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Now that folks are vaxxed, waxed and ready to get back to hitting the streets, we are all excited for Pride 2021 this year! Unlike last year, which saw all pride events either cancelled or shifted to virtual platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most major cities have started to lift or adjust their COVID-19 restrictions; opening the door for eager queers to get back to celebrating their gay pride, loud and outside.
So where can you go to celebrate your black queer pride this year? LBH has curated the perfect pride guide for you!
Austin Black Pride is kicking off pride month events starting next week! Recreated in 2016, Austin Black Pride was founded in efforts to address the lack of spaces and programming that catered to the unique need of its Black LGBTQI+ community. Their 2021 pride events jumpstart this Friday, June 11th at Tillery Bar and Kitchen with a happy hour kick off party, and continue into the weekend with panel discussion on restoring the black community on Saturday, June 12th at the Homewood Suites - Austin Downtown, and end with a Stop Light Day Party on Sunday, June 13th at the Coconut Club.
Even more exciting, you can meet the LBH team there in person! We will be selling exclusive lovetelling merch at both the Friday, June 11th happy hour kick off event and the Saturday, June 12th Trap n Sip Paint at Rain on 24th. Visit our booth for pieces from for exclusive pride month merch collection and free lovetelling giveaways.
Research has shown us that the Black, Indigenous and People of Color queer community in Boston are currently calling for the current Boston Pride Board to step down for their failure to “proactively address issues of racism and white privilege, and failure to center on the lives and voices of Black People, Indigenous and People of Color.” So in protest, instead of attending any regular Boston Pride Events, underserved queer groups Pride 4 the People, Trans Resistance MA, and Trans Resistance are holding a Trans Resistance March and Vigil on June 12th at Franklin Park. For more information on this boycott, and this event, visit Pride4ThePeople.org
New Orleans, Louisiana
After many years off the scene, Nola Black Pride is back this year with a full calendar of events starting next month! Including a very prideful meet and greet right on Bourbon St. (time to collect your beads ladies), and InterSEXtional Thinking: Invitation to Play interactive event to support you in purposely pursuing your pleasure on July 2nd at Cafe Istanbul. You can also attend one of the many brunch, day and night parties that they are throwing throughout the weekend. Check out their website blackpidenola.com for more info!
Black Pride RVA is back in-person this year to promote the health and wellness of Black LGBTQ persons through celebration, education, and empowerment. Starting July 16th, black queer folkx in the RVA area can meet up with their friends at the Black Pride Block Party at Scotts Addition for food, drinks and dancing, or at Bryan Park on Sunday, July 18th for Pride in the Park.
Do labor day weekend the right way by attending Atlanta Black Pride 2021! With a week full of in-person events for both womxn, men and those with no binary, you are sure to find an event or party for you and your crew. Even though their official kick off event is that Thursday, September 2nd, it’s the biggest all girl party, The Naked Hustle, on Friday, September 3rd at Magic City that stood out to us the most! You can also check out their Pure Heat Day Party on Saturday, September 4th or their Annual Pride Wknd Booze Cruise that Sunday in Lake Lanier.