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WELCOME!

Hi! My name is Chelsea Diederich and I am the

2021 Fargo-Moorhead Pride Planning Committee

Chair. The entire FM Pride Planning Committee

welcomes you to our inclusive weekend of events.

This is my first year as chair for the committee, and

I look forward to meeting more people in my role.

My wife, Brittany, and I live in Fargo with our three

rambunctious animals. We enjoy being with family

and friends and traveling to new places.

I joined the committee to grow as a person, learn

more about my community and make a difference

for people. FM Pride is only one weekend a year, but

the impact this weekend has is powerful. Whether

it’s your first time attending a pride event, or you

have been to many in years past, I hope we can

connect so I can hear your stories and truths.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT

This year showed us more than ever how important

it is to rally together and support one another. Harmful legislation attacked transgender

youth, which was ultimately vetoed by Governor Burgum. We need to work together

to protect and amplify transgender peoples’ stories. We need to ask what they need

from us and we need to listen. We need to be vigilant and watch for more legislation

attempting to push down people for just living and existing as themselves. We have

to stand up for what’s right to make an impact towards equal rights for all.

Our committee hopes you enjoy all that the weekend has to offer. Whether you are

taking part in the virtual 5K, spending the afternoon at Pride in the Park, or cheering at

the FM Pride Parade, we hope you are able to meet new people and most importantly

feel comfortable being yourself.

As you celebrate, be sure to thank FM Pride’s growing number of sponsors, vendors,

venues and volunteers who continue to ensure that each year is a memorable one.

Happy Pride!

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2021 FM Pride Planning Committee Chair

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GRAND MARSHAL

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How did you react when you were told you were selected as Grand Marshal?

Were you surprised?

Honestly, I was aware Faye had nominated me for this and even just the nomination

kind of floored me. She’s someone I really admire and appreciate. I didn’t expect the

nomination to go anywhere, though. I’m just a guy who shows up to things and does

what I can to help people. When I think I have something to say, I try to say it. When

I see injustice or bigotry, I seek to change it. It’s really wild to be honored in this

way. Especially since I know so many others in our community do this kind of stuff.

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and mostly raised in Alexandria, Minnesota. I’m currently working in

sales but aspire to teach history. I’m very proudly queer, transgender, and christian.

My pronouns are he/they. The combination of how I was raised by my politically

engaged family, my religious convictions and my personal experiences as a

marginalized person have made me the man, and activist, I am today.

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What are you most excited for at this years FM Pride Celebration?

I can remember the first time I ever went to a pride event in my life. That was Twin

Cities pride in 2017. It was the first time in my entire life that I existed truly as

myself in public. I put on a they/them pronoun sticker, which I have since moved

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to my wallet. I wasn’t out to really

anyone at the time, except for one

of my best friends. We went together,

and I felt so accepted and loved and

safe! I am just so excited to see so

many people experiencing that here

in Fargo!

As part of your nomination, Faye

Seidler shared a video of you

speaking at City Hall. Can you tell

us a little more about what you

were speaking about? What was

the outcome, if any, from this and

how did it make you feel?

On April 6th, some dude showed up

at the city commission meeting in

lipstick and a wig and spent two and

a half minutes mocking trans people

- trans women in particular. He spoke

with so much vitriol…. I watched the

video of his speech and the reaction

he got from the city commissioners

afterwords while I was on vacation. I

couldn’t stop thinking of the message

being sent to so many trans people.

My blood boiled. Trans people have

been scapegoated by so many people

for so long, but it’s really ramped up

lately. This year alone, over 100 antitrans

bills have been put forward

in the US. We are under attack and

all we want to do is just live and be

treated with dignity and respect. To

make matters worse, Deputy Mayor

Peipkorn made it very clear he stood

with the hate speech that was shared.

The big point I wanted to make

by speaking was simply that our

community will not stand for hate,

and our community can and should

feel empowered to make positive

change. We are not powerless if we

unite.

Tell us about your role in getting

hate crime legislation in Fargo.

Like I said earlier, I’m just a guy who

shows up to things, and I meant that.

Its important to me that people know

that. We all have different strengths

and if we work together using our

skills, that’s when we are most able

to make change. My involvement

with the hate crimes legislation was

that I showed up to city commission

meetings wearing my “trans rights

are human rights” shirt. A lot of us

showed up and showed support.

I think my speech in response to

the blatant transphobia probably

helped solidify the need for hate

crimes legislation, but honestly the

credit goes to everyone who showed

up, and that’s a lot of it. Also I just

want to share that Arden Light is an

amazing guy. I think he’s like only 19,

but he’s one of the hardest working

and most passionate activists I

know. Seriously. He put a lot of effort

in the hate crimes legislation.

Are there any other organizations

that you are involved in?

In the last year or so I’ve been quite

active in Black Lives Matter protests

and anti-racist actions around the

city. For me, this has meant helping

volunteers in the community by

handing out water and snacks at

events. Most recently, several of us

activists went to a racist anti public

education event being hosted in

Moorhead and called them out for

sharing racist and LGBTQ-phobic

propaganda. I believe strongly

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that white folks in the LGBTQ+

community like myself need to be

just as involved in movements and

actions in support of our BIPOC

neighbors as we are in actions for

LGBTQ+ rights.

What does Pride mean to you?

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how you feel. Know you don’t have

to ever stick with a decision if it

doesn’t feel right after a while. If

you can afford it, go to a counselor.

What is the one thing you want

people who are opposed to

transgender people to know?

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Pride means radical love for myself

and my community. Pride means

resilience.

What advice do you have for those

that are struggling with gender

identity?

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We are people. We are in your

city. In your workplaces. In your

families. In your churches, mosques,

synagogues. We exist and you know

us, even if you don’t realize it. And

we deserve to be treated with love

and respect.

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Honestly, don’t beat yourself

up about it if you’re not always

completely sure. Do what feels right,

go at a pace that’s comfortable. Find

people you trust and try different

nicknames or pronouns and see

Pursue Your Passion

At MSUM, every Dragon has the freedom to be their authentic

self. We are fiercely proud of our LGBTQ+ students and want to

create a community where you are supported and celebrated.

Access our resources to be an advocate and ally:

▸ Rainbow Dragon Learning Community

▸ The LGBTQ+ Rainbow Scholarship

▸ Safe Zone Peer Educator Program

▸ SPECTRUM student organization

▸ Rainbow Dragon Center

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THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN MN:

A RRRS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

BY TAMMY SJ LANAGHAN

At midnight on August 1, 2013, eighteen

couples stood before Judges Michelle

Lawson and Lisa Borgen, in the Clay County

courtroom in Moorhead, Minnesota, and

recited their marriage vows. What made

this moment historic was that these

were lesbian and gay couples. After

many years of unsuccessfully advocating

for equal access to the legal institution

of marriage in Minnesota, these thirtysix

individuals finally were granted

permission by the state to take up the

rights and responsibilities of that status.

As we approach the tenth anniversary

of this historic moment, the Red River

Rainbow Seniors (RRRS) Oral History

Project will partner with the Historical and

Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC)

to conduct interviews with these couples

and other individuals that were involved

in the ceremony (judges, witnesses,

guests, family members). The intent of

the project is to preserve the memories

of the wedding ceremony and to record

the reflections of the participants on the

impact their legal marriage has had on

their lives personally, socially, and legally.

All materials will be deposited with the

HCSCC, the Minnesota Historical Society,

and the “Breaking Barriers: Harvesting

LGBTQ Stories from the Northern Plains”

collection at the NDSU Archives. RRRS

and HCSCC plan to develop an exhibit

at the Hjemkomst to celebrate the 10th

anniversary in the summer of 2023.

Please stop by the Red River Rainbow

Seniors booth at Pride in the Park

follow Breaking Barriers on Facebook:

@BreakingBarriersLGBTQ. For further

inquiries: redriverrainboworalhistory@

gmail.com.

This project was made possible in part

by the people of Minnesota through a

grant funded by an appropriation to the

Minnesota Historical Society from the

Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage

Fund. Any views, findings, opinions,

conclusions, or recommendations

expressed in this publication are those

of the authors and do not necessarily

represent those of the State of Minnesota,

the Minnesota Historical Society, or the

Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory

Committee.

Equality with Wisdom.

The Red River Rainbow Seniors and the

Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

plan to develop an exhibit at the Hjemkomst

to celebrate the 10th anniversary

in the summer of 2023.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Stop by the Red River Rainbow Seniors booth at Pride in the Park follow Breaking Barriers on Facebook:

@BreakingBarriersLGBTQ. For further inquiries: redriverrainboworalhistory@gmail.com.

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THE EFFECTS OF THE

PANDEMIC ON QUEER YOUTH

BY: JOSH ANDRES

I see you, I support you, and I love you… no

matter what.

Every human deserves and needs to hear

these words… but unfortunately these

aren’t words every child hears in their

world. As I reflect on how the pandemic

impacted our students, I have to say that

every student was impacted in some way.

For example, some students felt relieved

as they no longer had to muster up

enough courage to attend school while

their social anxiety hit all-time highs.

Others, and I would argue most others,

felt a wide range of mixed, complicated,

heavy, and new emotions.

As an adult with self-regulation skills,

a supportive community, and the safe

space to process my feelings I still

struggled many times throughout the

pandemic *insert heightened levels of

anxiety and chronic stress*. Many of our

students experienced similar feelings as

they suddenly lost control of most, if not

all, areas of their lives. Additionally, the

adults they typically sought for comfort

and reassurance weren’t always able to

provide that safety as even adults weren’t

sure what would happen next.

When I reflect on how our queer students

were impacted by the pandemic in

particular, my mind keeps going back to

the concept of a “safe space.” Research

continues to confirm the concerning

statistics of LGBTQ+ youth being at a

higher risk for suicidal ideation - with

that risk multiplying when a safe space

isn’t available. For many students, school

is that safe space where they may first

explore sexual identity, come out to

trusted friends or staff, and / or escape

an environment that is unsafe. When

COVID-19 impacted our schools on

March 15, 2020, this safe space suddenly

became unavailable. Over time, this

space was available on a rotating hybrid

schedule or only virtually for students

who opted in for full distance learning.

This is why PRIDE is important.

Representation matters. Safe spaces

matter. Inclusion and community matter.

After a long time of isolation and darkness,

my hope is our queer youth (and adults!)

remember that it really does get better.

I encourage everyone reading this to

consider being a safe space for someone.

I also encourage anyone reading this that

needs additional support to please ask

for help. There is absolutely no shame

in needing help. As our local PRIDE

approaches, let this be a reminder that we

need each other through the highs and

lows of life. I’ll end with a quote I kept

playing through my mind this year like a

track on repeat: “Take care of yourself. And

if you are good, help take care of others.”

Josh is a high school Professional School

Counselor with Fargo Public Schools and is

pictured here with his husband, Benny.

(Benny left / Josh right).

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Equality with Wisdom.

Happy Pride! The past year we have been

continuing to work on visibility within

the FM community and the Red River

Valley. We have also worked at solidifying

the structure of the group itself to

insure its longevity. We have monthly

organizational meetings and happy

hour socials, as well as seasonal dances.

Several book clubs meet monthly. As we

grow, we plan to have a variety of social

opportunities for our members.

We participate in and help fund the

annual ND LBGTQ+ Summit in Mandan.

LGBTQ+ folks from across the state have

been gathering in person and over Zoom

to talk about community, legislative, and

personal issues that face us in North

Dakota.

During the COVID pandemic, we prepared

a plan to educate agencies and providers

in the community about the needs of

LGBT seniors, to network with agencies

and providers to ensure that LGBTQ+

elders’ medical, housing, and living needs

are met, and to network with similar

organizations around the country. We will

begin by meeting with long-term care

facilities (assisted living facilities and

nursing homes) and providers concerning

status of conditions and policies related

to LGBTQ+ client/patients, and offering

assistance in education.

In November 2017, the Red River

Rainbow Seniors began an oral history

project, “Breaking Barriers: Harvesting

LGBTQ+ Stories from the Northern Plains,”

focusing on older LGBTQ+ people and

their allies. Over 120 people have been

interviewed. The original digital files and

the transcriptions of the oral histories

will be available in the North Dakota

State University Archives. You can contact

us about Breaking Barriers by emailing

RRRS or contacting the oral history project

directly at: redriverrainboworalhistory@

gmail.com or check out it out on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/

BreakingBarriersLGBTQ/

Once again during 2021 FM Pride, we’ll

have a booth on Saturday at Pride in the

Park and hope you will stop and chat.

Red River Rainbow Seniors is an

organization dedicated to providing

advocacy, education, support, and fun

to the elder LGBTQ+ community in

the Red River Valley.

RRRainbowSeniors@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/

RedRiverRainbowSeniors

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Alexis Mateo

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pageant titles are too many to name, she achieved international

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Season 3, All Stars Season 1, and most recently All Stars Season 5. We

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Nina DiAngelo

Nina DiAngelo is excited to spend yet another Pride with the

beautiful people of Fargo/Moorhead. “Fargo is by far my favorite out

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Radio and Icedbreaks Entertainment. He returns again to drive

the sound track to the PRIDE Block Party at Fargo Brewing Co. on

Saturday. We will celebrate love in all its forms, sing along to great

anthems and then get wild when the drag show begins.

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Helping youth become their

most authentic selves

Mission

Youth

Groups

Supportive

Adults

Contact Us

Here at Project RAI, we are driven by a single goal; to reduce the statistics of suicide

in LGBTQ+ youth. We work with youth to affirm their existence and help them become

their most authentic selves. We also work with their supportive adults to build trust and

confidence on their journey of supporting their LGBTQ+ youth.

Reinforcing our Commitment

Our mission is to support children no matter who they are. We will work with youth

3-15 to support their journey in becoming comfortable with who they are. We want to

make sure they know they have an ally in their corner as they make the tough journey

to their identity. We will never put a child down for being their most authentic self.

One Step at a Time.

At Project RAI, one of our goals is to support adult caregivers of gender queer children.

We will meet monthly to discuss the unique challenges, bright spots, and questions

that arise when raising a child who is LGBTQ. We can also support families by giving

them resources to other professionals who might be able to guide them in their

parenting journey.

projectraifm@gmail.com | projectraifm.org | facebook.com/ProjectRAIfm

HAVE PRIDE IN

Fargo-Moorhead

Fargo has pride in our community, pride in

the differences, and pride in our North of

Normal selves. Visit Fargo-Moorhead is proud

to sponsor and promote an event where we

can come together and celebrate an amazing

group of people who bring such color to our

lives every day of the year.

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fargomoorhead.org

@fargomoorhead

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SUNDAY AUGUST 15

2PM | BROADWAY/NP AVE

Post Parade Celebration immediately

following Parade at

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painting, plumbing, electrical, lawn

and garden, and hardware needs.

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LGBTQ

Programs







LGBTQ+ Resource Lounge

Transgender Day of

Remembrance

Lavender Graduation

NDSU Pride Alliance

Safe Zone – Levels 1, 2 and 3

LGBTQ and Ally Roommate

Matching

For more information,

go to ndsu.edu/lgbtq

FMGMC is a group of Gay/Bi/Supportive Men/male identified

people aged Youth to Adult, in the Fargo-Moorhead area who

love to sing & want to share our talents with our community.

Our chorus provides a safe and inclusive space where singers

can grow through performance & social interaction while

campaigning unceasingly for equality & justice for the LGBTQ+

community and forging alliances to make our voices heard.

Our purpose is to use music to change the general publics

image & attitudes toward the gay community, to provide high

quality choral performances & to make the world a better place.

Save the Date!

New Member Event • August 22 • 4pm

Open Rehearsal • August 29 • 4pm

Fall Kickoff • September 12 • 4pm

Christmas Concert • December 12 • 4pm

fmgaymenschorus.org | info@fmgmc.org


The City of Moorhead is honored to

sponsor Pride Week.

The Moorhead Human Rights

Commission is committed to ensure

access for all Moorhead citizens in

the affairs of the community.

Check out the Moorhead HRC under

Boards and Commissions at

cityofmoorhead.com.

Excellence

starts with

equality

We’re proud to support and celebrate the

diverse communities and individuals that

make WEX an amazing place to work.

Start your career today!

www.wexinc.com/about/careers


I AM HOPEFUL

BY: KATRINA KOESTERMAN

Hello again to all of my siblings of every

gender. My name is Katrina Jo Koesterman,

President of Tristate Transgender. Two

years ago, I said that I was angry, and a

number of you cheered in agreement. This

year, I am hopeful. I am hopeful because

we finally have an administration who

seems to acknowledge our existence

as a positive rather than a negative. I

am hopeful because our community is

coming together to fight back against

oppression.

This year, a number of states, including

North Dakota, tried to introduce

legislation to further destroy the rights

of our Transgender Youth. In spite of this,

we came together as a community and

were able to secure a veto from Governor

Burgum for HB 1298. Together we can

continue to fight with our votes and our

voices to prevent stripping our rights. It

is the responsibility and privilege of all

of us to work together towards this end.

This year, like every other, the number of

names we read at the Transgender Day

of Remembrance Service grew, names

of our Transgender siblings whose lives

were snuffed out by violence. This is

a disturbing pattern, but we can come

together to help prevent more death.

One day, we won’t have a service, because

there will be no names to read. We can

and we will eradicate violence against

our community, because together we are

powerful.

Look around you. Your family still

needs you. They need your support,

especially our youth and our people

of color. A member of our youth with

just one supportive adult in their life

is significantly less likely to die from

suicide, and together we must stand up

against the violence befalling our family

of color. We need to stop fighting amongst

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ourselves, stop trying to quantify who

isn’t “trans enough” or “gay enough” and

recognize that we are all part of the

same community. As Transgender Liason

for the FM Pride Planning Committee,

please come to me if you see or hear

any violent word or action against our

community, and we will work together

to fix it. I am so filled with hope and

encouragement that we are capable of

achieving this goal.

We are a strong and enduring family.

My anger and rage has been replaced

by hope because of all of you. We can

and we will take back the rights that are

taken away from us, and once we have

them, we will defend them. I believe in

this because I believe in all of you. Have

a Safe and Happy Pride.

Happy Pride!

JOSH BOSCHEE

701-367-3513

Josh@HatchRealty.com

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Happy

Pride!

A PROUD supporter of F.M.

Pride since the beginning!

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2021

PLANNING COMMITTEE

RACHEL

PRIDE IN THE PARK

KATRINA

TRANS LIASON

LIZ

YOUTH PRIDE

JULIE

PARADE

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IRIS

SPONSORSHIPS/

PRIDE IN THE PARK

TAMMY

INTERFAITH


THANK YOU!

To our sponsors, vendors and volunteers that helped make

Pride a huge success. We couldn’t have done it without you!

JOIN US!

We are currently looking for:

MARKETING ASSISTANT

PRIDE 5K COORDINATOR

DANCE PARTY COORDINATOR

Email chair@fmpride.com

if you are interested!

SHERI

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

PRIDE IN THE PARK

STEPH

SPONSORSHIPS

MADDI

VOLUNTEERS

KYLE

BLOCK PARTY

BRANDON

MARKETING

CHELSEA

CHAIR

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PRIDE COLLECTIVE & COMMUNITY CENTER

BY: KATRINA KOESTERMAN

Hello! This is your friendly Neighbor Katrina

Jo with another article for the Pride Guide!

This year, we’re talking about the incredible

resources and opportunities available at the

Pride Collective and Community Center. Not

to be confused with the FM Pride Planning

Committee, the PCCC is the fiscal agent for

Pride, Tristate Transgender, FM Rainbow

Seniors, Kaleidoscope, and other local

support groups. We’re also a safe place to

come hang out on the weekends. Please

allow me to gush a little bit about what

we’re about.

The first thing you should know about the

PCCC is that we’re a safe space to come and

hang out. We’re located at 1105 1st Ave S in

Fargo, and our open hours are from 12 noon

to 4 PM every Saturday and Sunday with

some holidays excluded. During that time

is our local chapter of Tristate Transgender,

a local transgender and gender nonconforming

support and social group.

Also meeting at the center is FM Rainbow

Seniors, a group for the old guard, and our

space is open for more support and social

groups as they form! We also work with

various organizations in the area to try to

provide accurate information about local

resources, so please feel free to come in and

ask questions.

Finally, the PCCC is a great place to come

and volunteer. Whether you want to help

organize our growing library and resources,

help plan and organize events, or start a

support/social group of your own, we’re

happy to work with you! One of our biggest

needs currently is finding someone to help

organize and run a group for the Gen Xers

PRIDE CENTER HOURS:

SATURDAY 12-4 | SUNDAY 12-4

fmpridecollective.org

1105 1ST AVE SOUTH | FARGO, ND 58103 | 218.287.8034

you can check out a book from our library,

get some friends together to play a board

game, or just sit and chat and watch TV with

yours truly. Everyone is welcome during

open hours so long as they respect each

other and the community! I hope to see you

there!

Another great thing about the PCCC is that

we’re a hub for local support groups and

resources. Currently meeting at the PCCC

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and Millenials to hang out and chat. If

that sounds like you, feel free to stop in!

Fargo-Moorhead is and has been good to

our community, and part of that is having a

safe space like the PCCC to go to and hang

out. Whether you want to volunteer, need

resources, or just want a safe space to be,

the Pride Collective and Community Center

has you covered. Please visit us when you

have the chance at fmpridecollective.org

and have a safe and happy Pride!

AUGUST 12-15


Love yourself, show your pride,

and share your story everyday.

At Tellwell, we believe story is the most powerful way to introduce your brand, educate and

engage your audiences, and remind them why they love you.

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COMMUNITY

SUPPORT

These local community organizations are

working for LGBTQ+ people in our area and

in our communities, so that we can grow and

continue to be a safe, welcoming place for all!

We urge you to support these organizations

in a way that is meaningful for you;

volunteerism, attending events, financial

donations, or simply following and sharing

their messages on social media!

fmpride.com

fmpridecollective.org

TRI-STATE

TRANSGENDER

fmgmc.org

Equality with Wisdom.

FM

RAINBOW

FAMILIES

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We have made every effort to try and showcase our local

community groups in these pages, but if there is an LGBTQ+

organization that should be added, please contact us!

marketing@fmpride.com

FMPride

darcycorbitt.org

fmlgbtff.com

harborhealthinititaive.org

communityupliftprogram.org

projectraifm.org

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