Pride Northwest, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, based in Portland, Oregon, serving the Pacific Northwest LGBTQ community. Pride Northwest is community-run and community-led.
Founded in 1994, our mission is to encourage and celebrate the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans communities, and to assist in the education of all people through the development of activities that showcase the history, accomplishments, and talents of these communities. Pride Northwest is most known for the annual Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade, the largest LGBTQ cultural celebration between San Francisco and Seattle. Pride Northwest also works to celebrate and support the whole of the Pacific Northwest’s LGBTQ community year-round. Whether working with the City of Portland to improve the safety and livability of the LGBTQ community, supporting other Pride organizations like Q Center, Latinx Pride, Black Pride, and API Pride, sponsoring rural Prides around the region, building community with our incarcerated LGBT youth, or showcasing the artistic talents of LGBTQ people, our goal is to provide visibility around the issues impacting our community, and to celebrate the culture and contributions of our community.
The Portland Pride festival is the single, largest visibility avenue for our region’s LGBTQ community organizations and businesses, where they can attract new supporters and clients, increase their volunteer base, and raise much needed funds. In addition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Portland each year, bringing significant revenue to the local LGBTQ business community and to the city, as a whole.