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Our Creative Founders.

Let us introduce our local leaders of Pasco Pride. They each strive to bring diversity, inclusion, trust and safety to the LGBTQIA+ community of Pasco county and its outlying areas.


Nina Borders


Nina Borders is a Firefighter/Paramedic who moved from Orlando to Pasco in 2015. She is a Veteran of the Army National Guard, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration. 

The Pulse Nightclub attack changed her. Pulse was a place she had attended  hundreds of times; she knew those injured and killed, she celebrated birthdays and holidays there. The tragedy launched Nina into a world of activism where she is constantly generating new ideas, forming new community contacts, and developing new creative strategies to serve the most vulnerable. She has been proud to serve as the Pasco Pride President since 2018, and was recognized by Watermark Magazine as one of the Most Remarkable People of 2019.

Vice President

Ant Avila


Ant is a proud townie dedicated to the positive and sustainable growth of their community. A resident of West Pasco for the past two decades, Ant was born and spent some of their formative years on the west coast in Bremerton WA and the San Francisco Bay Area. Ant has deep and meaningful ties to the academic, small business, sociopolitical, non-profit, and governmental realms of central Florida and aims to bring those relationships to bear in a synergistic way. They studied Political Science, Sociology, and Organizational leadership, with a concentration in state and local government, and post-modern sociological thought. Ant is excited to bring every resource, skill, and insight at their disposal to Pasco Pride. They strive to serve with integrity, lead with humility, and follow with loyalty.

Communications Director

Diana Shanks


Diana Shanks is a Pasco native with a degree in Public Relations and Community Leadership. They grew up convinced they were the only queer person in New Port Richey, and are delighted to have been proven wrong.

They are passionate about intersectional grassroots activism and ending the criminalization of poverty. They organize with a myriad of activist and advocacy groups around issues of restorative justice, intersectional feminism, harm reduction and mutual aid.

You can find them frequenting local cafes, camping out in public libraries, and trying with variable levels of success to grow their own food.

Position / Role

Morgan James


Outspoken LGBTQ Ally and advocate, and proud parent of a transgender teenage daughter. She Works in Tampa Bay and specifically Pasco county as a Community Organizer and activist. Her goal is to start a non-profit to help at-risk LGBTQ youth in the Pasco County area and beyond.

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