ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The St. Louis Black Gay & Lesbian Pride Committee has announced the dates of its annual Black Pride Weekend which will be held August 5-7, 2016. 


This year's festival will again be held in the heart of the Grove. Organizers made the move to the gayborhood after taking a year off in 2014 to restructure.

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“We are excited to continue the tradition of producing a Black Pride Weekend in which we exhibit diversity in the LGBTQIA Community," said St. Louis Black Pride president Randy Rafter.


Since its restructure, St. Louis Black Pride has transitioned from just hosting their annual celebration, to providing programming and services to the LGBTQIA+ people of color community year round.


“As we gear up for the annual celebration, we must also bring attention to all of our programming provided throughout the entire year to enhance the lives of the community we served," said Rafter. "From teaching financial literacy, new health initiatives, and advocacy work, it's no longer about just a moment of the year, in which we celebrate our uniqueness in society, it's geared to instilling a movement to build equity in the community."


Founded in 1994 as the BBoy Blues Festival, St. Louis Black Pride is the nation's second oldest African American pride organization. Their mission is to serve as a resource for the underserved LGBTQIA+ community and be a catalyst for unity, empowerment and pride.

 

For more information about the weekend celebration, or the organization, you can visit www.blackpridestl.org or call 314.884.8730.

 

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