The mission of this organization is to celebrate Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) in greater Reading.

About us

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 third President of Pride in August 2016.


Vice President - Richard Todd Wagner

A member of Pride since December 2006.

Elected third and fifth Vice President of Pride and continues in that capacity to the present day.



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 facilitated The Spectrum (Planned Parenthood Keystone’s LGBTQA+ youth program) for 12 years, 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