To our local LGBTQ+ community,
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones well. As we continue to address the challenges presented by the current public health crisis, Naples Pride has been working to find ways to support our local LGBTQ+ community.
Today, Naples Pride is proud to announce a $5000 commitment to emergency funding for LGBTQ+ Entertainers impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With events of all types being cancelled to reduce the spread of COVID-19, people who make income partially or fully through shows and tips are losing critical opportunities to support their well-being in our community. Therefore, as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded our Emergency Fund guidelines to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled shows or performances, due to COVID-19 shutdown measures. This fund is grounded in our core mission to provide funds and leverage resources to support and empower the local LGBTQ+ community.
The Naples Pride Emergency Fund will award grants of $200 to individual LGBTQ+ performers who live in Collier and Lee County and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. This fund is for individual artists only, not organizations or nonprofits.
This $5000 commitment is the first step. Our goal is to help as many people as possible and our hope is through community support we can raise more funds to expand the Naples Pride COVID-19 fund to more LGBTQ+ individuals who have been impacted by this crisis. We encourage others to join us in helping our local LGBTQ+ community through this challenging time.
We urge community members who are able, to please donate so we can continue to provide support to our LGBTQ+ community.
As always, thank you for your continuous support. We will get through this together.
The Naples Pride Board of Directors
DUE TO COVID-19 JUNE 2020
PRIDE FESTIVAL IS POSTPONED
To our community, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and everyone in between: Due to the rising concerns related to COVID-19 and our desire to protect our community, all events scheduled for Naples Pride, including the Miss Naples Pride Pageant and the Naples Pride Festival in June 2020 are being postponed. The situation is being monitored by the organization and the determination of when the events will be rescheduled are being assessed. More information will be provided at a later date in regard to the postponement of these events. We wish everyone in our community to remain healthy, safe, and happy, and look forward to celebrating the bonds of our community once this crisis has been averted.
To unite and empower the LGBTQ+ community of SWFL, to educate and foster equality for all.
Get involved with Naples Pride and support the LGBTQ+ people in your local community. Whether you want to help with one on one or group counseling, or perhaps assisting with public events, we can definitely use and appreciate your help!