New York City, June 9th, 2021. As part of our growing lineup of speakers and performances, we are thrilled to announce that the current US President and First Lady will be joining the second edition of Global Black Pride this year. President Biden is currently the 49th President of the United States and will be joined by the First Lady Jill Biden is a community college educator, military mother & grandmother, and wife of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. This year, the event’s theme is “What About Us” and will be primarily virtual and span across Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe on June 18th, 2021 at 10:00am – 8:00pm EST on Grindr’s YouTube Channel.
Micheal Ighodaro, co-founder of Global Black Pride “We are so excited to see the U.S President and First Lady, showing up as allies for Black LGBQI community worldwide. The President recently issued a presidential memorandum aimed at expanding the protection of rights of LGBTQI people worldwide, and this takes that commitment a step further. Last year was the deadliest year on record for trans and gender-nonconforming individuals, with at least 40 murdered in the US and many more across the globe, with many victims being Black and Brown trans women. HIV also continues to disproportionately affect Black LGBTQI, new anti-LGBTQI laws in Uganda have been put into place, and just a few weeks ago nearly two dozen members of the LGBTQI community in Ghana were arrested. This year we are saying together, enough is enough, and we are glad the U.S President and First Lady are standing with us.
Founded in 2020, Global Black Pride has become the single largest Black LGBTQI gathering across the globe, committed to using a platform to honor our communities’ persistence and bravery in the face of what has been an incredibly difficult year. Global Black Pride was founded by Global Black Gay Men Connect; a nonprofit organization based in New York City. As a collective, GBGMC fosters an activist-led movement with the goal of building local power to intervene in discrimination and violence inflicted on Black gay communities, including trans and non-binary men wherever they live. The organization strives to facilitate intentional involvement by engaging Black gay men across the world and developing their capacity to rapidly intervene on human rights issues surrounding mental and physical health, police brutality, immigration, and general well-being. This event is co-organized by Black LGBTQI community-based organizations from across the globe. You can learn more at [email protected]