A DECADE OF PRIDE

Thousands of LGBT and ally individuals visited the city last week for the 10th annual Philadelphia Black Gay Pride. Many of the week’s events were held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Main Line and although organizers worried that headquartering the event outside Center City, could prove detrimental to attendance numbers, their fears proved to be unfounded: The 2009 PBGP was even more well-attended than last year’s festivities, according to Michael Hinson, interim executive director of The COLOURS Organization Inc. Guests participated in workshops, social outings and the PBGP’s first-ever pool party — which drew about 75 people — and honored community leaders at the sold-out Legends Ball April 25. Hinson said the week was an “absolutely, absolutely overwhelming success.” Scott Drake