Our hearts are deeply saddened by the news of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien's tragic and untimely death. Noho Pride had the pleasure of working along side Christa at the time the Miss Trans Northampton Pageant was created, now the Miss Trans New England Pageant. Christa, and her hard work for the community, will be sadly missed.

In memory of...

The Noho Pride team is comprised of those who are passionate about creating positive change in the LGBTQIA+ community.  

We encourage people of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orienations, physical abilities, religious beliefs, ages, sexes or educational backgrounds to join us in creating exceptional events in the Western Mass area.  If you want to be active in supporting the LGBTQ+ community please contact us at info@nohopride.org.

"In 1982, there were no legal protections for non-heterosexuals in 
​Massachusetts for housing, employment, and foster and adoptive families."

In 1982 Northampton held the first liberation Pride march in the area despite the overwhelmingly homophobic and discriminatory realities facing LGBTQ people nation-wide. Our Pride parade and event, held annually in May,  has evolved from people marching with bags on their heads into a day that brings diverse communities together to celebrate the freedom of being who we are. 

Noho Pride's annual Parade and Pride Day is an event celebrating the spirit and strength in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) communities in Western Massachusetts. The celebration is produced by the Noho Pride, a 501(c)3 non-profit entity incorporated with the sole purpose of supporting, planning, implementing and assessing the annual Noho Pride events and related activities throughout the year.

With sponsorships, donations and fundraisers, we are able to fund this extraordinary day of diversity and inclusion.

We also annually award an academic scholarship to a local LGBTQ high school senior. 

"Yes, it is true that some area educators wore paper bags on their heads to demonstrate they could lose their jobs for being lesbian or gay."