Timeline Of Triumph

The Timeline of Triumph: Celebrating Yakima's Rich LGBTQ+ History

Yakima's LGBTQ+ community has made tremendous strides, growing from humble beginnings into a vibrant, proud force for inclusivity. While there have been challenges, our spirit has only grown stronger.

In the late 80's and early 90s, a few brave souls held informal gatherings, planting the first seeds of visibility. Since then, our community has blossomed through dedication and resilience.

In 2018, we rejoiced as over 500 people attended Yakima's Pride Festival & Parade.

In 2019, the nonprofit Yakima Pride was established by 4 strong community members, formalizing efforts to support LGBTQ+ people. That same year, the crowd at Yakima Pride's Festival & Parade swelled to over 1,100 as acceptance spread. Pride events expanded to uplift LGBTQ+ youth and families.

Though 2020's pandemic forced cancellation, it could not suppress our pride. Yakima Pride's leaders secured funding to sustain our community. We persevered through ingenuity and compassion.

Emerging with renewed energy, 2021 and 2022 brought accomplishments, partnerships, and grants to empower local LGBTQ+ organizations. 2021 marked the return of beloved in-person events, while 2022 saw record attendance and recognition. Our celebrations returned bigger than ever, with the Festival & Parade breaking attendance records.

In 2023 and beyond, our work continues as we look to the future.

While our full story is still unfolding, our message is clear - Yakima Pride is here to stay! We have moved from margins to mainstream, creating an oasis of inclusion for LGBTQ+ people across the Valley.

With roots planted deep and branches reaching higher than ever, our Timeline of Triumph continues. Together, we inspire wellness, belonging, and joy for all identities. Yakima Pride - we've come so far, and the best is yet to come!


2022-2023Pride Foundation, Community Grant Recipient

Saturday, July 1, 2023 - Relocated Yakima Pride Office - Valley Mall

Saturday, June 10th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade

Saturday, May 27th - Rainbow Prom

Saturday, September 23  - Pride Day At The Fair


2021-2022Pride Foundation, Community Grant Recipient

Saturday, TBD - Pride Day At The Fair

Saturday, June 18th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade

Saturday, June 6th - Rainbow Community Crosswalks Installation

Saturday, May 28th - Rainbow Prom


2021-2022Pride Foundation, Community Grant Recipient

Saturday, October 30th - Rainbow Prom, Yakima Valley Museum

Saturday, October 2nd - Pride Day At The Fair, Central Washington State Fair

Saturday, September 18th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, Naches Parkway

Saturday, August 21st - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, Naches Parkway

Tuesday, June 22nd - ArtsFund, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grant

Saturday, June 19th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, Naches Parkway

Saturday, May 29th - Rainbow Prom


Saturday, September 17th - Pride Day At The Fair

Saturday, June 20th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade 

Saturday, May 30th - Rainbow Prom

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 - Official Yakima Pride office established


2019Humanities Washington and The Center for Washington State Cultural Traditions Grant Recipient
2019Pride Foundation, Community Grant Recipient
2019ACLU, The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State Grant Recipient

Saturday, December 14th, 2019 - Pride of the Folk: A Conversation on LGBTQ+ Tradition in the Yakima Valley

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, Naches Parkway

Friday, June 7th - Yakima Pride is an official a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Friday, May 17th - Yakima Pride applied for tax-exempt status.

Thursday, May, 16th, 2019 - Rainbow Prom

History Of Pride Celebrations

LGBTQ+ events and celebrations of Pride in the Yakima Valley from various individuals, groups, and organizations.

The information below was gathered from various online sources and community contributions.

If you have information on previous LGBTQ+ events and celebrations of Pride in the Yakima Valley, we would love to hear about it!

We are committed to document Central Washingtons LGBTQ+ history.

If you have any promotional materials, photos, posters, etc., you are welcome to donate them to the Yakima Prides' Timeline Of Triumph for all to see!

The accuracy of the information is subject to change as more accurate data is researched and discovered. 

Please Email hello@yakimapride.org to tell your story or make a historic donation.