News2020-06-04T22:15:11-04:00

Louisville Pride Town Hall meeting on an LGBTQ+ Community Center in Louisville

You are invited to join us for a Town Hall meeting on an LGBTQ+ Community Center in Louisville. The purpose of this meeting is to present a proposal for a center for the LGBTQ+ community. This is part of a process led by the Louisville Pride Foundation, the Kentuckiana Pride Foundation, and the Louisville Youth Group, and facilitated by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. This process has built upon the work done by the Louisville LGBTQ+ Community Coalition in 2016-2017. [...]

Louisville Pride Foundation seeking volunteers for Day of Service

LGBTQ group organizes hands-on alternative after annual event cancelled due to COVID-19 The Louisville Pride Foundation is seeking volunteers for a Day of Service on September 19, the day that would have been the sixth annual Louisville Pride Festival. The Day of Service is the centerpiece of a “Celebration of Community” that will also feature a clothing drive, online trivia, wellness programming, and a virtual town hall meeting about an LGBTQ Community Center. This programming is made possible by the [...]

Book Club Review: “Juliet Takes A Breath”

By Wrae Sanders I love to read and have read books on many different topics- WWII memoirs, the Holocaust, psychology, and so on. I haven’t spent a lot of time reading LGBTQ+ oriented books, and I probably should read more. “Juliet Takes A Breath” was a wonderful book to read. The details truly made me feel like I was right there with Juliet. In the beginning of the novel, Juliet comes out to her family as a lesbian and it [...]

Announcement on 2020 Louisville Pride Festival

The Board of Directors of the Louisville Pride Foundation has made the difficult but unavoidable decision to cancel the 2020 Louisville Pride Festival.  Instead of the Festival, we are planning a Day of Service, a special week of Digital Pride, and an online Town Hall to present a Community Center plan we have been working on for over a year. DAY OF SERVICE Our Community Engagement committee is organizing a Day of Service to replace the Festival. Planning will prioritize [...]

Calling Queer Artists!

South Eastern Queer Arts is a collective of both amateur and professional artists, photographers, poets, writers, musicians, and craftspeople dedicated to expanding the visibility of LGBTQ+ artists throughout the South Eastern USA, giving another venue to share art. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, Southern Eastern Queer Arts promote artists living in or from the South Eastern United States. They include links to the websites of their artist contributors, if desired, and encourage support for them by buying their artwork. They are [...]

Do you know about the #TransgenderFirst Scholarship?

Are you a U of L student who identifies as Transgender? It is the first national scholarship exclusively dedicated to helping underserved Transgender students get affordable access to a college education. Amount: $2,500 (awarded annually) Payment is made directly to your accredited U.S. College or University. Current Deadline: 12/31/2020 Read more and apply here Applicants must: Identify as Transgender Plan to pursue a degree, or currently pursuing a degree, at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution Have a high school diploma or [...]

Volunteers Of America Free HIV testing is back

VOA is resuming free HIV testing on Friday, June 19th, and they are starting with two day-long events for Juneteenth and Pride! Friday the 19th (Juneteenth) from 10am-6pm. They will be offering HIV testing at our Goss Avenue location by appointment, but walk ups can register on site, along with tons of really great LIVE social media offerings. (933 Goss Avenue) Juneteenth 2020 Flyer In honor of PRIDE, they will be celebrating on Saturday the 20th as well from 10am-6pm. [...]

Black Queer Lives Matter 101: An Introduction

By Heather Brydie Harris BLACK QUEER LIVES MATTER                       African American LGBTQ+ individuals, families, and communities have a rich history and culture to celebrate but they also face unique challenges due to the intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation. The social, political, and cultural contributions of LGBTQ+ African Americans have shaped Black majority culture in monumental ways and continue to do so. As we continue through this year’s pride month, and as the racial uprising moves full steam ahead, [...]

Happy Pride! Live Virtual Cooking & Cocktail Classes through Chibo

Throughout the month of June, we'll show our Louisville PRIDE with live, interactive cooking and cocktail classes on Chibo, coordinated with various local organizations and businesses! You'll be able to follow along, and ask questions as needed. All tickets for Chibo PRIDE classes will be donation-based, and 100% of the proceeds from this initiative will be donated to the Louisville Youth Group in support of our local LGBTQ+ youth and allies. Click here for more details and to sign up! [...]

LPF Raises Over $50,000 for Bail Project & Creates Social Justice Fund

     In less than one week, through an amazing outpouring of support for Black lives from the Pride community, the Louisville Pride Foundation raised $50,000 for The Bail Project. “This funding will support our revolving bail fund and also our expanded community support for individuals released during COVID-19,” said Shameka Parrish-Wright, Operations Manager for The Bail Project-Louisville, “We’ve been assisting people with housing, cell phones, and transportation.”      Following this success, the Executive Committee of [...]

June 2020 Louisville Pride Update

The Louisville Pride Foundation raised $50,000 for the Bail Project and announced a new Social Justice Fund during Saturday's "Queen's in Quarantine." Keep reading, or download this report as a PDF Statement on Breonna Taylor and Police Protests Louisville Pride is not a political advocacy organization, but we are responding to the crisis in our community that has come about through years and years of systemic racism. Our official statement can be read here. Fundraising to support [...]

The Secret Gay History of Old Louisville

By David Williams Adapted from a chapter of his book, Secrets of Old Louisville Until recently, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people were a relatively hidden subculture in Louisville as they were throughout most of the country.  Even after the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York--the LGBT world's Bastille--the local population remained discreet for years.  Only in the 1980s did it start making noise.  Today they're a visible part of the city, contributing in many ways to its leadership. [...]

June 1 COVID-19 Response Call

On Monday, June 1st, we conducted our weekly COVID-19 update which has now changed to a biweekly meeting. Our next conversation will occur on June 15th at 4pm, tentatively. We have changed the meeting occurrences due to a seemingly decrease in need. However, if you need access to resources, please don't hesitate to visit our LPF resource page, or contact us. Our major update this week was from David Allgood at the Center for Accessible Living. The center [...]

Statement from the Louisville Pride Foundation

May 29, 2020 The vision of Louisville Pride is to bring communities together. We believe in providing leadership through service, and do not generally speak out on controversial political issues. We prefer to let our actions speak for us. However, there are times when a clear and forceful statement is needed. The escalating situation following the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of the Louisville Metro Police Department is such a situation. We stand with those who [...]

Republic Bank “Queens in Quarantine Variety Show” starts Saturday

Syimone and Leah Halston will co-host the new show Following the success of the four-week UAW Local 862 Virtual Drag Show, the Louisville Pride Foundation is launching the Republic Bank Queens in Quarantine Variety Show on Saturday, May 30th. This free, weekly series will be live-streamed at 9:00 PM on the Louisville Pride Facebook page and available on YouTube as well.  The show invites viewers to laugh with two of Louisville's top drag performers, Syimone and [...]