Black Prides set for Charlotte, Raleigh

Two LGBT African-American expos and other events slated for end of July

Charlotte Black Gay Pride :: July 19-22

Charlotte Black Gay Pride will host their annual celebration July 19-22 at various venues across the Queen City. Festivities ramp up with a community forum on the ballroom scene at The LGBT Community Center of Charlote on Thursday, July 18. On Friday, July 20, a networking and meet-and-greet hour will be held at the lobby and bar of the host hotel, Holiday Inn Center City. As of press time, specific events and venue information for activities on Saturday, July 21, had yet to be announced. Sunday events include a Pride Worship Service at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church.

For more information on these and other events, visit charlotteblackgaypride.com.

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Triangle Black Gay Pride :: July 26-29

Shades of Pride’s third annual Triangle Black Gay Pride will be held July 26-29 and present new opportunities and experiences for attendees. Ally agencies and entertainers, national celebrities and local community activists have collaborated to create four days of unique activities and events. Activities kick-off with a special party at 313 Nightclub in Raleigh on July 26 and a special welcome reception with Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt on July 27. On Saturday, July 28, Shades of Pride will hold workshops and seminars at their annual community expo where a film festival, writer’s workshop and health screenings are also planned. Workshops include discussions on depresssion in black gay men, prostate cancer, relationships, transgender issues and other topics. Planned film festival showings include “M.I., A Different Kind of Girl,” “Tracks” and “Genderf*kation: A Gender Emancipation.” Several nighttime parties and other events are planned that evening. Finally, Sunday events include an inspiration jazz brunch, a pool party and an evening VIP reception.

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For more information on these and other events, visit triangleblackpride.org.

 — All information compiled from release and organization websites.

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