Over the weekend, the Audre Lorde Project’s Safe OUTside the System Collective (SOS) hosted the first annual Bed-Stuy Pride in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. The event was a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people of color in the Bed-Stuy community.
As an anti-violence community-based collective, SOS advocates that one of the most effective ways to end violence is to start at home. “The violence our community faces is not just because of our race, or sexual identity, or gender," Chelsea Johnson-Long, Safe OUTside the System Program Coordinator of the Audre Lorde Project explained. "When we are attacked it’s because of multiple identities; our whole bodies feel it. That’s why Bed-Stuy Pride is so important. It’s a day to celebrate all of our identities.”
On Sunday afternoon, advocacy organizations, local vendors, and more lined the paths of Herbert Von King Park. Representatives from LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent (an organization of clergy, divinity students and faith leaders that serve as ambassadors and educators to oppose discrimination and exclusion of LGBT persons in faith communities), Brooklyn Community Pride Center, and Marimacho Brooklyn (“a masculine clothing line for female and transgender bodies”) were just a few of the smiling faces present at the event. Singers, dancers and spoken word performers took the stage in the park’s outdoor amphitheater.
GLAAD worked closely with the Audre Lorde Project’s Safe OUTside the System Collective to media train spokespeople and conduct media outreach. We congratulate the organization on a successful event.