Dear Northwest Indiana Pride Community,
We are excited to inform you that 2020 NWI Pride will not be canceled, but instead it will be rescheduled. This is due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. We have been closely monitoring the pandemic situation through local authorities and believe that this action must be taken. The NWI Pride Events Committee of LGBTQ Northwest Indiana has come to a decision which we believe is in the best interest of the community and has secured an alternate date for 2020 NWI Pride.
The festival will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Highland Parks & Recreation Department’s Lincoln Community Center. We are hopeful that the current COVID-19 situation will be resolved before this date. The NWI Pride Events Committee reserves the right to reschedule or cancel 2020 NWI Pride based on the outcome of the coming months. Festival announcements will be made via social media, event website and email.
We are working to build a vibrant and robust LGBTQ+ community in Northwest Indiana, where we can provide people safe spaces in which to be their authentic and complete selves which will especially be important following these weeks or months of social distancing and shelter-in-place directives. We also provide education for the general public, increase awareness and sensitivity among service providers regarding LGBTQ+ issues and concerns, provide resources for LGBTQ+ people and their allies, and build greater acceptance in the region. NWI Pride is an opportunity to create more visibility for this initiative, and to identify supportive businesses, individuals, and groups who can help in this effort. One of our goals is to eventually have a strong support network and a permanent space for an LGBTQ+ community resource center. 2020 NWI Pride, as a community-building event, should again be a great catalyst.
On a more local scale, NWI Pride will be beneficial not just to the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, but also to the community at large, the Town of Highland, and to all our sponsors and donors. Being visible at a nationally advertised event such as this could be a big boon for the businesses who choose to sponsor or become a vendor. Being identified as an open, welcoming, and inclusive business in our region is also a positive marketing point.
LGBTQ Northwest Indiana Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is producing the second annual NWI Pride on September 12, 2020 through the efforts of the organization’s NWI Pride Events branch. This event will be a one-day, family-friendly, indoor, LGBTQ+ supportive festival intended to highlight diversity & inclusion, to celebrate LGBTQ+ community members and their allies in Northwest Indiana, to showcase supportive resources and businesses, and to be FUN!
NWI Pride will be held at the Lincoln Community Center in Highland, Indiana. This 42,000+ ft2 indoor venue is a fantastic location, and we expect attendees from all over Northwest Indiana and even from out of state – the event will be advertised locally, regionally, and nationally. There are a variety of sponsorship, donor, vendor, and volunteer opportunities. Based on 2019 NWI Pride attendance, this year’s numbers could be 1000-2000 attendees.