Acknowledging the connections that uplift pride in the community


Originally published by the Cleveland Foundation

In 1989, Cleveland celebrated its first annual Pride in the city. Pride is the treasured time of year where members of the LGBTQ+ community can freely express their truest and authentic selves without repercussions. Every June, the city is decorated in symbolic rainbow colors to represent the overdue visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals. The month honors and remembers those who fought for LGBTQ+ people to be seen, heard and respected.

After a switch of format last year due to the pandemic, Pride in the CLE returns in full force with in-person and virtual opportunities starting on June 4. As we join the festivities, we also take the opportunity to recognize just a few of the many nonprofit organizations and efforts that continue to support the LGBTQ+ community and positively impact the Greater Cleveland area. The three organizations spotlighted below received grant funding through the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which in its second phase focuses on basic needs, responding to housing challenges and PPE distribution to reduce the spread of the virus.

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