The organization began in March 2017 as Oneonta Pride - a group of local organizers who wanted to create a Pridefest for Oneonta and its neighbors. The goal was to celebrate diversity, raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues, and build community by having fun together. We expected a couple hundred attendees, and more than 500 showed up!
This spurred further interest, and that small group evolved into Otsego Pride Alliance, a non-profit organization.
The mission of Otsego Pride Alliance is to support, raise awareness, and create understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community and its needs in the Otsego County area. We work to foster open-mindedness and the creation of safe places for members of the community, allies, friends, and family to express themselves freely. By recognizing the full spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity we seek to promote an environment in which all feel welcome. To these ends we engage in community outreach, activism, and other activities including an annual Pridefest.