Hotter Than July welcomes Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette A. Flunder to Detroit

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

A. Nzere Kwabena, Executive Director
a.nzerekwabena@lgbtdetroit.org

May 7, 2024, Detroit, MI: Answering the community’s call, LGBT Detroit, the nation’s premier Black LGBTQ+ service provider and producer of Hotter Than July, returns and leans into a realized theme, “Be Glad It’s Hotter Than July.” Beloved for 29 years, Hotter Than July is also the world’s longest-running, uninterrupted Black Pride celebration. This year’s three-day community gathering will run from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28.

This year, Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette A. Flunder comes to Detroit and joins The Hotter Than July Worship Service, the People of African Descent (PAD) Conference, and the Gospel & Soul Concert.

“Hotter Than July is thrilled to welcome a national pillar of many communities,” says A. Nzere Kwabena, executive director of LGBT Detroit. “With the help of Detroit’s leading faith leaders, Bishop Flunder teaches, preaches, and performs during the weekend.” The Bishop will lead the PAD Conference and preach at the Hotter Than July Worship Service.

LGBT Detroit hosts the international Hotter Than July Gospel & Soul Concert, with title sponsor MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board. The concert, featuring the superstar Grammy-nominated artist B.Slade, will be held on Sunday, July 28, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster

“We have been hosting the Hotter Than July Worship Service for the past seven years,” states Pastor Jeffrey M. Seals of One Church Detroit. “This year, we will partner with Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit and are glad to come together, worship, build community, and make new friends.”

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow of Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit joins in: “MCC Detroit is honored to participate in an event that facilitates the breaking down of stigma that African American People of Faith do not support the LGBTQ community. The concert will serve as a bridge to unite communities that the fear of difference has long separated.”

About Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder: Bishop Flunder, a San Francisco native and the Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over thirty years. She is a DEMOS board member and Senior Fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Seminary has served as an Adjunct Professor and speaker at numerous seminaries and universities and is an award-winning gospel music artist and author.

About the Hotter Than July Faith Partners (to-date)

One Church Detroit proudly celebrates eight years of providing spiritual guidance and care. Established in April 2016, the church thrives as a beacon of faith and hope under the esteemed leadership of Pastors Jeffrey M. Seals and Rev. Antonio Johnson-Seals.

Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit is a diverse, inclusive Christian church serving the LGBTQ+ and ally community.

About the Hotter Than July Sponsors (to-date)

MotorCity Casino Hotel is Detroit’s only locally owned and operated casino. An active community partner, MotorCity is dedicated to the City of Detroit.

Pride Source Media Group 
produces the award-winning biweekly LGBTQ+ print publication, Between The Lines and the Michigan Pride Source Yellow Pages. Between The Lines weekly newspaper is the largest and longest-running LGBTQ+ publication in Michigan.

Community Health Awareness Group
 addresses current health issues by developing and implementing effective mechanisms that promote positive health strategies, thus improving Detroit residents’ quality of life.

Onyx Great Lakes provides education and fraternization and serves as a bridge for men of color to the greater leather community.

Be Glad it’s Hotter Than July” runs from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28. For a complete listing of events and their dates and times, please visit the LGBT Detroit HTJ webpage at www.lgbtdetroit.org/hotterthanjuly. To keep abreast of Hotter Than July events, please follow us on Instagram @WeAreHotterThanJuly,  Facebook @HotterThanJuly, and X (formerly Twitter) @WeAreHTJ.

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About Hotter Than July: Hotter Than July is the world’s longest-running “Black LGBT+ Pride” celebration.  The celebration provides LGBT and allied residents and guests with exciting, entertaining, and educational experiences in select spaces. Created in 1995, Hotter Than July evolved into a social justice rally that captured and articulated culture, spirituality, and education in its programming.

About LGBT Detroit: Founded in 1994, LGBT Detroit commits to furthering its mission, increasing the prominence and visibility of Detroit’s LGBT culture, and building a strong, healthy, and vibrant community, with a focus on economic and racial justice, health care disparities, global sexual freedoms and expressions, and anti-discrimination policies. LGBT Detroit activates, amplifies, and sustains LGBT+ culture, education, advocacy, and human rights.

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