Home PageAlan Sharpe2005 Pride Reading

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 low.

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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