Who We Are & What We Do

Rome Pride was created to celebrate community, diversity, visibility, and inclusion and to connect our community to the larger celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride around the world.

Mission

We believe that love and representation is everyone’s right as a human. With our annual festival, we come together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Vision

Through promoting understanding of Northwest Georgia’s rich and growing diversity, we envision building a community for LGBTQ+ people for generations to come.

History of Rome Pride

In 2018, Justin Deal of Rome, Georgia hosted “Pride: 30” on June 30th. It was a social event hosted at the Moon Roof Bar and featured prizes, live music, contests, and provided visibility of the LGBTQ+ community of Rome, Georgia. Around 125 attendees enjoyed the event which was the first public social event in Rome, Georgia celebrating Pride.

 

“Pride Rome, Georgia,” the 2nd annual iteration, featured live music, contests and prizes, games, a beach theme, and Pride swag to attendees at the River Dog Outpost & Paddle Co. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots of 1969, the 2nd annual “Pride Rome, Georgia,” sponsored by Justin Deal, Terri Morgan with Turn Your Back On Hate Rome & Russell Evans and Rebekah Kinney from #TeamKinney from the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge, honored inclusion, celebrated diversity and increased visibility of the rural LGBTQ+ community of Northwest Georgia.

2020 was a tough year for us all, and we had no celebration that year.

In 2021, Benjamin Gentry (aka Courtney Chanel Stratton), hosted a Drag Pride Show at the River Arts District Playhouse. The event sold out, and the demand for more events during Pride became obvious.

This year we are calling Rome Pride 2022 our "inaugural" year because it is the first year with an active board/committee, we have an official host in the PFLAG Rome Georgia chapter, and we have received an outpouring of support from the City of Rome, local families and organization, and have resources due to the generous sponsorships from the business community. And—we are going all out.

 

What we envisioned as a one-day event has ballooned into an entire weekend of Pride activities. The community asked, and we wanted to go all out and deliver. We hope you enjoy Rome Pride 2022.

Meet the Board Members