Pride, in its nature, has always been a movement towards equality. Today it is no different- however, its origins must be acknowledged. Pride began with the Stonewall uprising, a riot forefronted by BIPOC trans women fighting against the police brutality against their community. Pride is always going to be a coming together of all people- but it is most important to stand in solidarity with the BIPOC who originally demanded the change we see today. History must be remembered, and Black Pride NL is an organization doing just that and putting the Black LGBTQ+ community at the forefront.
Through the organisation of events, talks and festivities, Black Pride NL will explore themes of ‘emancipation, social, political and economic equality, self-expression and self-actualisation’, at a time when the safety of black lives should be society’s most prevalent concern (particularly as Covid-19 hits those marginalised the most). Whether it be through protest, education, exhibitions and events, everything during Black Pride NL will be centred around the BIPOC LGBTQ+ community, however, all are welcome as long as respect is upheld within these sacred spaces.
The first event will be held on the 25th, a protest organised in collaboration with the Black Queer and Trans Resistance from Oosterpark (17:00 pm) to Museumplein (18:00-19:00 pm). The protest will be followed by a ball organised by THE Zelda Fitzgerald Ninja and THE Perry 007. However, it doesn’t stop here, as on the 28th there will be a photography exhibition showcasing black queer and trans love in all of its forms, made by the supremely talented Leonel Piccardo. On the 30th, the party begins, as an erotic evening takes place- Hall of Heathens! And on the 1st the much-loved Pon Di Pride event will take place, a dancehall and Caribbean party at Melkweg. Rounding off the events, on the 6th a healing event will take place, providing an opportunity to talk through everything which has happened. This event will be guided by a psychologist and community organiser Glenn Helberg to ensure a safe space is upheld.
Of course, due to today’s reality, some events will be online (via zoom), but there are also offline spaces too, so make sure to keep updated via Black Pride NL on Facebook and Instagram as well as following Black Queer & Trans Resistance. We will be sharing more information as each event comes closer, so stay tuned and help make history!