Twin Cities Pagan Pride is a 501(c)3 educational organization. We registered in the state of Minnesota, and got our 501(c)3 federal tax status as of late September 2008. Donations to our events and organization are now tax-deductible. We offer two main events each year, as well as occasional fundraisers and community gatherings (usually featuring a musical performance or other entertainment.)
Twin Cities Pagan Pride’s mission statement is:
- To promote religious tolerance for all faiths especially minority faiths, religions and beliefs
- To educate the general public about minority faiths;
- To dispel and debunk myths and stereotypes about minority faiths and individuals who adhere to such beliefs;
- To provide a forum for the exploration, comparison, contrast, and growth and expansion of diverse spiritual and religious ideas, theories, practices, traditions and views;
- To promote research and knowledge about the history, science, and art of all religions from ancient to modern.
Twin Cities Pagan Pride is the free Pagan Pride event serving the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Pagan Pride events focus on providing education about Pagans and Paganism to the general public. Our Pagan Pride event is also a great place to provide friendly resources to those curious about Paganism but who aren’t sure where to start.
Paganicon, our spring event that began in 2011, is a conference-style event that includes workshops, rituals, musical performances, and more, by the Pagan community, for the Pagan community. As with similar conferences, there is a registration cost: you can find out more on the Paganicon website.
How we got started:
Twin Cities Pagan Pride is an independent organization, separate from Pagan Pride International. (That means we have our own incorporation, our own 501(c)3 status, our own bylaws and reporting, etc.) While we were originally created to run the fall Twin Cities Pagan Pride event in coordination with the national Pagan Pride project, our plans have long included the possibility of running other events in the Twin Cities community.
Our idea of Paganicon grew out of a desire to shift the focus of the fall Pagan Pride event back to general public education and awareness. In 2011, we moved to an outside location with great walkthrough traffic, a few open rituals, and programming that’s designed to educate the general public about Pagans and Paganism.
However, we – and many others – had grown to love the great workshops, presentations, and other events that have become a part of our fall event. The obvious answer was to move this part of our event to another time of year. Moving to the spring also helps us because many people (including a number of vendors and musicians we’d love to include) are much more available when we’re not competing with the Renaissance Festival. (And the State Fair, and back-to-school time, and so on..)
The answer, then, is Paganicon, a spring hotel-based conference/convention that combines workshops, panels, discussions, social space, music, vendors, and much more. We have designed it on the same plans as other Pagan hotel-based events (such as Pantheacon, Convocation in Michigan, and many events up and down both coasts.) It’s a very similar model to fan-run SF conventions.