East Central MN Pride’s mission is to: “support persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and to provide information and education regarding this population to the general public living in east central Minnesota.”
The annual Pride in the Park event is held the first Sunday in June in Robinson Park in Pine City. This event is always free and open to all and gives LGBTQ persons, other diverse audiences, their friends and allies an opportunity to participate and build community with other East Central Minnesota citizens within a high-quality, cultural environment. We concentrate on reaching people in the five counties of Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine and Chisago. We draw people from as far south as the Twin Cities, north to Duluth, and to the adjoining Wisconsin counties.
Many LGBTQ and people from other diverse backgrounds living rurally or in small towns still often find it necessary to go to neighboring large cities for cultural experiences and/or to find quality entertainment. Likewise, the rest of the east central MN citizens might not have an opportunity to attend events where they can share in a cultural experience with people from a variety of social, economic, racial backgrounds and sexual orientations. We feel our event fulfills both needs. It has also been a goal to use the performing arts as a vehicle to bring the LGBTQ and other diverse groups – as well as the general population – together in a safe, welcoming, high quality, culturally-rich experience. ECM Pride is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
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