Welcome AUG/SEP 2014
Welcome to our first official Black LGBT Pride Issue.
To us Pride is of course all the parties, park events, and beach bum days in all the sexiest cities in these, as James Baldwin would say, "yet to be United States." But also we do understand that we as a community represent more than that. We understand what Pride is really about; it is a celebration of all our colors. And in the same moment it is a memorial of those who came before, those waywardless backs we stand on.
It is because of this belief here at DBQ Magazine, that I wanted to celebrate a unique selection of people that I've been keeping my eye on. This summer this glorious group not only has been making headlines for what they do, but have injected a sense of pride in our community by who they have chosen to be. What is even more interesting than who they are and what they do, is their response when we asked them the nouns in this world that have given them the Pride to be who they are. Pg 12
My favorite thing to do is to read a great book on my stomach on a hot sunny beach in the heart of Summer. So it was important to me that this Pride Issue have something for us to read that would help us to better enjoy this summer. I introduce to you the essential novels for gay men of color. Pg 8
Also, on page 2, you will find a complete official schedule for NYC Black Pride Aug 13-17th, so that you can be in the know about all the amazing events that have been planned. Included is a list of this years Heritage Award winners, one being yours truly.
Last but not least as always we end with What I've Come To Know, which is always the intention behind every issue of DBQ. Have a safe, enlightening and happy Pride. Enjoy!