Rochester Black Pride is a weeklong festival that works to create all- inclusive Black atmosphere to celebrate, empower, & inspire the Black Queer/LGBT community in Rochester. We pride on ourselves on being of the community, while working to provide positive experiences for the community.
There is a unique flavor, voice, aesthetic and experience that sets the Queer/LGTB of Color Community apart from any other collective within the larger community of Rochester. While we celebrate the similarities of the human condition as a whole we also cherish the incredible culture and camaraderie among us. This weekend we take a special opportunity to give a platform to the stories, the talent, the history, the beauty, the strength, the struggle, the future and the triumph that is Black and Brown Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bi-Sexual Rochester.
While most of our events are open to the general public, our target audience is individuals over the age of 18 who identify as Black/African-American and Queer (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans*, Gender Non-conforming, Pansexual, etc). As we continue to expand we hope to include more of the youth, particularly those in high school.
A conscious effort was made this year to welcome all factions of our illustrious and diverse community to plan events and blueprint the Pride festivities. The goal being to create a weekend to rival Pride celebrations nationwide to give our local community a platform while drawing in guests from around the country to join in our events. Representatives who identify as Black/African-American and Queer (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans*, Gender Non-conforming, Pansexual, etc) were invited to be a part of the conversation, take leadership in the planning and create events to suit young and old, singles, families to entertain, celebrate and educate.