“Baltimore Black LGBTQ Pride is a little over two weeks away,” notes Dr. Durryle Brooks, head of Baltimore’s Center for Black Equity. “Baltimore will continue a long-held tradition of honoring and celebrating black LGBTQ life in the city.” This year’s theme is “Healing and celebrating ourselves.”

The event officially begins on Friday, October 5th, with the opening celebration from 7:30 to 11:30 pm at the Downtown Radisson Hotel (101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore). Network, dance, and enjoy light refreshments as DJ Rosie spins. FreeState Justice will provide a legal and gender clinic as well as voter registration.

On Saturday, October 6th, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at Jacques Journey Center (880 Park Avenue, third floor), join in on the themed brunch “Healing Black LGBTQ Trauma: Health, Agency and Love.” Join others as they explore healing our individual and collective traumas, explore different healing strategies and the interconnections of race, gender, and sexual identity and their relation to health, wholeness, and love. RSVP for the event at Bit.ly/2IfUANf.

Later on October 6th, head back to the Downtown Radisson Hotel from 7:30 to 11:30 pm for the Baltimore Black Pride Community Gala, honoring local leaders who fight for resources and a seat at the table. All are welcome and admission is free.

On Sunday, October 7th, celebrate Sunday Family Fun Day at the GLCCB community center (2530 North Charles Street, third floor). Black LGBTQ families with children are invited to join in a family-friendly environment with games, face painting, and other activities for youth.

“With roots going back into the 80s,” said Brooks, “Baltimore Black Pride has served as an opportunity for all of us to come together and appreciate how far we’ve come as a community as well as a society more broadly. Additionally, I’m excited because the Center for Black Equity gets another opportunity to bring us all together and strengthen our connections to one another.”

For more information contact Durryle Brooks at durryle@cbebaltimore.org.

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