The weekend kicked off with a festive opening night reception  at the Indigo Hotel on Lindell, followed by a day of workshops, discussions and a film festival on Saturday.

 

The Aug. 21st festival was attended by several hundred revelers where about 25-informational booths from area LGBT organizations were on hand. Festival goers were treated to a wide aray of food, music and entertainment.

 

During the afternoon, St. Louis Black Pride President Audrey Pearson thanked the diverse crowd and, along with her Board, presented awards to Aziza Harris, Metro East Pride of Southwestern Illinois, Pride St. Louis and Vital VOICE.

 

St. Louis Black Pride got its start in 1999 when the St. Louis Black Gay and Lesbian Pride Committee was formed following the B-Boy Blues Festival, sponsored by BABAA (Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS). St. Louis Black Pride is a non-profit organization whose mission is to be an informational, educational and outreach resource for LGBT African Americans.

 

BY: COLIN MURPHY – SENIOR WRITER