by: Taneasha White
Pride has been a recurring proclamation of queer liberation that has spread throughout the world. Some question the integrity of what Pride has become, because it started with riots and protest as a direct response to over-policing of QTPOC spaces and police brutality, and has now turned to days filled with parties, rallies, and parades. However, because of the origins of Pride, these celebrations are highly important in Queer communities, especially in those of color. Because marginalization of Black and Brown folks doesn’t dissipate in the LGBTQ community, there have been ethnic specific Prides in different regions, and this year is going to be Virginia’s first, right here in Richmond.
This event serves to be monumental, because not only is it being orchestrated by Queer Black folks right here in the capital of the Confederacy, but because it’s going to be a weekend of joy and celebration of identity and all of its intersections during such a turbulent time in history, especially here in the Richmond.
A lot of us spend a majority of our time fighting against the systems placed against us, and this weekend is going to have purpose, and part of that purpose is a celebration of our continued existence and resilience, which is necessary for us to continue to move forward.
We invite you to join the weekend of festivities as we celebrate the First Black Pride of Virginia:
- July 20, 2017 – Dinner & Drag Show – Come out for the first night of the weekend. Enjoy a pasta dinner and an amazing drag show! Tickets online only $12. At the door $15.
- July 20, 2017 – Day of Purpose – FREE family friendly event with music, vendors, food trucks, and more. You won’t to miss our “How to Ask for Help” workshop at 11am. Register online on Eventbrite.
- July 21, 2017 – Official After Party – It’s a party celebrating Black Pride! Get your tickets online $15… prices go up at the door $25.