Raising money for the Amirage Saling Scholarship

The Louisville Pride Foundation and the Transgender Wellness Coalition are raising money to honor the memory of Amirage Saling, who passed away unexpectedly last month. Amirage graduated from the Kent School of Social Work and worked as a Social Worker for Volunteers of America. Her family has asked that donations be made to the Kent School Trans* Champion Scholarship, which has been created in her memory. To start the ball rolling, the Louisville Pride Foundation and the Transgender Wellness Coalition [...]

By |October 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

Four Questions with Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice

Jess Reese interviews Sonja Wilde-de Vries about Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice.  Sonja is a documentary filmmaker, photographer and poet. Her films include "Out: The Making of a Revolutionary" and "Gay Cuba", her most recent publications include an anthology "The Junkie Who Loved Horses" and her own work "The Hour of Departure" She has been an anti-racist activist since she was 17. Jess Reese JESS: We’re going to be talking about the role white LGBTQIA people can [...]

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: News|

Louisville Pride joins national Pride Stride 5k

The Louisville Pride Foundation is excited to join the the first-ever nationwide LGBTQ+ virtual 5k/10k event to commemorate National Coming Out Day!  The event is not a race, and anyone can participate. Choose 5k or 10k and then run, walk, dance, prance, or roll at your own pace, anytime between now and Oct 31. Registrants will receive an official Pride Stride race bib, swag bag, and other cool stuff, and a portion of your Pride Stride registration fee will help support the Louisville [...]

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: News|

KPF tribute to Amirage Saling to raise money for scholarship

The Louisville LGBTQ community was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Amirage Saling last month. Kentuckiana Pride Foundation and The Café are presenting a Dinner & Drag Tribute on October 15th to raise money for the Kent School of Social Work's Trans* Champion Scholarship Fund. Syimone, Leah Halston, and AJ McKay will all be featured, and this promises to be a great event!  

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: News|

U of L Pride highlights LGBTQ leaders in the movement for Black lives

October is Pride Month at the University of Louisville, and the keynote event is a panel discussion celebrating and amplifying local LGBTQ leaders in the Movement for Black Lives, including Phelix Crittenden, Hannah Drake, Keturah Herron, and Talesha Wilson. Panel will be moderated by #TeamStrangeFruit, Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner. October 8, 7:00 PM Virtual Event Registration: See more events at U of L

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: News|

Our statement on Breonna Taylor grand jury decision: This is unsurprising bullshit.

This is unsurprising bullshit.  The grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case is not justice. To only bring three charges of wanton endangerment, none of them directly related to the death of Breonna Taylor, is just plain bullshit.  While this decision is terrible, it is unsurprising. The problem is not that one officer or one grand juror is racist. The problem is that the entire system, top to bottom, is racist. This is the expected outcome of a criminal [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Louisville Pride Foundation reschedules Town Halls and announces endorsement of Breonna’s Law

We had originally planned to hold two online Town Hall meetings this week regarding the ongoing project to open an LGBTQ Community Center. However, we have decided to cancel those meetings and we will reschedule them at a later date. With the decision of the grand jury expected very soon in the Breonna Taylor case, Louisville is a city filled with anxiety and unease. We cannot have a substantive discussion about a community center when many people in our community [...]

By |September 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|

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. [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: News|

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 [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: News|

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 [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|

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 [...]

By |July 30th, 2020|Categories: News|

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 [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: News, Resources|

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 [...]

By |June 25th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, News, Resources|Tags: , |

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. [...]

By |June 18th, 2020|Categories: News|

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, [...]

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: News|

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! [...]

By |June 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

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 [...]

By |June 8th, 2020|Categories: News|

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 [...]

By |June 8th, 2020|Categories: News|

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. [...]

By |June 5th, 2020|Categories: News|