Rainbow flags, beautiful toned bodies, and fascinating costumes. These are some of the sights at Black Gay Pride.
Black Gay Pride aka Black Pride is a celebration of LGBTQ pride among persons of color. Both Black Gay Pride and LGBT Pride formed as a stance against discrimination and violence of LGBT persons by mainstream society. LGBT pride started in the 1960s after the “Stone Wall Riot” in which a group of LGBT persons protested against a police raid that occurred at Stone Wall Inn, a popular gay establishment. Since that time LGBT pride has become one of the biggest celebrations in the country. Tens of thousands of people flock to different cities to celebrate LGBT pride. While both LGBT pride and Black Pride largely focus on the empowerment and unification of the LGBT community they are two separate movements. The founders of Black Pride wanted a celebration that was more geared towards persons of color.
Black Pride started in 1988 in Los Angeles, California as a single event named At the Beach. The event was organized by a small group of friends and their purpose was to bring together a community of persons of color who identified as queer. And so black Pride always had a rich cultural component by focusing on various issues affecting LGBT Black communities including safe sex, racial biases, homophobia, healthcare reform, and domestic violence.
Since its onset in 1988 Black Pride has transformed from a single event into a lineup of events across major cities including New York City and Atlanta. These events include day parties, concerts, panel discussions centered on safe sex, and health seminars.
As Black Pride rose in popularity there was a need to organize Black Pride celebrations across different cities. In May 1999 Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., a powerful leader, took on this task. He formed a national organization known as International Federation of Black Prides (IFBE). To date more than 34 cities make up the IFBE. In July 2012 IFBE restructured and is now known as the Center for Black Equity (CBE). Businesses, individuals, sponsors, and media outlets host large scale events for the black LGBT community during Black Pride.
The largest Black Pride events are in Atlanta, New York City, and Washington DC. Tank, Cardi B, Dream Doll, and Milan Christopher have been some of the featured artists at Black Pride. During those events streets gets flooded with thousands of persons from other cities. Of all Black Prides I’ve attended so far I can say that I enjoyed DC Black Pride the most. During that time you’ll see factories of beautiful men dispersed throughout the city. And the parties are so much fun!!! You have options of going to rooftop parties, all-white affairs, underwear night parties, and countless other events.
As it stands Black Pride is about learning about black LGBT culture and enjoying that experience. Some of the biggest party promoters including Daryl Wilson and Laurence Pickney have thrown amazing events and parties for the black LGBT community.
Some argue that Black Pride celebrations cater to party goers. Black Pride is more than that. It provides spaces where people from all walks of life can meet, laugh, dance, and have interesting dialogues. If you haven’t been to a Black Pride celebration you need to check it off your bucket list. Gay, straight, black, or white you will have the time of your life during Black Pride.
Here is a list of US cities(divided by US regions) and overseas destinations that host Black Pride:
Albany, New York- blackandlatinogaypride.com
New York, New York –harlempride.org
Rochester, New York- rocblackpride.com
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – phillyblackpride.org
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- pghblackpride.org
Birmingham, Alabama– bhamblackpride.org
Charlotte, North Carolina- charlotteblackgaypride.org
Columbia, South Carolina– southcarolinablackpride.com
Dallas, Texas– dallassouthernpride.com
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Gainesville, Florida- gainesvilleblackpride.com
Houston, Texas- houstonsplash.com
Jackson, Mississippi –lgbtfunders.org
Lexington, Kentucky- kentuckyblackpride.yolasite.com
Little Rock, Arkansas
Memphis, Tennessee- tristateblackpride.com
Nashville, Tennessee- nashvilleblackpride.org
Richmond, Virginia- blackpriderva.com
Washington, District of Columbia –dcblackpride.org
Chicago, Illinois- ubuntuchicago.org
Cincinnati, Ohio- cincinnatiblackpride.com
Detroit, Michigan- hotterthanjuly.org
Kansas City, Missouri- blaqout.org
St. Louis, Missouri- blackpridestl.org
Los Angeles, California– lablackpride.com
Seattle, Tacoma & Portland, Washington pocaan.org
London, England- ukblackpride.org.uk
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Paris, France- parisblackpride.org