Gay Black Pride is a celebration that all persons should attend.
There are limited spaces for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community to gather and unite, especially for persons of color. Gay Black Pride helps to solve that problem.
What is Gay Black Pride?
Black Pride and Gay Black Pride are used interchangeably. Black Gay Pride is a movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) persons of color that spans across the U.S and overseas. The movement started in 1988 as single event in Los Angeles among a group of friends and evolved into much more. Gay Pride and Gay Black Pride are both similar lgbt movements in that they raise awareness of the lgbt community, support gay rights, and promote the existence of LGBT friendly spaces. Their use of the word “pride” is to emphasize the notion that no matter of your sexual orientation or gender identity you should be proud of who you are. The distinguishing factor between Gay Pride and BGB is that Black Gay Pride brings more cultural awareness to issues affecting persons of color and celebrates African American and Latino lgbt culture. Many persons of color have complained that at Gay Pride persons of color have felt socially excluded. In his article “Black Pride: We we need an event to celebrate being black and gay” Michael Baggs’ states that Black Gay Pride celebrations helps to bring together more LGBTIA persons of color. And indeed, it does.
Major cities like UK, Atlanta and D.C host BGP and provide many a wide array of events for their attendees. These events include educational sessions, forums, and parties. Educational sessions include sexual health workshops which help to lessen the stigma of HIV/AIDSand encouraged the use of Prep and other safe sex methods and preventions. Forums are centered around black conversations that are typically not spoken like mental health wellnes and same-sex marriage. The overall purpose of BGP events is to raise awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity, primarily for persons of color, and to bring the lgbtq community together. Transgender, bisexual, gay, and straight persons can come together and enjoy themselves.
The most popular Gay Black Pride celebrations are Atlanta Pride and D.C Pride. These cities draw thousands of LGBT persons from all over the country at their pride festival and events. You’ll find interesting lineups of artists and TV personalities at these events including Lil Kim, Dreamdoll, Bobby Littes, Mariah Lynn, and others. One of my personal favorite Black Pride Celebrations is Philadelphia Black Pride. I’ve been there a couple times and really enjoy the day parties.
History of Black Pride
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 BGP always had a rich cultural component by focusing on various issues affecting LGBT Black communities including HIV/AIDS, 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, and panel discussions centered on sexual health, same-sex marriage and other issues.
As BGP became widespread there was a need to organize the celebrations across different cities. And so, Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., leader and activist, formed the International Federation of Black Prides (IFBE). The IFBE is now known as the Center for Black Equity (CBE) and consists of dozens of Businesses, individuals, sponsors, and media outlets host large scale events for the black LGBT community..
Black Pride Events
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.
Value of Black Pride
Why visit a destination during a local Black Pride event? For me, the benefit was connecting with other gay black men that looks just lime me. I remember my first time going to DC Pride in 2017 and being in shock. Never did I see so many gay black men in one single location. There were probably thousands of black men walking up and down downtown DC.
Some argue that Black Pride celebrations cater to party goers. It’s 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.
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
For more information about Gay Black Pride you can go to the Center of Black Equity website.