In 2008, Shades of Pride started with a core group of seven and although we have experienced changes, as life has called some to other pursuits, our mission continues.
Shades of Pride is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency which creates opportunities that acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of North Carolina’s LGBTQ communities. We aim to deliver relevant programs that increase awareness. Initiatives include the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS as well as informational workshops on diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer and other health disparities that often impact the LGBTQ community.
This year marks our fifth year of existence as we work diligently to make this year’s event as exciting, educational and entertaining as ever! We are delighted to call upon the guidance and advice of community members who will serve as our Advisory Council.
We are the only Pride in the South to offer a FREE film festival since our establishment, showing such acclaimed works by Sundance Film Festival Pitching contest winner J.D. Walker, Finding Me web series creator Roger Omeus Jr. and DBGM founder Antoine B. Craigwell of You are Not Alone: Stories from Black Gay Men about their Depression. During our 2013 events, we even had the honor of screening for the second time only Al Nisa-Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca from activist/poet Red Summer.
We have facilitated workshops featuring nationally known critical thinkers including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs and SharRon Jamison. We have also worked side by side with the openly gay comedian and teacher Sampson for the last four years. Sampson has been featured on The Tom Joyner Morning Show and recently was the first openly gay black comedian to headline the historic Howard Theatre in Washington D.C.
As a community organization, Shades of Pride will continue to tackle similar topics as diverse as LGBT Greek life, retirement issues, same sex domestic violence in addition to professional and career development.
The board has worked tirelessly to provide experiences and events that empower the LGBT community of color and their allies around the Triangle. Therefore, we THANK YOU for all your support and assistance throughout our existence and we ask for your steadfast backing as we move forward into our fifth year. Join us as we continue to be the source of enlightenment in the community.
LaToya, Nina, Purusha, Kenneth & Tracy