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United in Pride, Again, for 2003
2003-07-01

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Windy City Black LGBT Pride, Inc. will host thousands of African American lesbians and gays over the Fourth of July holiday during United in Pride. United in Pride is the organization's annual celebration of gay pride, which is geared toward bridging the gap between mainstream gay life and African American gay life.

The celebration is one of a large network of African American gay pride celebrations that take place nationwide. United in Pride is the second-largest ethnic gay pride celebration with attendance reaching close to 10,000 people.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, returns for the third consecutive time as the host hotel for the event. Several events including a huge, free kickoff party and a performance by Rochelle Flemming are scheduled hotel events. Flemming will perform at luncheon held on Saturday, July 5. Flemming is widely known for being a member of First Choice, a Philadelphia based disco band. In the late '70s and early '80s Flemming and the band released the gay standard 'Let No Man Put Asunder' on Salsoul Records. Grammy-nominated Steve Hurley produced the record.

Talent is already lined up for the organization's annual poetry slam sponsored by Northern Trust, which also happens at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This year the poetry slam will take place on the Fourth of July. It is usually one of the weekend's most attended events. It's general admission, so arrive early to get a seat. The community will provide the talent and Northern Trust will provide the prizes!

The weekend culminates on July 6 with a huge outdoor festival at Rainbow Beach. Last year festival drew more than 7,000 people. The festival features vendors, food, and entertainment. It's also a great place to connect with health service professionals to get testing and information.

Major sponsors for United in Pride include Windy City Media Group, Harris Bank, The Steamworks Gym/Men's Sauna, Sidetrack, Northern Trust, and ChocolateCityUSA.com .

EVENTS

Wednesday July 2

Windy City Black LGBT Cocktails

Hosted by Sidetrack

Open bar cocktail specials.

It was a blast last year!

6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

@ Sidetrack

Thursday July 3

ChocolateCityUSA.com Live

'Phat and full of flava!'

Hosted by Kendall Beatty and Jermaine Young

Special guest DJ.

Cash bar. FREE ADMISSION

9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

@ Hyatt Regency Chicago

Friday July 4

Windy City Black LGBT Poetry Slam

Hosted by C.C. Carter

8 p.m. until 12 a.m.

@ Hyatt Regency Chicago

Over 40 Steppers Dance

Hosted by Jackie Anderson and Ken McKane

Special DJ, cash bar

@ Hyatt Regency Chicago

9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Youth Dance

Hosted by the Route

DJ Craig Cannon

@ Hyatt Regency Chicago

9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Independence Ball

Doors open at 9 p.m./ ball starts at 10:30

@ Union Hall

9350 S. South Chicago

$25 at the door. Table reservations are $40.

(773) 931-9840

Black Men in Leather Party

Hosted by the Men of ONYX

Freaky.

10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

@ Cellblock

3704 North Halsted

iCandy Productions

(event for ladies)

@ Dragon Room 809 W. Evergreen

Saturday July 5

Windy City Black LGBT Pride, Inc. Community Awards Luncheon

11:30 a.m.

West Tower Regency Ballroom

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Drive

The Pageant . . .

Always entertaining and often a spectacle.

Hosted by Chicago's heavy Diva Otis Mack

@ Hyatt Regency Chicago

Cash bar

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The Steamworks

Black Pride Steam Party

3246 North Halsted

After midnight, it's on.

18 and older.

Sunday July 6

Festival at Rainbow Beach FREE

You only get this much fun once a year. Join us along with more than 6,000 people for a day in the sun, filled with music, food and live entertainment.

Rainbow Beach

3111 E. South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

(Enter the park from 79th and South Shore Drive.)

Time: Noon until 8 p.m.

Worship Service

Praise Center Chicago will offer a worship service at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

10 a.m.

Contact Pastor Kevin E. Tindell for additional information @ 773-451-6604 or praisecenterchicago@yahoo.com

ICandy Productions

(event for ladies)

@ Dragon Room 809 W. Evergreen

Monday July 7

House of Tut @ The Biology Bar

1520 North Fremont

MORE BLACK PRIDE EVENTS IN CALENDAR ON p. 10.


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