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Montgomery Pride United

Jaylan is a Major in the United States Air Force. His undergraduate work was completed at the United States Air Force Academy; he completed his Master's education at Norwich University and the Air Command and Staff College. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Security Studies at Kansas State University. He is a 12-year military intelligence professional, currently serving as an Air University Fellow and Instructor at the Air Command and Staff College. He served as the 2018 Montgomery Pride Co-Chair and on the Board of Mental Health in America, Montgomery. He is an advocate for and supporter of various LGBTQ+ issues in Montgomery and across the nation.

Karen Willis

​State President - People First of Alabama​

recent programs

Our LGBTQ Homeless Program has recently helped several Trans and Gay homeless persons find housing and other resources so despertly needed in the Montgomery area.

Courtney Dixon


​​Marty Root

Social Director

mission & vision

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and help find the resources needed for our community.

Karen is an advocate and activist for Disability rights and is State President of People First of Alabama, and is also the author of "My Life Journey With Autism". Karen also manages the People First of Montgomery County Facebook page.

JANUARY 16TH, 2017 

our leadership team

Jaylan Haley

​Youth Director - Fundraising​​

Why we serve...

Meta Ellis


Joseph Williams


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Meta Ellis has been a life-long activist for human and animal rights here in Montgomery as well as California, Arizona, Ohio, and Washington, DC. She is the Director of Montgomery Pride United and the co-founder of the Bayard Rustin Community Center. She is passionate about working to help create the Beloved Community as we strive for equality for all. She was also selected to represent Alabama in USA Today's "State By State: Faces of Pride" June 30, 2017, edition.

Ms. Harvey is a Human and Civil Rights Advocate and Activist who uses her voice to raise awareness of the discrimination against sexual and gender minorities. She is also a co-founder of the Bayard Rustin Community Center and has spoken in conferences about the importance of inclusion and acceptance of transgender persons in homeless shelters. She was also a scheduled speaker before the Alabama House Health Committee in support of LGBTQ adoptive foster parent rights.

Courtney is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Alabama State University. She is a graduate research assistant and has previously worked with the Southeastern LGBTQ+ Conference, the Human Rights Campaign, Free2Be Montgomery, and the Bayard Rustin Community Center. Her developing area of expertise is with LGBTQ+ populations and gender politics.

Beth McBeth

Upcoming Board Member

​Representative - Eat South


It takes a village. Find out how rewarding volunteering just a few hours each week can be and help make a difference in many people's lives. 

Jessica Dent

Board Chairman

Janelle Cronk

William Andrew McCoy 

Chief Financial Officer

Marty is the Social Director of Montgomery PRIDE United and hosts both Lesbian Movie Night and Senior Social Night. She hosts Lesbian Movie Night in her home each 3rd Thursday and usually has a monthly party which is a great meeting space that is a safe, fun environment where one can have fun and make new friends. Join us for any event and let us know what you would like to see or do.


  • Housing Assistance
  • Sexual Health Awareness/Education  
  • Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming empowerment 
  • Advocacy and Activism
  • LGBTQ activities and events 
  • Youth engagement
  • LGBTQ of Color empowerment  
  • Lastest LGBTQ Media and News 
  • Rental meeting space  for LGBTQ organizations

PROUD Member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Daniel Johnson

Vice President

Ms Harvey McDanie

​Educational Outreach Director

Montgomery Pride United is a 501 (c)(3) charity organization.Tax information available upon request.