Community Spotlight: Pride Minot

Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 9:16 PM CDT
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The group's goal is to build Pride in the Minot community while creating a strong network for those who identify as LGBTQ and their supporters in the area.

The LGBTQ community has been around the Magic City for years, but it began organizing efforts to celebrate diversity in 2013.

"I think it's an amazing community with lots of friends, family, and it can do wonders. They can do good. Any organization that can do good is awesome," says Pride Minot President, Christina Fjeld.

Pride Minot relies on the support of the community, which they say has been more than they could have imagined after just a few years.

"It's a lot better than we ever anticipated which is awesome. The whole community comes out and shows support whether they're apart of this particular community or not. We're another group who needs the support of the community to know that we're not alone. We can live here in peace," says Fjeld.

Togetherness was the theme of this year's Pride event but Fjeld says it's much more than a theme, it's a lifestyle.

"Togetherness. It brings people together. It gives you a family you never knew you had. It gives you a support system. It gives you resources that you didn't even know existed," says Fjeld.

Pride Minot wants to provide entertainment, education and life skills to those in and out of the LGBT community.

You can catch Pride Minot at this year's Minot State Homecoming Parade on September 12​.