In June of 2018, Johnny Miller, Fernandina Beach Commissioner and Mayor, arranged to fly the gay pride flag over city hall for one week in acknowledgement and celebration of the Fernandina Beach LGBTQ+ community. The flag flew for a week and then came down. We still have that flag with signatures from everyone who attended the impromptu flag lowering celebration.
In September 2018 the city commission passed a resolution that only allows for the federal, state and city flags to be flown over city hall. During discussion at this meeting, several of us spoke about the importance of recognizing the LGBTQ+ community in Fernandina Beach. Each and every commissioner asked that instead of flying a flag we hold a Gay Pride Parade instead. So, here we are.
Fernandina Beach Pride, Inc. was formed in January 2019 by a group of dedicated activists that believe the LGBTQ+ community in Fernandina Beach deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated. On June 8th and 9th 2019, we are holding the first Fernandina Beach Gay Pride Weekend that will include a Saturday parade, daylong festival and Sunday faith services across the community. It will be the first of many celebrations, activities, events, and outreach honoring our LGBTQ+ community.
Our vision is to create an inspiring and dedicated culture of support across our diverse community. We encourage fellowship and support among participating businesses, professionals, individuals and charitable pursuits in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities.
We will foster communication, appreciation, celebration, education and mutual support among LGBTQ+ persons and the allied communities of Nassau County. Our aim is to provide positive role models in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities through mutual support and respect. We seek to unite the people of Nassau County in promoting the history, diversity, and future prosperity of the LGBTQ+ Community.
Show your support of love and understanding to our neighbors.
Fernandina Beach Pride is long past due and is an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to have a safe space and a voice in Nassau County.
And, to have fun along the way!
Dr. Theresa Sparks
What does PRIDE mean to me? In 1988, I participated in my first PRIDE parade and it was also the first for the city of Nashville, TN. Part of me was terrified and afraid of the reactions of others, but mainly, it felt like I had come home. Finding and celebrating community is what PRIDE means to me.
It’s an honor to be a part of Fernadina Beach Pride and its efforts to build a more inclusive community in Nassau County. I believe all citizens deserve equal treatment & opportunity and look forward to working alongside an organization that values and encourages diversity.