Pride Center Hosts Black Gay Pride South Florida

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Black History Month will be celebrated through a gay perspective, at The Pride Center, at Equality Park. Selected material highlights the talents and artistic contributions of LGBT individuals of African-American descent. On Saturday, February 26 the center will host an opening artist’s reception with wine, hors d’ourves, visual arts by local artists, and readings.

Bishop S. F. Makalani-MaHee, who helped to create the largest national celebration of Black Gay Pride in Atlanta, wishes to see Black Gay Pride expand and become a destination for the event.

“I see no reason why South Florida, with our paradise weather in February, shouldn’t be able to be one of the largest slices celebrating the lives of same-gender-loving people of African descent,” said Makalani-MaHee. “It only takes one person to build a legacy, and while I want to start that spark I want the community to build this event.”

The event already seems to have caused a spark. At the artist’s reception, City Commissioner Julie Carson will present a proclamation declaring February 26, Black Gay Pride Day in Wilton Manors.

The February 26, 6 p.m. reception will be followed by an 8 p.m. screening of the online series “The Lovers and Friends Show.” The series explores the lives of “urban, same-gender-loving sisters” and is quite a sensation on the Internet. A film focusing on homophobia in the black church, “Silence is Death” will also be aired at the same time.

On Sunday the Bishop and the Pride Center are proud to present a performance of “S/He” which explores a young man’s journey in a woman’s body that asks a question at the center of a transgender person’s life. Namely, “Are you a man, a woman, both? How do you know?”

One thing that is certain, Bishop Makalani-MaHee wants to educate and empower the LGBT African-American community in South Florida.

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