triangleblackprideDURHAM, N.C. — The new organization in charge of producing the first-ever Triangle Black Pride this summer will kick off planning for the anticipated weekend long gay Pride event with two film showings and the support of a stage production in February.

Shades of Pride board members will be hosting the inaugural Triangle Black Pride in the Raleigh-Durham area July 29- Aug. 1. The four day event will feature workshops, a LGBT Writers Event, seminar, and unveiling of cutting edge films. The mission of Triangle Black Pride is to celebrate and honor the diversity of the African-American LGBT community in the Triangle through events open to all.

Board members are building the momentum toward the events by partnering with COLORS of North Carolina Central University (NCCU), the campus LGBT student organization, to showcase “Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin” on Feb. 2 and “Brother to Brother” on Feb. 3. Both events will be held on the campus of NCCU in the Miller-Morgan Auditorium and are free and open the public. Triangle Black Pride is also supporting the production of “The Vagina Monologues,” Feb. 5 at Club Steel Blue, 1426 S. Miami Blvd. Doors open for the event at 8 p.m. with the showing starting at 9 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 and donations will go toward the Durham Crisis Response Center.

For more information and learn about upcoming events, log on to or call Toya Hankins, chair at 980-229-9469.