The first Pride parades took place in America in , and the concept quickly went international. For the month of June, the Philadelphia Pride flag was shown across the country, raised in front of government buildings, donned by people participating in virtual pride events, and hung in the windows of homes. Most recently, the flag has been used in Black Lives Matter protests in myriad cities. The city of Tampa, Florida hung the flag outside their city hall, same with Boulder, Colorado and several cities in California.
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This is my favorite weekend in Philadelphia. For at least the last 60 years, Black LGBT men and women would travel to our great City for the annual Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania which have been celebrated since We continue that tradition today. During this weekend, the local family will come out—the weekly bar hoppers and socialites, as well as those who make an appearance once or twice a year. Many will visit Philadelphia for the Relays, and enjoy the host of parties planned by the Philadelphia black gay pride organization.
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This year, the city of Philadelphia added a black and brown stripe to the flag to show not only solidarity with POC members, but also to show their unique struggles and their extraordinary contributions to the fight for equality. Never one destined to fit in a mold, I have always found myself standing slightly outside of the circle. From being the biracial daughter of the blonde-haired blue-eyed mother and equally Caucasian father who was born without an eye, to coming out three separate times, as bisexual, then a lesbian, and most recently a transgender man who is, yes, still as bisexual as his childhood self thought he was. For the majority of my life I was both the only person of color and the only queer person in my group of friends. As much as Queer America wishes to pride ourselves on being an inclusive community, the reality is being a queer POC is still seen as such a misnomer within the greater group as a whole.
Hinson and other community leaders of color wanted to recognize and celebrate the duality of being black and gay. These LGBTQ leaders of color did not feel like mainstream Pride celebrations were reflective of the intersections of race, gender identity and sexual orientation. Hinson recalls accusations of a lack of inclusion and racist practices from mainstream Pride organizations, so he did what black people have always done: Start their own.