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At The Beach, Los Angeles (ATBLA) is the organization that promotes and administers the Los Angeles Black gay pride event that occurs during the American Independence Day celebration. At The Beach is an annual beach party/Pride celebration which exists as the focal point for the black gay pride events, and is one of the three largest black gay pride events in the United States [1][2]. The annual event has been in existence since 1988. The event has since been replicated by similar non-profit organizations across the United States and around the world.

In the summer of 1988, Duane Bremond and a group of friends decided to come together to organize and enjoy a day "At the Beach" on the 4th of July. Every year since, At the Beach (ATB) has grown in participants and in scope. It has become the nation's largest recognized black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride celebration.

During ATB, over 20,000 attendees convene over a week-long celebration. Of the attendees for the event, 40% are out-of-state.In addition, ATB is currently the only event in California that brings together thousands of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

ATB strives to provide unity celebrations as a networking forum for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender of African descent to increase awareness in areas such as health, civic, and community empowerment.


  1. ^ Cannick, Jasmyne (June 9, 2005). "Celebrating Black Gay Pride". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2009-11-09.  
  2. ^ Fulbright, Leslie (June 17, 2006). "Black gay pride events grow, reaffirm identity". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-11-23.  

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