A Conversation with Harlem Pride Co-Founder Carmen Neely

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‘Harlem Pride Is Leading a New Renaissance:’ A Conversation with Co-Founder Carmen Neely

Columbia Neighbors spoke with Neely about the vision behind Harlem Pride and their annual celebration which makes its grand return on June 24.


What started as a Pride Month-inspired block party on 119th and Lenox Avenue nearly 15 years ago has emerged into an Uptown movement. The organization works to provide same gender loving and LGBTQ communities in Harlem with resources and support for physical, mental, and economic wellness. The nonprofit’s annual Harlem Pride event has become a staple in Upper Manhattan; uniting thousands under the iconic arches on 12th Avenue for a celebration of love, authenticity, equality, and inclusivity.

Columbia Neighbors spoke with Neely about the evolution of Harlem Pride, how the nonprofit is filling gaps in the neighborhood through its community-driven initiatives, and the inspiration behind this year’s “Fearlessly Forward” theme.