Bluegrass Black Pride is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and advocating for the Black LGBTQ+ community in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.
Founded in 2015, Bluegrass Black Pride aims to empower, uplift, and create a sense of belonging for the Black LGBTQ+ community in the region. They work to achieve these goals through various programs and events, which can be broadly categorized into four areas:
Advocacy: Bluegrass Black Pride works closely with other community organizations, local governments, and businesses to advocate for policies and practices that promote inclusion, equity, and social justice for the Black LGBTQ+ community. This includes fighting against discrimination, promoting mental health resources, and pushing for legal protections.
Education: The organization is committed to raising awareness about the unique experiences, challenges, and contributions of Black LGBTQ+ individuals. Through workshops, seminars, and panel discussions, they educate both the LGBTQ+ community and the general public about intersectionality, history, and culture.
Community building: Bluegrass Black Pride organizes and supports social events, cultural gatherings, and networking opportunities designed to foster connections among Black LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. These events may include Pride celebrations, film screenings, art exhibitions, and health fairs.
Support services: Recognizing the unique needs of the Black LGBTQ+ community, the organization provides resources and referrals to services that cater to mental health, physical health, legal assistance, and housing. They also collaborate with other community organizations to ensure that these services are accessible and culturally sensitive.
While the organization primarily focuses on the Bluegrass region, their work has had a broader impact, inspiring similar initiatives in other parts of Kentucky and beyond. Bluegrass Black Pride plays an essential role in fostering a more inclusive and diverse society by addressing the intersectional issues faced by Black LGBTQ+ individuals.