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In 2002, plans to host a Black Gay Pride event in Charlotte, North Carolina came to life. Spearheaded by Damon Blackman and Jermaine Nakia Lee; the inception of Charlotte's Black Gay Pride event began. Recognizing the value of mentoring, networking and needed resources, Blackman connected with the International Federation of Black Prides in Washington DC, while Nakia Lee began working on funding and programming. Together Blackman (Chair) and Nakia Lee (Co-chair) – formed the first official CNCBGP board. This board consisted of Lynkoya Handy (Treasurer) and community activist Monica Simpson (Secretary). Together they worked diligently to present and host Charlottes First Black Gay Pride Celebration in 2005. Driven by the event's established purpose to empower and strengthen the visibility of LGBT people of the African Diaspora in the Charlotte Community, the event drew a record-breaking 7000+ attendees. The 2005 theme was "A New Day". In 2008, Charlotte NC Black Gay Pride set out to refocus its purpose, mission, and vision. Charlotte NC Black Gay Pride (CNCBGP) became Charlotte Black Gay Pride (CBGP) in August of 2008 with 501C3 non-profit status.  Today, the current board has taken the "Step Up" to achieve what the first board set out to do. 

  • ​​​​​​Chair - Shann Fulton 
  • Co-Chair - Gelisa Stitt 
  • Treasurer - Starr Johnson 

  • Secretary - VACANT 

  • ​Development Director - Jermaine Nakia Lee

  • Director of Operations-  Gladece Knights

  • Marketing & Communications  - Frank D. Dorsey, II

  • Volunteer Coordinator - Tan Cox

  • Asst. Volunteer Coordinator - Nellz Gray

  • Community Outreach - Quan Rutledge -Wade

  • Chaplain/Youth Outreach - Linda Dixon

  • General Board Members -Shenique Betha, Maurice Falls, Veronica Daughety 

a little about US -


Charlotte Black Gay Pride, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation, is an organization consisting of volunteers interested in promoting a positive image of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) gendered entities of color.

Charlotte Black Gay Pride is an independent, non-partisan body not subject to the control or significant influence of any commercial establishment or organization.

The vision of Charlotte Black Pride is to empower the hearts, minds and spirits of all LGBTQIA people, while embracing diversity, uplifting the community, and working to bring social change.

Our mission is to promote LGBTQIA pride primarily for, but not limited to, members of the Black community while building social awareness, embracing spirituality and celebrating the diversity that exists within our community.

The History of Charlotte Black Gay Pride