On a sunny, Sunday afternoon in 1991,
playwright/singer/songwriter, Steve Langley, stepped onto a portable
stage at Banneker Field on Georgia Avenue to perform at the very
first, Black Gay and Lesbian Pride Day in the nation’s capital.
Seated in the audience that spring was writer/director, Alan
Sharpe, and by the following May, as BLGBT Pride activities expanded
into an entire weekend of events, among them was Sharpe’s original
drama, HeartBeats, in which a young gay man received love and
support from his ad hoc family of friends "in the life", as he
struggled through a stormy romance with a married man on the down
In the years since, filmmaker/performance artist, Michelle
Parkerson , became a frequent contributor to the annual observances.
Both onscreen, via screenings of her groundbreaking films, such as
"A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde" and in
performances of her original works live on stage, she presented
positive affirming images, that inspired and challenged the growing
number of Pride participants.
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