To create a sense of community and promote education and social activities aimed at furthering the social and physical well-being and development of the LGBT community in the Red River Valley.
The center strives to be openly accepting of everyone — gay, lesbian, questioning, transgender, bisexual, pansexual, ally, polyamorous, and anyone else who is looking for a place to feel safe and supported.
During business hours, The Pride Collective and Community Center is open for drop-in support, activities, and socialization. There is a movie library, and wide collection of board games and video games available, as well as a full library of books on a variety of topics available for check out.
A BIT ON THE ALPHABET...
The FM Pride Collective and Community Center is an inclusive space. We strive to create an environment that is welcoming of all individuals regardless of their identity or sexuality. As a board, we are working diligently to seek out the unmet needs of our community and the individuals it is comprised of. So why are we only using the letters LGBT, instead of LGBTQA, or LGBTQQAAI, or GLBTIQQAAP?
There is plenty of debate on which letters are appropriate, how many letters are appropriate, and which order the letters ought to be placed in. After careful consideration, research, and discussion, we’ve chosen to opt for simplicity instead of creating what is commonly referred to as ‘alphabet soup’.
Even within each letter, there is a multitude of differences. For example, not all ‘L’s face the same type of issues, not all ‘G’s like to throw parties, and some people identify with multiple letters. If we try to incorporate the vastness of our specific identities into the rainbow alphabet, we would end up with the letter version of pi: not easy to say, not easy to type, stretching out into infinity, and still not even close to covering everyone’s differences.
Instead of trying to create the sense of inclusion by assigning everyone a letter, we intend to focus on action by implementing programming to fit your needs, acting as an ally to you, seeking out your input, and advocating for our rights.
If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, straight but allied, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, non-binary, pansexual, polyamorous, or any other identity, you have a welcome place in our community.
The Fargo-Moorhead Pride Collective and Community Center first opened in October of 2000, with the purpose of creating a safe and inclusive space for LGBTs of the area. Like many important resources, it was the product of a number of generous donors, and dedicated volunteers, with the right combination of passion and that wonderful Midwestern work ethic, which made this much needed space a reality.