INDIANAPOLIS, April 20, 2017 – Indy Pride, Inc., a cornerstone of Central Indiana’s LGBTQ+ community, announced a $165,000 commitment last week to Indiana Youth Group’s “Power of Safe” capital campaign. This three-year commitment will see Indy Pride move its offices to the future home of IYG, located at 3733 N. Meridian Street. Indy Pride also announced a new admission fee for this year’s Circle City IN Pride Festival. Funds raised by the admission fee ($4 in advance or $5 at the door) will support the IYG commitment as well as other LGBTQ+ focused organizations in Indiana.
“Indy Pride is proud to invest in the future of the LGBTQ+ community by partnering with Indiana Youth Group,” Jason H. Nolen-Doerr, President of the Indy Pride, Inc. Board of Directors, said. “We are working in tandem with donors to provide resources to secure a space for our youth today, programming for the local LGBTQ+ community and the development of future leaders.”
“The possibilities are endless in a world where Indy Pride and Indiana Youth Group collaborate for the betterment of the community, especially when it impacts our LGBTQ+ youth. IYG is always looking for volunteer engagement opportunities from the community and a place where our youth can connect when they age out of IYG services. Indy Pride is a logical partner for IYG,” said IYG Director of Communications and Development Buffy Adams.
Adams further explained the important timing of this $165,000 commitment as IYG has experienced a surge in attendance since the signing of Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 2015, “IYG has a bit of a chicken and an egg situation occurring: As youth attendance increases, we need to add more relevant programming AND the more relevant programming we add, the more youth attendance increases! “
Price of entrance to the festival will also cover enhancements to the attendee experience, improved security measures, hydration and cooling stations, diversified entertainment and a robust family zone with family-focused entertainment.
“We truly see the admission fee as an opportunity for attendees to make a personal investment in the Circle City IN Pride Festival, the future of Indy Pride, and the support offered to the entire LGBTQ+ community,” said H.R. Jung, Indy Pride Festival Director. A supply of complimentary tickets will be provided to area service providers and non-profit organizations to assist those enduring financial hardships. “We are committed to maintaining the accessibility of our programming and are excited to partner with service providers throughout the state to help those in financial need experience the Festival,” Jung added.
To purchase advance admission tickets, beverage tickets, and tickets for other opportunities, please visit www.circlecityinprideticket.eventbrite.com. Members of Indy Pride will receive discounts and free entry to the Circle City IN Pride Festival. To become a member, please visit www.indypride.org/membership.
To donate to Indy Pride, Inc. throughout the year, please visit www.indypride.org/give.
About Indiana Youth Group
Indiana Youth Group (IYG) is a thirty-year-old nonprofit and one of the largest LGBTQ youth centers of its kind across the country. It is unique in that it is a stand-alone organization serving LGBTQ youth and the community rather than being a division or arm of a larger umbrella organization. Indiana Youth Group (IYG) creates safe spaces, provides wellness programming, and educates LGBTQ youth and the community.
IYG’s 30+ monthly programs and services are life-changing and life-saving. IYG is able to serve as a one-stop-shop for more than 750 LGBTQ youth annually who are empowered through wellness programs, social and leadership opportunities, family support services and educational programs that include homework sessions, tutoring, study groups, career and college prep. IYG works closely with medical and mental health organizations throughout the state, more than 94 Gay Straight Alliance organizations inside Indiana schools and dozens of LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) inside Indianapolis corporations, who provide financial and volunteer contributions.
About Indy Pride, Inc.
Indy Pride, Inc. is a wholly volunteer-managed not-for-profit corporation to unite and serve its members and the LGBTQ community of Central Indiana through leadership development, education and support programs, and community events that achieve inclusivity, equality, strong community connections, and awareness of LGBTQ issues. Best known for the annual Circle City IN Pride Festival, Indy Pride, Inc. does philanthropic work throughout the year to support many organizations throughout Central Indiana. Indy Pride welcomes the participation of all, regardless of age, creed, gender identification, HIV status, national origin, race, religion, sexual origin or ability. To learn more about Indy Pride, please visit, www.indypride.org/.
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