About Us

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 empower Harlem’s SGL/LGBTQ community (which includes, family, friends, and allies) to improve its physical, mental, and economic health and wellness.

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 160th 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.