Hotter Than July 2016 - Detroit Black Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating the oldest Gay Black Pride event in the Midwest

photo by Andrew Collins

Michigan has a number of well-attended Pride events - among them Michigan Gay Pride in the capital city of Lansing, Kalamazoo Gay Pride, and Grand Rapids Gay Pride, as well as the largest city in the region, Motor City Pride in Detroit. One of the state's longest-running and most popular gatherings, however, takes place during the often sizzling days of midsummer: Hotter Than July is the Detroit Black Gay Pride celebration, and given the metro region's sizable African-American community, it's no wonder this six-day event draws such a strong attendance. The dates this year are July 26 through July 31, 2016.

Detroit's Hotter Than July celebration, now enjoying its 21st year, includes events each day culminating with the largest parties the final weekend. Here's a full calendar of Hotter Than July events. Goings-on typically include an opening Candlelight Vigil, and Hotter Than July film festival, workshops and educational seminars on LGBTQ issues, and a Pride Picnic in Palmer Park - the premier event of the weekend - held on Saturday and typically drawing some 20,000 participants. There's live music, a kids fair, and more. On Saturday events close with an official party, and then there's usually a brunch celebration to close things out on Sunday.

Detroit Gay Resources

For more on the Detroit gay scene, check local gay papers, such as Metra Magazine and Between The Lines/Pride Source for details. Also take a look at the useful travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Detroit CVB.

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