ST. LOUIS, MO – The St. Louis Black Gay & Lesbian Pride Committee has announced that the organization will not be producing its weekend of Black Pride events this year.


In a press release posted to the non-profit’s Facebook page on July 14, titled “Phoenix Rising,” St. Louis Black Pride president Randy Rafter attributes the decision to recent changes in leadership.


“In order to continue our mission of being a catalyst within the community, the board is currently working to restructure the organization to better serve the masses,” said Rafter via the release.


St. Louis Black Pride has developed the following initiative after listening to community feedback:


• Be a resource to the community we serve.

• Produce quality programming and events.

• Strengthen the community.

• Become more transparent and more involved within the community.


“Due to all of the changes and restructuring that are still currently underway, we will not be producing the Black Pride Weekend Events this year,” Rafter continued. “Planning has already begun for the 2015 festival.”


“This was not an easy decision,” said Rafter. “But it is best in order to develop a weekend of quality and excitement. With that being said, we will need your continuing support. In order for us to make a difference within our community, it will take the village. We must come together - mend bridges and relationships and work inclusively to foster a community of relevance and virtue.”


Initial plans for this year’s celebration included moving the festival to the Grove. Founded in 1999, St. Louis Black Pride is the second oldest Black Pride Committee in America.