Essex Pride exists to enhance and sustain the well-being of LGBTQIA+ individuals, their families, and their allies in the City of Essex Junction and the Town of Essex, Vermont; to provide support, social opportunities and cultivate safe spaces within a community of acceptance; and to advocate for LGBTQIA+ interests and equality.
We envision an inclusive community where LGBTQIA+ people feel empowered, safe, and are able to thrive because they feel celebrated, valued, and affirmed, and are proud to call Essex their home.
The first Essex Pride event: a dozen folks in the pouring rain at Five Corners (June 2022)
Disclaimer: Essex Pride events and the Essex Pride Festival are coordinated by Essex Pride, an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Vermont. Our Executive Board and Board of Directors are simply a handful of folks who want to uplift our LGBTQIA+ community during a time where queer and trans people are increasingly the targets of hate. Our goal is to share profits and donations raised from events we host and put that back into the Vermont community, including organizations whose resources uplift our LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized individuals. Homophobia and transphobia have no place in Essex - we strive to make that clear to anyone who thinks otherwise.