Blind LGBT Pride International, a special-interest affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (”ACB”), was founded in 1996 when a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (“LGBT”)and straight allies met at the annual conference and convention of ACB. The discussion centered on the needs of those who are blind and vision impaired and LGBT as that need was not being met in any organized national movement for the vision impaired and blind.
In 2000, Blind Friends of Lesbians and Gays (“BFLAG”) was officially chartered in ACB. In 2009 the name was changed to Blind LGBT Pride International to better reflect the purpose and mission of the organization.
The purpose of Blind LGBT Pride International (“Blind Pride” or “BPI”), a 501c(3) organization, is to provide for the betterment of the lives of those who are visually impaired and who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
A. Through a membership organization primarily of vision impaired and blind persons who accept and affirm the purposes of Blind LGBT Pride.
B. By providing a forum for the views and concerns of vision impaired and blind persons interested in issues facing those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
C. By providing information about publications of interest to members that are produced in accessible format and by encouraging the production of such material in accessible format.
D. By facilitating the free exchange of ideas, opinions and information relative to matters of concern to vision impaired and blind people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
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