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HBGC Welcomes Community at LGBT POC BASK Pride Picnic

by EDGE

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday June 19, 2015

On Saturday, June 20, 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, MA 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. Providing activities for people to get together with their community makes us all healthier and happier.

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, 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.

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

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