Saturday, June 26, 2010

1st Annual Harlem Pride

On Saturday June 26th, 2010 was the 1st Annual Harlem Pride block party on 119th street. According to the press release: "The purpose of Harlem Pride is to promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Same Gender Loving Pride in Harlem by providing opportunities for networking and communication among organizations and community members in Harlem".

Lawrence Rodriguez and Carmen Neely, two Harlem LGBT activists/residents saw an opportunity to celebrate the LGBT & SGL community and its role and contributions to Harlem’s rich history. They envisioned an annual celebration of gay pride in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park Historic District because the area has become a thriving “gayborhood,” and would be an excellent symbol of up-town gay pride. Harlem Pride will become a community partner to support existing programs and will also produce events that celebrate LGBT & SGL pride.

Harlem Pride's block party consisted of Vendors, lot's entertainment, and neighborhood fun for LGBT folk and their allies. It was a peaceful afternoon, and the event by all accounts was a great beginning for what's to come for future LGBT events in Harlem.

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