Mission

PRIDE of the GREATER LEHIGH VALLEY

Mission Statement

Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley is dedicated to building safe and inclusive communities for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Purpose Statement

  • To provide the greater Lehigh Valley community with opportunities designed to enrich the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and the community as a whole.
  • Partnering with corporations and community groups for education, outreach and other purposes;
  • Networking resources and information by publishing an annual resource guide, website and newsletter;
  • Donating funds and staff to other community groups, when feasible.

Vision Statement

Diversity is the foundation of community and individual health. Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley is a 501(c)(3) volunteer non-profit organization in Eastern Pennsylvania.  We provide opportunities for positive visibility and safe environments that permit the expression of diverse perspectives by:

  • Creating safe opportunities for integrating and promoting visibility for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
  • Providing resources to community groups
  • Advocating for human and civil rights
  • Cultivating programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth
  • Supporting economic growth through community partnerships

The Story of Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley was formed in 1993 by a small group of residents who were inspired while attending a civil rights march in Washington, D.C.  They recognized the need to provide a much needed positive and welcoming atmosphere for the Lehigh Valley gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex community (GLBTI). In the tradition of the legendary Stonewall Riots of 1969 the following June 1994 they created the area’s first pride and film festivals. The organization has since grown to offer programming, events, and community meeting space available year round.