PRIDE is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. It is held to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, which are often viewed as the catalyst that began the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement.
When is Dayton Pride?
The Greater Dayton LGBT Center celebrates PRIDE each year on the first weekend of June. It kicks off with Affair on the Square Friday night followed by a parade and the PRIDE Festival on Saturday.
Why have Pride?
The PRIDE celebration creates a safe environment for members of our community to express themselves without fear of hate and to experience homosexuality as being the default as opposed the the exception while helping to raise awareness and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Congratulations to Faith Busby - the winner of the 2022 Dayton Pride Logo Contest!
We are so proud to have this year's logo designed by a great ally of the LGBTQ+ community. Faith Busby designed a wonderful design showing our beloved city skyline under an all-inclusive umbrella of the progressive rainbow. The 2022 Pride Theme "Here's to Us......" is right in the center as a reminder that we are all a part of our city and community!
Faith Busby (she/her) is a 22 year old ally from Dayton, Ohio. She has recently graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is elated that this design has been chosen to represent Dayton’s LGBTQ+ Pride 2022. She writes, “I am so honored to celebrate the journeys of my lgbtq+ family. I am so proud of your courage and the light you shine on our community. Thank you for being you.”
Thank you to all of the wonderfully talented artists who submitted entries into this year's contest. It was a difficult choice to pick just one winner to represent Dayton LGBTQ+ Pride this year. To enter the 2023 Dayton Pride Logo Contest, look for more details on this page in February 2023!
2022 Pride Schedule
Friday, June 3rd
Affair on The Square
Courthouse Square at 6pm
Saturday, June 4th
Downtown at noon
Courthouse Square at Noon
Sunday, June 5th
PFLAG Running with Pride 5k Eastwood Park at 9am
Top of the Market at 1pm
AFFAIR ON THE SQUARE
Friday evening's event is the kick off to the LGBTQ+ festivities in Dayton. Affair on The Square is a casual evening of live entertainment featuring local LGBTQ+ youth, dueling pianos, Kyleen Downes, and The Rubi Girls! We'll have food trucks and beverages available for purchase. This great evening event is the official kick-off to Dayton Pride 2022!
We are going back to our traditional parade this year! Saturday begins with the PRIDE Parade stepping off at noon from Cooper Park before winding through downtown and arriving at Courthouse Square. With marching groups, floats, and of course lots of PRIDE, what is not to like about this yearly Parade.
The Pride festival continues after the PRIDE parade. With live entertainment, vendors and of course food, this is an event you cannot miss! We encourage you to bring the whole family, and provide a section just for kids that includes activities for all ages.
How can you support PRIDE?
Participate - One of the best this you can do to support PRIDE is the show up! Simply by being a part of our festival, whether a part of the LGBTQIA+ community or not, you are telling the Greater Dayton region that you are here and you support the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole.
Volunteer - PRIDE is a huge undertaking every year and is primarily pulled off by volunteers. Whether it is helping organize parade participants or setting up, or helping during the festival, volunteers are what make PRIDE happen.
Sponsor - The PRIDE Festival could not be what is is today without our sponsors. It is not just about a big party. It is the LGBT Center's largest fundraising event of the year. In other words, PRIDE lets the Center help others show their pride throughout the year.
Make a Donation - Donations from the community, not only during PRIDE but throughout the year, help the Center continue programing that benefit the community as a whole.