Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy


Flagstaff Pride


Flagstaff, AZ


Mission Northern Arizona Pride Association's mission is to educate, celebrate and increase acceptance and awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, two-spirits and transgender (LGBTQ2S) community of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. Through the production of our annual Pride in the Pines festival, we aspire to make a positive difference in the LGBTQ2S reality while creating a sense of Community. It is our Mission to embrace, promote, and support our cultural diversity, civil, and human rights by fighting discrimination of any kind.

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Kathryn Jim

Main Address

PO Box 1604

Flagstaff, AZ 86002 USA


education, LGBTQ human rights, civil rights, Transgender Awarness, Pride, Celebrate Diversity





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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What we aim to solve

The purpose of Pride in the Pines is to educate the general public of the needs and issues affecting the gay and lesbian community. We strive to rise above adversity taking special recognition of the vast and immensely positive contributions our diverse communities have made and continue to make. With this mission in mind, we strive to provide educational outreach to persons, directly and indirectly, involved in the gay and lesbian community through avenues such as Pride in the Pines. This event promotes a celebration of diversity and instils a great sense of morale and pride in our community. We will continue to provide yearly modules of our progress. Our future goal is opening our first-ever LGBTQ2S and Ally community center.

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Pride in the Pines

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The purpose of Pride in the Pines (Pride) is to produce a festival that educates the general public on the needs and issues impacting the LGBTQ2S+ Community. This event promotes a celebration of diversity and instils a great sense of morale and pride in the community at large. We strive to rise above adversity with a special emphasis on building upon the vast and immensely positive contributions our organization has achieved over the past 24 years. It is a testament to the gains made over the past nine years as civil and human rights have finally begun to be recognized for their successes.

Pride is an annual community celebration of diversity, gender expression, and acceptance. As such, our festival invites local talent to perform, helping to promote self-respect and confidence, to a group that is typically marginalized. Pride is a multi-day, multi-venue event, which provides an array of talent to Flagstaff by hosting culturally-diverse artists, dancers, theatre artists, and musical performances. This multitude of talent and collaboration provides a greater sense of community, not only to the LGBTQ2S+ community but to all who attend the festival. It provides the Flagstaff community with the chance to see creative performances they might not otherwise be able to experience. Pride strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment to foster further education through a variety of exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors. We are continuing to build a safe and empowering space for anyone to engage in exploring and expressing multiple, intersecting, and evolving identities. By producing this festival, we increase our visibility in the City of Flagstaff, as well as the LGBTQI2S+ community and our allies. We continue this visibility by hosting all-age fundraiser events throughout the year. These fundraisers mainly consist of drag shows, which continue our celebration of diversity. We also host community outreach programs, including an annual “Friendsgiving” dinner, as well as bowling nights, giving current and new members of our community the opportunity for continued support.

Our first Pride Festival took place on June 1996 and was put together by a handful of local community members. The festival was held at the Coconino County Fairgrounds because several members of the Flagstaff community were against having a Pride Festival within city limits. As we continued to hold our annual festival, we continued to grow. We held our festival for many years at Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff. We quickly outgrew this venue and decided to move the festival to the Thorpe Park Ball Fields, to accommodate our larger crowds. While strides have been made, our community is still a cultural minority and many of our members are continually marginalized within society. Our festival is an outward expression that we stand together and are dedicated to the continued fight for equal rights for all. Pride is a safe space for those who feel like outcasts, not accepted for who they truly are in the “real world.” We provide necessary resources through continued education and the continued acceptance; which so many people do not receive otherwise. Additionally, we are active supporters of the arts and bring performers not only well-known within our region, but throughout the nation. Pride festivals are viewed as a celebration of cultures, identity, and diversity; we feel strongly that Flagstaff is a better, more welcoming, and more vibrant community because of Pride in the Pines.

The planning of the Pride in the Pines festival starts 9-10 months prior to the event. With the delegation of duties distributed between the Board members, we are able to piece the planning together as a group. As mentioned previously, we rely heavily on social media to market our event. We hold several fundraisers throughout the year for the exclusive benefit to the annual festival. Our Executive Director works very closely with businesses and local community members to help sponsor those events. Annual budgets are created to scope the total expenses incurred each year for the event.

We strive to rise above adversity taking special recognition of the vast and immensely positive contributions our organization has achieved in the past 24 years. This event promotes a celebration of diversity and instils a great sense of morale and pride in our community, over the past 10 years, civil and human rights have finally been recognized for its achievements, which was far past due. However we still have more works to do with workplace discrimination, health care benefits and same-sex legal adoptions, the fight still continues until we are all truly equal. 2009 City of Flagstaff add domestic partner benefits 2010 City of Flagstaff award pride with Key to the City 2011 City of Flagstaff proclaimed June as LGBTQ month 2011 City of Flagstaff added domestic partnership registry 2013 City of Flagstaff passed Civil Rights Ordinance protecting the LGBTQ class 2015 Same-sex marriage legally recognized in Arizona 2016 June 26th Same-sex marriage legally recognized in the United States 2016 June 25th Flagstaff Pride flew the first The Rainbow Flag at a City Hall in Arizona, in remembrance of our brothers and sisters who we lost in the Orlando Shooting 2019 City of Flagstaff was the first to raise the rainbow flag for the whole month of June for PRIDE Month 2019 November Flagstaff Pride to raise Transgender Flag for Nov 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance 9 Board of Directors

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Organizational Demographics

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 10/10/2019

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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.