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