Big Sky Pride Celebration returns to Great Falls

Governor Steve Bullock and State Superintendent Denise Juneau headline the rally.

Helena, MT - Equality marches forward as the 2016 Big Sky Pride Celebration comes to Great Falls on June 17-19. The event includes a parade down Central Avenue, and a rally headlined by Governor Steve Bullock and State Superintendent & Congressional Candidate Denise Juneau.

“We’ve seen amazing wins and, sadly, astounding pushback,” Kev Hamm, president of Big Sky Pride said. “Montana is an amazing state, and we’re leading in cleaning up our laws, improving our living conditions, and advancing equality in ways that were thought impossible at the turn of the century.” 

“The past year has seen legislation targeting the most vulnerable of our community for no reason other than they are different.” added Tom Gocksch, vice-president of Big Sky Pride. “We need this celebration, and having such amazing allies as Governor Bullock and Superintendent Juneau makes it all the better.”

The celebration begins on Friday afternoon, June 17th, and goes through the weekend. In addition to the parade and rally, the weekend will feature a screening of the Montana-made documentary “From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet”, community gatherings, parties and many other events.
Big Sky Pride is open and welcoming to all members of the LGBTQ community and our allies.  Big Sky Pride was celebrated in Butte in 2014 and last year in Missoula. “Great Falls hasn’t hosted the celebration in a while, and it’s good to be taking it to my hometown,” says Gocksch. “Businesses from throughout the community have graciously opened their doors to host our wide-ranging events." 

In addition, we have two amazing PSA's from fantastic allies J.K. Simmons and Sharon Stone. You can listen to them here:

We are looking forward to an amazing weekend with all of our community and allies in the Electric City!