PBGP is a recognized independent corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is currently housed at The COLOURS Organization, Inc. COLOURS served as the official sponsor of PBGP from the inception in August 1999 until PBGP received its own 501 (c) (3) status from the Federal government in April 2004. PBGP has set the standard for "Pride" events targeting people of color and has seen its activity attendance grow to well over 15,000 participants.
In previous years, PBGP has participated as one of the sponsors of The National LGBT Task Force surveys on "Pride" activities across the country and received high marks for its' organizing and return of surveys to the national organization. Additionally, PBGP was extended membership into the International Federation of Black Prides in 2002, which offered PBGP more exposure across the country.
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, Inc. (PBGP) targets its festival to people of African Descent who are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community. However, all are welcomed and PBGP does not discriminate against those who are not members of the targeted population.
PBGP is affiliated with The Center for Black Equity (CBE) (formerly known as the International Federation of Black Prides ). CBE is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(3) with the mission to create healthy Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities through individual and collective work, responsibility and self-determination. The vision of the CBE is to promote a global network of LGBT individuals, allies, community-based organizations and prides dedicated to achieving equality and social justice for Black LGBT communities through health equity, economic equity, and social equity.
The three equity pillars comprise the core of the CBE’s work; in addition to this, the CBE’s has a Policy and Research Institute focusing on LGBT-related issues and its International Federation of Black Prides program. In addition to the year-round advocacy and social justice activities conducted by CBE members, the annual, multi-day events and the organizing structure that supports them represent the largest African American LGBT constituency and resource for community organizing on both domestic and international issues.
Since its formation in 1999, the CBE has been closely affiliated with the Black Pride movement, with most of the Black Prides in the United States and abroad having membership. Currently, there are thirty-three member Black Prides (thirty in the U.S. and one each in Canada, England and South Africa) and ten affiliate member Black Prides in the CBE with approximately 500,000 members of the Black LGBT and other communities attending Black Pride events year round.
The reach of the CBE is extended through our partnerships with various organizations and entities, including: the National Policy Roundtable; the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI); National African-American Tobacco Education Network; the Network for LGBT Health Equity; and the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC). Moreover, the CBE received over 800,000 unique website inquiries in 2011. Collectively, our members have over 235,000 emails in their databases, which is critical in the dissemination of information to constituents across the country and in local communities. The CBE’s reach is further increased by media and social media outlets doing op-eds, campaigns, interviews, and feature stories about the CBE reaching over 5 million people in 2011.