HARLEM PRIDE PROVIDES PROGRAMMING TO HELP SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AND CELEBRATE ITS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
ANNUAL HARLEM PRIDE CELEBRATIONS
Our Annual Harlem Pride Celebrations are the highlight of our year-round programming. The inaugural Harlem Pride Day Celebration was held on W. 119th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues, on Saturday, June 26, 2010 and hosted over three-thousand guests. Each year, during the last weekend in June, our pride celebration will consist of a VIP Launch Party on Friday, a Harlem Pride Day Celebration on Saturday, and a Harlem Pride Family Day on Sunday. While certainly an event steeped in celebration, it serves as our greatest opportunity to disseminate information and provide services to our constituents, including referrals for health, legal and financial services, and on-the-spot testing for communicable diseases. It has also served as a ripe opportunity to welcome and educate the community-at-large about our SGL/LGBT community.
LEGACY OF PRIDE AWARDS (Part of Annual Pride Celebration)
Established in 2012, The Legacy of Pride awards celebrate and honor the efforts of SGL/LGBT community members, allies and organizations who make extraordinary contributions to Harlem’s SGL/LGBT community. Legacy of Pride recipient selections are based on their demonstration of excellence in arts & entertainment, business, community, humanitarian efforts, medicine, politics and sports.
- In 2012, Legacy of Pride Awards were given during Harlem Pride 2012 to Eunice Samuels, Michael Roberts and Michael Johnson, affectionately known as “The Michaels”.
- In 2013, Legacy of Pride Awards were given to Brooke Cerda Guzman, Dr. Wilhelmina Perry, Manuel Rivera, and Nathan Hale Williams.
- In 2014, Legacy of Pride Awards were given to George Faison and C. Virginia Fields.
- In 2015, Legacy of Pride Awards were given to Pastor Vanessa Brown, Pastor Tolton, Kim Watson, Patrik-Ian Polk, and Billy Porter.
- In 2016, Legacy of Pride Awards were given to Monifah Carter, Sean Coleman, Stephen Maglott, and Imani Rashid.
COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM
The Harlem Pride Community Action Team is designed to give visual and vocal support as a response to hate crimes and other types of violence committed against members of the SGL/LGBT community. Following the examples of non-violent protest given to us by our brother Bayard Rustin, we seek to combat injustices perpetuated in our community. In short, we “Show Up and Show OUT!”, non-violently, of course. Team members are trained to know how to conduct themselves at such events and are provided with specific protocols.
NOTE: (You must be 18 or older to participate.)
COMMUNITY BUILDING & ENGAGEMENT
Community building and engagement provide opportunities and spaces for Harlem’s SGL/LGBT community to connect and network with each other. These are also opportunities for specific segments of our community (ie, trans*, youth, etc) to meet, communicate, and plan activities that directly address their specific needs.
Established in the Fall of 2011, Harlem Pride Community Forums are a place for us to address concerns that affect our community. It allows us to come together to discuss, plan and implement solutions to the many issues we face, as well as inform and educate ourselves. Topics are chosen based upon the needs and requests of our community.
Economic empowerment is essential to the longevity and well-being of SGL/LGBT communities. It helps solidify our collective foundation and promotes self-sufficiency.
- HIV/AIDS RESEARCH & PREVENTION (Partners: Columbia University’s Department of Prevention & Treatment http://www.hiv-studies.columbia.edu/) Our focus will be on providing news, updates, and access to and about the latest advancements and research findings about HIV/AIDS.
Workshops build and strengthen the skills of Harlem’s SGL/LGBT to advocate for themselves and their community.
THE HARLEM PRIDE YOUTH COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
The Harlem Pride Youth Advisory Board consists of youth, 16 to 30 years of age, who work together to create and manage programming specific to the issues and needs of the youth in our community. Their main focus areas mirror that of the board of directors; community engagement, entrepreneurship, and health and wellness. They have a budget and design their own activities under these focus areas. The Harlem Pride Board of Directors provides guidance and assistance. One of the benefits they receive is being sponsored to attend events like the National LGBT Task Force’s annual Creating Change Conference (https://www.creatingchange.org).