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Hotter Than July Channels Ancient African Philosophy

The 22nd annual Hotter Than July's theme is "I Am Because We Are." The theme for this year's black LGBTQ Pride event in Detroit comes from the ancient African word Ubuntu, according to Curtis Lipscomb, executive director of LGBT Detroit. Ubuntu's translation derives from the Bantu philosophy "humanity to others."

"Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you cannot exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity," said Lipscomb, adding that HTJ is inspired by this philosophy.

"The theme reminds us of the need to stick together, lock arms, and weather the storms that come our way," he said.

The week of gatherings begin July 25 with a candlelight vigil where the organization will pay respect to loved ones the community has lost and rejoice in life and freedom. LGBT Detroit will also host an opening party, an annual gathering and a picnic in the park before closing out the celebration with a worship service on July 30.

A full schedule of events is available at http://www.hotterthanjuly.org and on the BTL Summer Pride Calendar at http://www.pridesource.com.

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