Bil Browning

Martha Wash, is that you?

Filed By Bil Browning | August 08, 2006 12:11 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Living, The Movement

Today's Indianapolis Star has a great article up about Indiana Black Pride today. When I saw it, it reminded me that I hadn't done a post on IBP yet - and I even have a special Martha Wash touch to share with bilerico readers!

If you didn't go to IBP last year, make sure to go this year. The festivities are spread out over several days so there's plenty of opportunities for you to stop by and enjoy the event. The Star article has a complete listing of all the stuff going on over the next few days so either check it out or go directly to the Indiana Black Pride website. I went last year and had a great time. I'll be going again this year, so say hi if you see me out and about.

Now we get to the special bilerico touch... The highlight of this year's festival is a performance by Martha Wash. If you don't know who Martha Wash is, click the link to go watch a video of "I've Got a Secret," the gayest game show ever. (It's worth it. Pretty darn funny stuff. And if that wasn't enough for you, here she is performing right after the show with the contestants.)

While you might not get as excited over Martha as the contestant does, I'm confident you'll find something to get that worked up about.

The three-day summer festival drew 1,500 people last year. This year's celebration expands from three days to five.

Highlights of this year's events include a basketball tournament and a performance by 1980s diva Martha Wash, who sang "It's Raining Men" as part of The Weather Girls.

The festivities end Sunday with a gay-friendly gospel service that celebrates black gay Hoosiers.

"We celebrate the fact we are black and the fact we are gay, and we're not ashamed by either of those things," Ferguson said.

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