Message from the President:
As we enter 2015, it’s hard not to reflect on the positive strides that have been made in the LGBTQ fight for equality.
We celebrated the federal courts striking down Amendment One as unconstitutional just as we entered Pride week. Love Won in North Carolina and continues to win across the country. Florida has become the 36th state where you can marry regardless of your sexual orientation.
Here at home, the Adam Foundation celebrated 25 years of giving to the local LGBTQ community; Winston-Salem hosted the inaugural Out at the Movies Fest; and Equality Winston-Salem held the first ‘In Good Company’ Awards Banquet to benefit the North Star LGBT Community Center.
The success of these events demonstrates the strength of our community and we applaud the efforts of our many friends and counterparts in these organizations.
On the healthcare front, the Affordable Care Act included provisions for LGBTQ people, federal transgender employees gained coverage for transition-related care, the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act was signed into law, and the FDA has recommended a reduction in the criteria that banned gay male blood donors.
Our need to create a safe place in time, to claim our solidarity – our pride as LGBTQ individuals – to stand and march alongside our allies down the streets of Winston-Salem is not going away anytime soon.
For this reason, the Pride Winston-Salem Board of Directors is excited to already be planning our 2015 festival.
A new governing board is in place with a good blend of experienced members and new members bringing new ideas, energy and skill sets.
Your voice is welcome, too. We have grown our committees and we value diverse opinions to pull off a memorable Pride for the entire LGBTQ community. Please consider joining us today by signing up as a volunteer on our website.
In the coming weeks, look for the roll out this year’s 2015 theme and details on our first fundraiser.
Here’s to an exceptional 2015…
From the entire Pride Winston-Salem Board, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Pride Winton-Salem President