The Pride Network strives to develop a more involved and informed LGBTQ community through leadership programs and practical solutions that build, educate and empower sustainable community networks.
Declaración de Misión: (Spanish)
The Pride Network se esfureza a desarollar una comunidad LGBTQ más ivolucrados e informados a través de programas de liderazgo y soluciones prácticas que construen, educan y empoderan redes comunitarias sostenibles.
Déclaration de Mission: (French)
The Pride Network s'évertue à se développer une communauté Lesbienne, Gay, Bisexuel et Transexuel plus s'engager et informé par les programmes des directions et les solutions pratique qui augmentent, forment et autorisent les réseaux des communauté viable.
The Pride Network envisions a society where strong community leaders create and sustain networks toward a more conscious and engaged LGBTQ culture. The Pride Network also looks to a time when a fundamental part of being an LGBTQ person is the opportunity to access a community that empowers and informs the individual about their collective past, present, and future.
- We believe that being proud of one’s own identity is a fundamental human right.
- We believe that pride is a core component in well informed and empowered individuals and communities.
- We believe that informed individuals create and contribute to a healthier community.
- We believe that strong leadership is essential to individual’s and communities’ growth and development.
- We recognize that diversity and inclusion is integral to any process of community building, and will honor the experiences of all individuals, regardless of identity or experience.
- We believe it takes just one individual to create a positive impact, and will empower anyone willing to step up to a position of leadership and bring real impact on lives in our communities.
- We believe effective organizing and community development require genuine collaboration, coalition building, and the creation of sustainable networks.
- We recognize that media and social networking play a vital role in the construction of movements, and are committed to innovative and responsible use.
- We support allies who work towards bettering the LGBTQ community in a genuine and thoughtful approach.
- We support movements, communities, and people who are also working toward social justice in any of its forms, and we continue to be committed to justice for all. Volunteers want to feel supported.
2008: The Pride Network was founded at Hofstra University by Christian Fuscarino to create a safe, social, stronger, and more unified LGBTQ community on campus by providing educational programs and a network of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
2009: The Pride Network forms chapters in order to apply a similar concept used at the university in communities. Chapters now are working to connect people, organizations, and companies with the LGBTQ movement by using community workshops and programs that engage individuals to be leaders.
2010: Smaller community organizations in New Jersey dissolve and join efforts with The Pride Network in order to help end bias and prejudice in schools by providing education and practical solutions to facilitate change. The Pride Network offers it’s first Gay-Straight Alliance Summit. The Hudson Pride Connections Center becomes a 501c3 fiscal sponsor of The Pride Network.
2011: The Pride Network is now offering programming in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A public service announcement with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Carmen Carrera is produced to help raise awareness about the importance of volunteering.
2012: The Pride Network becomes an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. The Community Agent Training Program and the SPEAK Summit Program are launched.