The Growing History of DeLand Pride.
DeLand Pride was founded by Dagny Robertson in the wake of the Orlando Pulse Shooting in June of 2016.
Dagny and her husband Tom have 2 sons that they extremely proud of. Their youngest son came out as gay as a teenager. He is now a graphic designer in Orlando and lost several friends in the Pulse shooting. His entire family supported him when he came out but it was still very hard for him to just be himself and not be afraid of what might happen.
After the Pulse shooting Dagny saw the entire world supporting the LGBTQ community and decided it was the right time for our amazing little community of DeLand to show their support and acceptance of the local LGBTQ community.
Dagny began working with existing Pride groups in our area, including Collective Cares DeLand, to foster the sense of acceptance and well being in the DeLand community and develop a network of safe spaces where everyone could be themselves without fear.
Now, DeLand Pride is celebrating its third year.
Today we help support Journey's End Animal Sanctuary and reach out to other local pride teams to help support our community with resources and events. Our amazing volunteers plan each and every event and our community support has grown exponentially over the last 3 years.
We are proud to be able to call Abbey Bar in Downtown DeLand home. They have given us a safe and welcoming place to gather, celebrate, grow, and further cement our roots in our the DeLand community. We also attend events throughout the county and surrounding areas while continuing to proudly serve DeLand.
We would like to thank all those who have helped us prosper.