The LGBT community while always present, influential and increasingly numerous, remains significantly anonymous in El Barrio. The Latino Pride Center is committed to making our presence and contributions more appreciable with “Out in El Barrio,” a socio-cultural enrichment initiative aimed at creating and nurturing safe spaces for LGBT people. Our principal goal is to bring LGBT people together to make friends, share, support each other and build community in El Barrio.
“Out in El Barrio” will give voice and greater visibility to the LGBT community; and will encourage our members to participate more actively in community life. Our goal is to build and grow a vibrant LGBT presence while continuing to make significant contributions to El Barrio.
To this end, we invite you to join us as we plan gatherings that include socials, poetry readings, music, visual art, theater, literature, and film—all events highlighting the diversity that surrounds us. Events will take place at our Pride Center as well as other locations around El Barrio.
Artists and Volunteers
“Out in El Barrio” can only succeed with the active participation of LGBT artists and volunteers to assist in the planning and execution of the richest LGBT socio-cultural program possible. We invite artists and fans with ideas for programming to join us. We are here to support you as much as being supported.
Donations and Sponsorships
Our programming is free-of-cost, unless otherwise stated. We rely on donations and sponsorships of our artists and events.
Donations can be made to HAF, our parent company.
Sponsorships in the form of financial support, and goods and services are highly encouraged.
All donors and sponsors will be dully credited.
Our Pride Center
The Pride Center features free Wi-Fi, a multimedia gallery (12’ x 26’), a two-room multipurpose space that seats 60 classroom-style, equipped with conference tables, sound system and two large (55” screen) smart TVs. We also provide a state-of-the art computer lab, equipped with 24 stations; two separate meeting rooms, each seats 10; a crafts room. All aforementioned rooms are equipped with a smart TV. The LPC also features an outdoor terrace with capacity for 30 persons, and a lunch room that seats twelve. The space is also available for one-time rentals.
Starting in the early 1920’s Puerto Ricans settled in a small enclave of East Harlem – they called it El Barrio. By the early 1960’s Puerto Ricans had become the predominant ethnic group in all of East Harlem, thus it would become El Barrio. Consequently, the resident Puerto Rican population became referred to as “Nuyorican” (New York-Rican). Today, El Barrio is steeped in urban culture and tradition; but more importantly, it is regarded nationwide as the epicenter of Nuyorican culture.
El Barrio and its people have always been hugely hospitable. In recent years, it has become a very diverse neighborhood, inclusive of Mexicans, Dominicans, Salvadorians, Caribbean islanders and Chinese; as well as younger white professionals. However, by no means can we say El Barrio is being radically changed. Rather, El Barrio is morphing into a more eclectic community that equally values its past, present and future. We welcome everyone to our melting pot!