• FdL Pride Alliance

Creating Connections, Building Community

In 2018, a group of people asked themselves: what can we do right now to create connection and build positive visibility for the LGBTQ+ community in the Fond du Lac area?

The first step toward that goal was to conduct a needs assessment survey to determine what the people in our community felt was missing in terms of facilities, resources, and services. We conducted an informal needs assessment survey, formed a volunteer-based group, and created an online clearinghouse of local, state, and national resources, references, and hotlines.

A rainbow-striped decal is displayed in a store window. The text is white, all capitals, and reads "Welcoming and Inclusive A Project of The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce"

Once we established a virtual presence, we then focused on identifying and promoting safe, affirming public spaces through participation in the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s state-wide Welcoming and Inclusive decal initiative. Nine local businesses and organizations are now proud members of this program, which had not existed in Fond du Lac prior to our efforts.

Now that we have obtained our official designation as a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we have expanded our efforts into the public sector. Our outreach and advocacy efforts now include informed allyship education courses in community, professional, K-12 educational, and faith-based settings. As we continue to grow, we will add community events, social gatherings, and outreach efforts to create positive visibility throughout the year.

Fond du Lac Pride Alliance recognizes that our community is composed of multiple, intersecting identities. We believe that all races, faiths, colors, abilities, identities, and statuses are valuable and worthy of kindness and respect. Through our efforts, Fond du Lac and its surrounding areas will be more inclusive, affirming, supportive, and safer for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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