Our Initiatives

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 info@opendoorpride.org


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

Every 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 7th Annual Pride Festival – June 24, 2023 in Martin Park.


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 2023!

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

The Open Door Pride IDEA Scholarship​

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.

Applications are due by April 30. Application requirements and guideline are available at Door County Scholarships 

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.

You can also nominate a student for our 2023 award, by clicking the nominate a student button.

2022 ODP Idea Scholarship award winner and ODP members
in center- 2022 Scholarship and 1st recipient Bianca Delarwell (Sevastopol) L-R Darrick DeMeuse (ODP), Cathy Grier (ODP), Bianca Delarwell, Steve Makovec (ODP) and Lynn Kotte (teacher Sevastopol,   photo credit Ed DiMaio taken at 2022 Open Door Pride Festival.

Our Proclamations

Every year since 2017, the Mayor of Sturgeon Bay has issued a proclamation acknowledging June as Open Door Pride Month. The proclamation is read at our Annual Pride Festival.

Beyond our local government, 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

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.

Nominate a Student!

Help us make Door County more inclusive by nominating a student to receive our scholarship.