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Pride Support Network: Caring, Connecting, Empowering

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…there's a network of folks who are out here doing our best to help you do your best. – Ben Cahill, Pride Support Network

…there's a network of folks who are out here doing our best to help you do your best. – Ben Cahill, Pride Support Network

Ben Cahill is a Community Health Worker in the Bemidji area. He’s one of the founders of Pride Support Network, an organization dedicated to empowering and connecting LGBTQAI2s+ people with culturally relevant and affirming resources, programs, and support groups…

When I was not out, that was my ticket out - getting connected with people that I could see living the way I wanted to ( on the inside) and doing the things that I wanted to (on the inside) and seeing that it's safe... And that's the whole point of creating Pride Support network… Letting people know there are people out here who will make sure that you're all right, even if your biological family or your childhood friends aren't going to support you...there’s a network of folks who are out here doing our best to help you do your best…

We do outreach, community events, we have planning meetings where we just get as many community members as we can to talk about what they see as … LGBTQ and two spirit issues…Pride Support Network has …a parents and guardians of LGBT kids support group … and Two Spirit Celebration group … we … keep an eye out and keep in contact with the people who lead those groups, so that if anything comes up with any of the people attending them, we can kind of jump in … that's kind of the scope.
- Ben Cahill, Pride Support Network

Click on the green arrow above for the whole conversation about Pride Support Network with Ben Cahill!

Bemidji Pride 2022 is happening this Saturday August 27th at the Rail River Folk School. Family friendly activities, music and food vendors will be going on from 1-5pm and from 7-10pm the celebration turns 18+ when the band Foxby will take the stage, followed by a drag show featuring local talent and Paul Royalty from the Twin Cities.

Click Here to find out more about Pride Support Network.

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Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.