New local nonprofit supports LGBTQ+ community

Dubois County PRIDE, whose mission is to empower and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and promote allyship locally, has been granted non-profit status.

The designation allows Dubois County PRIDE! to receive tax-deductible donations.

The organization is an off-shoot of the committee that put on the popular Pride In The Park Festival, an event that originated and was overseen by ONE-Dubois County. Dubois County PRIDE has taken over ownership of the festival, scheduled this year for June 24 at the Dave Buehler Plaza in Jasper.

The new organization’s scope reaches beyond the Pride Festival. Its vision “is to create a safe and inclusive environment where individuals can express their true selves and receive the resources they need to thrive,” according to its website.

It has already been instrumental in establishing MOSAIC, a youth group that aims to provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ+ youth and their parents. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the VUJ campus.

Plans for establishing and incorporating Dubois County PRIDE began last year following the festival. Its board of directors comprises Mary Warner, president/executive director; Jessica Gubbins, secretary; Andy Gubbins, treasurer; Landen Weidenbenner; and Atalie Schroering. 

Dubois County PRIDE emphasizes that it “welcomes the participation of all, regardless of age, gender, gender identification, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and regardless of ability.”

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