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Afro Pride Federation Inc is a community organization that was founded in May of 2020. (Yes right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic) The organization was founded by Broward County native Damon Jones (Clinical Psychotherapist) and Donald Gunder (LGBTQ community organizer). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic not only highlighted how African Americans and other people of color were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 but the pandemic also a highlighted issues involving exclusion, racism, and discrimination in multiple areas of life needed to survive & thrive ( healthcare, mental health, social inclusion, economic inclusion). The LGBTQ+ people of color represent a smaller percentage of the African American population and related subgroups that endured additional injustices due to the intersection of being a person of color and LGBTQ+. (85% of the Black & Brown LGBTQ+ population identify also as Black/African American) Injustices such as societal violence, economic hardships, unaffordable healthcare, access to housing, access to mental health & substance abuse services, systematic racism & exclusion, and other multiple types of discrimination.

 

We understood in our efforts to eliminate the disparities in Broward County that people of color in the LGBTQ+ community face, we must acknowledge the following;

: Policies agendas that address members of this community must consider intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity

Community-driven leadership that highlights a needed change towards the transformation of our economic & social relationships that act as systematic barriers and play a huge role in disproportionately high rates of needs and lack of current community resources in the Black & Brown LGBTQ+ community of Broward County

 

We understood that it would take a community effort to advocate for change, pursue economic justice, and create safe places to heal, celebrate self-love, and save human lives. The community influenced South Florida Afro Pride Federation, Inc community organization was founded with an aim to execute its mission.

 

History of Afro Pride Federation, Inc

Afro Pride Start

  • May 2020: Founded

  • June 2020: Received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status

  • September 2020: Formulated a Board of multicultural professionals & targeted population community members. The Board consists (Sociologist, LCSW, Nonprofit Executive Director, Attorney, Social Worker, Community Adovactor, Finance Specialist, Program Director, & Nurse Practicioner)

  • November 2020: 1st Afro Pride Fundraiser (raised $1k),: Office space donated to Afro Pride in Broward County to implement & expand additional services. : Afro Pride launched its 1st Community Collaborative & Social Media campaigns

  • December 202O: Collaborated with Wilton Manor Collective organizations(Sip-n-Strut)Toy Drive (Raised donations of 486 toys for youth in the community)

  • January 2021: Collaborated with Smile Trust, Inc (Servicing the LGBTQ+ & allies homeless population): Collaborated with FlockFest (Raised $400): Gained 10+ volunteers. Implemented strategy for expansion, base building, cultural solidarity, community collaborations, donations, and fundraising & funding opportunities.

   Community Partners & Collaborations

  • Amythest Mental Health Agency of Broward

  • Fort Lauderdale Pride

  • The Smile Trust, Inc

  • The Black Coalition

  • Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN)

  • Center for Black Equity

  • Winning Entertainment Team

  • The Michael Law Firm

 

Funding:  All donations are tax-deductible. 

If you would like to volunteer, donate or assist Afro Pride with our community service expansion plans please email:

Info@afroprideflorida.org

Phone: (954) 951-2911

 

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