PRIDE is a celebration of the LGBTIQ+ 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. We will not be having Sunday activities in 2021, but will bring this back in the future.
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.
Pride 2021 "Together As One"
The Greater Dayton LGBT Center once again held a community wide Logo Contest as part of the overall planning for Pride 2021. We are pleased to introduce everyone to this year's winner - Meaghan Nevers!
My name is Meaghan Nevers, and I am a graduate of Full Sail University, where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design. I primarily design for companies and individuals, but I enjoy using my design skills to contribute to my community whenever I can. When I'm not working on a project or drawing outrageous illustrations, I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, Brook, who I have been with for almost four years. We enjoy watching HGTV, making each other laugh so hard we cry, seeing who has the best comebacks, and playing at the dog park with our dog, Clover. They are both my inspiration and help keep me grounded with who I am -- which is cooky, imaginative, creative, and very proud to be a part of the LGBT+ community.
2021 Pride Schedule
Friday, June 4th
6:30p to 9:00p
Affair on The Square
Saturday, June 5th
10:00a to 11:00a
Reverse PRIDE Parade Downtown Dayton
Noon to 4:00p
PRIDE Festival Courthouse Square
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 bands followed by an always amazing Rubi Girls show! We'll have food trucks and beverages available for purchase.
Saturday begins with the PRIDE Parade. With candy, freebees, and of course PRIDE, what is not to like about this yearly Parade. Due to its great success last year, we are bringing our 'Reverse Parade' back for 2021. Decorate your cars and join us and show your proud to be part of Dayton's LGBTQ+ community.
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.