 attendees for the 2-day festival and about 15,000 people attend the parade.
How many people attend the Rainbows Festival?
There are approximately 25,000 attendees for the 2-day festival.
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What is the history of the Rainbow flag and what do the colors mean?
The rainbow flag was first used to symbolize gay pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker and the original was hand-dyed. It first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The flag consisted of eight stripes; Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors: · hot pink – sex · red – life · orange – healing · yellow – sunlight · green – nature · turquoise – magic · blue – serenity · violet – spirit