Community Picnic/Bat N’ Rouge presented by Chase
In 1982, the first recorded, formal gathering of LGBTQ people occurred at the now closed Essex Hotel on Monument Circle. Many attendees wore masks as they entered the dinner due to fears of being outed in the community. The following year, the first Pride Picnic occurred and had over 500 participants. From there, Pride gatherings grew in both size and frequency in Central Indiana, leading us to Indy Pride 2018.
We honor these heroic pioneers who paved the way of acceptance by formally gathering to build a strong and vibrant LGBTQ community in Central Indiana. Annually, Pride week celebrates our community in a picnic and softball game to raise funds for local HIV/AIDS service organizations.
The 35th Anniversary of Pride Picnics will occur in 2018. Like many years before, the community will gather, eat, connect, and celebrate Pride. The Community Picnic will take place at Garfield Park on June 3, 2018 followed by the Bat N’ Rouge Softball Game, hosted by Indy’s Bag Ladies, the oldest HIV/AIDS fundraising group in Indiana. The event will be shared widely on social media, attended by local celebrities and sports figures, with radio personalities from 93.9 hosting.