How Do We Celebrate Peoria PRIDE on Z92.3?

We’re proud to support LGBTQ+ Pride this month and throughout the year! Below we have highlighted just a few of the many programs and organizations that are working to make a positive impact on the LGBTQ+ Community.

Here’s some good times with Brian & The Morning Grind and Central Illinois Friends Mardi Gras!

photo cred RedHot Brian Scott

CENTRAL ILLINOIS FRIENDS

We provide free STI/STD testing & help you navigate your options for treatment. We are here to help people living with HIV live a long & healthy life while working to get our community to zero new HIV diagnosis through PrEP & free contraceptives. Central Illinois FRIENDS is a regional non-profit service organization which is committed to preventing the spread of HIV and other STI related cases through initiatives that provide support for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. These services reach the men, women, and children in Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell, Marshall, Putnam, Stark, LaSalle, Knox, Fulton, McLean, Mason, McDonough, Hancock, Henderson, Livingston, and Warren Counties.

photo cred of CIF

PEORIA PROUD

Peoria Proud is an organization locally based in Peoria, Illinois aiming to unify and build a stronger LGBT+ community through events and support groups. Hope to see you at any of the updated list of events below or more info here!

6/10 Ticket Raffle at Sparkys for Pride Night at the Chiefs 9p-1a $1/ticket entry more info here!

6/11 10a-6p 8th Annual Pride Family Cookout at the Dogwood Shelter at Detweiller park. Free HIV/STD testing available. Free COVID 19 vaccines. Free Food, vendors and entertainment more info here!

6/11 Movie screening with the Peoria Public Library (North Branch) 4pm “But I’m a Cheerleader” more info here!

6/17 2nd Annual Pride Ride at Styles Studio Fitness 5:30p-9p 6/24 Sparkys Pride Night 9p-1a Karaoke by Miss G, spotlight performances all night long more info here!

6/26 Light the Bridge Rainbow to commemorate the anniversary of Stonewall 6/27 National HIV Testing Day – Hosted by Central Illinois Friends at 3 Walgreens locations in the Peoria area (details to come) more info here!

7/15 Pride Night at the Chiefs 5:30 doors, 6:30 game – get your tickets through Peoria Proud 50% of the proceeds come back to Peoria Proud more info here!

7/16 River City Pride Fest 10a-10p at the Riverfront – free admission, entertainment, food and fun all day long more info here!

7/17 Drag-N-Paint Brunch at the Par-A-Dice (details to come) more info here!

7/30 Family Fun Night with the Tri-County Urban League at the Urban League 6p-9p more info here!

Our mission statement is supported by our goals which are:• Build and maintain our organization to a level that ensures we have resources; in the form of information, funds, staff, and supporters to progress in our work with the greatest possible effect

RIVER CITY PRIDE FEST

Organized by local LGBTQ+ community outreach group Peoria Proud, River City Pridefest in Peoria, Illinois is an annual celebration of self-expression, community, and LGBTQ+ equality

GLAAD

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

GLSEN

GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality. Our research and experience have shown that there are four major ways that schools can cultivate a safe and supportive environment for all their students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

GSA NETWORK

Genders & Sexualities Alliances, or GSAs for short, are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. GSAs have evolved beyond their traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN (HRC)

By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, the Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people plus community members who use different language to describe identity are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

IT GETS BETTER PROJECT

The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. The It Gets Better Project envisions a world where all LGBTQ+ youth are free to live equally and know their worthiness and power as individuals.

MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION: HATE CRIME PREVENTION RESOURCES

The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s mission is to amplify the story of Matthew Shepard to inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to embrace the dignity and equality of all people. Through local, regional, and national outreach, they empower individuals to find their voice to create change and challenge communities to identify and address hate that lives within our schools, neighborhoods, and homes.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hotline (1-800-273-8255).  It provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 200 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.

PFLAG

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With nearly 400 chapters and 250,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.

THE JED FOUNDATION

The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.

THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.

TRUE COLORS UNITED.

True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people. In the United States, 4.2 million youth experience homelessness each year, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. True Colors United is committed to changing that.

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