Phoenix Pride, founded in 1981, was established primarily for charitable, educational, and social purposes. The main purpose of Phoenix Pride is to promote unity, visibility, and self-esteem among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons; and to promote a positive image in the Valley of the Sun and throughout Arizona through community activities and services. Phoenix Pride is dedicated to the continuous development of programs and building community partnerships to benefit the Arizona LGBTQ+ community, along with its community of Allies. Phoenix Pride’s programming includes producing the 2 largest LGBTQ+ cultural celebrations in Arizona. Phoenix Pride is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Phoenix Pride defines diversity as: “Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, veteran status, and political beliefs.”

Phoenix Pride Incorporated was officially incorporated in 1990 under the laws of the State of Arizona. The name Phoenix Pride served as the DBA for the Phoenix Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee Inc. (PLGPC) until 2015 and may be listed under its previous name in national searches until late 2016.