ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis Black Gay and Lesbian Pride Committee on Monday announced its 2015 theme and logo for the official launch of St. Louis Black Pride weekend to be held Aug. 14-16 and ending with a festival in the Grove. 
 
According to St. Louis Black Pride president Randy Rafter, the theme “Moving forward…United, Empowered with Pride” is fitting following the organization's efforts to restructure and rebuild over the past year.
 
“With the change of ideology, going from only producing the annual Black Pride weekend to producing and promoting programs and events that unite and empower the St. Louis region, the theme seemed to be a perfect fit," said Rafter. 
 
“This weekend is about uniting and empowering LGBTQIA People of Color and their allies to come together as one," Rafter continued. "Funds raised during this weekend of events goes to support additional programming that St. Louis Black Pride produces throughout the entire year. We want to give the region the opportunity to support the wonderful efforts of this organization.”
 
Throughout the year, St. Louis Black Pride has produced programming to uplift and empower LGBTQIA people of color, including a financial literacy series, social and civil justice rallies and events, and leadership development programs for youth and young adults.
 
“This is only the beginning," said Rafter. "St. Louis Black Pride plans on doing even more to empower and uplift LGBTQIA People of Color and to express and showcase the diversity in the community." 
 
Founded in 1999 from the B-Boy Blues Festival, St. Louis Black Pride is the second oldest Black Pride organization in the country. The Mission of St. Louis Black Pride is to serve as a resource for the St. Louis region's black and other people of color community and be a catalyst for unity an empowerment with pride. 
 
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