The Pride Room, a budding nonprofit, aims to open in Helena

Megan Michelotti

A new Helena resource is in the works for both those who are and those who are not members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

In May, Zebulon Eaton created a Facebook group called “Helena MT LGBTQ,” which has now been renamed to “West Coast LGBTQ Community” to accommodate a wider scope of members since people from cities around the state and from other states were joining.

The group started with three members. As of September, there’s around 90.

Eaton is a member of the LGBTQ community. The group started when he realized that if his transgender coworker was needing a support system in Helena, there had to be other people out there struggling as well.

“One of my coworkers, who later became my assistant manager (at the Subway store I was managing), is trans, and they didn’t really have a support system. I sat down and thought ‘OK, so let’s create a support system.’”

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In early July, Eaton brought up the idea of creating a nonprofit called the Pride Room as a resource center in Helena for LGBTQ+ members in the Facebook group.

“It was so well received

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