Black Prides came into existence because black queer leaders all over the country were raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and the effect it had on communities of color. They didn’t want to throw a party.
The genesis of Philly Black Pride came about in the fall of 1998 at the COLOURS Organization under Michael Hinson’s leadership. Hinson and other community leaders of color wanted to recognize and celebrate the duality of being black and gay. These LGBTQ leaders of color did not feel like mainstream Pride celebrations were reflective of the intersections of race, gender identity and sexual orientation. Hinson recalls accusations of a lack of inclusion and racist practices from mainstream Pride organizations, so he did what black people have always done: Start their own.