To create a thriving LGBTQIA+ community in the Texas Panhandle areas through enhanced individual self-worth and cultural pride.
All persons are equally accepted and respected.
Panhandle Pride, Inc., is the premier organization working to promote a thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) community in the Texas Panhandle. We do this by enhancing individual self-worth and cultural pride, with the vision that all persons are equally accepted and respected. For the past few years, Panhandle Pride has held a festival on the 4th Sunday of June. Our celebration has grown from an attendance of 100 people in 2012 to an estimated 6000 in 2017. We hold the festival in late June to coincide with the anniversary of the turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States – the Stonewall uprising which began on June 28, 1969 in NYC. Panhandle Pride Inc. started in 2012 as a worship service followed by a potluck picnic held by Metropolitan Community Church Amarillo (MCCA), with an estimated 100 people in attendance. The following year, there was an estimated 500 people.
In 2014, other organizations in the community participated: City of Amarillo, Dept. of Public Health and Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (AUUF). The Dept. of Public Health provided free and confidential on-site HIV testing. Vendors were invited. There was live local entertainment and a DJ. That year, there was an estimated 1000 people that attended the potluck picnic in the park.
In 2015, there was a decision made to become a non-profit corporation. Meetings were held to plan the festival and to start the process of obtaining 501(c)3 status. A website and a Facebook page were developed. Vendors were invited to register their information. Once the legal paperwork was submitted, the organization looked for sponsors. The off-duty Amarillo Police Officers on-site at the picnic estimated that there was “an easy 2000, probably closer to 3000” people in attendance. There were 36 vendors present, live entertainment, DJ, the potluck picnic, and free and confidential on-site HIV testing in the Dept. of Public Health’s mobile unit, The 212 Club’s Drag Queens, and a parade down the middle of the park.
This year, Panhandle Pride Inc. is thrilled to have a week full of events, creating our first PRIDE week!
Starting on Saturday, June 16, with the painting of the cars in Pride colors at the historic Cadillac Ranch.
Thursday, June 21, is Pride Paint Night at Studio 3313, where artists and budding artists will paint a Pride-themed canvas.
Friday, June 22, is Sashay to Stonewall. Wear Red and walk with our Drag Queens in remembrance of Stonewall with a presentation at the Potter County Courthouse lawn, followed by Drag Bingo at The 212 Club.
Saturday, June 23, is Pride Movie Night at Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, featuring the exclusive Amarillo screening of “And Then There Was Eve.”
Sunday, June 24, is the Panhandle Pride Festival and Celebration at Memorial Park where the community comes together. There are currently 85 vendors with more signing up daily, food trucks and vendors, Kid’s area with two bouncy houses, face painting, Home Depot (free) Kid’s workshop and much, much more! We are honored to have 21 sponsors this year. We hold the picnic at the park so that it is available to anybody who wishes to attend. No gates, No fences, No entrance fees. Yes, FREE Admission. Every age group and sector of the community is represented at the picnic. Each year, there are more kid-friendly activities. In addition, Panhandle Pride Inc. hopes to continue to grow to include more people, more businesses, and more organizations from the entire Texas Panhandle, to create a community network.
Come join us this year at Memorial Park on June 24th. Have a booth, or just bring your lawn chair and sunscreen, wear your Pride colors, eat some great food, meet some awesome people, and listen to some fabulous local talent. It is truly a day filled with Love, Inclusion, and Hope. We are Panhandle Pride.