The third annual Global Black Pride event, which celebrates Black queer individuals worldwide, will be held in Toronto in 2022, featuring both in-person and virtual components for the first time. After two years of being entirely virtual, organizers are optimistic that the millions who attended online previously will join the weekend-long event scheduled for July 28-31, 2022. Spearheaded by Global Black Pride with support from Toronto-based organization Blackness Yes! and Pride Toronto, the event aims to showcase the history and future contributions of the Black LGBTQ community to the LGBTQ movement.
The hybrid event will include a human rights conference, workshops, performances, a festival, and a parade, highlighting the vibrance and history of Toronto’s queer Black community. Global Black Pride Vice President Rikki Nathanson emphasized the importance of celebrating Black culture and diversity, expressing the significance of coming together as Black global citizens.
The event serves as a commemoration of the struggles faced by queer Black individuals and aims to create a platform for them to be seen and celebrated. Organizers view it as an opportunity to address injustices and provide a safe space for Black LGBTQ2S individuals in Toronto and beyond.
Global Black Pride, established in 2020, seeks to address the lack of visibility and representation of Black queer individuals within both the LGBTQ and Black communities. Its initiatives aim to connect, empower, and celebrate the diverse experiences of Black LGBTQ individuals worldwide.
The organization’s leadership team, comprising LGBTQ Black activists from various regions, includes prominent figures such as Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Michal Ighodaro, Rikki Nathanson, Gerald Garth, Kenita Placide, and Monroe France. Plans for the future include the creation of a global fund to support LGBTQ organizers and experiences worldwide, as well as the establishment of a scholarship fund. The annual Pride event will alternate between hybrid and virtual formats, with different cities hosting the event each year. For further details, visit www.globalblackPride.org.