Friday, July 23, 2010

Raleigh Gets a BLACK PRIDE!!!!


Shades of Pride will be Building on the Rainbow this summer in the Triangle

RALEIGH-The Inaugural Triangle Black Pride is less than three months away and organizers are anticipating a truly historic event to unfold in the Triangle area this summer.

Shades of Pride will present the first Triangle Black Pride July 29-Aug. 1, 2010 at locations throughout the Triangle Area. “Building on the Rainbow of Colors in our Community” is the theme of the premier event and organizers are presenting a diverse range of options to entertain, empower and educate attendees.

The mission statement of Shades of Pride is to celebrate and honor the diversity of the African American LGBTQ community in the Triangle through events open to all. The agency will also work to deliver programs that increase awareness, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer and other health disparities affecting minority populations. To that end, workshops conducted by the American Heart Association, Lambda Legal, and AARP will be held July 30 at Triangle Black Pride’s host hotel, the Marriott Crabtree, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. Topics scheduled to be discussed include How to Take Your Doctor Hostage, Transgender Issues, Care giving and Financial Planning. A writing workshop conducted by Rising Voices Press will also be offered at a cost of $15 for attendees. Box lunches will be available for purchase as part of the workshops.

Triangle Black Pride will also feature a free LGBT Film Festival on July 31st at the Rialto Theatre in Raleigh following a Pride expo scheduled to be held at the host hotel. Closing events for Pride Weekend include a Jazz brunch featuring Tara Lake and is being presented at the host hotel by Triangle Financial Advisors on August 1st.

As part of reaching out to the community, Pride organizers has partnered with the Durham Perform Arts Center to promote their upcoming presentation of “The Color Purple” and have worked with the Human Right Campaign during their 2010 Gala event held at the Raleigh Convention Center. Other partnerships include the LGBT Center of Raleigh, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, Golden Corral, Seven Sisters, and Men United for HIV/AIDS Awareness.

For more information about Triangle Black Pride, please visit or email


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