Winners announced for 2013 Atlanta Pride Parade

The Atlanta Pride Committee announced the winners of the parade entry competition on Sunday, October 13, just before the Starlight Cabaret. The winners in the commercial and nonprofit categories are listed below. Thank you to all who entered the parade, the largest in Atlanta Pride history and one of the biggest parades in the City of Atlanta!

NONPROFIT

1st Place – Atlanta Freedom Band

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2nd Place – Latin Gay Community

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COMMERCIAL

1st Place – Chipotle

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2nd Place – Swinging Richards

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Congratulations to our winners!



OFFICIAL ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP FOR 2013 ATLANTA PRIDE WEEKEND ANNOUNCED

Atlanta, Georgia. – Today the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the Official Entertainment Lineup for the 2013 Pride Festival Weekend. Along with the parade, marketplace and a full weekend of festivities, the festival will once again feature 2 stages of entertainment.

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “I am excited for the variety these artists will bring to our festival. We have acts ranging from country to dance, hip-hop to rock, and everything in between. In addition to the different types of music, I am thrilled about the artists themselves. We have some old favorites, some up-and-coming talent, and some Atlanta natives to shine onstage.”

Cooke, continued, “While some of these acts have performed in Atlanta many times, a few will be making their Atlanta debut on our stage. It is exciting to think that Atlanta Pride is helping to introduce talented artists to not only the LGBTQ and allied community who will be at our festival, but we’re introducing them to our city as well.”

Below is a list of the complete 2013 Atlanta Pride Entertainment line-up.  Please note that all talent and times are subject to change without notice.

2013 Entertainment Schedule:

Bud LightBud Light Stage

Saturday

  • JustUsATL Youth Block
  • Brian Sharp
  • Ricky Simone
  • Liquid
  • Holly Elle
  • Kick the Robot
  • Monica Mason
  • DJ Ree de la Vega

Sunday:

  • Yoeshi Roberts & Acoustic Encouragement
  • Unbreakable Bloodline
  • Neil Cribbs

Coca-ColaCoca-Cola Stage

Saturday:

  • Maria Gabriella Band
  • Jen Foster
  • Steve Grand
  • Symphony Crack Orchestra
  • A Great Big World
  • Debby Holiday
  • Bonnie McKee
  • Taylor Dayne

Sunday:

  • The Michel Jon’s Band
  • Aiden
  • Sonia Leigh
  • Starlight Cabaret

 

For information about Atlanta Pride, please visit:  www.atlantapride.org.

2013 Atlanta Pride Sponsors:  Rainbow:  The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Bud Light, Smirnoff, Cox Enterprises, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment; Diamond:  David Atlanta, Grady Health System; Platinum:  The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Voice, Wolfgang Puck Catering, MailChimp, Chevrolet, PNC Bank, MINI; Gold:  Gayborhood.  Silver:  W Atlanta Midtown, Project Q Atlanta, InterContinental Hotels Group, Celebrity Cruises; Bronze:  Frito Lay, Geico, Fenuxe Magazine

About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the APC is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities, which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.

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2013 PRIDE PARADE HONORARY GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED

Atlanta, Georgia – After selecting their 2013 Grand Marshals last week, the Atlanta Pride Committee now announces their 2013 Honorary Grand Marshals.

While the Grand Marshals are local activists who are being recognized for their work in and their support of Atlanta’s LGBT community, Honorary Grand Marshals are individuals who do not live in Georgia, who have an international reputation and are committed to LGBT-related causes and activism.

These celebrities will be featured in the annual Parade that kicks off at 1p on Sunday, October 13th.

Buck Cooke, Executive Director for the Atlanta Pride Committee, commented about the Honorary Grand Marshals, “Just as we were excited to honor a group of our hometown heroes and sheroes last week, Atlanta Pride is happy to share this outstanding list of honorees with our community.”  Cooke added, “These individuals live lives of courage, compassion, activism, and visibility, even if those things are done just by going about their daily business.”

2013 Honorary Grand Marshals are:

Hernandez7Daniel Hernandez Jr.: Daniel Hernandez Jr., 23, is an Arizona native and a recent graduate from the University of Arizona. A first generation college student, he was a congressional intern for the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District and while on the job assisting Congresswoman Giffords with a constituent event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, Daniel took actions for which he is widely credited with saving the life of the congresswoman after a gunman shot her and 18 other people. His medical training, quick thinking, and brave actions on that day have caused him to be celebrated as a true American hero, although he humbly rejects the title.

He was an honored guest of the President and First Lady during the 2011 State of the Union address. He also addressed President Obama and a crowd of more than 27,000 people and over 500 international media outlets at the “Tucson: Together we Thrive” memorial on January 12, 2011.

Daniel has conducted more than 1,500 media interviews in English and Spanish with local, state, national and international outlets. Appearances include: ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, The Fox Report, Univision’s Al Punto, BBC World Service’s Outlook program, GQ, NPR’s Tell Me More, Time, People, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, CBS’s Early Show, and the Washington Post.

Daniel began his activism in 2007 working on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. In 2008 he worked on the Gabrielle Giffords congressional campaign. In 2010 Daniel directed the successful campaign to re-elect State Representative Steve Farley who currently serves as assistant minority leader in the Arizona State House. As campaign manager he managed all aspects of the campaign including coordination with other candidates from legislative, statewide, and congressional races.

Dedicated to public service and advocacy he has served as a member on the City of Tucson Commission on LGBT issues. He served as a director on the Arizona Students’ Association’s Board of Directors and advocated for affordable and accessible higher education for all Arizonans. At the University of Arizona, Daniel has served in leadership positions with the Residence Hall Association and the Arizona Students’ Association. Daniel attended public schools in Tucson’s Sunnyside Unified School District where he received his training in certified nursing and phlebotomy.

Since 2011 he has been serving on the Sunnyside Unified District’s governing board after his election to that office. Fighting for quality education and to work on solving inequities in his district, which is a minority majority district with over 90% of students on free or reduced lunch and many at or below the federal poverty level.

Shores4Del Shores: Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre.

Shores’ career took off with the play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) in 1987, which ran two years, winning many Los Angeles theatre awards, including LA Weekly’s Best Production and Best Writing. The play has subsequently been produced in over 2,500 theatres worldwide.  A movie version ofDaddy’s Dyin’ was released in 1990 by MGM starring Beau Bridges, Tess Harper, Judge Reinhold, Keith Carradine and Beverly D’Angelo.  Shores wrote the screenplay and executive produced the film.

Sordid Lives, his fourth play, opened in Los Angeles in 1996 and ran 13 sold-out months.  The play went on to win 14 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards, including three for Shores for wring, directing and producing. There have since been over 300 additional stage productions of the play.

In 1999, Shores wrote and directed the film version of Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant along with most of the cast from the play.  Opening in only eight theatres across the country, the little film that could took in nearly two million dollars in its limited release.  The movie became a cult phenomenon and became the longest running film in the history of Palm Springs with a record ninety-six weeks.

The movie won many festival awards including Best Film at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, South Beach Film Festival, Memphis International Film Festival and the San Diego International Film Festival and won a total of thirteen “Audience Awards.”  In 2002 Twentieth Century Fox released the DVD/Video, which has now sold over 300,000 units.

His play Southern Baptist Sissies followed, and it enjoyed a ten-month sold-out run in Los Angeles in 2000.  Revived in 2002, Sissies had another six month sold-out run. Shores received the LA Weekly, Robby and Maddy for Best Direction and the Backstage West Garland, Robby and Maddy for Best Writing.  The play was also awarded the prestigious GLAAD Award for Outstanding Production of the Year.

In 2003, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife became Shores’ most critically acclaimed play.  After a six-month sold-out run in Los Angeles, Shores won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award for Best World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play.  The Circle also awarded the play Best Production and Best Lead Performance to Beth Grant.  Trials also won five Back Stage West Garland Awards, two NAACP Awards, an LA Stage Alliance Ovation and three LA Weekly Awards.

In 2006, Shores revived three of his plays (Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife) in Los Angeles before taking to the road for a successful six city national tour, starring Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan, which played in 1000-1700 seat houses.

Sordid Lives: The Series, a television series prequel to the film, premiered on Viacom’s LOGO network in 2008 starring Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan, Beth Grant, Caroline Rhea and many of the original stage and film cast.  Shores created, wrote, directed and executive produced all twelve episodes.  The series became LOGO’s biggest hit to date, and was distributed internationally through IMG worldwide in syndication in seventeen countries.

In addition to Sordid Lives: The Series, in television Shores has written and produced for many shows including Dharma and Greg and the last three seasons of the ground-breaking Showtime series Queer as Folk.  He also wrote, directed and produced the Showtime movie The Wilde Girls, starring Olivia Newton-John and Swoosie Kurtz.

In 2009, Shores hit the road and played 34 cities to sold-out houses with his one-man show Del Shores: My Sordid Life. The DVD was filmed and released in 2012 by Breaking Glass Pictures.  He also performed stand-up with various Sordid Lives stars including Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea and Leslie Jordan in A Sordid Affair, playing large theatres in Dallas, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale and Raleigh as well as four nights at Comix in New York City.

The world premiere of Shores’ newest play, Yellow, opened June 11, 2010, to rave reviews and ran six sold-out months.  Yellow followed in the unmatched footsteps of Shores’ six previous world premiere productions that have run collectively for over eight years and won over one hundred Los Angeles theatre awards.  The production swept various Los Angeles theatre awards including Best World Premiere, Best Production, Best Direction for Del Shores himself (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Backstage Garland, LA Weekly, Broadway World.)  The play became Shores’ seventh Samuel French published play and just played to sold-out houses for Uptown Players in Dallas at the historic Kalita Humpheys.  He also directed the Dallas production.

Shores wrote, directed and produced the film version of his play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife with the entire original stage cast: Beth Grant (Sordid Lives, Little Miss Sunshine, No Country For Old Men) Octavia Spencer (Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award Winner “Minnie” in The Help), Dale Dickey (Spirit Award Winner, Best Supporting Actress Winter’s Bone), David Steen (Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained)  and top 10 Billboard dance artist Debby Holiday.  The film adaption is entitled Blues For Willadean and was released in select theatres in late 2012.  It is now available on iTunes and other pay per view services.

In the summer of 2011, Shores took to the road again, selling out his new stand-up show Del Shores: Sordid Confessions in 40 cities.   Shores returned to his home state of Texas in January of 2012 to film the show at the famous Rose Room in Dallas.  Breaking Glass Pictures released the DVD to rave reviews.  His stand-up career continued to explode and he launched his third national tour in 2012 withDel Shores: Naked.Sordid.Reality.  The tour became his most successful and he will return to the Rose Room to film the show in March 2013 and will have performed Naked over fifty times.

Shores latest project is filming his play Southern Baptist Sissies in January 2013.  The film is currently playing the film festival circuit and stars Emerson Collins, Willam Belli, Matthew Scott Montgomery, Luke Stratte-McClure, Dale Dickey, Leslie Jordan, Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Bobbie Eakes and Ann Walker.

Shores also recently returned to acting and completed principal photography, co-starring in the independent feature Cry, due in film festivals and theatres in 2013.

Valdez1Sheriff Lupe Valdez:  Lupe Valdez was elected Sheriff of Dallas County, Texas on November 4, 2004.  She took the rank of the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the County of Dallas on January 1, 2005.  Sheriff Valdez is one of a few female sheriffs in the State of Texas.  Sheriff Valdez is the only Latina Sheriff in the Nation.   Sheriff Valdez has been in Law Enforcement for more than 30 years both Federal and State.  On November 6, 2012, she was re-elected to serve another four years.

Prior to becoming Sheriff, Lupe worked to protect the lives and property of American Citizens at home and abroad in homeland security, antiterrorism investigations and criminal law enforcement.  She has been featured in several books by well-known authors.

As a young child, Lupe learned strong work ethics.  She put herself through college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) while sometimes working up to two jobs.  By developing sterling work habits, she propelled her career in law enforcement.   She demonstrated her commitment to constant improvement and education by earning a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington.

While Sheriff, she has worked diligently to address deep structural problems that developed over the preceding 20 years.  Understaffed, overpopulated, medically deprived and conditions that were unsanitary.  In the past seven years, with the partnering of Parkland Hospital, Commissioners Court, County Probation Office and the District Attorney’s Office, she has succeeded in accomplishing:

·       Hiring 400 new detention service officers

·       Expanding the highway patrol system

·        South Tower jail facility

·       Improved the quality of healthcare for the mentally ill inmates

·       Located probation absconders, thus removing the most wanted and dangerous individuals from the neighborhoods

·       Started building a major hospital within the jail

Lupe’s commitment to public service continues by having served as member of:

·       DISD Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program

·       Women in Federal Law Enforcement Association

·       Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas

·       North Texas Crime Commission

·       North Texas Police Chief’s Association

·       Texas Jail Association

·       National Sheriff’s Association

·       Narcotics Officer’s Association

·       Texas Sheriff’s Association

·       Irving Women’s Network

·       Sheriff’s Association of Texas Legislative Committee

·       Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on ICE Secure Communities

·       Sheriff’s Association of Texas TCLEOSE Advisory Committee

·       Jail Advisory Committee

·       TDP Task Force

·       Others

Sheriff Valdez is featured in the HBO Documentary, “The Out List.”   Recently she received a Women’s Leadership Award by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Each of the honorees added their own comments about this designation by the 2013 Atlanta Pride Committee:  Daniel Hernandez Jr. stated, “I am honored to help celebrate and honor the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community in Atlanta.”  While Del Shores, true to form, noted, “I’m so honored to be one of this year’s Honorary Grand Marshals for the 2013 Atlanta Pride Parade. I have so many friends and fans in Atlanta, have shot a movie there (“Blues for Willadean”) and my one-man shows in Atlanta are always are some of my biggest tour crowds and favorite audiences. Plus, Atlanta men are hot! I’m grateful, very grateful.”  And finally, Sheriff Valdez added, “I have always lived my life with honor and dignity and to be selected as one of the Honorary Grand Marshals of the 2013 Atlanta Pride Parade confirms that others recognize that being true to who and what you stand for is one of the most important aspects of life. I was raised to always do and be the best at whatever it is in life I chose to do, and I thank you for the honor.”

For information about the Grand Marshals announced last week, please visit:  www.atlantapride.org.
2013 Atlanta Pride Sponsors:  Rainbow:  The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Bud Light, Smirnoff, Cox Enterprises, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment; Diamond:  David Atlanta, Grady Health System; Platinum:  The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Voice, Wolfgang Puck Catering, MailChimp, Chevrolet, PNC Bank, MINI; Gold:  Gayborhood.

 

About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the APC is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities, which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.

 

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2013 PRIDE PARADE GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that the 2013 Parade Grand Marshals have been selected!

The Grand Marshals are comprised of individuals and organizations in Georgia who have contributed significantly to the LGBT community in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

The 2013 Parade Grand Marshals are:  Dr. Christina Bucher, Lorraine Fontana, Mark S. King, Evelyn Mims, Charles Stephens, Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Charis Circle.  (For more information regarding these individuals, please see their bios below.)

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said, “We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding individuals and organizations. Each of these honorees works diligently to make Atlanta and Georgia more welcoming and affirming for LGBTQ citizens.”  Cooke continued, “They come from different walks of life and have left their fingerprints on our community. Please join APC in congratulating our honorees!”

The APC noted that nominations were solicited earlier in the year and from that, APC received over 50 nominations, making it another robust year for input from Atlanta’s LGBT community.  Cooke stated, “We would like to thank the community for giving us such an outstanding and extensive collection of individuals and organizations to review as nominees.”  He acknowledged,  “It certainly makes our selection process more difficult, but that is an excellent problem to have!”

These community leaders will be featured in the annual Parade that takes place at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13.

In the coming weeks, Honorary Grand Marshals will be announced as well. Honorary Grand Marshals are individuals who do not live in Georgia, who have a national or international reputation and are committed to LGBT-related causes and activism.

2013 GRAND MARSHAL BIOS:

Dr. Christina Bucher

Dr. Christina (Tina) Bucher lives in Rome, GA, where she is an Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College.  For most of her 18 years at Berry, she has been one of many people who have worked persistently to gain official status for Listen, an LGBT student organization.  This goal was finally achieved in September 2012.  She functioned as an advisor to LGBT students and allies for the years when a group was still unofficial, wrote for campus publications and spoke on panels raising awareness on LGBT issues, collaborated with the Dean of Students to bring Safe Space training to the campus in 2008, and served with other dedicated colleagues and students on the committee whose work led to approval of Listen last fall.  The group made its inaugural march in the Atlanta Pride Parade in October 2012.

In addition, Dr. Bucher created Berry’s first course in gay and lesbian literature, now listed in the college catalog. She served as a PFLAG representative in Rome from 2007-2012 and is an active member of the board for the AIDS Resource Council of Rome. She shares life and adventures with her partner, Sherre Harrington.

Lorraine Fontana

Lorraine Fontana was born in 1947 and raised in a working class Italian family in Queens, NYC.  She became a supporter of the Civil Rights and Black Empowerment Movements and an anti-war activist early in life.  Joining VISTA in 1968 is what brought her to Atlanta and she came out there among other leftist and feminist women who together founded the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA – 1972 to 1994), and later DARII (Dykes for the Second American Revolution).  Her legal training (1976-79) at the People’s College of Law in L.A. led to work as a staffperson with the National Jury Project, a brief period doing poverty law with Georgia Legal Services, and later using her legal skills as a paralegal back in NYC for the EEOC (Oct 1999 to Jan, 2004), and in Georgia as a Legal Assistant for Lambda Legal Education & Defense Fund (2006-2012).  In the mid-70’s and 80’s she often served as an ALFA rep to coalition/partnership projects with both others in the growing “out”-LGBTQ community as well as the larger progressive community. More recently she became a member of the short-lived Queer Progressive Agenda (QPA), and has endeavored to be an ally to queers of color-led organizations in the ATL.  She’s also member/supporter of First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta’s Social Justice Guild, the Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition, Charis Books, the Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, SAGE Atlanta, and Southerners on New Ground.

Mark S. King

Mark S. King has been advocating for those with HIV since he tested positive in 1985, the year the HIV test became available.  His award-winning blog, My Fabulous Disease (MyFabulousDisease.com), chronicles his challenges as an HIV+ gay man, often with a disarming sense of humor.  “We all have the same condition,” says Mark, “it’s called life.”

In Los Angeles in 1988, Mark began working for LA Shanti and found a “beautiful grace” in providing emotional support for clients dying from AIDS. In 1993, he moved to Atlanta for leadership positions with AIDS Survival Project and AID Atlanta.  He created HIV programs that have been duplicated around the world and even raised funds as an Armorette for several years.

Mark’s candid (and sometimes controversial) writings have addressed the tensions between positive and negative gay men, barebacking, HIV criminalization, and the crippling stigma directed at those with HIV. He has written for NewsweekThe AdvocatePOZ, and GA Voice, shared the anchor desk with Don Lemon on CNN, and appeared in the documentary about gay men and addiction, Meth.

“I’m just a gay man with HIV and a blog,” says Mark. “Or, as my Mom likes to say, ‘What’s not to love?’”

Evelyn Mims

A long-time ally to the LGBTQ community, Evelyn Mims has volunteered for numerous charities related to HIV and AIDS, including AID Atlanta. She was standing up for LGBTQ rights and issues at a time when many would have remained silent because of the stigma attached to the issues. She also co-hosted the Mouth of the South drag show with Atlanta drag legend Peg, which was filmed live at the Metro and broadcast on public access television.

In recent years, Evelyn has been the driving force behind the coverage of the Atlanta Pride Parade on WXIA 11Alive’s website, which streams the parade live. Her television career spans more than 30 years. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and served as past president of the Southeast Chapter, where she was the first African-American leader of any chapter.

A graduate of Jackson State University in Mississippi, her first job was at NBC affiliate WLBT, to Community Service Specialist and part of the producing team for “Atlanta and Company” with 11Alive. Evelyn works in front of the camera as well behind the scenes, receiving three EMMY nominations for her role as the “Soap Sultress” on 11Alive’s top-rated “Noonday” show, which lead to guest appearances on “Days of Our Lives.”

Charles Stephens

Charles Stephens is a writer and activist. He is the Program Coordinator for the 2014 “Whose Beloved Community?: Black Civil and LGBT Rights Movements” conference being hosted by Emory University next Spring. He is also a member of the Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition. While a student at Georgia State University, he co-founded Black Out, a Black LGBT student organization and was awarded the ZAMI scholarship Tony Daniels Community Award. Currently, he is co-editing an anthology called Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call and has blogs on Huffington Post and dot429.com.

Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, aka “The Sisters,” were founded in 2009 as an Order of the International Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

They are an Order of 21st century nuns dedicated to the manifestation of cosmic joy through freedom of expression, charitable acts, community outreach, and social activism.  They are devoted to supporting our community through education on health and safety issues; promotion of awareness and spiritual enlightenment, and the abolishment of bigotry and hatred.

The Sisters are a federally recognized 501(c) 3 organization whose primary financial support comes through fundraising and donations.  All monies raised by the Sisters are funneled back to the community through grants and donations sponsored by the Sisters.

Since their Immaculate Conception, the Atlanta Sisters have grown from a group of four Sisters to a family of more than 25 Sisters and Guards.  To learn more about the Sisters, please visit them atwww.atlsisters.org.

Peace. Love. Indulgence.

Charis Circle

Charis Circle is the non-profit programming center located at Charis Books and More, the nation’s oldest independent feminist bookstore. Charis Circle seeks to foster sustainable feminist and queer communities, to work for social justice, and to encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. On a day-to-day level that means they connect people with the books, resources, and ideas that help them grow as whole, healthy, and empowered individuals. Join the party at: www.charisbooksandmore.com or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp.

 

2013 Atlanta Pride Sponsors:  Rainbow:  The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Bud Light, Smirnoff, Cox Enterprises, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment; Diamond:  David Atlanta, Grady Health System; Platinum:  The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Voice, Wolfgang Puck Catering, MailChimp, Chevrolet, PNC Bank, MINI; Gold:  Gayborhood.

 

About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the APC is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services.

The main mission of the APC is to provide lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender and queer persons with cultural and educational programs and activities, which enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer persons, through community activities and services, including an annual Pride event.

 

Media Contact:

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