Mission: Sarasota Pride, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Sarasota, Florida. Our mission is to promote the elimination of prejudice and discrimination, the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, along with visibility and self-esteem among gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons and to promote a positive image in the Sarasota area and throughout Florida through community activities and services. To this enhance this mission, Sarasota Pride, promotes the values of accepting the differences in all individuals without bias, recognizing the right of all individuals to mutual respect, creating positive interaction through outreach and coalition building, fostering environments for individuals and groups to learn about one another, providing supportive environments and networks to empower positive change and recognizing that a denial of equality for anyone is a denial of equality for all. Through these values, we work to increase visibility, educate on issues important to LGBT communities and work for equal rights and benefits for all LGBT people. We encourage and support tolerance, acceptance, synergy, and collaboration and most importantly UNITY.
Results: Sarasota Pride, Inc. has been in existence since 1989 and was incorporated in 2002. In 2010, Sarasota Pride's Pride Fest was brought out to Main Street in Sarasota and moved from May to October. Each year the attendance was increased and more sponsors and vendors have made Pride Fest a destination in October.