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Inside/Out! Marks The First-Ever Black-Led Pride Month Event In The Bay Area That Celebrates The Immense Contributions Of Black LGBTQIA+ People

Inside/Out! Marks The First-Ever Black-Led Pride Month Event In The Bay Area That Celebrates The Immense Contributions Of Black LGBTQIA+ People

Tammy Reese

Oakland Black Pride, a nonprofit created to address inequities that exist for people
at the critical intersection of blackness and queerness, is pleased to announce the inaugural
Inside/OUT! Black Pride Celebration in partnership with the City of Oakland, Oakland Parks,
Recreation and Youth Development. Set to take place June 24-27, 2021, the four-day series of
events offers virtual workshops and limited-capacity events at several Oakland businesses and
includes a Queer Expo, Kickball Tournament and Skate for Pride Party hosted by Grammy
Winner Durand Bernarr. The Inside/OUT! program of events culminates in a Slayer’s Ball grand
finale at The Bridge Yard. The event honors the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera,
two trans-women of color who were prominent figures in the Stonewall Uprising, social justice
advocates, and mothers of the Pride movement.

“Inside/Out! marks the first-ever Black-led Pride Month event in the Bay Area in celebration of
the immense contributions of Black LGBTQIA+ people to our society,” said Olaywa K. Austin,
executive director of Oakland Black Pride. “At Oakland Black Pride, we take great joy and
responsibility in mobilizing to create pathways for queer Black people to express themselves
freely, live healthy lives, and have equal opportunities for professional advancement.”
The empowering line-up of panels and workshops expands on that advancement with a daily
Fitness & Nutrition Class hosted by Brown & Healthy, an Inclusive Economics panel for BIPOC and LGBTQ Businesses, a session on Reclaiming Our Food Systems, and The Revolutionary Dance Floor panel featuring two DJs and two professional dancers in the style of Red Table Talk.

This year’s event will also include a Queer Pub Crawl featuring food and drink specials at select Oakland bars and restaurants such as Kingston 11, PORT Bar, Oeste, and Sobre Mesa. Additionally, Oakland- based Chef Nelson German of Sobre Mesa will host a PRIDE benefit dinner featuring a six-course tasting menu with three cocktail pairings in partnership with Chef Christina Harrison of JusLa Eats.

“It’s with great pride that we welcome the Inside/OUT! Black Pride Celebration to the ‘town’ of
Oakland,” remarked Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “In a continued effort to combat the effects of racial and gender inequality, we stand with Oakland Black Pride in honoring the unique and
beautiful contributions of the Black LGBTQIA+ community.”

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General admission to most events are free to the public, but registration is required. The decentralized line-up is in adherence with city and state Covid-19 safety protocols.
Attendees can view the full schedule by visiting

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