Formed in late 2018/early 2019, volunteers that comprise the Whatcom Youth Pride Coalition (WYPC) - school staff and educators, parents, and community members - came together with a shared goal of finding ways to celebrate and show support to LGBTQIA+ youth in Whatcom County.
In June 2019, the WYPC hosted one of the nation's only all-youth Pride Parade and Festivals. LGBTQIA+ youth, allies, and their families marched along a short parade route while the community lined the streets with signs and shouts of support. The day culminated in a large festival with LGBTQIA+ youth-focused or allied organizations tabling, food trucks, and a youth-led drag and talent show.
Derailed a bit by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and, for the safety of the community, still avoiding most large in-person gatherings as of June 2021, the WYPC worked with its community partners to find innovative ways to celebrate LGBTQIA+ youth in Whatcom County.
We were back in-person - and better than ever - for 2022. Our best turnout ever showed up and showed out for Whatcom County LGBTQIA+ youth: parade, festival, food trucks, queer youth makers market, and drag show!
And WYP 2024 will be here before we know it...
Want to help? You can donate here, consider joining our board, volunteer with us, or a purchase a pride flag through WinkWink. All funds raised and proceeds received are used in support of events and activities for LGBTQIA+ youth! You can also always email us to learn more!