Tonight's the kickoff for the eleventh annual St. Louis Black Pride festival
, a celebration of and for black folks in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
"It's just another way of celebrating and acknowledging the diversity we have in St. Louis," says Erise Williams, president of St. Louis Black Pride. "LGBT people of color tend not to be very visible due to cultural issues and homophobia. Just like any other community, we come in all shapes, sizes, colors and styles."
Williams says the larger Pride St. Louis
festival, which took place earlier this summer, is great, and that
Black Pride isn't meant to compete or detract -- the two complement each
Things get into gear tonight with an opening reception and dance at the Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar in the Loop, from 7 p.m. to about 11 p.m. Tomorrow, check
out discussions and workshops at RAC from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a short
film festival starting at 5 p.m. The Black Pride Block Party, put on by Enjoi Entertainment
will be at 312 8th Street from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Black Pride
wraps up with a jazz brunch at Big Moe's in Manchester Sunday from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m.