Ottawa Family Pride Festival 2023: June 10, 2023

Applications Now Open for Ottawa Family Pride Festival Parade

Applications Now Open for Ottawa Family Pride Festival Parade

Join us for the 2023 Ottawa Family Pride Festival kick-off with our first-ever Parade! This family-friendly event will feature floats, vehicles, walkers, and more. If you are interested in participating with your group or organization, we want to hear from you. Click here to submit your application. Spots are filling up fast, though, so don’t wait.

The application fees are as follows:

  • Businesses/Corporations: $30
  • Not-for-Profits/Non-Profits: $15
  • Student Organizations: Free

Contact us for more information.

Rocky Ho-Ho-Horror Holiday Fundraiser and Gala Tickets On Sale Soon

Rocky Ho-Ho-Horror Holiday Fundraiser and Gala Tickets On Sale Soon

Join us for an evening of ho-ho-horror holiday merriment as we present The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening at the Roxy Theater, followed by a fundraising gala at the Knights of Columbus, both in beautiful downtown Ottawa, on December 3.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Rocky Horror cosplay, sing and dance, shout at the screen, and more during the movie. The Roxy Theater seats 180 with NO standing room, so don’t wait on purchasing tickets. We expect this highly-anticipated event will sell out quickly. 

Afterward, there will be a fundraiser gala a the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ottawa, complete with food, cash bar, DJ, silent auction, and a few surprises.

Proceeds benefit the 2023 Ottawa Family Pride Festival and Youth Outlook Drop-In Center in Ottawa.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 31. There are two ticket options:

  • Movie and Gala, or
  • Movie Only 

The link to purchase tickets will be shared on our social media profiles, so be sure you’re following us on Facebook and/or Instagram

National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day

“Most people think they don’t know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact, everybody does. It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes.”

– Robert Eichberg, Psychologist & Gay Rights Activist, 1993

Happy National Coming Out Day from the Ottawa Family Pride Festival!

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day meant to celebrate and support individuals in the LGBTQ+ community “coming out of the closet” and disclosing their identities to others. National Coming Out Day was inaugurated in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary, both Gay Rights activists who chose the date because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. 

In the beginning, National Coming Out Day was both a radical and political movement; an observance marked by private and public figures coming out, sometimes with media coverage, in order to show the nation that everyone knows someone who is LGBTQ+, and to humanize the LGBTQ+ community and do away with harmful stereotypes and assumptions. Today, National Coming Out Day is still radical and political, but it is also a celebration of LGBTQ+ identities and the fact that it is now much safer for individuals to come out in most Western countries. 

Today, National Coming Out Day is celebrated in the United States, Ireland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. National Coming Out Day, also known as NCOD, is sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign in the United States, which provides resources and venues of support for members of the LGBTQ+ community, including real stories from those who have come out, guides to intersecting identities, and opportunities to get involved with human rights activism in America. Check out the link below to view the Human Rights Campaign’s “Coming Out Center” on their website, and view some of these incredible resources for yourself!

We at the Ottawa Family Pride Festival know just how difficult coming out can be. We also know that not everyone is in a position where coming out is an option. And that coming out isn’t just a one-time thing; it’s a process that can go on your entire life as you meet and decide which people in your life are safe to be open around. 

That is why we want to say “Congratulations and thank you for being you!” 

Whether you came out 40 years ago, are planning on coming out to someone today, or don’t have any plans to come out for right now, congratulations on making the decision that is best and safest for you, and thank you for embracing your identity and place in the LGBTQ+ community in the way only you can. We are so proud of you, and we hope you are proud of yourself, too!

To Our LGBTQ+ Supporters and Allies

Thank you for being a safe place. Coming out is an intensely personal decision only that person can make, but your support and advocacy for a safer society to come out in are integral to that process. Your decision to “come out” as an ally of the LGBTQ+ community is also incredibly important, as it shows the LGBTQ+ youth around you that you are someone who can be trusted as they explore their own identities. 

Join Us

Come out and join us today on National Coming Out Day by celebrating yourself and your identity, whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, asexual, heterosexual, cisgender, or even if you don’t know yet and are just figuring it out. We are here to support you whenever you discover your truth and want to shout it to the world. 


Check out more resources on coming out and LGBTQ+ activism at the links below, and have a wonderful National Coming Out Day!

Monkeypox Vaccines Now Available

Monkeypox Vaccines Now Available

The LaSalle County Health Department is offering the JYNNEOS™ vaccine for eligible individuals, by appointment only. JYNNEOS™ vaccine is used for the prevention of smallpox and monkeypox (MPV) disease among people determined to be at high risk for infection. JYNNEOS™ vaccine is a two-dose vaccine given under the skin 28 days apart. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not encouraging mass vaccination for the general public or for all sexually active people. As vaccine supply increases guidance is subject to change.


Currently, eligibility requirements to receive JYNNEOS™ vaccine are very specific. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) those who are currently eligible to receive vaccination are:
  1. Anyone who has had close contact (e.g., household members with close physical contact or intimate partners) with someone diagnosed with MPV regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
  2. Any sexually active gay, bisexual, or other same-gender loving man, sexually active trans, non-binary, or gender nonconforming individuals.
If you meet these eligibility requirements, consider getting vaccinated if you met recent partners through online applications or social media platforms, or at clubs, raves, sex parties, saunas, or exchange goods or services for sex.

Schedule Your Appointment

To schedule your vaccine, please visit the County’s website and select the Health Department’s page and click on the “JYNNEOS™ Vaccine” icon. After verifying vaccine eligibility, individuals will be able to schedule their vaccine appointment.
If your desired time or an appointment is not available, please continue to check the website. Additional appointments will be made available based on demand.
For additional information, please contact the LaSalle County Health Department at 815-433-3366 or visit the Health Department’s website at
Please stay safe, take care of each other, and stay up to date on health updates to make sure you are taken care of! Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance with reaching the LaSalle County Health Department.
2023 Festival Date Announced

2023 Festival Date Announced

We are pleased to announce that the second annual Ottawa Family Pride Festival will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Be sure to follow us on social media to stay in the know with all of the updates as they are announced!

Looking to sponsor the Ottawa Family Pride Festival?

Consider booking a sponsorship for next year in your end-of-year budget planning. Because of the enormous success of the inaugural event, sponsorships for 2023 are starting to fill up. Contact us today to secure your company’s sponsorship today.