Thursday, August 18, 2005

Indiana's First Black Gay Pride!

Indiana Black Pride 2005........................

The directors and volunteers would like to thank the entire community for their support of this Indiana's first black gay pride event! The Kick-off event at The Madame Walker Theatre attracted a little more than a hundred people and was attended by Representative Julia Carson, Representative David Orentlicher, City County Councilwoman Jackie Nytes, and City County Councilman Scott Keller. The event was sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. The premier event for the three day festival was the picnic in the park at Watkins Park in Indianapolis, although official numbers are still be figured, crowd estimates were 400-500 people!! Again we were visited by Julia Carson and Councilwoman Jackie Nytes, as well as city council President Steve Talley! With over 35 booths and a full day of entertainment there was plenty to experience at this historic event. Most folks brought grilles, coolers, and chairs however great food was available from our food vendor "Larry'! Saturday night IBP cut it up at the Pheonix Bar and Grille until 3am to the hot sounds of DJ REDBONE. The club was packed and everyone was in a festive mood with Tricky and Stephion working the mic's, Jasmine, Tahirah, Jeremy, and Antwann wore the dance floor out!!

On Sunday morning Jesus Metropolitan Community Church hosted IBP for a community worship service. Once again we were joined by Representative Julia Carson and Representative David Orentlicher as Rev. Darlene Garner brought a powerful word that encouraged the filled to capacity congregation to stay in the srtuggle and keep the faith. Afterwards we dined on delicious soul food and sweet desserts as we sat back and tried to take the whole thing in!

I believe I speak for the entire board when I say that we were overwhelmed by the support of everyone that came out to the weekends events! We cant wait to do it all again next year!

Indiana Black Pride.....

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Please join us for our next general meeting on September 23rd! LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!!


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