Philadelphia Black Pride (d.b.a. Philadelphia Black Gay Pride) was the birth child of the COLOURS Organization, only LBGTQ health service organization in Philadelphia primarily serviced by and for people of color.
From our initial inception in August 1999, COLOURS served as the official host of the Philly Black Pride/Penn Relays festival until PBGP received its own 501(c)(3) status in April 2004 thus expanding it’s programming to all year-round.
Philadelphia Black Pride has been a member of the Center for Black Equity (formally known as the Federation of Black Prides) for the past 16 years where in November 2013, we became a program of Center for Black Equity to enhance support for the year round programming that we provide to the Philadelphia community and the festival related activities implemented during the annual University of Penn Relays Carnival.
Our mission is to transform the living and social environments of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of color. We aim to create multicultural opportunities that educate, inspire, improve and celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ individuals through programs, policy, advocacy, partnerships and relationship building. We are committed to:
Community Development: Producing engaging initiatives that address socio-economic issues affecting our communities. We are dedicated to teaming up with agents of change to mobilize & bring awareness to disparities such as HIV/AIDS,Education, Employment and Housing .
Youth Development: Providing positive leadership and skills building opportunities for innovation and mobilization of youth visibility and action in our communities. In addition, providing assistance to youth who are seeking higher education.
Community Outreach: Fostering networks and collaboration with members of our communities and partners who share a similar vision, we produce large scale outreach activities to provide information, education and networking opportunities that improves the quality of life for our diverse communities. . Philadelphia Black Gay Pride provides one of the only non-profit pride celebrations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created for and planned entirely by volunteers of the community to facilitate the opportunity.