Our Story: It all started with a picnic.
In July 2021, Lucy created the Carrollton Rainbow Facebook group. The original idea was to have a private social media group for LGBTQIA+ community members and allies to have a safe space for discussing issues, planning events and making friends. As the group grew organically and the world started to normalize, a few people met to discuss the possibility of making PRIDE happen.
In October 2022, Carrollton Rainbow Inc became an official 501c3 nonprofit organization and the second Carrollton PRIDE event took place with the help of our friends at 4AM Coffee Roasters Cafe and a few church sponsorships to cover costs.
What started as a simple idea for a community picnic has now become a vision to build a community where all people are valued and respected for who they are and mission to create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies in the Carrollton, Georgia area through community outreach, education, advocacy, and engagement.
Our Vision, Mission and Purpose
Our vision is to build a community where all people are valued and respected for who they are.
Our mission is to create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies in the West Georgia area through community outreach, education, advocacy, and engagement.
Our purpose is to provide comprehensive support for the LGBTQIA+ community in West Georgia, to empower them to live authentically and express themselves freely without fear of discrimination or judgment and to foster confidence and pride in their identity, their community and their shared cultural history.
We seek to foster a sense of belonging and connection within our community, providing a safe and supportive space for individuals to express themselves and connect with others who share their experiences. We strive to foster communication, tolerance, and mutual aid among LGBTQIA+ persons and allies and oppose prejudice in society at large and within the LGBTQIA+ and allied communities.
We are committed to advocating for policies and laws that promote equality and protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals We are committed to combating and repairing bigotry in personal, private, and public settings in our rural communities through Q&As, ally-oriented workshops, communal bonding opportunities, and other “safe spaces” to ask questions without fear of judgment or condemnation in good-faith conversations with local populace.
We believe that education is key to reducing discrimination and promoting equality and we strive to provide education that is accessible, informative, and engaging. We aim to raise awareness and promote understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues and believe that it is essential to celebrate the diversity and resilience of our community.
We believe that community engagement is essential to promoting a sense of belonging and pride and we seek to provide opportunities for individuals to connect with others, build relationships and support one another. We encourage fellowship and support among participating businesses, professionals, individuals, charities, religious spaces and public organizations in their charitable pursuits in the LGBTQIA+ community and encourage our LGBTQIA+ citizens to live openly and with pride