The 17th Annual Hotter Than July Picnic comes to Palmer Park in Detroit on Saturday July 28. Bringing in thousands of attendees through food, live entertainment and music, this picnic celebrates Detroit’s LGBT community.
During the 50s through the mid-80s, the Palmer Park neighborhood was largely filled with LGBT residents. Though this concentration has diffused throughout the metro area, the neighborhood’s businesses remain LGBT friendly and “the Palmer Park residents are now overwhelmingly allied African Americans,” says Walter J. Houston, picnic committee chair.
Hotter Than July is a program of KICK and serves as both a social barometer for community development, while providing a multidimensional forum to advocate for equality and social justice. The program is comprised of numerous events throughout the week; however the July 28 picnic is the premier HTJ event. This is the 17th annual pride celebration and the third oldest of its kind in the United States.
KICK’s mission is to increase awareness of and support to Detroit’s dynamic LGBT culture through education and advocacy with integrity and pride.
The picnic is free to the public, beginning at 11 a.m. July 28. For sponsorship, vending, volunteer opportunities or additional information, contact Houston at 313-828-8723 or go to http://www.e-Kick.org.