Niagara Pride, Inc.
Organizational Member Since February 2022
As a founding member of Niagara Pride and its current President, I have a deep drive and passion to help make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ people. As a teenager, I grew up in the hearing an incredible amount of negative statements about the LGBTQ+ community and as a result struggled with passive suicidal ideation and constant yearning to be “normal.” Over time, I realized that there was nothing wrong with me or with being gay. Fastforward 30 years later and LGBTQ+ youth still experience immense stigma, bullying, and shaming from family, friends, people in their towns, politicians, and others. Every 45 seconds in the United States, an LGBTQ+ youth attempts suicide. Let that sink in…in the time it took you to read my CEO Statement, an LGBTQ+ youth attempted to take their life. For those reasons, I have made it my mission to help at least one LGBTQ+ person, who might be struggling with finding a safe and accepting space in WNY feel welcome and show them that they matter.
Ronald Piaseczny |
About the Organization
Niagara Pride, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving LGBTQ+ individuals and families in Niagara County and the surrounding WNY area. We offer community-based educational programming and engage in charitable work. Niagara Pride collaborates with other organizations to offer LGBTQ+ programming, social meet ups, Diversity and Inclusion training for organizations and businesses, health-based initiatives, and other events. We host June Pride events. As part of our charitable outreach, we have multiple donation drives throughout the year, which benefit individuals, families, and children in need. Niagara Pride, Inc. also facilitates welcoming social events, creating safe spaces in the community for LGBTQ+ individuals.