Affirming the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirited people, and their supporters in the Catawba Valley region of North Carolina

What is Catawba Valley Transgender Pride?

Traditionally, March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility. It’s a day for transgender people to celebrate their existence as well as their place in the community. With the transgender experience being shrouded in secrecy and misinformation, the Day of Visibility encourages transgender people to be open and proud about their gender identity.


In 2016, we marked this day with a small gathering in front of Bottega in downtown Hickory. We were there with information and resources about transgender people. Additionally, transgender people from our community were there to talk to people and answer their questions. It was a wonderful event where knowledge was shared, friendships were made, and a little-understood part of the Hickory community was allowed to shine.


This year, we’re parlaying that spirit and energy into our first ever Transgender Pride Day. It will be a day for everyone in the Hickory area (transgender and cisgender) to come together and celebrate the trans community. We will have information and story sharing as well as games, food, and booths representing local resources and affirming businesses. It will be a family-friendly event full of fun and education.

When and where?

The event will take place Saturday, March 31st from 11 to 4. We’ll be in the parking lot of OUTright Youth located at 748 4th St SW, Hickory, NC 28602.  There are other, complementary events being planned to take place at other locations in Hickory following the main festivities.

More details are coming soon, so please bookmark this page and keep checking back.

#TransIsBeautiful #TransPride #CVTP





Proud to announce this year’s Catawba Valley Pride scholarship winner- Preston Haas!
This brilliant young man will be an amazing leader one day. Congratulations Preston!



March 31, 2017 – Hickory, NC

Photo by Robert C. Reed – Hickory Daily Record

Hickory Daily Record – 4-1-2017

Congratulations, Faith Naff, organizer of Hickory’s Transgender Day of Visibility held at Bottega in Downtown Hickory on Friday March 31st.

Check out the wonderful article in the Hickory Daily Record by Emily Willis.

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The Catawba Valley Pride LGBT* Welcoming Spaces campaign is in response to tragic deaths of two transgender teens in the Charlotte area, and efforts to pass laws enabling discrimination against LGBT* customers. Catawba Valley Pride seeks to create a more supportive environment in the Catawba Valley by asking LGBT* affirming businesses and organizations to display the message “We Welcome Everyone” in their storefront window.

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Catawba Valley Pride, Inc.                       PO Box 3551, Hickory, NC 28603