Pride of Ellensburg
Pride of Ellensburg is a non-profit, community organization dedicated to inspiring and celebrating love, equality, and diversity through local events, outreach and fostering opportunity.
Pride of Ellensburg inspires and celebrates love, equality and diversity through local events, outreach, and fostering opportunity within the larger Ellensburg community and the larger LGBTQ community reaching into the Upper Kittitas county.
Through education and outreach programs, we envision our reach supporting other communities in Central Washington, which historically has been an under-served and unsafe area for the LGBTQ community.
Ellensburg Pride Leadership Team:
Neil Lequia began his activism work 10 years ago when he was on GLSEN's (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) National Student Organizing Leadership Team. Currently, Neil is GLSEN Washington State's Regional Director of Central Washington, organizing safe space events for students, and setting up and maintaining Gay/Straight Alliances and other diversity and inclusion clubs on school campuses.
Nikki Marra is a Broadcast Media Professional by trade, a Queer Rights activist at heart. Nikki is a NewJersey native who found her way to Ellensburg via Hawaii, London and Philadelphia. She is the professional Program Director for KCWU-FM, holds a master’s degree inRadio Broadcasting, served on the board of directors for National College Radio Day and speaks at several conferences around the country about the medium. Nikki has been active in Queer Rights groups in NJ, NY and PA, before moving to Washington, where she currently is the faculty advisor for Equality through Queers and Allies (EQuAl), Central Washington University’s student LGBTQIA+ organization, and Chair of CWUPride.
Nate Snelson is a 20¬year veteran in Queer Advocacy starting in grassroots LGBTQ organizations in the 90's where he worked for basic LGBTQ human rights in the US. Over his career as an accountant and senior financial specialist he has worked on Global Diversity & Inclusion programs at the corporate level bringing Equality programs and visibility to countries where it is either illegal or dangerous to be an LGBTQ individual. Recently, Nate left the corporate environment to do more hands on advocacy work for the Gender & Sexual Minority community as Managing Partner at Mind the Village Advocacy Group.
Tiffany Metzger is the proud mother of children who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. She is a student of Anthropology at Central Washington University with a focus in learning about family groups. Tiffany was a Sergeant in the US Army where she served a tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tiffany's experience as a mother and travels around the world have shown her that love is the most important force in the world.
Contact us to let us know if you would like to volunteer directly with this project. All gifts are tax deductible.