Founded in 2005, as one of five women’s events in Provincetown, MA created to diversify the white gay male focus of the U.S.'s "gayest city", Womxn of Color Weekend (WoCW Ptown) is a four-day Pride designed to elevate, strengthen, educate and celebrate LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual) women of color, non-binary & gender-fluid people of color, and their allies. Through a series of events including impactful workshops, powerful shows, cultural parties and communal meals, we ensure that everyone will create memorable and impactful moments throughout the course of the Weekend! During its first few years, WoCW saw great success and was renowned for bringing women from various corners of the world together for an event unlike anything they had ever experienced. Attendees valued the layered experiences of being able to commune with others of varying age, socioeconomic status and cultural backgrounds. The founders understood the importance of creating an event that merged party-getaways/Prides, retreats and conferences, so that attendees had an opportunity to be their whole selves at a multi-faceted event. In 2014, the founders approached spoken word artist and community organizer Jha D Williams of Boston to assist with the promotion and rebirth of the Weekend, and in 2016 she was named the new Executive Director & Producer for the event. With Jha D and the Planning Squad's (commonly known as a Planning Committee) new energy and leadership, WoCW has seen an increase in attendance and is on track to reach and exceed its historical numbers. Additionally, the 4-day event is evolving into a social justice organization that provides services and programs throughout the year and culminates with the 4-day annual Pride in June. WoCW contributes to the narrative of visibility and empowerment of the LGBTQIA communities of color by creating, and sometimes taking, space to amplify our Voices, learn from and teach one another (particularly through intergenerational interaction), cultivate our intersectionalities and give & receive Love.
The Planning Squad
Jha D Williams