This Pride month, Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) is rolling out MOBIfest: a three-day wellness festival from June 13 to 15 in New York City to celebrate contributions in fashion, music, entertainment, visual arts, and media by queer communities of color.
MOBIfest serves as a reward to members of the community who have taken action toward their health, wellness, and professional development. While some Pride festivities are driven by big names and even bigger ticket prices, MOBIfest events and programming are completely free for attendees who have attended a MOBI pre-festival activation or received a free health service from a MOBI partner site. Upcoming activations and a full list of community partners that offer free services for free VIP access to MOBIfest are listed on MOBI's website, here. Think of it as a queer take on Global Citizen Festival.
For its "Take Pride" campaign, MOBI asked members of the community to remember who they were before they found confidence in their identity. What did they need to cope with the teenage angst? Was it representation? What was that moment that liberated them and sparked their sexual enlightenment? What were those insecurities that would ultimately become their strengths? Their responses were reimagined into a campaign shoot powered by a team of queer people of color, featuring queer designers and those that support the community. MOBI's "Take pride" campaign portrays 30 models, influencers, creatives, and community members in that moment. It's a celebration of the moment we all became proud.
Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) curates experiences that celebrate the diversity of queer people of color while building community and promoting wellness and personal development. This is accomplished through the MOBIfest and its MOBItalks series with previous speakers including Michael Arceneaux, Karamo Brown, Kyle Hagler, Ty Hunter, Ben Cory Jones, DeRay McKesson, Emil Wilbekin, Patrik-Ian Polk, and Darnell Moore amongst others.
You can follow MOBI at @mobinyc for updates.
"I Take Pride in My Performance"
"I Take Pride in My Femininity"
"I Take Pride in My Self"
"I Take Pride in My Art"
KIRLPATRICK BAILEY @iamchadbailey
"I Take Pride in My Relationship"
"I Take Pride in My Creativity"
"I Take Pride in My Family"
"I Take Pride in My Gender Expression"
"I Take Pride in My Trans Visibility"
"I Take Pride in My Androgyny"
"I Take Pride in My Openness"
"I Take Pride in My Fluidity"
"I Take Pride in My Freedom"
"I Take Pride in My Being"
"I Take Pride in My Look"
"I Take Pride in My Expression"
"I Take Pride in My Independence"
"I Take Pride in My Fearlessness"
"I Take Pride in My Self-Awareness"
"I Take Pride in My Resilience"
"I Take Pride in My Melanted Rainbows"
"I Take Pride in My Black Unity"
"I Take Pride in My Unconditional Love"
"I Take Pride in My Self Love"
"I Take Pride in My Vulnerability"
SAMIR ROBINSON + SEAN BENNETT @onyxviolins
"I Take Pride in My Spirit and Freedom"
"I Take Pride in My Intuition"
"I Take Pride in My Queer Dancers"
"I Take Pride in My Point of View"
"I Take Pride in My Freedom"
Photographer: LaQuann Dawson @laquanndawson
Stylist: Beoncia Dunn @beonciadunn
Makeup Artist: Cirsty Burton @cirstyscloset
Designers: VFILES, Bobby Day, Jeantrix, Daniel Cloke, The Phluid Project, ROA, Gauntlett Cheng