WE ARE AFRO PRIDE
Members of the local African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ community of the African & Caribbean Diaspora, including those who love & support them united to raise awareness about discrimination, economic exclusion, health & social disparities that the community continues to endure in South Florida.
SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Programming and community engagement are at the core of our strategy. We invest heavily in supporting the development of integrated solutions and delivering reliable tools to those who need them most in the African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ community of the African & Caribbean Diaspora.
A CELEBRATION OF SEF-LOVE
Our mission and our duties are to increase tangible and effective access to culturally informed mental health services, HIV prevention, and to provide a safe inclusive platform for community collaboration & cultural arts for the African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ Community of the African & Caribbean Diaspora within South Florida.
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS
Community-driven leadership that highlights a needed change towards the transformation of our economic & social relationships that act as systematic barriers and also, play a huge role in disproportionately high rates of needs and lack of current community resources in the African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ community of the African & Caribbean Diaspora within South Florida.
CULTURALLY INFORMED PROVIDERS
Policies agendas that address members of this community must consider intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity.
A SAFE PLACE TO HEAL
Afro Pride Federation Inc is a community-driven & led 501(C)3 nonprofit community organization that consists of a board of directors that are not only diverse & multicultural professionals with years of experience but they also represent the targeted population and those who love and support the African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ community of the African & Caribbean Diaspora.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity are at the core of our values and principles.
African American & Afrocentric people are being disproportionately affected by Covid-19 in the United States.
The preventative measures of Covid-19 which includes a stay-at-home order have everyone on lockdown and restricted from non-essential businesses and public areas. Coping with COVID-19 safety protocols can disrupt one’s daily functioning, thoughts, feelings, mood, and the ability to relate to others which happens to be the same symptoms experienced in mental illness.
Some individuals fall into depression because of a lack of socializing. Some individuals get anxiety from watching intrusive media & hearing about Covid-19 death rates. Some individuals have to re-learn how to communicate & cooperate with family members and friends that they are stuck at home with.
The African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ community of the African & Caribbean Diaspora. continues to face discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment, and family rejection despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for those with intersecting racial or socioeconomic identities.
Afro Pride Federation Inc's local African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ community members in Broward County and surrounding areas united to bring awareness to the disproportionate rates of Black & Brown people that are being affected by Covid-19. Our aim is to raise awareness about our commitment to expand easier access to needed healthcare services & resources and our pursuit of social & economic justice. We understand that wearing a mask, washing your hands, sanitizing, social distancing, and having some sort of safe social outlet, are the best ways to not only be mentally and socially safe but also to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Covid-19 Vaccinations & Testing
Benefit Fundraiser with Afro Pride
Community Collaboration & Engagement
Afro Pride Federation & Smile Trust Inc
servicing the Afro-LGBTQ+ and allies homeless population
Afro Pride Federation Inc's founders teamed up with Smile Trust Inc's Co-Director Valencia Gunder to volunteer with feeding, clothing, and serving the homeless.
Afro Pride's Monthly Community Collaborative
"The Rise Experiment"
Afro Pride Federation holds a monthly community collaborative meeting to assess, educate, and cultivate strategies & solutions to address the disparities that the African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ community of the African & Caribbean Diaspora.
Every Day is a Mental Health Day.
Our mission and our duty are to increase access to mental health & substance abuse services for the African American & Afrocentric LGBTQ+ communities of the African & Caribbean Diaspora within South Florida.
Although LGBTQI identities are not commonly included in large-scale studies of mental health, there is strong evidence from recent research that members of this community are at a higher risk for experiencing mental health conditions — especially depression and anxiety disorders. LGBTQ+ adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition. Transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender (a person whose sense of gender identity corresponds with their birth sex) individuals to experience a mental health condition.
National Alliance on Mental Illness,2020)
LGBTQ adults are nearly twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a substance use disorder. Transgender individuals are almost four times as likely as cisgender individuals to experience a substance use disorder.
(National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2020)
40% of transgender adults have attempted suicide in their lifetime, compared to less than 5% of the general U.S. population.
(National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2020)