PRIDE Talks Writing Competition winners

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(Press Release) — The Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to congratulate the winners for its first PRIDE Talks Writing Competition for the LGBTQ+ community in the CNMI this past June for PRIDE month.  

The categories for submissions were: Poem, Essay or Short Story.

The winners for the competition from each island are:


1st Place: Pedro Manglona, “I Know a Boy” $500

2nd Place: Joseph Hocog, “The Creation of LGBTIQ Pride” $300


1st Place: Colin Jay S. Cruz, “Your Out is My Out” $500

2nd Place: Freya Deshae C. Greathouse, “Mirror Image” $300

3rd Place: Jermaine Chloe B. Young, “It's Okay We're Normal” $100


1st Place: Leovita Cabrera, “A Crowded Closet” $500

2nd Place: Thomas Manglona, “Gateways” $300

3rd Place: Prudencio Cabrera, “Heels” $100

The Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to thank the judges who volunteered their time to score all the submissions. 

PRIDE Talks is an annual program held by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council each year in June.  Last year’s event was the screening of the film “Boy Erased” at the Regal Cinemas with guest speakers from the LGBTQ+ community, a doctor and a pastor who shared experiences, statistics and perspectives.

This year the council is wanting to capture the voices of the LGBTQ+ in the CNMI by having them share their unique stories, creativity and experiences. 

For more information, please call council staff at 235-4785 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



November 2020 pssnewsletter

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