D.C. Black Pride

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A nightlife event during D.C. Black Pride

D.C. (District of Columbia) Black Pride is the first official black gay pride event in the United States and one of two officially recognized festivals for the African American LGBT community. Since 1991, tens of thousands from the D.C. metro area and beyond gather for special celebrations and events to acknowledge the progression of the black LGBT community every Memorial Day weekend. The success of D.C. Black Pride inspired the creation of elaborate annual official black pride events in other major cities across the country.[1] The estimated attendance at the 2017 pride event was approximately 30,000 establishing it as the second largest black pride festival in the nation.[2]

D.C. has historically been a popular destination for black gays and lesbians as a result of its sizable population of black LGBT people and presence of more liberal laws. D.C. was among the first in the nation to allow same-sex marriage and establish LGBT protections laws.[3][4] Since 1978, D.C. has been home to the nation's first black gay political advocacy group called the D.C. Coalition of Black Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals.[5]

D.C. Black Pride is a program of the Center for Black Equity (CBE). The CBE is a coalition of Black Pride organizers formed to promote a multinational network of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Prides and community-based organizations.

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  1. ^ "DC Black Pride presented by the Center for Black Equity". Dcblackpride.org. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/24/d-c-black-pride-runs-all-weekend-through-memorial-day/
  3. ^ "D.C. begins licensing same-sex marriages". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Only 13 States (and D.C.) Have Specific Laws Protecting Trans Students". Vocativ.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. ^ "DC Coalition of Black Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals, Inc". Glbt.dc.gov. Retrieved 27 May 2016.

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