Be a part of the Mansfield Gay Pride Association

Accepting Applicants for 2018

The Mansfield Gay Pride Association is now accepting applicants for the 2018 term.  We are looking for enthusiastic community members to join our organizaiton to help grow and provide a voice of the LGBTQ community in the Mansfield and surrounding areas.

If you are interested in joining as a Board Member, Committee Member, or a Volunteer  you can send a resume to


If you have any questions, please contact our Board President Todd Rice at


2017 Theme “One Community: United”

One Community: United

When thinking about our theme for this year we wanted to work toward something that showed more of who we are, more of ourselves and our LGBTQ community.  As with anyone, we want to strike down stereotype and barriers that people have placed on us, but also those that have been placed on others.

Our 2017 theme “One Community: United” will do just that. It will show those that the LGBTQ community is more than a pre-conceived notion or stereotype. We are your sons and daughters, your veteran, your teacher, or your family practitioner. We are more than a festival, and we have more in common with those in the community who distance themselves because of the unknown.

Because we are One Community, we live on the same street, in the same town, and in the same country, the Mansfield Gay Pride Association wants to work with you and organizations that will help the community.  With bringing in “our” community and helping support “the” community, we hope to show that the “our” and “the” are just words, and that we are one community united in a goal of prosperous health and fortune for all that live with Mansfield and the Richland County.

2017 Mansfield Pride Benefit Show At Sami’s Bar

2017 MGPA Benefit Show presented by  Sami’s  Bar

With performances by Andreah Heartt, Baby Buckey, Serpentina Selena,  and Teddy Martin

Hosted by Easton West and Khloe Chanel Stratton

There will be an Auction and a 50/50.


Located at:

Sami’s Bar

178 Wanye St, Mansfield, OH



Announcing the 2017 Grand Marshall


The 2017 Grand Marshal: Kelly Vaughn

The Mansfield Gay Pride Association would like to announce that the 2017 Grand Marshall for the 3rd Annual Mansfield Gay Pride Festival will be Kelly Vaughn.

Kelly holds a special place in our hearts at the Mansfield Gay Pride Association. She has always been a huge support of our goals and mission to educate the community. Kelly has generously donated her time, along with many other talented entertainers, at all of our Pride Festivals.

She has recently released her current CD “Life Goes On”.

You can find more information on Kelly by going to her website



New Location for the 3rd Annual Mansfield Pride Festival.

Central Park, Mansfield, OH

This year we will be holding the 3rd Annual Mansfield Pride Festival in downtown at Central Park.


The 3rd Annual Mansfield Gay Pride Festival will be held on July 22, 2017 in Central Park Located in downtown Mansfield.  Starting at noon, the festival will include an expanded Kid Zone, 2 entertainment venues, a wide variety of vendors,  and much much more.

Stay tuned for more information.

Announcing Mansfield Gay Pride 2017

The Mansfield Gay Pride Festival for 2017 will be held on Saturday, July 22nd. We will be having a kickoff party the night before, Friday, July 21st. The theme for the third annual Mansfield Gay Pride Festival is “One Community: United” in celebration of the kickoff of our new initiatives!

“It is important that we make an impact on the community local to Mansfield, Richland County, and the State of Ohio. Not only homosexuals, bisexuals, transgendered, etc., but heterosexuals as well. We are a diverse community and wouldn’t have it any other way. Our new initiatives show the direction we are moving with this organization.” – Kevin Kincaid-Shoaf

Important Dates:

  • January 1: Launch of, our new organization website.
  • January 15: Launch of 2017 edition as the go to place for information on the Mansfield Gay Pride Festival.
  • February 1: Applications open for Vendors, Entertainers, Volunteers.
    April 29 at 10 PM: Mansfield Gay Pride Charity Show, hosted at Sami’s Bar (178 Wayne St, Mansfield, Ohio 44902).
  • July 1: Applications for Vendors close.
  • July 21 at 6 PM: Mansfield Gay Pride Festival Kick-Off Party. Location to be announced.
  • July 22 at 11 AM: Mansfield Gay Pride Parade. Route to be announced.
  • July 22 at 12 PM: Mansfield Gay Pride Festival Opens. Location to be announced.
  • July 23: Equitas Health Brunch in honor of the volunteers, entertainers, and committee members.

More dates for festival related events will be announced in the near future.

Parties interested in sponsoring the festival should contact Ricky Leimeister by sending an email to, respectfully.

For more information, or for media contacts, please email and we will respond as soon as possible.

Announcement of New Initatives

When our team founded this organization, we did not know if we or the organization would survive the first year. Our original goal and scope was to kick off the first annual Mansfield Gay Pride Festival. This goal was met and the festival is continuing on as we had planned. However, as we continue forward, our team feels there is more that we can do for the community.

Our new initiatives now include:

  • Annual Mansfield Gay Pride Festival
  • Equal Rights for Gender Identity and Orientation
  • LGBTQA College Scholarship
  • HIV/STD and Sexual Health Education
  • Build a LGBTQA Safe Haven
  • Create an LGBTQA Magazine

More information on these initiatives can be found on, launching January 1, 2017.


Thank You For a Great Pride 2016!

Mansfield Gay Pride Association would like to thank everyone for their support this weekend! Our second festival was fantastic and we could not be happier! Over the next month, the team will be working to close out the season. We will soon post photos from the Mansfield Gay Pride Festival and the After Party, hosted at Sami’s Bar.

Thank you to our sponsors, Mansfield News Journal, Sami’s Bar, Outlook Media, AdultMart, Equitas Health, Richland Bank, Huntington Bank, Love on a Mission, Toth and Team, Buckeye Thrift, Miller Lite, and LGC Hair Studios. Thank you to the City of Mansfield, Lori Cope, Mark Abrams, and the Parks Management team! Thank you to the Mansfield Police Department, Captain Shari Robertson, and the other officers that attended the festival and parade! Thank you to the entertainers, DJ’s, and speakers that appeared at Pride. Thank you to Samantha Styles and all of the entertainers and staff at Sami’s Bar! Most of all, thank you to the dedicated committee members and volunteers that organized and ran the festival this weekend. None of this would have been possible without the support and dedication of these individuals.

We begin planning Mansfield Gay Pride 2017 in September! If anyone is interested in joining the Mansfield Gay Pride Committee and volunteering for the community, please reach out to Kevin Kincaid-Shoaf by sending an email to for an application.

Mansfield Gay Pride 2016 in the news:

Mansfield Gay Pride Parade a Success (Mansfield News Journal)
Mansfield Gay Pride Parade (Mansfield News Journal)
Event’s goal is sharing of awareness of local LGBT community (Mansfield News Journal)
Mansfield Gay Pride preaches love despite opposition (Richland Source)
Mansfield Gay Pride Parade 2016 (Richland Source)
Mansfield Gay Pride Parade Held Saturday (WMFD)

Official Mansfield Gay Pride 2016 After Party

Mansfield Gay Pride Association and Sami’s are partnering together for the Official Mansfield Gay Pride 2016 After Party! Mansfield Gay Pride 2016 is July 22nd and 23rd at South Park in Mansfield from 12 PM to 8 PM on both days.

The Official Mansfield Gay Pride 2016 After Party is at Sami’s on Saturday, July 23rd at 8 PM. The show will start at 10 PM! Entry for everyone is $10. A wristband for entry may be purchased at Sami’s or online at 50% of all entries benefit Mansfield Gay Pride 2017!

The after party is hosted by Samantha Styles! Entertainers include Teddy Martin, Khloe Chanel Stratton, Joshalyn Stratton Spears, Tatiana James, Jeffrey Ruff, Jasmyn Labasha, Levi Austin, Terri Williams, Vanilla Creme, Amanda Score, London Desmon Asia, and KeYanna Diamond!

Come out and have fun with the crew of Mansfield Gay Pride as they close out the 2016 season! Don’t forget to be prepared for all the fun and games with 50/50, raffles, prizes, and more!July 23 - Pride After Party