A Message from the Founder:
Northland Pride has truly been blessed since its inception. Our inaugural year in 2019 was a resounding success thanks to the co-leaders; dedicated volunteers; talented artists, musicians, performers; wonderful supporters; and for the community showing up on a hot June day to celebrate our wonderful queer family north of the river. In 2020 when we pivoted to a digital format in September, the community pivoted with us to tune in for a virtual celebration that truly carried the magic and values of our in-person event. 2021 was a remarkable second year of a virtual event, building off what we learned the year before and carrying on the Northland Pride tradition of bringing together and celebrating an amazing community.
I'm incredibly inspired and proud of my community: we're so resilient, we're so strong, we're such an amazingly talented family.
After much reflection, debate, and consideration, Northland Pride will be postponed this year. As a community member and long-time community activist, I recognize I need to take a step away to recharge in order to pour back into the community. I recognize I need rest and repair, especially now as personal matters have taken nearly all my energy and focus.
I recognize that I always want to bring my best for the community, and right now, I simply can't.
My vision for Northland Pride is to have a dedicated committee of folx north of the river who run this organization with the same values it's had since its inception: dedicated to uniting, uplifting, and creating a safer space for the Queer Community north of the Missouri River. Dedicated to centering the most marginalized of our incredibly diverse community. My hope is that between now and next year, that committee will be formed and Northland Pride can come back out of hiatus bolder and brighter.
Thank you all so much for your continued love and support, thank you so much for showing up for this organization and for each other, thank you all so much for being authentically you.
- JN Hernández