Justin from Justin’s HIV Journal and I work on trying to find out what Black Pride means and why is it important to have a different Pride away from the Mainstream ones.
I love to blog and always jump at the opportunity to be involved with TheBody.com. At one point Justin and I had a conversation about working together on a project that was pride related. We were originally going to stick with just Pride (Capital Pride) in generally; however, after Justin dealing with some of his Caucasian friend’s complaining about Black Gay Pride I knew that we were onto something. By interviewing LGBT individuals and asking them what Black Gay Pride meant to them were able to find the driving force that keeps people coming back to DC from all over the country (and world) to attend this event. The diverse individuals we interviewed felt a sense of community; a safe place to talk about issues specifically related to the African-American LGBT community; and the ability to be around fun and festivities. Every person interviewed brought a very unique perspective. The different aspects that people had of Black Pride were interesting, but summed up why so many spend their Memorial Day Holiday in the DC Area. The many events that take place like the workshops and Health and Wellness Festival were also very popular among the attendees. At the end of the process I realized that it is indeed important to have an overall all-inclusive pride; however, it is just as important to have prides for the many sub-groups (i.e. Latino, Black, Trans-gender, Asian-Pacific, etc).