After years of discontent with the annual Pride festival in Durham, El Centro Hispano is hosting the Triangle’s first Orgullo Latinx, or Latinx Pride, for a community that has felt excluded by mainstream Pride.
Eliazar Posada, one of El Centro’s organizers for the event, said there’s been some discomfort for LGBTQ Latinx and people of color in Durham’s mainstream Pride event.
“So, we decided rather than to try to continue those fights to no avail, let’s just make a space where we can be ourselves and not have to worry about some of the issues that were coming up.”
Last year, El Centro Hispano and the LGBTQ Center of Durham were among many of the community groups that signed a letter encouraging people not to attend NC Pride after the organizer declined to reschedule the event. The celebration fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. The groups that signed the letter criticized the organizer’s disregard for people who identified as Jewish and LGBTQ.
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This year’s Pride, which was renamed Triangle Pride, was canceled without notice sometime this summer. After a few weeks of uncertainty whether there would be a Pride festival this year, the LGBTQ Center of Durham decided to plan the festival, which is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Here are details for LatinX Pride:
What: Latinx Pride is a family-oriented event celebrating all the intersections of identity — race, nationality, language, sexual orientation, gender and culture.
“Many people, whether they emigrated from the Dominican Republic, Argentina or Colombia or wherever it is they’re coming from —there’s not always a place for immigrants to come in and say, ‘Yeah, I’m an immigrant and I’m part of this community and part of what makes the Triangle what it is,’” Posada said.
“That’s why we want to give folks from all sorts of Latin identities the space to be themselves.”
Who: Latinx Pride will feature several local speakers, performers and food trucks. There will be nine drag performers, a DJ to play music staples from Latin America like salsa, merengue and kumbia, as well as hip-hop and country. A local band is expected to perform. Food truck vendors like So Good Pupusas, La Republica, MexiArepa Grill and Fullsteam Brewery will be parked on site during the festival.
Where: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St.
When: The event will be from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.