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Dean Does Black Gay Pride (Updated)

Now this is interesting. Just last week Howard Dean promised to step up outreach to black voters. Now comes news that he’ll be speaking at a kick-off event for Baltimore Black Gay Pride next Friday. I’m impressed. I wonder, though, how that’s going to play in the pews.

Update: Here’s the press release from Baltimore Black Gay Pride.

GOV. HOWARD DEAN, CHAIR, DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

TO SPEAK AT BALTIMORE BLACK PRIDE

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 2, 2006) – The International Federation of Black Prides, Inc. (IFBP), International Federation of Black Prides Fund For Leadership (IFBP Fund) and Baltimore Black Gay Pride are pleased to announce Gov. Howard Dean, Chair of the Democratic National Committee as the featured speaker at the 2006 Baltimore Gay Black Pride Pre Black Out Party Reception on Friday October 6, 2006 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbour Hotel 101 W. Fayette Street Baltimore, MD.

Baltimore Black Gay Pride is a member of the IFBP, which is a coalition of black gay pride organizations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa. The IFBP Fund is the newly formed 501 (c)(4) with the primary purpose to engage in legislative advocacy activities that promote the development of economic empowerment, health and wellness, social justice, and political empowerment on behalf of African American LGBT communities.

“We are all very pleased that Gov. Dean chose Baltimore Black Gay Pride as the first opportunity to address the Black LGBTI community as we continue to engage our people in the various political processes. It is a very historic appearance given this is the first time the Chair of any national party system has addressed a Black gay audience specifically, said Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO of the IFBP and the IFBP Fund.

“It is critically important that our community understands the emerging need of having members of the black LGBT community run for and win elected office. This direction will ultimately allow us to be strategically placed into positions to develop and deliver appropriate solutions to the many issues faced by our communities. ” stated Michael Hinson, Interim Board Chair of the IFBP Fund.

The Pre Black Out Party Reception is the first official event of the weekend long Baltimore Black Gay Pride which runs from Friday, October 6 and culminates with the Fall Festival Black Party on Sunday, October 8 at 600 W Lexington St, Baltimore from 4 PM – 10 PM. check out the Baltimore Black pride website for more details and the complete schedule.

For more information and a complete schedule on Baltimore Black Gay Pride, please visit www.bmoreblackpride.org. For more information on the IFBP and IFBP Fund, please visit www.ifbprides.org

5 Comments

  1. Why is it the black people think they need a different pride….i see this alot with no body saying anything about it. SO IF WE SAID WE WERE HAVING A WHITE GAY PRIDE WOULD EVERY BODY SAY WE WERE BIGOTS OR WHAT,ID LIKE TO KNOW WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLACK BIGOTS AND WHITE BIGOTS.WHATS UP WITH THIS…DO THEY NOT WANT WHITE PEOPLE AROUND ALMOST LIKE THE ALABAMA RACE WHERE THE BLACK PEOPLE THOUGHT A BLACK PERSON SHOULD HAVE IT EVEN THOUGH THEY VOTED FOR A WHITE LESBIAN.ALTHOGH SHE GOT THE JOB BLACK PEOPLE VOTED AGAINST IT .WHATS UP WITH THIS. WE WOULD BE BIGOTS IF WE DID THIS, BUT WHAT.. YOUR STICKING UP FOR BLACK PEOPLE AND NOT BEING BIGOTS.YOU SHOULD BE CONCENTRATED ON THE BLACK STRAIGHT BIGOTS WHO THINK WE DESERVE NOTHING ITS THE REASON THE BUSH PEOPLE STARTED THIS GAY AMENDMENT THING ….TO GET THE BLACK VOTE.WHAT I HAVE LEARNED THIS YEAR IS THE PEDASTAL I HAD BLACK PEOPLE ON JUST FELL …THERE ARE ALOT OF BLACK BIGOTS .WHY DO WE HAVE TO BE SEPERATE!!!! DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ANY DIFFERENT THAN WHITE BIGOTS NOW!! I DONT WANT ANY MORE CRYING FROM OUR AMERICAN BLACK ANY MORE ….YOU WOULD BE JUST BEING TWO-FACED…..IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT.DONT YOU WANT TO BE BETTER THAN THAT! I THOUGHT YOU WERE, AND NOW I FIND OUT,THERE ARE JUST AS MANY HATE MONGERS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY AS IN THE WHITE….BOTTOM LINE YOU NO LONGER HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT BIGOTRY…. YOU LOST YOUR MORAL HIGH GROUND……I REALLY THOUGHT YOU WERE BETTER THAN THAT.

  2. Where is the press release, or is this going to be an under-the-radar event? I don’t see anything on the DNC site about it or mention of Dean so far on the Baltimore Black Pride link you posted.

  3. What on earth was that rant from Lisa about? I think she missed the point. Must not have been reading everything you’ve written.

  4. Geeze, Lisa, lighten up! Why object to people expressing themselves. Live and let live

  5. I totally respect that Lisa put her feeling out there for all of us to see and hear. It’s important that dialogue like this is allowed the freedom of expression tat will ultimately permit all of us a certain comfort in our individuals skins and in our collective communities.

    With that said, it’s important to understand that if in fact Black filks were welcome to traditional “Prides” with open arms, then you are right there’d be no need for a seperate Black Pride. Unfortunately, racism, bigotry and discrimination is sometimes more prevelant in gay communities than heterosexual communities simply becuse mostly Whoite Gay Men hold on to their “classcist” and “elitess” views, not just about people of color but about lesbians and transgender individuals.

    This has cuased great pain in LGBT communities. It allows politicians to respond slowly t our issues, becuase they can say “they don’t even get along” or they’re not really a community”. It allows straight people to put us all in one or two categories and then when faced with a gay person or a trans person who doesn’t fit that “mold” they can run and say “what the hell” and hold the press.

    Black Gay Pride, not only is an expression born out of mistrust of the white gay community, but ultimately another route to celebrate ones “blackness” in ways that not even that black community would traditional allow. Black folks have endured great pains in America and around the world…..as a black man, it’s a must for me and others like me to take a moment to celebrate not just my own existence, but the existence of my ancestors who were killed becuase they had enough “gumption” to acknowledge their sexuality.

    If I as a black man won’t or shouldn’t celebrate my people who will…..we certainly can’t leave that up to the Lisa’s of the world with their narrow veiw about why others should celbrate or not.

    Be well and hopefully “Pride” lives in your existence everyday……..

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