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Christopher Wood, Founder and 2018/2020 Festival Director

Who We Are

Staunton Pride is a volunteer-led organization that formed in 2018 and organized its first Pride festival on October 5th-7th, 2018. Proceeds generated from Staunton Pride are donated to the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center, in support of their outreach, education and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community in the Shenandoah Valley.


"No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us."

-Marsha P. Johnson-

Staunton Pride is committed to providing diverse programming and events throughout the year, aimed at celebrating, uplifting, and advocating on behalf of our multi-faceted and intersectional communities.

We strive for LGBTQIA+ representation and full equity.  

Our Pride Values:

- to build visible community and foster stronger community connections

- to create space for dialogue rooted in equity and social justice

- to always center queer joy and resilience

Mission and Values


“Staunton Pride opens storytelling workshop to help community navigate their stories."- NEWSLEADER - Click Here

“Staunton didn't have a very visible LGBTQ+ community. She helped build one."- NEWSLEADER - Click Here

“Come out downtown on Saturday for Staunton Pride, 2020"- NEWSLEADER - Click Here

“Staunton Pride festival canceled in-person; to move to virtual festival"- NEWSLEADER - Click Here 

“Creating a safe haven for the LGBTQ community in the Valley"- NEWSLEADER - Click Here

“Staunton Pride atmosphere "feels like home"" - WHSV - Click Here

“Staunton to Hold First Pride Festival this Fall" - NBC29 - Click Here

“Staunton's first Pride to celebrate LGBTQ community" - NEWSLEADER - Click Here

“5,000+ expected at Staunton's first Pride festival" - NEWSLEADER - Click Here

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