Philadelphia Black Pride weekend kicks off

Cherri Gregg
April 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
Philadelphia Black Pride kicks off Friday, and thousands of LGBTQ people of color will be in the city for a weekend of events as the organization celebrates a major milestone.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Black Pride kicks off Friday, and thousands of LGBTQ people of color will be in the city for a weekend of events as the organization celebrates a major milestone.

In it's 20th year, Philadelphia Black Pride is everything black and LGBTQ. 

"The community has decided that I am going to define myself how I see myself," said Le Thomas, president of Philadelphia Black Pride.

The nonprofit grew out of the Colours organization and was founded in 1999.

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While many think Black Pride weekend is a big party, Thomas says it was created to educate communities of color about HIV prevention, coming out and other social issues impacting a population that is many times left out of the broader LGBTQ conversation - of course, while having fun.

"When people would walk away, they would walk away not realizing they were learning something at the same time," Thomas said. 

On Monday, the group raised the LGBTQ rainbow flag at City Hall with the new black and brown stripes. And later Friday night, they'll hold a welcome reception at Aloft Hotel, followed by educational events, networking opportunities and much more on Saturday and Sunday.

"There is so much, and when I say there is so much, there is so much," Thomas added. 

For a full list of events, click here.