• About

    Welcome to the Putnam Pride Initiative (PPI)!

    Est. 2017

    We are a non-profit community organization that came together in 2017. We are dedicated to community-building, support, and education of LGBTQ+ folks and allies in Putnam County, IN. PPI members get together to share stories, to lend our support by volunteering for community projects, and generally to hang out with supportive and accepting (and fun) people. Our members range in age from 12-70+ and we welcome everyone with open minds and hearts.


    Any and all LGBTQ+ folks and allies are welcome to attend our open meetings that are about once a month (on Thursday evenings in Greencastle community room in the Starbucks on the square). We would also love to hear from you on social media or via email (contact@putnamprideinitiative.org). Come on out!

  • Donate to Putnam Pride Initiative

    Please consider donating to PPI!

    Donations are used for programming, support, & advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community and allies in Putnam County, IN.

    You may contribute using Pay-Pal or a credit card via the button below

    or send a check to Putnam Pride Initiative, PO Box 752, Greencastle IN, 46135.

    We would also appreciate donations of your time, when we volunteer in the community!

    PPI is a volunteer, non-profit organization but we do not yet have 501-c3 status, so donations are not tax-deductible.

  • Meeting Dates 2019

    LGBTQ+ folks and allies are welcome to join us each month

    from 7 - 8:00 PM.

    We meet in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Greencastle, IN at 5, W Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135 (unless otherwise noted).

    August 22, 2019

    Meet at Gobin Memorial United Methodist at 305 Simpson St, Greencastle, IN 46135. Parking nearby on street.

    September 26, 2019

    October 24, 2019

    November 21, 2019

    December 12, 2019

  • Some of our Past Events

    Check back soon for new and upcoming events!

    Know of other LGBTQ+-relevant events? Let us know too!


    Spencer Pride

    Saturday, June 1st 12-7pm

    PPI will table at Spencer's annual Pride event.


    Indy Pride Fest

    Saturday, June 8th

    PPI visited


    3rd Annual PPI Summer Picnic

    Saturday, June 15th

    3rd annual PPI Summer Picnic


    Southern Indiana Pride

    Saturday, June 22nd


    PPI in PutCo Fair Parade

    Sunday, July 14th

  • Social Feed

    Check out photos of our volunteer activities,events and members!

  • Messages from our QUILTBAG

    Putnam Pride Initiative Blog

  • Past Events

    A few of our favorite recent PPI activities!

    Tabling at 2018 Putnam County Fair

    July 21-27, 2018

    We had a great time representing PPI at the Putnam County 4-H Fair, celebrating the "Country Pride, County Wide" theme. We had a popular ring toss game for kids and handed out hundreds of glowstick bracelets. We also met lots of new friends and supporters-- thanks to everyone county wide, for coming out in support of Putnam Pride Initiative!   

    Country Pride, County Wide!

    Putnam County 4-H Parade

    July 20, 2018

    Visibility matters! More than fifteen PPI members met up to march down Greencastle's main drag during the big 4-H Fair Parade this summer, waving rainbow flags, trans flags, non-binary flags and a bi-pride flag. We made a splash with new friends and old, scooters, dogs, banners, silly hats, and lots of candy (after we withstood the thunderstorms, of course). Make sure to join us next year!

    Pitching in with Food Not Bombs

    Saturday, July 21, 12-3 PM, Robe Ann Park

    PPI members joined the Greencastle Chapter of Food Not Bombs volunteers to serve a free vegan meal to anyone who wanted one! This event included music, food, community and Pride! For more information see this link from the local paper:


    Volunteer Work Day at Rescued Treasures

    July 14, 2018

    Several of us spent a Saturday afternoon sorting toys, t-shirts, teapots, and other treasures with our friends and LGBT+ allies at Rescued Treasures, a non-profit thrift store that benefits the Humane Society. Community volunteering helps us be visible and helps us meet new folks in town and beyond. Also, we got some great hats for the parade!

    Movie & Book Club: Love, Simon

    Putnam Co. Public Library

    Tuesday July 17, 5 PM

    We were happy to collaborate with the public library for a discussion of Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and a showing of the movie Love, Simon a terrific, light-hearted movie.

    2nd Annual Putnam Pride Initiative Community Picnic & Pitch-In

    June 23, 2018, Robe Ann Park

    A fabulous celebration of Pride at the Park. More than 120 folks came out to eat, dance, get their faces painted, and hang out. We love ALL many different kinds of folks who come to our events, from patriotic and supportive dads to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. We had many food donations from some great Putnam County dining establishments. A great time was had by all!

    Tabling at Greencastle First Friday &

    Spencer Pride Festival

    June 1-2, 2018

    We had a great time tabling at two back-to-back events to kick off Pride month, in Greencastle and Spencer. It was particularly fun to be a part of the Spencer Pride celebration because that organization has been so supportive of Putnam Pride Initiative. AND we met a bunch of new friends who have ties to Putnam County!  

  • LGBTQ+ Resources

    Curated by Liz Aguilar. Let us know if you have more sites to recommend!

    LGBTQ+ Literature

    • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
    • Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
    • Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
    • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
    • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
    • Girl Walking Backwards by Bett Williams
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    • How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis


    Helpline Resources

    Trevor Lifeline
    Available 24/7


    Trans Lifeline

    United States
    Available 24/7


    GLBT National Help Center

    Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
    Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET


    More GLBT Hotlines


  • Our Executive Board

    Why Putnam Pride Initiative is important to us:

    J.D Grove

    Board Member

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    It's wonderful to be building a community of LGBTQ+ people and allies in our small town, where we are often invisible to the larger community and to each other.

    Dana Dudle


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    It is inspiring to be part of a multi-generational group of LGBTQ+ folks and allies coming together for support, community, and outreach so close to where I live and work.

    Denise Thede


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    Putnam Pride Initiative makes LGBTQ+ people and their allies visible within the Putnam County community. . . We provide and advocate for community service and social justice; we want to feel like we belong and can be ourselves in this beautiful community; we want ALL to be accepted, safe, loved, and to have the same rights as everyone around us. Come join us as we continue on this journey!!

    Jennifer Hayes


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    Building Bridges is our tagline, and I am so happy to be a part of this endeavor - reaching LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, and providing support, education, and community for all, right here in Putnam County.

    Kim Fidler

    Board Member

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    The Putnam Pride Initiative provides light and hope in a time of darkness and despair. PPI makes a difference in so many lives! We have only just begun…

    Alicia Shamel


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  • Contact us

    You + Us = Awesome Things.

    Putnam Pride Initiative
    PO Box 752, Greencastle IN 46135, USA
    General Meetings: Second Thursdays of most months, Starbucks Community Room in Greencastle
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