May 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm EDT | by Erin Durkin
Black Pride schedule and more
Black Pride, Retro Dance Party, Gay News, Washington Blade

So much to do this weekend during D.C.’s annual Black Pride festival. (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

There are several events occurring this Memorial Day. D.C. Black Pride is the official planning organizing agency but several other groups also have parties and activities planned for black LGBT people and allies.

D.C. Black Pride Official Events

Host hotel: Hyatt Regency Washington

(400 New Jersey Ave., NW)


Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) hosts the Washington, DC HIPAA launch event “Information is Powerful Medicine” beginning at 10 a.m.

The opening reception and community awards presentation at the Hyatt Regency Washington (400 New Jersey Ave., NW) starts at 6 p.m.

At the same time, D.C. Concerned Providers host an LGBT Prom at Metropolitan Community Church (474 Ridge St., NW). This event is for ages 16-21 and it is free. The evening will include food, HIV testing, raffles, photographer, vogue and a runway competition and a Prom King and Queen.

RainbowConnects hosts speed dating at the host hotel, Hyatt Regency Washington (400 New Jersey Ave., NW) at 7:30 p.m. Donations will be collected to support the D.C. Center.


A community town hall meeting on the topic “Are We Prepared to Address Homophobia in the Black Church,” begins at 11 a.m. at the host hotel in Congressional A room. The town hall will be facilitated by Rev. Larry Burks and will discuss the impact of homophobia on LGBT attendees at black churches.

There will be several workshops held in the host hotel in different rooms starting at noon, including “Transgender Awareness 101: Like Sands Through the Hourglass, the Days of the Trans Life,” “PReParing for an End: A Prevention Plan to End New HIV infections in Black Gay Communities,” “Old School vs. New School: An Intergenerational Discussion,” “Protected and Served: The LGBT Communities’ Attitudes & Experiences with Police,” “TransENDing Boudaries,” “ManDate: The Construction of Black Manhood and Masculinity” and “Women’s Inter-Generational Salon.” To see the full description of these events and locations, visit

The D.C. Black Pride Film Festival begins at 1 p.m. at the host hotel. The films featured include “Friend of Essex,” “Pariah,” “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” “God Loves Uganda” and “You Are Not Alone.”

A Post Happy Hour sponsored by Barefoot Bubbly Wines starts at 5 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th St., NW).

The D.C. Black Pride Poetry Slam hosted by ButtaflySoul begins at 7 p.m. at the host hotel and admission is $10. Performers will enter a contest that has three different cash prizes, with first place also receiving an appearance on stage at the Health & Wellness Festival.


An interfaith service is provided at the host hotel at 9 a.m.

The Health & Wellness Festival begins at noon at the Francis-Stevens Educational Campus (2425 N St., NW).

For more information on official D.C. Black Pride events, visit

Events from other groups include:


MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., NW) hosts the Genesis III Happy Hour as a pre 5000 Men Pride Mega Party at 5 p.m.. This is open to the public with a live DJ and a light buffet with two complimentary drinks per pass holder. Cover is $35.

The annual 5000 Men Pride Mega Party starts at 9 p.m. at the Ibiza Nightclub (1222 1st St., NE). This is a favorite Friday celebration and costs $40.


The Tropical Heat Beach Mega Party starts at 2 p.m. at the Heron Shelter at Sandy Point Beach of Sandy Point State Park (1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis). The day includes a $300 hot body contest, music, free food, an open bar from 2-4 p.m. for pass holders and sexy dancers. Cover charge is $40.

The main event of Pride starts at 9 p.m. featuring R&B singer Brandy at Love (1350 Okie St., NE). There are expected to be 10,000 men in attendance. VIP cover is $60.

R&B singer Brandy plays Love on Saturday


When the party ends at 5 a.m., Pride will host a Red Eye Breakfast Club at a venue that will be announced. Cost will be $20.

Pride hosts the Annual Wet & Sexy Unity Mega Pool Party Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Accokeek Mansion. The day includes a live DJ, free food, a ticket bar, sexy dancers and rated X entertainment. Cost is $35.

Fur Nightclub (33 Patterson St., NE) hosts the Men In White event which features a surprise celebrity performance. Cover is $30.

Muse (717 6th St., NW) hosts a “sizzling hot Sunday party” featuring multiple levels and 2 DJs at 11 a.m. This is a promotional partner’s event, so it is not covered by event passes.


The annual Us Helping Us Picnic at Fort Dupont Park (3600 F St., SE) starts at noon. There will be free food and beverages for pass holders at the Omega tent.

The Layla Lounge (501 Morse St., NE) hosts Apocalypse Chapter III starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $15.

Participants can pay for these events individually or they can pay $99 for an event pass that has the value of $330. For more information, visit

  • Why does there have to be a ‘black pride’ weekend? Does this also include straight people or just gay black people? Because if it’s only gay black people, then wouldn’t they celebrate Gay Pride? Why does it have to be ‘black pride’. It’s so stupid…. but don’t nobody say nuffin’ bout it because then it becomes a racial thang…. UGH! so annoying!

    • Ray, I am a straight black male who agrees with you a very little bit. Due to the different layers of discriminations due to ones race, is one thing. But then to be black and gay brings a whole new set of issues. To be black and gay is less accepted then to be white and gay. It seems to be the alright thing today to be white and out. Ex. look at the number of Hollywood celebrities who are put and about. Then there is the church, employers and even our own communities. These are just a few things that gay black male is up against.

      So yes why do we need to have a Black Pride Day? I see it as unification of people who promote acceptance if each other regardless of their race, creed, color or sexual orientation.

    • Ray, the reason why Black Gay Pride started years ago in D.C. and other major large cities, black gays and lesbians didn’t feel welcome or inclusive by the mostly white gay community. There’s just as more racism and discrimination within the gay community. Many white gay men are racist towards black gay men and blacks gays aren’t made to feel welcome at mostly white gay clubs or establishments in the District of Columbia. White gay men aren’t a minority. White gay men belong to the 220 million white majority population in the United States.

  • It’s ironic that your name is Ray. You aren’t very bright. Black Pride is intended to create a safe and welcoming space to encourage a minority of a minority to find acceptance in themselves and others. This is not an exclusionary event. All are welcome. You should attend, Ray. You need to be enlightened.

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