🌈Major Pride Announcement🌈
We are elated and honored to announce our guest speaker for JOMO PrideFest 2021 on Aug. 28th & 29th, Sara Cunningham; author, activist and founder of the national organization Free Mom Hugs
"Sara Cunningham's journey is a surprising one that began in conservative Oklahoma, when her son, Parker, came out as gay. As a woman of faith, Sara wrestled with the news until she began to study, research, and reconcile the two worlds. This journey resulted in her book How We Sleep at Night. She found herself on a journey “from the church to the Pride parade,” falling in love with the LGBTQIA+ community. In the wake of beautiful glitter-covered hugs and heart-breaking horror stories, the mission of Free Mom Hugs began. Simple acts of love and acceptance turned into a viral sensation, and Sara knew she had the opportunity to lead impactful change.
Free Mom Hugs is now a movement across the country and the world. Sara goes Beyond the Hug to educate and advocate organizations of all types including schools and businesses striving for safe and protected spaces. She has appeared, many times with her son Parker, on the Today show and The RuPaul Show and spoke at the 2019 GLAAD Awards. She also has been featured in many national publications including The Washington Post, Woman’s Day magazine, and People magazine. Sara is currently in partnership with Jamie Lee Curtis, who has purchased the rights to her book and will release a movie based on her story. An upcoming documentary about the Mama Bears movement by award winning director Daresha Kyi also features Sara and the Free Mom Hugs movement.
Sara’s passion is to change the perspective of the outside world toward this beautiful part of our community so that we as a society, not only learn to affirm, but more importantly, celebrate. Her goal is to help parents and children have authentic relationships and understanding for each other using her own experience and education as a guide. Sara is passionate about connecting with faith, civic, and business leaders in efforts to make the world a kinder, safer place for our LGBTQIA+ family. She is gifted at inspiring others to join her in this movement that is sweeping the nation and the world."
#JOMOpride #SaraCunningham #Joplin #FreeMomHugs #VisitJoplinMO #ChooseJoplin Joplin Arts District #PrideFest
miss gay america, pattaya hart, coming to joplin
The suspense has been killing us! We figured now is as good of a time as any to announce a VERY special guest coming all the way from New York City to celebrate with us during JOMO PrideFest 2021
We are proud and honored to announce our 2021 JOMO Pride Grand Marshal, none other than the reigning Symbol of Excellence herself, Pattaya Hart Miss Gay America 2020-2021!
Join Pattaya as she leads our annual JOMO Pride March and watch her slay on the Bodegas Mainstage and at performances throughout the event!
Stay tuned for other major pride announcements & spread the word! #MissGayAmerica #PattayaHart #JOMOpride #PrideFest #Joplin
PrideFest host hotel announced
Excited to announce our JOMO PrideFest Hotel Partner for 2021: TownePlace Suites by Marriott Joplin at 4026 S. Arizona!
Stay where our stars stay, like Miss Gay America, Miss Gay Missouri America and other special Pride 2021 guests!
JOMO PrideFest 2021 attendees get a special rate when booked directly through the link below!
Each room is designed as a suite with full kitchens and all the bells and whistles! Full breakfast each morning, workout room & business center, free wifi, and a pool to relax in after a long day of Pride festivities!
With this being our first full two day (PLUS) event we are excited to offer our visitors flexibility with their stay in Joplin!
Check in early on Friday the 27th to check out the Pre-Pride festivities downtown Friday, and be there early for our big PrideFest Kick-off event at 11am on Saturday the 28th!
Drag bingo pride fundraiser scheduled for april 2nd
Join us for our wildly popular Drag Bingo PrideFest Fundraiser on April 2nd at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub! Come early to check out the silent auction and add you name to our 50/50 cash raffle!
Special performances + Bingo + Prizes + Silent Auction + 50/50 Raffle + Great Food & Drinks all for a GREAT CAUSE!
All proceeds raised benefit JOMO PrideFest 2021 and Joplin's LGBTQ+ Community!
Help spread the word by sharing our event page on Facebook and inviting friends! See you there!
donations needed for april 2nd drag bingo pridefest fundraiser
We are seeking donations of gift cards, gift baskets, service packages, artwork and other unique items for our PrideFest Drag Bingo Fundraiser to raise much needed funds to put on our annual in-person pride event! Consider showing your support by donating and attending our event! 🌈❤️ Shoot us a message or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to arrange dropping off your donation! We are a 501c3 non-profit organization so donations are tax deductible and go to support Joplin's LGBTQ+ Community.
JOMO Pridefest 2021 main sponsor announced!
JOMO Pride Inc is proud and honored to announce the return of Bodegas (https://www.facebook.com/bodegasjoplin/) as our Corporate Sponsor for JOMO PrideFest 2021 !
Bodegas is a locally owned brick & mortar small business in Downtown Joplin at 515 S. Main. They have a wide variety of Custom Glass Smoking Accessories, Kratom & CBD products, as well as their BRAND NEW Adult Boutique!
Bodegas is one of the few LGBTQ owned and allied businesses in Joplin who prides itself in being a safe, welcome and inclusive workplace for employees and guests.
Make sure to like and follow their page, and stop in sometime to show your appreciation for their support for our community. 🌈
"Our Community, For Equality"
#CorporareSponsor #MainSponsor #PrideFest2021 #JOMOpride #Joplin #SmallBusiness #DowntownJoplin #joplinartsdistrict #LGBTQ
Join us for our 1st Drag Show fundraiser of the 2021 Pride Season! All proceeds raised will benefit Joplin's LGBTQ+ Community and JOMO PrideFest 2021 on August 28th & 29th!
Join us at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub at 9pm Feb 5th! $10 Cover at the door. All Ages welcome until 10! Come early to bid on fantastic silent auction items and put your name in our 50/50 cash raffle!
The Board of Directors will resume Pride and Board Meetings after our Holiday Break, on Thursday, Jan. 6th. With COVID-19 on the rise in our area again the board will make the determination whether that meeting will be an in-person meeting or a teleconference closer to the beginning of the year. Wishing all our friends, family and supporters a very safe and Happy Holiday with their loved ones!
- JOMO Pride Inc Staff
Congratulations to the following community members who were nominated and elected to serve 2 year terms as Board members of JOMO Pride Inc:
Co-Chair - Jaclyn Shepherd
Co-Chair - Ron Burch
Secretary - Carey Prater
Entertainment Director - Victoria Kennedy
Asst. Entertainment Director - Misty Meanor
Treasurer - Larry Mcghee
Vendor Director - Jarrett Shapp
Sponsorship Director - Johnny Pulido
Volunteer Director - Ashley Benson
Marketing Director - Joshua Hopper
At-Large Board member - Jason Stevens
Youth Liaison - Reese Prater
JOMO Pride Inc. & Blackthorn Pizza & Pub are teaming up during Pride Month, on June 25th, for a FREE Community Viewing of Stonewall Uprising!
"When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28th, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next 6 days. The Stonewall Riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world."
Due to continued issues surrounding COVID-19 we ask all attendees to practice safe social distancing guidelines when possible, and are encouraged to protect the high risk members of our community through the use of facial coverings.
Friends, Allies and Supporters,
With continued regulations on large scale events, social distancing guidelines and the concern for the safety of our community and attendees, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision not to have an in-person Pride. It may not be feasible nor safe to proceed with our planned event due to COVID-19, but the Board is working diligently on ways we can still come together and celebrate Pride as a community, whether by virtual or other non traditional means. We will be keeping the same dates of August 29th and 30th.
While some of these restrictions may be lifted later this Summer, JOMO PrideFest was expected to bring over 3,000+ attendees from as far as 250+ miles away. While most other Pride celebrations in the Midwest have cancelled or postponed, we felt continuing with our in-person event could pose a significant risk to our community due to the influx of attendees from major city hubs across the 4-State Region.
While the board works towards ways to provide a safe alternative to the in-person event in August, in the meantime, Jomo Pride Inc encourages the community to "Show your Pride" through the rest of Pride month and beyond by decorating your houses, businesses and yourselves and posting pictures online, tagging us using the hashtag #JOMOpride and sharing YOUR pride!
Please watch our page and visit our website for further updates and announcements. Jomopride.org
"Our Community, For Equality"
#JOMOpride2020 #Joplin #COVID19 #VirtualPride #LGBTQ
Due to the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak our meeting on March 22nd has been postponed until April 5th at 6pm at which time we will have a Board member conference call and will reassess in person meetings based on current information available from local state and federal health and government officials. Our agenda will be posted publicly 72 hours before the teleconference and minutes will be available online afterwards.
The health and safety of our community is most important and we urge fellow community members to take precautions and recommendations set forth by officials to minimize the spread of the virus to vulnerable parts of our communities.
At this time our Drag Show Fundraiser scheduled for May 9th is still on, but we are watching the situation closely and will follow whatever recommendations are set forth at that time and will update the public of any further announcements or decisions. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. .
Check out our different sponsorship options and find the best fit for you! Our Corporate Sponsorshop slot is currently sold out thanks to our friends at Bodegas, but we still have other PrideFest sponsorships levels available. Spots are limited and won't last through the spring, so act fast!
If you, your business or organization need help selecting a sponsorship level that works best for you, or would like more information please feel free to send us a message at Contact@jomopride.org.
Please visit our "Events Tab" page to send in your sponsor ap today!
We are currently seeking donations for our Silent Auctions benefitting JOMO PrideFest, the 1st being at our Drag Bingo Fundraiser on March 7th at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub.
We are seeking donations from area artists, LGBTQ+ Community members, supporters, partners, businesses and area allies. Donations of art, gift cards, service packages, gift baskets, specialty gifts etc are greatly appreciated as our fundraisers are our main source of revenue for us to be able to put on JOMO PrideFest, Joplin's Premier LGBTQ+ festival.
We are a 501c3 so all donations are tax deductible. To donate to our Silent Auctions please contact us through the contact form on the website or email us at Contact@jomopride.org!
Join us for our Pride Planning & JOMO Pride Inc Board Meeting on Feb 9th at 6pm at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub as we organize for our upcoming Drag Bingo Fundraiser on March 7th.
Our meetings are always open to the public, as transparency and community involvement are important to us!
If you're looking for a great way to get involved with our community and make a difference, check us out!
DECEMBER 8TH 6PM @ BLACKTHORN PIZZA & PUB
Join us on Sunday December 8th at 6pm at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub for our Pride Planning & Jomo Pride Inc Board Meeting.
We are setting up several committees for the 2020 Pride Season including Sponsorship Committee, Outreach Committee, and Pageant Committee so if you're looking for a way to get involved in the community, attend one of our meetings to find out more!
We will also be reviewing our Bylaws, Code of Conduct and solidifying plans for our Bingo Fundraiser, Drag Show Fundraiser and Downtown Diversity Pride Pageant!
Our meetings are always open to the public for input and community involvement!
"Our Community, For Equality."
NOV. 24TH 6PM @ BLACKTHORN PIZZA & PUB
Join us for our Pride Planning & Jomo Pride Inc Board Meeting on November 24th at 6pm at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub!
We are starting to plan for upcoming Bingo Fundraisers, Drag Show Fundraisers, our Downtown Diversity Pride Pageant & JOMO Pridefest 2020!
Our meetings are always open to the public! See you there!
NEXT MEETING DATE: OCTOBER 20TH 6PM @ Blackthorn Pizza & Pub