Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated by most African-Americans on June 19 of each year. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery. The month of June also happens to be LGBT Pride month. Abounding Prosperity, Inc.and Dallas Southern Pride came together for an annual event which supports both of these causes, the first annual Juneteenth Unity Festival. Abounding Prosperity Incorporated is located here in Dallas with an amazing impact and purpose;
"To provide services that address health, social and economic disparities among Black men with a particular emphasis on gay, bisexual and male to female Transgender individuals." via Abounding Prosperity
The Juneteenth Unity Festival committee's intentions are to bring awareness to the community in regards to the relations between HIV and Hepatitis C. Resources as far as health information and testing were available on site at the Juneteenth Unity Festival for all guests that attended.
This event, held on June 18 at Bungalow Beach Club in Dallas, was definitely one to remember! I had a blastttt. There was a day/swim party, fashion show, musical performances and more. The Juneteenth Unity Festival was an all day party and celebration which encouraged support of the LGBT community as many vendors such as Walgreens, came out to show their support and give away free goodies to guests. I snagged tons of their free rainbow colored "Mardi Gras" inspired beads and even made arm candy out of some of them.
During the fashion show segment of the Juneteenth Unity Festival, models walked the runway which was located on the outskirts of the pool area, dressed in swimwear and other pool essentials for both men and women. Celebrity guests and performers of the Juneteenth Unity Festival included KeKe Wyatt, Beat King, my personal fave - Big Freedia The Queen Diva, 97.9 the beat's (Dallas) 'Gary with the Tea' and Love &Hip Hop Atlanta's Margeaux. Each artist that hit the stage at the Juneteenth Unity Festival showed their respect in some way by addressing recent tragedies in relation to the LGBT communities of our country. There were more and more guests arriving as the concert segment of the night went on. Each time someone came to the stage an uproar of excitement occurred from fans. I definitely had plenty of fangirl moments as Big Freedia performed.
See photos below from the event and leave your email in the comments below to be contacted about next years Juneteenth Festival.
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