In 2010, Harlem Pride’s founders saw an opportunity to celebrate not just our Same Gender Loving/LGBT community, but its role and contributions to Harlem’s rich history and thus Harlem Pride was born.
Our mission is to advocate for, educate, promote, and unite Harlem’s Same Gender Loving/LGBT individuals, organizations and supporters in cultivating a sense of honor, dignity and respect for our diverse culture and community.
The Term “Same Gender Loving”
We adopted the use of “Same-gender-loving”, or “SGL” to be inclusive of the identities of members of our Harlem community. It is a term coined for African American use by activist Cleo Manago, and is a description for homosexuals and bisexuals, particularly in the African American community. It emerged in the early 1990s as a culturally affirming African American homosexual/bisexual identity.
- To base our activities within the boundaries of Harlem, from the East River to the Hudson, from 110th Street to 155th Street and beyond (Community Districts 9, 10, and 11)
- To bring visibility and a voice to our Harlem SGL/LGBT community
- To advocate for the safety and over all well-being of our Harlem SGL/LGBT Community
- To provide programming and activities for the benefit or our Harlem SGL/LGBT Community
- To establish a Community Pride Center for Harlem/Upper Manhattan
Harlem Pride was incorporated in New York State as a Not-For-Profit Corporation in 2010, and received its retroactive 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in 2011. Harlem Pride is a Registered Charity in New York State. All donations are Tax Deductible. Requests for copies of IRS Forms 990 can be made in writing to: Harlem Pride, 42 Macombs Place, New York, NY 10039.