Celebrating Kwanzaa in the LGBT community

Kwanzaa has been a household concept in black LGBT families and communities since the 1970’s. This year’s tradition begins December 26 and ends January 1.

A leader in the Black Power movement created Kwanzaa in 1966, to provide African Americans with an official celebration to affirm and strengthen the community. The celebration is filled with food, music, dancing, plays, rituals and children’s games. The rest of the nonreligious holiday is usually spent at home with families.