Clarifying HDC’s position on gun ownership

In a recent article in the Bend Bulletin about gun ownership in the LGBTQ community, a Human Dignity Coalition board member was quoted sharing her personal perspective on a sensitive issue. Her comments were not intended to reflect an organizational position on the gun ownership, however, the context of her comments created some confusion.

Human Dignity Coalition wants to make clear that we neither condone nor oppose lawful gun ownership. We understand that with increasing concerns about harassment, some members of the LGBTQ community may be considering carrying a weapon as one way to feel more safe. We encourage anyone considering gun ownership to educate themselves on the relevant laws and safety measures as well as the potential risks.

Other ways to increase safety include taking a self defense course, learning de-escalation techniques, and knowing your rights and resources. To get more information about local resources or opportunities to learn non-lethal self-defense and safety skills, contact

Pride T-Shirt Contest

Theme is “Disco On The Desert”

Are you an artist? Want your work to be seen by thousands of people? Pride is looking for you! Central Oregon Pride is looking for THE design that will make up our posters and t-shirts for Pride. Your design will feature your name on both the posters and the t-shirt, and media publicity for your work. So put on your thinking cap and come up with the design that will win us over! Contest closes on March 31st and the winner will be announced on April 15th! Submit your design, full name, phone and email to: Remove

Pride Planning Meeting

Pride 2017 Planning // Environmental Center // 16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR // 6-7:30

Do you want to help make Central Oregon Pride 2017 the best Pride ever? HDC is looking for a core group of dedicated volunteers! At this meeting we will be discussing ideas, plans and volunteer needs for the planning of Pride at Drake Park on June 24th, 2017. Please come join us if you want to take an active role as a volunteer this year or if you have ideas or skills to offer in planning.

Everyone is welcome to join the Pride Planning Committee at 6 pm.

– Megan Stackhouse, Pride Director for HDC