NOVA Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to cultivate and grow a coalition to educate, advocate and celebrate in service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community of Northern Virginians and our straight Allies. A young, grassroots, 100% volunteer-run organization, NOVA Pride provides a unified voice for, and a local base to, LGBTQ+ Northern Virginians - enhancing our visibility and relevance in the DMV region. NOVA Pride brings a sense of community to families, youth, and people of all scenes and sexualities through its year-round activity, including an annual festival every fall.
Cultivate and grow a coalition to educate, advocate, and celebrate in service to the LGBTQ+ community of Northern Virginia and our straight allies.
Vision and Values
Foster a proud, safe, healthy and thriving LGBTQ+ community within Northern Virginia, working together with straight allies and ongoing pursuit of an increasingly inclusive community.
NOVA Pride identifies and addresses important issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community daily. We work to educate the community by compiling and sharing resources to spark and engage informed discussion around LGBTQ+ issues. Additionally, we engage with trusted affiliates to mobilize and make these resources accessible and provide educational events.
NOVA Pride actively endorses adoption and inclusion of LGBTQ+ welcoming policies, procedures and practices for local and governmental services: community centers, boards of education, schools, service and protection departments, and local businesses. NOVA Pride also advocates for other established LGBTQ+ friendly organizations and observed celebrations.
NOVA Pride invigorates the LGBTQ+ community through its flagship event, the Northern Virginia Pride Festival—a safe space that brings the community together with friendly businesses, organizations, faith-based communities, and special interest groups. Throughout the year, NOVA Prides unites the community and local businesses through diverse and inclusive events.
“We are building the coalition to empower LGBTQ+ Northern Virginians.”
brian reach| founder | President and Executive director
NOVA Pride was founded as Fairfax Pride, Inc. in August of 2011, in response to the discrepancy between the large LGBTQ+ population of Northern Virginia and the lack of services available to it. We sought to bring credibility to our voice by encouraging collaboration between the fragmented community groups the already existed, forming a coalition, and identifying and addressing gaps in services.
What started out as a small organization, hosting restaurant "takeovers" to gain attention and raise funds (and give people somewhere to go to meet their neighbors!), NOVA Pride is now the area's largest LGBTQ+ organization, and has become the voice of LGBTQ+ Northern Virginia. We've held over 400 events in Northern Virginia since inception, including our Annual Northern Virginia Pride Festival, the region's largest gathering of members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.
We are a non-political organization; we are focused on being accessible, inclusive, and ego-free; we create partnerships and promote all initiatives that benefit the community; and we are an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization (EIN 45-2753405).