Our Mission

To celebrate Gender and Sexual Diversity in greater Reading.

To eliminate prejudice and discrimination; to celebrate and foster a sense of pride and unity; to advance education about gender and sexual diversity

Our History

Founded November 23, 2006

The specific charitable and educational purposes of this organization are:

  • To eliminate prejudice and discrimination against the GSD community in Greater Reading;

  • To celebrate and foster a sense of pride and unity within GSD community of greater Reading;

  • To advance education in greater Reading, about gender and sexual diversity, the purpose of Reading Pride Celebration, and what it has to offer the community.

Reading Pride Celebration is a 501(c)3 organization of the Internal Revenue Service Code.  As a Public Charity, contributions are tax deductible under Section 170 of the Code.  We are an all-volunteer organization.  


President  - Ben Renkus

A member of Pride since December 2006. 

Elected President of RPC and Vice President of The LGBT Center of Greater Reading in 2016. Retired from Service Access and Management, Inc. 
Lay clergy for All Souls Ecumenical Catholic Communion. 

My life was devoted to provide a listening ear and help one consider the options one has, to work through challenges both on a professional and personal level. I believe ‘everything happens for a reason’ which is not always apparent at first, but is what shapes the paths we take in life.


Vice President - Richard Todd Wagner

A member of Pride since December 2006.

"I work for Fr. Meyer’s Sohn  as the Accounts Receivable Coordinator. I graduated from Reading Senior High School 1984  and  from Berks Technical School with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal. I've been a part of Reading Pride Celebration for the last 11 years, not only as an office, but as part of the  sub-committee for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. I was the creator of the Miss Reading Pride Celebration pageant and the Gayzette news letter."



Henry Pruski - Treasurer

A member of Pride since 2006.


Ian Rhile - Secretary



President Emeritus - Richard Spangler

A member of Pride since December 2006.

Elected second President of Pride in August 2007, and named President Emeritus in 2016.



Webmaster - Amber Brown

A member of Pride since  2006.

I’m a life-long Berks County resident, I founded The Spectrum (Planned Parenthood Keystone’s LGBTQ+ youth program), I perform with Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir, and I’m the mom of two spunky kids.


All meeting are open but we'd really love to have you as part of our team!

Mailing Address: Reading Pride Celebration, PO Box 15424, Reading, PA 19161