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Photo By: Mathew Henry
By Bohemia Agent Lindsay Morgan
No Need to go Downtown to Celebrate Pride this Year!!
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month), and honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. LGBT History Month celebrated with annual month-long observances of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, along with the history of the gay rights and civil rights movements.
In 2010, Harlem Pride’s founders saw an opportunity to celebrate not only the LGBT community, but it’s role and contributions to Harlem’s rich history and thus Harlem Pride was born.
Here are a few of the Harlem Pride events, as well as a few celebrations at my favorite local businesses that are NOT to be missed this year.
Make sure to check out www.harlempride.org to donate, check out upcoming events, and to keep up with all of their 2016 offerings!
HARLEM PRIDE CELEBRATION 2016
JACKIE ROBINSON PARK
SATURDAY JUNE 25TH:
The Annual Harlem Pride Celebrations are the highlight of our year-round programming. Experience the entertainment, visit our table vendors, enjoy the variety of food vendors and bring your family and friends.
While certainly an event steeped in celebration, it serves as our greatest opportunity to disseminate information and provide services to our constituents, including referrals for health, legal and financial services, and on-the-spot testing for communicable diseases.
It has also served as a ripe opportunity to welcome and educate the community-at-large about our SGL/LGBT community.
MESS HALL HARLEM:
2194 FREDERICK DOUGLASS BLVD (BTWN 118TH-119TH)
SATURDAY JUNE 25TH
After you celebrate all day at Jackie Robinson Park, you’ll need some cheese puffs, craft brews, and a few fancy pants hot dogs to get your night going, TRUST ME…I’ve been there!
Come celebrate Harlem pride Saturday, June 25th in Harlem's favorite watering hole, Mess Hall (2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd.). Country/pop girl trio Siren will be playing during happy hour and some of LGBT's top DJs will be spinning in the late night. SPECIALS ALL DAY NO COVER Mess Hall is located at 2194 Frederick Douglass btw W 118 and W 119th
HARLEM PRIDE OFFICIAL CLOSING PARTY
46 West 116th Street (between Lenox and Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY 10026
6 – 11PM
RMM Productions & Harlem Pride’s Official After Party the “PRIDE in Harlem ONE LOVE Festival” highlights and celebrates the achievements of SGL/LGBTQI people. With the closing of PRIDE Month, we welcome Harlem’s Residents, Community Leaders, Local Business Owners, Politicians, Spiritual Advisors and Neighbors of the Harlem area to come celebrate LOVE for one another.
Don’t forget to #hashtag!
There is still time to purchase early bird tickets! Head to www.harlempride.org for a link to purchase.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS: $15.00 ~ General Ticket (Until Sunday, June 12th at 11:59PM EST)
ADVANCE TICKETS: $20.00 ~ General Ticket (Until Saturday, June 25th at 11:59PM EST)
AT THE DOOR: $25.00 ~ General Ticket
If you simply can’t wait for the end of the month (like me), there are some fun things happening in the weeks leading up to Harlem Pride too!
Angel of Harlem
2272 Frederick Douglass Blvd
4 – 10PM $40.00 (includes food, bottomless mimosas, sangria, and beauty punch)
Three beauty moguls Merrell Hollis (Celebrity Make-Up Artist), Chavis Aaron (Beauty/Fashion Producer), and Dwight Allen O’Neal (Beauty Dynast), combined forces to become the Beauty Brothers. The Beauty Brunch was created to provide an environment where other industry professionals and those who adore beauty can unite, socialize, network, experience cutting edge beauty/trends, and of course dine and indulge beauty. They also honor other beauty experts as “honorary” Beauty Brothers/Sisters during each brunch for accomplishments within the beauty industry.
Partnering with Harlem Pride and the AIDS Health Care Foundation under ABACT- Gay Men, the Beauty Brothers are presenting BRTA (Business Beauty’s Response to AIDs) to bring awareness and prevention around HIV/AIDS.
Also, Board Member David Bridgeforth will receive an award for his work in the community.
I hope to see some of you out an about this month!
Please visit www.harlempride.org for a list of events and all things Pride!