People + Culture
Community Born from Adversity
Opportunity? Yes. Inclusivity? Always.
As the epicenter for the Civil Rights revolution, Birmingham has long been on the front lines of the fight for inclusion and equality. But we don’t hide from our history. Because from this history, a city emerged that was purposefully built by a culture of positivity and inclusiveness. Not by a singular group or government, but by citizens themselves intent on creating a place everyone can comfortably call home.
Sexuality, gender, religion, race and all ethnicities are celebrated here. We’re eager to welcome you to Birmingham, where we believe “neighbor” is the most important title to share.
Racial Equity + Inclusion
A Community Continuing to Fight the Good Fight
There is no way to ignore Birmingham’s history of social justice and civil rights. But just as we don’t shy away from talking about our past, we must also be excited about our bright future in this space.
To say that we’ve got it all figured out when it comes to racial inclusivity would be a misnomer, but as an epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement we can’t stop building our legacy as a city that continues to welcome all, celebrate all and give all equal opportunities.
Our commitment to this issue can be found everywhere around the city, but its heart is in our historic Civil Rights District, formally recognized as a U.S. National Monument. Here you can visit the globally renowned Birmingham Civil Rights Institute or walk through the footsteps of the Children’s Crusade in neighboring Kelly Ingram Park.
Amidst the backdrop of history, you’ll find leaders of all ages, backgrounds and positions committed to making Birmingham a place where everyone can thrive and where everyone is celebrated for being exactly who they are.
A Place Where "Y'all" Includes All
No matter who you are or whom you love, you’ll find acceptance here. Birmingham earned one of the Human Rights Campaign’s “All-Star” designations on its annual Municipality Equality Index in 2019, and inclusion is a priority from the top down – our mayor, Randall Woodfin, selected the City’s first representative of LGBTQ interests in 2018, cementing how important inclusion really is to Birmingham.
Birmingham is home to several organizations that promote Pride, like the Magic City Acceptance Center – with programs for youth and adults, the organization is one of our city’s leading LGBTQ organizations. It provides a safe, supportive and affirming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning people and their allies.
The Magic City Wellness Center – the first LGBTQ comprehensive health care facility in Alabama – provides a safe, open and affirming space for LGBTQ individuals to have an open dialogue with a health care provider without fear of rejection, embarrassment or discrimination. Services include general health care, mental wellness and more.
Pride in Birmingham dates all the way back to the first organized Pride celebration on June 24, 1979. Since then, Central Alabama Pride has spread the message of equality each year with the production of its LGBT Pride events, like Birmingham’s PrideFest – Alabama’s largest Pride event. Central Alabama Pride also supports HIV/AIDS service organizations like Birmingham AIDS Outreach, AIDS Alabama, and the aforementioned Magic City Acceptance Center and Magic City Wellness Center.
Celebrating Global Culture, Cuisine and More
From across the continent or across the world, Birmingham residents have created a welcoming home for all cultures. The area’s storied history provides a strong foundation, as individuals and families originating from global locales infuse the area with international character.
Thanks to the Alabama Multicultural Organization (AMOR), there’s no shortage of fun opportunities to dive into a new cultural experience. On any weekend, locals head to events steeped in the traditions of Asia, Israel, India, Mexico, Vietnam, the South (of course) and other cultures. One can’t-miss festival is the Alabama Multicultural Street Fair. Volunteer, sell, perform or simply attend one of the city’s largest celebrations that offers a cornucopia of international tastes and entertainment.
Many of Birmingham’s organizations are focused on multiculturism, including: