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Gay Black Pride party for good cause
Mardi Gras proceeds for Lupus Foundation
 
Published Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:18 am
by Kierra Nichols, For The Charlotte Post

Perhaps the most successful event of Charlotte Black Gay Pride weekend was Sunday's Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch at Celebs Restaurant.


"All of the ticket sales go to the Lupus Foundation," said Francisco White, development officer and CBGP board member. "I really think this is a great cause."


The party atmosphere included Mardi Gras beads, live music, and cuisine to support the theme. The event brought in over 150 guests, making it a sell out before the end of the evening.


Participants traveled from all over to visit the Charlotte Black Gay Pride Expo, which was held all weekend.


"I traveled from Ohio to come to the events this weekend," said Brittany Olsteen. "I'm really excited about the Mardi Gras party today, though."


The events included town hall meetings, forums, vendors and live entertainment. "We are in our ninth year," White said. "This year, our theme is 'Say it loud. Be here. Be Free. Be Proud.' We want to be a visible united force in the gay community."


According to White, CBGP started in 2005. The original founder recognized the need for displaying the unique culture of black gays, and offer opportunities for the black community to be educated about certain issues.


The organization plans to host other events to help raise money for other causes. "We are definitely going to try to partner with organizations for causes like Lupus, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, etc. There are so many different organizations to partner with, and we love it when we can have a fun way to do that."

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