Montana is a rich and vibrant state with endless rivers, mountains, and adventures at every turn. Most commonly referred to as the ‘Big Sky State’, it spans just over 150,000 square miles—with an average of fewer than 7 people per square mile. This vastness is acutely felt by any organization working to build community across the expansive region. Pride Foundation has one staff person that is based in Helena but works across the state.

With pockets of supportive communities moving toward greater equity and support for LGBTQ+ people, Montana continues to have high rates of bullying, suicide, and family rejection for LGBTQ+ youth. Recent attacks on the rights of trans and gender diverse communities have sparked increased systems of support and leadership throughout the state and nationally.

Despite these obstacles, effective, coordinated, and innovative work is underway to advance opportunities and support for Montana’s LGBTQ+ communities.

Region Contact

  • Quinn Leighton
  • Regional Philanthropy Officer in Montana
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Montana Initiatives

Open To All

This supportive business initiative is a multi-faceted, business-driven project of Pride Foundation working to support the businesses that support our community—and, through these efforts, create a safer and more welcoming Montana.

See full list of participating businesses

LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness

An initiative to fund innovative, collaborative approaches that address the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness in Montana.

Current Montana Scholars

Name School Area of Study
Holly University of Montana Law
Joseph Bernard Northwest College Nursing
Esben Dedrickson-Tandy Montana State University Studio Art and Horticulture
Ev Dove Montana Tech University Pre-Med
Juniper Eastwood University of Montana Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Seth Hershman Montana State University Biological Engineering
Jay Jones Linn-Benton Community College Environmental Studies
Michelle Knerr Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Medicine
Fey Reynolds University of Montana Global Youth Development and School Counseling

Current Montana Grantees

Organization Name City, State Website
406 Pride Billings, Montana Visit
ASPEN Livingston, Montana Visit
Bridgercare Bozeman, Montana Visit
Butte Silver Bow Health Department Butte, Montana Visit
EmpowerMT Missoula, Montana Visit
Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center Great Falls, Montana Visit
Montana Gender Alliance Helena, Montana Visit
Montana Human Rights Network Helena, Montana Visit
Montana Legal Services Association Helena, Montana Visit
Open Aid Alliance Missoula, Montana Visit
SAFE Harbor Ronan, Montana Visit
The Montana Racial Equity Project Bozeman, Montana Visit
Western Montana LGBTQ Community Center Missoula, Montana Visit

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