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<<First Name>> - 10/21/20
Edition: 2020 | Issue: 8.1



Read the full visioning statement here



“We need places to be together.”

THE NEED

We lack both committed spaces (those reserved for the explicit use of the LGBTQ+ community) and identified safe space (where LGBTQ+ people are welcomed and affirmed in an open and inviting way).


THE VISION

In five years, Waco will have physical committed spaces and safe spaces that are readily available and easily identifiable.



THE WORK

Developing an LGBTQ+ community center in Waco.

Producing a way for local businesses and other spaces to identify themselves as safe


“I’d love to see us get a Resource Center for the LGBTQ Community with all forms of Local resources”

THE NEED

Concerns regarding whether or not resources are safe dominate community conversation. Often, even where resources are available and affordable, there is no way to identify whether or not they are safe for Waco’s LGBTQ+ community.

THE VISION

In five years, there will be identified resources in Waco that are accessible, and safe for the LGBTQ+, specifically resources focused on youth, trans healthcare, mental healthcare, and jobs.


THE WORK

Continuing to support LGBTQ+ youth in finding their own voice and amplifying their self-advocacy through Youth Council

Developing a listing of safe resources

Creating a “resource” hub through our physical presence at a community center and our digital presence online

Highlighting employers that are safe, identifying employers that are not safe, and advocating to employers on how they could be more affirming for their LGBTQ+ employees and customers



"There's‌ ‌still‌ ‌the‌ ‌stigma”‌

THE NEED

The need here is deeply felt. Our community feels disconnected both from itself and the greater Waco community. We do not see ourselves in business, community, or civic leadership. We do not feel that Waco is for us.

THE VISION

In five years, Waco will have a thriving connected LGBTQ+ community where community engagement occurs regularly. LGBTQ+ folx will feel supported by the greater Waco community and believe that its issues are dealt with seriously by local institutions.

THE WORK

Continuing to host the OUT on the Brazos Pride Festival each year

Hosting additional gatherings/events throughout the year

Developing a digital community

Encouraging and developing focused support groups and networks within the community

Creating “support and meeting” spaces in our community center

Engaging with business, community and civic leaders regarding LGBTQ+ issues

Advocating for the LGBTQ+ community on an issues basis


A Place FOR Us
in person and online

The community needs places to come together, a center. A place on the map where members of the community know they can go, be welcomed, find support, and access resources with an active community online to match.

This will be a BIG lift and we will need a lot of community support in this effort. We will be looking to the community for additional input on what the uses and features of such a center would be and we will need help in developing a plan and funding for such a center.

We believe this is a goal our community can accomplish and we are enlivened by the challenge its pursuit presents.



To Support Waco’s LGBTQ+ Community:
  • Keep an open mind
  • Engage with the LGBTQ+ people you know
  • If you are welcoming and affirming...MAKE IT KNOWN
  • If you are not welcoming and affirming consider thoughtfully why
  • Hire an LGBTQ+ employee
  • Serve an LGBTQ+ customer
  • Fund an LGBTQ+ entrepreneur
To Support Waco Pride Network:
  • Volunteer your time
  • Donate
  • If you offer a service and are welcoming and affirming - let us know
  • If you are hold an event that is welcoming and affirming - let us know
  • If you have questions about what more you can do - let us know
The WPN is an all-volunteer nonprofit and its efforts are made possible by those willing to donate one's time, talents, or finances to help make our dreams possible.

Whether our volunteers' contributions include a $5 monthly donation, vendor participation, donation of one's precious time, community support, committee membership, or even liking and sharing social media activity, each volunteer makes a huge difference.

Sign up to volunteer for the Waco Pride Network today. Together, and only together, can we make a difference.
Your donation will not only support the financial aspects of our mission, it will serve as a statement.

Your donation says that you stand against those that wish us to simply go away, to remain silent about who we are.

Your donation says that you stand with this community in its struggle for affirmative acceptance and recognition.
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