June 01, 2023
Local Spotlight: Seward Pride Alliance
Today marks the start of Pride Month, and to celebrate, we caught up with Seward Pride Alliance (SPA) President, Anthony Baclaan (he/him) to learn a little more about the organization. We also learned about how SPA has benefitted from past donations to the Seward Community Foundation, and how YOU can get involved!
What is your name & pronouns and your position within the Seward Pride Alliance (SPA)?
Anthony Baclaan (He/Him), President Seward Pride Alliance
How long have you been involved with SPA?
I have been a founding member since the group's inception in 2019 and President since 2021.
Can you tell us a little about the mission of SPA?
Our mission is to provide Seward with inclusive resources, education, and outreach that fosters a strong, engaged community of LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies. We do this through community events like our most recent trivia night, or our alphabet soup panel discussion, also through community meetings, and our awesome fundraising events like our Santa Ball and Mermaid Festival Booth. But most importantly it’s about visibility. Being an out-and-proud member of our group or wearing one of our shirts has the biggest impact in this community.
When someone knows they are loved and they know who they can trust, they know they are not alone and they are safe. It is those who suffer in silence that need us the most. It is showing the next generation that it is ok to embrace diversity and inclusion. And even the visitors to our town know that everyone is loved in Seward.
How do/have donations from the Seward Community Foundation impacted SPA?
Most of our donations go towards executing our annual Pride Weekend in June. We have numerous events and try to make them low-cost or free of charge. We hand out a lot of resources, stickers, and buttons and we have in the past supported some events for the Seward High School Pride Club. We also have a BIG surprise hopefully coming this spring!
What events do you have coming up and how can people get involved?
Pride weekend is coming up from June 8th to the 11th. You can find info for all the amazing events on our social media or website.
Where can we find you online?
Or Facebook, Instagram, and Venmo @sewardpride
For apparel, visit bonfire.com and search “Seward Pride”
Anything else you’d like to add?
With Pride Week coming up we are giving out free Progress Pride flags to any business who would like to put one up for Pride Weekend. If you are interested please contact us at
Sewardpride.email@example.com and we can bring one by.
Round-up donations that you make online or in-store at FTT help to fund the Seward Community Foundation and the local organizations they support, such as the Seward Pride Alliance – from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your continued support! Happy Pride Month!
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