WHATS A BLACK GAY PRIDE WITHOUT A KIKI!!!
BALL STARTS @ 8PM
PARTY STARTS @10PM
FX’s TV show "Pose" (Ryan Murphy, Janet Mock) reintroduces the ball culture back to the general public more than two decades after the documentary "Paris Is Burning." But, how many know the real history of the ballroom community? How did these Black LGBTQIA elders develop intentional communities that provided supportive spaces for youth, homeless, and LGBTQIA people estranged from their families of origin?
Black and Gay In America, Dr. Daniel Omotosho Black is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, yet spent the majority of his childhood years in Blackwell, Arkansas. He was granted a full scholarship to Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in English. He was awarded the Oxford Modern British Studies Scholarship and studied abroad at Oxford University, Oxford, England. Upon graduation from Clark College (magna cum laude in 1988), he was granted a full graduate fellowship to Temple University in pursuit of a Ph.D. in African-American Studies. Omotosho, as he prefers to be called, is the founder of the Nzinga-Ndugu rites of passage (or initiation) society—a group whose focus is instilling principle and character in the lives of African-American youth. The author of "Perfect Peace" an Oprah's Book Club selection, he is currently working on his next novel.
WORKSHOP : iELEVATE SEATTLE, Black-Queer-Christian - Transcending the Status Quo, It's Not Complicated
A panel of esteemed LGBTQ and Allied clergy will examine the stigma and seemingly inherent conflict that has often been associated with being Black, LGBTQIA, and Christian. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of faith and its intersection with the black same-gender-loving/queer community. The workshop will also provide strategies to begin the healing of church hurt/trauma.
The purpose of this workshop is to illustrate the need for building trusting communities for African Americans who identify as LGBTQIA and have historically been (and continue to be) discriminated against. Through open dialogue and thoughtful activities, we will discuss how to build robust support systems, especially when the family of origin is absent.
Research suggests that the LGBTQIA community is continually negotiating and comparing its expectations to hetero-normative standards, while also encountering expectations within the queer community and queer relationships. This workshop will address how ideas of hetero-normative relationships have shaped our views and keep us bound to a particular prospective. Panelists will share emergent themes useful in navigating hetero-normative stereotypes, pursuing legitimacy through language and/or ceremony, and how to construct our own relationship ideals and rituals.
HIV, suicide and the use of PnP drugs (e.g. meth and ecstasy/MDMA, alcohol), has reached epidemic proportions within the Black, Queer community. This session will explore this manifestation, and provide the Black, Queer community with tools to advocate for self and for folx impacted by the epidemic
All workshops will begin on Saturday, August 24, at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference, Renton WA (host hotel). All workshops are free. Registration is requested (not required) so we can plan for capacities. Register at: NWBlackPride.eventbrite.com.
WORKSHOPS GENERAL INTRO:
PNW Black Pride workshops are intentionally planned to address the dire needs of the Black LGBTQIA/Queer community. Each workshop includes a discussion about the needs of a people who have been historically marginalized by oppressive systems and communities (e.g. poverty, racism, and the general queer identity).
Steven, Autry, PNW Black Pride volunteers, and the POCAAN staff believe that in order to build community infrastructure, we need to address systemic issues adequately by offering access to educational, empowerment and enriching programs. LGBTQIA African Americans are not entirely accepted by the broader white LGBTQ community or by the heterosexual Black community.
The lack of acceptance and inclusion contributes to the low self-esteem, depression, and feelings of inadequacy experienced by the Black LGBTQIA community. As a result, there has been a rise in HIV/AIDS, suicide, prostitution, substance use, unemployment, and homelessness.
Join us for an interactive discussion on kink, leather, and living those truths as a Person of Color. Led by members of ONYX Northwest and Pearls of ONYX Seattle/PNW, this will be an opportunity to ask questions, handle toys and implements, and see basic demonstrations. Along with the definition of "What is kink?", we will discuss the history of the leather community and feature a display from the Seattle Annex of the Carter Johnson Leather Library and Collection.