October 2, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Baltimore Black Pride next week
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, gay pride, gay news, Maryland, Washington Blade

‘Each fall, Baltimore Black Pride gives us the chance to embrace and celebrate the diversity that makes Baltimore special,’ said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A variety of events and activities will take place next week to celebrate the 11th annual Baltimore Black Pride. Entertainment, spiritual services, a fashion show, workshops, a hip-hop night at the Hippo, happy hours, a block party outside Club Bunns, and the annual ICON awards gala are among the festivities on tap from Oct. 8-13.

Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. provides outreach and prevention education about HIV/AIDS and other health disparities to LGBT people of African descent and their allies within the Baltimore metropolitan area.

“Each fall, Baltimore Black Pride gives us the chance to embrace and celebrate the diversity that makes Baltimore special,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “It highlights the opportunity to reflect on progress that has been made and to plan for the future.  We must stand together to renew our commitment to human rights, to kindness and love, and to equality under the law for all Americans.”

This year’s theme for Baltimore Black Pride is “A New ERA Evolution 2013: Innovation, Dedication & Inspiration” to celebrate a series of victories for LGBT people especially the achievement of marriage equality in Maryland.

A significant event on the schedule is a town hall meeting with Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts who will participate in a discussion of hate crimes against the LGBT community. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Oct. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the Waxter Center, 1000 Cathedral St. in Baltimore.

The festivities conclude on Oct. 13 with a Fall Festival Block Party outside Club Bunns, 606/608 W. Lexington St. from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a Black Pride After Party at ZiascoZ Bar Lounge, 1313 E. Pratt St. from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  There is a $5 cover and it’s open to those 21 and over.

For more information on Baltimore Black Pride, call 443-218-2478, email bmoreblackpride@yahoo.com or visit blackpridebaltimore.com.

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