IOOV is excited to announce our 15th Annual- Say it Loud! Black & Latin@ Gay Pride Celebration! Black & Latin@ Gay Pride is an opportunity to highlight the presence and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + People of Color in the Capital Region. Check out the website for information, resources, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, and additional ways in which you can get involved in this amazing event! Hope to see you there…

We have a month full of events designed for a variety of comfort and access levels. See below for information:


Pride has been reimagined this year as COVID remains a major concern and mass gatherings are still not allowed. This year we were able to work with the community and coordinate a live outdoor concert experience that still allowed for social distancing and other safety precautions to be maintained! The Celebration will be featuring performances from London Jae Precise, Alex Torres & his Latin Orchestra, Siani, and more…

Spaces are limited and participants must arrive in a vehicle. Social Distancing Guidelines Strictly Enforced.



CEO and Mother of The House of Precise Inc., Precise Nation & CEO of Gay Politics, Originally from Brooklyn, growing up in both the NYC house scene & Albany Social scene. On her own at a young age, London built up the courage to follow her dreams of becoming an entertainer, a world leader and community servant. London has worked for many Health Care agencies, including founding her own, with a passion in assisting youth and young adults live safe and healthy lives.

With several pageant titles, a N.Y. headlining status and 3 weekly shows including the Legendary Stonewall Inn, Tuesday’s (NYC) & Rocks ( Albany,NY) on Wednesday, London continues to create a meaningful impact on the lives of many. Her #1 goal is to help build communities of unity, love, acceptance and success. London serves on many advisory boards, ensuring true change within local organizations that also directly impact black & brown families. Enjoy her Beyoncé impersonation or her heartfelt live vocals! London is a mother of many, a trustworthy individual with the willingness to help those in need & a powerhouse on the stage.


Formed October 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, this 12 piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres. They have been presented by hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers and events annually to perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz. The group is also registered with the Arts-In-Education Program of New York State. This program brings the orchestra into schools to showcase cultural diversity and explain the music, instruments and rhythms associated with their music. Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra have been featured on television commercials for The Albany Times Union Newspaper, wrote and performed the music for the PBS weekly program ” Made in New York”, and twice performed for Time Warner’s music series, Sounding Board. They have also performed for President Bill and Hillary Clinton at the New York State Democratic Convention and also for New York Governor’s George Pataki and Eliot Spitzer’s Inauguration.


A true 90s baby hailing from Salem, New Jersey, Siani, the second oldest of four children, grew up in a musically talented family. Her Father was an engineer and songwriter, her younger brother and sister are both gifted dancers, and her older sister is a singer. As a child, Siani had a keen interest for music and fashion, which led her to dream of being a world renowned musician and fashion designer. She was an artistic child, with hobbies focused around painting, drawing, clothing customization and hair and make up. On the music side, Siani listened to various R&B artists who have influenced her career, including Lauryn Hill, Eryka Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Kem, and Carl Thomas. She was a shy kid, who didn’t aggressively pursue music until her High School years when she started recording and generating positive feedback from her peers. Siani’s desire to seriously pursue a music career was further buoyed by reinforcing feedback she received from major record labels. Since high school, Siani has gone on to open up for many major acts including Future, Dej Loaf, Bobby Valentino, Trina, and Jacques just to name a few. She is very dedicated to her craft and firmly believes that there is no better way to express herself than through her music.


Hailing from the unforgiving city of Schenectady, in Upstate New York, Shanyia’s childhood was turbulent from the start. She lost her mother at a very young age and was raised by a coalition of family members, which forced her to learn life’s lessons the hard way: through trial and error. Shanyia tried many different ways to escape her reality, including keeping a personal journal where she would write down her dreams, wishes and struggles. It wasn’t until her daughter, Maliah, was born when Shanyia started to truly understand the concepts of unconditional love and happiness. A few years later, Shanyia discovered her second love, Music, which became another escape from her everyday struggles as a single parent. As she so eloquently states: “I got tired of hiding and trying to get people to see things from my point of view. I turned all my thoughts, journals and feelings into lyrics…This is just the start of my journey. This is ME. I Am Shanyia Monaee.


In addition to providing an enjoyable and safe space for our attendees during our Pride events, our primary objective is to link our community to LGBTQ+ sensitive and affirming resources through our Health & Wellness Expo. As an organization that focuses on the health & well-being of LGBTQ+ POC, we believe that it is even more crucial that we reach as many individuals as possible, which is why we will be hosting the Expo through a virtual platform. Please consider supporting this opportunity or send us suggestions on who you would like to hear from!


You register 1 of 2 ways:

Please download PDF and email the completed form to BLGP@inourownvoices.org or use Google Doc to complete registration.


Show your support of the vibrant and rapidly growing LGBTQ+ People of Color community by joining the growing list of Black & Latin@ Gay Pride Sponsors including:



This event would not be possible without the generosity and time of volunteers. Please consider volunteering at one of the many events we have scheduled throughout the month.

If you are interested, please contact El at elevelyn@inourownvoices.org or 518-432-4188.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Shadey Mercado-Perez at smercado-perez@inourownvoices.org or call (518)432-4188.