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Our Initiatives

The Open Door Pride IDEA Scholarship​

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Our IDEA Scholarship (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility)is offered to a graduating Door County senior who demonstrates a passion for inclusivity, diversity, increasing sensitivity, and building community. All students are invited to apply.

We want to encourage a student in Door County whose efforts have helped make our community a more welcoming place for all to live and visit.

2024 Applications will be open later in the school season.

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2023 IDEA Scholarship award presented to graduating senior Maddie Schultz by Open Door Pride member Andrea Frank
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2023 IDEA Scholarship award presented to graduating senior Bianca Stanger Tragancim by Open Door Pride board member Andrea Frank
2023 Sandy Brown Award Recipients_Tony Staroska artist
Congratulations to our 2023 recipients: Sevastopol School SAGA, teachers Lynn Kotte + Melissa Malcore. Award designer artist Tony Staroska from Juddville Contemporary Clay with additional art by Rebecca Carlton image L_R Sandy Brown, Melissa Malcore, Lynn Kotte, Cathy Grier (Open Door Pride)

The Sandy Brown Award

The Sandy Brown Award is our visionary award that is given annually to a person or organization that has made significant contributions to the LGBTQIA+ community and has had a direct impact on making Door County a more welcoming place to visit and live. 

This award recognizes those who have helped to affirm diversity through inclusion for all, and winners are announced at our Annual Open Door Pride Festival.

Learn more about past winners and how to cast a nomination for 2024!

Click Learn More button below for nomination form and more info.

Pride Flag Initiative

Our Pride Flag initiative honors local businesses and organizations that affirm diversity and help make Door County a more welcoming place for all by giving away FREE pride flags. 

Help us spread the word that all are welcome in Door County by flying a Pride Flag during the month of June or all year long! If you would like to be part of this program and receive a free Pride Flag, please email us at

Now more than ever, we love it when flags are flown 365 days of the year.

What's My Pride? Project M3 Gallery 2022

What's My Pride?

Our What’s My Pride? project is inspired by the Humans of New York creator, photographer Brandon Stanton. This unique project features residents of Door County sharing their pride. 

We invite community members and allies to join us in creating signs that share YOUR pride and help us affirm diversity through inclusion for all!

Open Door Pride Festival

On the last Saturday of June, members and allies of our community join us at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay for Open Door Pride Festival! Live music, performances, awards, door prizes, and art activities are just some of the fun activities involved in our celebration.

Learn more about last year’s event and save the date of our 8th Annual Pride Festival – June 29, 2024 in Martin Park.

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Our Proclamations

Every year since 2017, the Mayor of Sturgeon Bay has issued a proclamation acknowledging June as Open Door Pride Month.

In 2023 Door County Municipalities Sister Bay and Baileys Harbor also made Proclamations.

ODP has received a proclamation from Governor Tony Evers as well as a Citation by the Assembly from the State of Wisconsin. Join us in making Door County a more welcoming place for ALL!

Free Pride Flag - Deadline is May 30th

Submit this form to get a 100% free Pride Flag to fly in front of your business or organization. Someone from Open Door Pride will contact you.

Share your inclusive spirit!

We invite you to complete this form and join our What’s My Pride? Project. Someone from Open Door Pride will contact you.