Our mission is to make Indiana a safer & more welcoming place for ALL people, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or any other type of gender or sexual diversity.  We are based in rural Spencer, Indiana.

We welcome everyone to join us as we continue to cultivate a community of compassion & celebration for all people.  We are 100% volunteer-powered & are always looking or passionate people who wish to help us achieve our mission.  

Our Programs

Spencer Pride Festival
Spencer Pride commUnity center
Iris Youth Group
  • The Spencer Pride Festival is an admission-free rural LGBTQ+ pride festival that takes place on the courthouse square in downtown Spencer, Indiana.   The Spencer Pride Festival is the largest rural LGBTQ+ pride event in Indiana.  Spencer is the smallest town with such a large LGBTQ+ pride event in the Midwest!  The Spencer Pride Festival takes place on the first Saturday in June each year.  The Spencer Pride Festival is known for its family-focused & inclusive atmosphere, all in a small town setting.
  • In September of 2016, Spencer Pride opened an LGBTQ+ center in downtown Spencer.  With this opening, Spencer became the smallest town in America with such a resource.  The Spencer Pride commUnity center offer a variety of services to the local community and serves as the main headquarters for Spencer Pride, Inc.  The commUnity center includes Unity, our retail shop.  Unity is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM until 7 PM & is located at 17 E. Franklin Street in Spencer, Indiana.
  • Iris Youth Group is intended for LGBTQ+ teens & allies ages 12-19. Iris meets Mondays from 4:30-6:30 PM. Iris coordinates an annual alternative prom to create a safe, celebratory space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies.

Our Outreach

Every year, Spencer Pride donates thousands of dollars to local organizations.  In addition, we contribute hundreds of volunteer hours to organizations due to the commitment of our volunteers.  Local LGBTQ+ youth receive have received several thousand dollars in scholarships & awards over the past few years.

We firmly believe that my investing in our community – specifically in local not-for-profit organizations & our youth – that we are ensuring the long-term ability of our organization to achieve our mission.  

Our Partnerships

Spencer Pride Inc. is a proud member of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce and the Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce.  It is also a member of InterPride, the international association of pride organizations.  Spencer Pride Inc. is also a member of Centerlink, the association of LGBTQ community centers.  We are also a founding member of the Spencer Downtown Events Coalition.

Our Strategic Goals

In order to ensure that we are effectively & efficiently working to accomplish our mission, the Board of Directors establishes short- & long-term strategic goals.  These goals are reviewed frequently to determine if we are making progress or if adjustments need to be made in our efforts.    Our current strategic goals are listed below.

Be an LGBTQ+ Advocate

Support Local LGBTQ+ Youth

Increase Utilization of commUnity center

Complete Rehabilitation of commUnity center

Cultivate Organizational & Financial Sustainability

Accomplishing our goals takes a lot of volunteer hours & financial investment.  Individuals or organizations interested in helping to support our needs should contact president Jonathan Balash at Jonathan@SpencerPride.org or via phone at 812-821-3073.