HBGC Celebrates Pride With BASK: An LGBTQ People of Color Pride Picnic

DJ Lady Spin Drift gets the crowd dancing at last year's BASK picnic in Roxbury. 
Photo: HBGC
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DJ Lady Spin Drift gets the crowd dancing at last year's BASK picnic in Roxbury.   Photo: HBGC

DJ Lady Spin Drift gets the crowd dancing at last year’s BASK picnic in Roxbury. 
Photo: HBGC

BOSTON, Mass.—On Saturday, June 20, 2015, HUES, a program of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, will host BASK 2015: An LGBTQ People of Color Pride Picnic at Cedar Square Park in Roxbury, Mass. from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The day-long picnic is an opportunity for Greater Boston’s LGBTQ people of color and allies to build community during Pride Month and provides a platform for queer artists of color to showcase their work, be it music, dance, poetry or art. [pullquote]The day-long picnic is an opportunity for Greater Boston’s LGBTQ people of color and allies to build community during Pride Month and provides a platform for queer artists of color to showcase their work, be it music, dance, poetry or art.  [/pullquote]

A variety of activities will take place throughout the day, including yoga, health exhibits, spoken word performances, dancing and live musical acts. One featured performer is BlackOUT.  BlackOUT, a project of The Theater Offensive’s True Colors: OUT Youth Theater program, is a performance group of young, queer Black artists who use artistic expression to amplify the Black experience.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own food to savor or share. Food trucks will also be on site to sell meals to participants.

Since 2009, HBGC has evolved to become one of Boston’s leading LGBTQ organizations serving Black and Latin@ LGBTQ individuals through social support, health and wellness resources, and leadership development opportunities. HUES was created by HBGC in 2012 to provide a space where Greater Boston’s Black and Latin@ LGBTQ womyn can be safe, visible and celebrated.

As the organization’s official pride event, HBGC believes the BASK picnic represents an opportunity for LGBTQ people of color to unite and celebrate one another. The event intentionally gathers in a neighborhood of color, allowing individuals to acknowledge and celebrate the resilience, beauty and pride of each other and their communities.

For more information about BASK, email Daniela Amaya at damaya@hbgc-boston.org or visit hbgc-boston.org.

Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) is one of few organizations in Boston dedicated to the needs of the Black, Hispanic and  Latin@ LGBTQ community. Founded in 2009, we work to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ identified individuals to improve their lives through activism, education, outreach, and counseling.

[From a News Release]

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