Pride Of Mobile
Rainbow Pride of Mobile is an LGBTQ community organization dedicated to consolidating resources, organizing community events, and pursuing projects in Southwest Alabama in order to promote a healthier, happier and connected LGBTQ community. To this end we will strive to ensure the safety and well being of all who attend our events, especially those who are marginalized by our culture. We will not allow any form of Transmisia, Racism, Sexism, White Supremacy, Homomisia, Ageism, Ableism, Misogany, Economic Discrimination, Religious Bigotry, or Xenophobia – whether spoken, displayed, expressed or promoted.
We envision a future where LGBTQ+ people and families are empowered to achieve their fullest potential, where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities, and abilities are valued and feel a sense of belonging in Southwest Alabama.
Although Pride has existed in Mobile in some form or another since at least 1979, MobPride started as the PrideFest committee under Bay Area Inclusion in the late 1990's. As the event grew, the Committee branched off into a stand-alone organization, Mobile Alabama Pride, Inc and received 501(c)(3) status in 2005. The organization was initially founded to just handle Pridefest, but as time has passed the organization has filled a number of roles in the community. In 2016, after several years of stagnation, the organization started a revitalization process, which led to rebranding after Pridefest 2018 as MobPride, debuting a new logo to go with the updated and shortened name. In 2019, MobPride, as Mobile Alabama Pride, Inc. was then known, continued this revitalization with a shift in mission toward serving our community in any way they could.
Rainbow Mobile had its beginnings in 2017 as a Facebook group called South Alabama's LGBTQ network. It was a place to share events and resources with members of the community. From there it grew to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing social programs, community events, support services, and advocacy for the LGBTQIA community. Their unique events were created around, and built upon, the interests of our community to provide something for everyone.
After Together Again: PrideFest 2022, a conversation was started. What would it look like if the two organizations merged, working together for one community? Out of this conversation between leaders of both organizations the idea for a merger was born. One united organization could more effectively serve, fundraise, advocate, and provide support for our community. At Pride Artwalk on June, 10th, 2022, we announced the unified organization, Rainbow Pride of Mobile.