Our Story

The Brown Sugah Bash was created 20 years ago by June Mines in the absence of suitable Gay Pride events for LGBTQ women of color.

June’s BBQ began organically and each year grew to larger numbers. Eight years ago June passed the torch to Joy Zarembka, who along with a collective of eight women, morphed the Brown Sugah Bash into the most anticipated event of the spring. Annually, local artists grace The Bash stage with immeasurable talents. Others travel from all parts of the U.S. to perform or share in the support of their peers. Here, like-minded creatives network, entertain, sell and sign merchandise, greet fans, and are allowed full expression of self. The Bash provides a safe space for creative expression, community outreach, and a celebration of life. Year after year The Bash draws more than 500 attendees who come with great anticipation and the knowledge that when the lights go out, they will leave full of the very things they sought after. This is a testament to the achievement of one of the goals of the BSB Committee - to make certain that by days end each attendee feels embraced by community, as if they've received a gentle hug. Summed up in a few words, The Bash is a huge backyard BBQ overflowing with music, poetry, dance, shopping, food, libations, and a lot of love.

Thank You!

Thank you! You did it again! You were the best attendees at this year's Brown Sugah Bash. You show up year after year, and we appreciate it! Newbies, we hope you enjoyed The Bash and we hope to see you again.

Yanni Supreme, you were amazing! Your ease and comfort while hosting was impressive.

Carolyn Malachi, you were beautiful. Your look, presence, and flawless voice touched everyone present.


Raheem DeVaughn, thank you for turning up the volume and slaying at the Brown Sugah Bash. You did that thang!

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