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. 

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.

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
Keenan Barlow Salish Kootenai College Psychology
Laney Conger Stanford University Environmental Studies
Nas Jabr University of Montana Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Bri Mango Montana State University Bachelors of Fine Art
Cole Read The University of Montana English
Luke Schermele Occidental College Political Science/Journalism
Jason Stahl University of Montana Journalism/History/Social Work
Esben Tandy Montana State University Landscape Design and Studio Art

Current Montana Grantees

Organization Name City, State Website
ASPEN Livingston, Montana Visit
Biiluuke Strong Garryowen, Montana Visit
EmpowerMT Missoula, Montana Visit
Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition, Inc. Ronan, Montana Visit
Glacier Queer Alliance Kalispell, Montana Visit
Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center Great Falls, Montana Visit
Indian Peoples Action Butte, Montana Visit
Montana Two Spirit Society Missoula, Montana Visit
SAFE Harbor Ronan, Montana Visit
The Montana Racial Equity Project Bozeman, Montana Visit
TransVisible Montana Helena, Montana Visit
Western Montana LGBTQ Community Center Missoula, Montana Visit

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