2014 ATLANTA PRIDE PARADE GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that the 2014 Atlanta Parade Grand Marshals have been selected!

 

The Grand Marshals are comprised of individuals and organizations, residing or based in Georgia who have contributed significantly to the LGBTQ community in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

 

The 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade Grand Marshals are:

 

  • Faisal Alam, Public Speaker and Project Consultant
  • Michael Bishop, Attorney, AT&T; and Shane Thomas, Realtor, Remax
  • RayShawn Chandler, Flight Attendant, Delta Air Lines; and Avery Chandler, Law Enforcement Officer, Atlanta Police Department; Sergeant, United States Army
  • Stephanie Guilloud, Co-Director of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide
  • Tony Kearney, Events and Fundraising Consultant
  • Sheila Merritt, Project Manager and Event Consultant
  • Arlene Noriega, Ph.D., Co-owner and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Rock Bridge Psychological Associates, LLC
  • Ria Pell, Chef and Owner, Ria’s Bluebird
  • Ruby Redd, Manager and Saturday Show Director, Jungle Atlanta; Fundraiser, Lost-N-Found Youth
  • Michael D. Shutt, Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of the Office of LGBT Life, Emory University
  • Jennifer Sisson
  • Mr. Shelton Stroman and Dr. Christopher Inniss, Owners, Snellville Pet Resort
  • Georgia Safe Schools Coalition
  • The Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal

 

(For more information regarding these individuals and organizations, please see attached documentation at the bottom of this post.)

 

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said, ” The individuals being honored are from a wide variety of occupations and walks of life, but they all are putting their time and talents to work for our LGBTQ community in Atlanta and around Georgia. From organizing fundraisers to leading LGBTQ community and civic organizations to fighting for marriage equality, these folks are our friends and neighbors and they are doing inspiring things for our community.“

 

The APC noted that nominations were solicited earlier in the year and from that, APC received over 50 nominations representing a wide range of individuals and organizations throughout Atlanta’s LGBTQ community.

 

Cooke stated, “We are so appreciative of our community members who took the time to submit nominations and I have to say you did an excellent job this year. The field of individuals and organizations who were nominated was outstanding and it yielded a truly impressive array of Grand Marshals for 2014.”

 

Regarding the organizations that were recognized, Cooke said, “As for our organizational honorees this year. The Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal are literally working every day to ensure that the quality of life is better for LGBTQ Georgians. While their work impacts us today, it is exciting to think about the future of our state as a result of their good work.”

 

These community leaders will be featured in the annual Atlanta Pride Parade, sponsored by Delta Air Lines, that takes place at 1p on Sunday, October 12.

 

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 LGBTQ-related causes and activism.

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) organization, 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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ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES 2014 OFFICIAL KICK OFF PARTY DETAILS

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that the Official Kickoff Party will once again be returning to the Georgia Aquarium in 2014.  This event that has now become a tradition for many, is scheduled for Friday, October 10 in it’s regular slot that launches the Southeast’s largest Pride Festival, happening October 11-12.

 

Atlanta Pride Executive Director, Buck Cooke, stated, “Once again, our colleagues and friends at the Georgia Aquarium have worked most of the year to create new and exciting ideas to knock everyone’s socks off at the Official Kick Off Party!”

 

Cooke continued, “One of my favorite things about the Official Kick Off Party is watching all parts of our LGBTQ community come together in a beautiful venue to enjoy good music, fun company, and world-renowned exhibits as we all prepare for the festival to begin the next morning.  All of us at Atlanta Pride are so appreciative to the Georgia Aquarium and their talented staff for hosting our Official Kick Off Party again this year.”

 

As always, the Aquarium team has lined up an impressive offering of entertainment for attendees, including DJ Edil Hernandez, one of the hottest DJ’s on the scene today.  DJ, Diablo Rojo, a fan favorite for over a decade here in Atlanta will also be featuring his signature “visual” sound throughout what is sure to be a memorable evening!

 

Cooke offered this important note about the event, “We tell everyone that the party will sell out each year and every year, people beg us to get tickets after they are all gone.  Even if you think you might want to come, buy your tickets now because if you wait too long, you will miss out on one of the best parties in the southeastern US.”
The event takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25.00 for General Admission in advance and $30.00 at the door or $90.00 for Lounge tickets.

 

Tickets to the Official Kickoff Party are available now at: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/atlantapride

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) organization, 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.

 

About Georgia Aquarium:  Georgia Aquarium is an entertaining, intriguing and educational experience for guests of all ages.  While promoting a fun and enjoyable learning experience, the Aquarium instills in its guests a new appreciation for the world’s aquatic biodiversity.

 

The Aquarium enhances the Georgia tourism offerings and provides local residents with a world-class entertainment attraction.  It is an anchor for downtown’s revitalization efforts being a benefit to both the city and the state.

 

To date, Georgia Aquarium has attracted more than eleven million visitors and employs more than 400 employees and a dedicated core of more than 2,000 volunteers.  The Aquarium has dedicated twenty-five percent of the gallery space to educating students of all ages who visit the Aquarium, we call it our Learning Loop.  The Aquarium utilizes innovative technologies as well as interactive and interdisciplinary techniques to ensure that students have an enjoyable experience.

 

One of the Georgia Aquarium’s major goals is to be the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research.  Our state-of-the-art animal health facility, the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health, is 10,000 square feet and was designed by world class veterinarian professionals and conservation organizations.  It is the only integration of an aquarium and a veterinarian teaching hospital.  On a more global scale, the Georgia Aquarium supports, conducts and leads research on environmental and conservation issues.

 

Georgia Aquarium is a 501(c)3 organization, and we rely on community support to fund our special programs including education and veterinary services.

 

About DJ Edil Hernandez:  In three short years he has gone from small local venues to International Events.  He started to play at public venues in 2011, slowly taking off while continuing to share his podcasts for his friends and fans to enjoy. In 2012, he landed in the top 10 of the Gay Days National DJ contest. He also became a regular DJ at the Brink Orlando, had a guest run at the Parliament House and at Pulse Orlando.  During the summer of 2012 he headlined a series of pool parties ‘AQUA’ sponsored by INVASION Orlando & the Come Out With Pride Organization in Orlando. Edil was also voted Orlando’s Favorite DJ in a contest hosted by the same Organization, and played in front of thousands the day of the Pride parade in the Walt Disney Amphitheater.  During the fall of 2012, Edil made his successful San Francisco debut at the Lookout in Castro and two of his sets were featured in “Club XL” at XL 106.7 FM.  In 2013, Edil was featured as part of the DJ Lineup for GayDays at the Double Tree Resort, as part of the Independence Day Celebration DJ Lineup at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown, MA, in GayDays Vegas and in August of 2013, he was featured at the Mega T-Dance in Montréal Pride. In 2014, he returned to PTown for Independence Week as well as he returned to GayDays.  In addition, one of his sets was broadcasted to millions of listeners on a radio station in Brazil.

 

About DJ Diablo Rojo:  Diablo has been spinning in Atlanta, Georgia for the last decade.  Whether it’s a bar, a night club or a festival environment, he’s served up music that’s familiar, leaves audiences engaged, connected and looking forward to future performances.  He appreciates and plays a wide range of genres but personally finds electronica and synthpop his favorite to both collect and listen to.  One of the things that sets Diablo apart from other entertainers is incorporating music video into the mix versus having an audio only set.  He is also a fan of incorporating smartly executed mash ups into his sets and enjoys combining the unexpected “flavors” of two or more artists.   As a promoter, Diablo is best known in Atlanta as the creator of “The ManShaft,” a quarterly men’s event which has placed as “Best Themed Bar Night” multiple years in media surveys in Atlanta.  He has played venues ranging from small, likeMary’s in East Atlanta to larger venues like the Jungle in Midtown, outdoor festivals, circuit events outside of Atlanta, served as opening entertainer for national acts such as Sam Sparro and Cyndi Lauper, and charity events like, Fashion Cares and the GLAAD Awards.

 

For Atlanta Pride:  www.atlantapride.org

For the Georgia Aquarium:  www.georgiaaquarium.org

For DJ Edil Hernandez:  www.djedilhernandez.com

For DJ Diablo Rojo: www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Diablo-Rojo/119267891488264


ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES INFO ABOUT 2014 VIP FESTIVAL PASS

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the details today for their VIP Festival Pass.  This fundraising program, launched last year, is being brought back once again for the 2014 festival.

 

This 2014 “Atlanta Pride VIP Festival Pass” includes the following:

 

·       Admission to the VIP/Sponsor Party on October 10, 2014, at the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium from 6-8p (NOTE- this does not include admission to the GA Aquarium’s Lounge.  That is a separate, ticketed event hosted by the Aquarium)

·       Use of the VIP Hospitality Center in Piedmont Park on October 11-12, 2014

·       Use of the VIP Viewing Area at Piedmont Park on October 11-12, 2014

 

With this pass, the holder will be admitted to the exclusive VIP/Sponsor party that takes place in the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium immediately prior to the Kickoff Party.

 

The VIP Hospitality Center will be located near the 12th Street Gate of Piedmont Park and is open from 11a-5p on October 11 and from 3-6p on October 12. The VIP Hospitality Center will include:

·       Private, badge-access only indoor center at the Piedmont Park Visitor Center

·       Private restroom facilities

·       Complimentary snacks and beverages

 

The VIP Viewing Area is located in the Meadow of Piedmont Park in front of the Coca-Cola Stage and is open from 2-9p on October 11 and from 3-9p on October 12. The VIP Viewing Area will include:

·       Private, badge-access only outdoor center in the Meadow

·       VIP festival experience

·       Private restroom facilities

·       Private cash bar

·       Complimentary snacks

·       Tented and fenced enclosure with tables and seating

·       Fenced beer garden enclosure

·       Elevated platform to view the stage

 

Buck Cooke, Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, said,” We are excited to offer festival goers the opportunity to enjoy a VIP experience during the festival for the second year.”

 

Cooke continued, “In addition to offering amenities to those who purchase a VIP Festival Pass, this also serves as a fundraiser for Atlanta Pride to help us keep all of our festival programming free to attendees when many large Pride events in North America have to charge entrance fees for their festivals or events held during their festivals. Money raised from the sale of the VIP Festival Passes also allows Atlanta Pride to fund our Community Reinvestment Fund and our year-round educational, social, and advocacy programming. The Community Reinvestment Fund provides a mechanism for Atlanta Pride to distribute grants to be used by organizations in our community, like Charis Circle, Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), Lost-N-Found, and In the Life Atlanta.”

 

VIP Festival Passes will be sold online at http://atlantapride.org/vip/ and are available now. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A VIP FESTIVAL PASS. Online sales of the VIP Festival Pass will end on September 29 and passes will be mailed on September 30.  If passes are still available, they will be sold onsite during the festival. As other benefits become available to VIP Festival Pass holders, APC will promote those additional benefits online.

 

Attendees can purchase a single VIP Festival Pass or a packet of two VIP Festival Passes:

 

One pass – $175.00 online, $200.00 onsite (subject to availability) Includes:

·       One ticket to the VIP/Sponsor Party on October 10 (NOTE- this does not include admission to the GA Aquarium’s Lounge.  That is a separate, ticketed event hosted by the Aquarium)

·       One VIP Festival Badge (used to access the VIP Hospitality Center and the VIP Viewing Area) for October 11-12

 

Two passes – $325.00 online, $350.00 onsite (subject to availability) Includes:

·       Two tickets to the VIP/Sponsor Party on October 10 (NOTE- this does not include admission to the GA Aquarium’s Lounge.  That is a separate, ticketed event hosted by the Aquarium)

·       Two VIP Festival Badges (used to access the VIP Hospitality Center and the VIP Viewing Area) for October 11-12

·       One parking pass for each day of the festival on October 11-12 (provides parking at a nearby parking deck)

 

A portion of the price for the VIP Festival Pass will be a tax-deductible contribution to Atlanta Pride, which is a 501(c) organization.

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) organization, 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:

Q&A Events

Sheila Merritt

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ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES 2014 STONEWALL MONTH ACTIVITIES

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce the full schedule of events in honor of the anniversary of Stonewall.

Back in 2008 new guidelines for park usage were developed after the drought that forced all festivals out of Piedmont Park that year.  Once that occurred, Atlanta Pride moved to October in order to remain in their traditional event-home in Piedmont Park. With the move of the annual festival to the fall, APC thought it was important to specifically increase focus around the anniversary of Stonewall, a watermark in the LGBTQ community nationwide.

For the next few years Atlanta Pride celebrated Stonewall Week to mark the historic anniversary within the LGBTQ movement; and in 2012, APC expanded from commemorating one week to celebrating for the entire month of June.  In 2014, Atlanta Pride is offering an impressive schedule of events.

Atlanta Pride Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the newly published schedule, “This is Atlanta Pride’s third year hosting Stonewall Month and we are excited that we continue to have community favorites come back again and again in addition to new events for everyone to enjoy. Events like Georgia Equality’s Evening for Equality, the East Point Possums Show, and AID Atlanta’s Cotillion continue to draw big crowds and engage the community. We are also excited with the addition of the We Are Family! event on June 22  so that LGBTQ and allies can come out, bring their kids, and have a good time as a family unit. It is also extremely gratifying that there are new organizations involved this year, like Wonder Root and their Deconstructing Binaries event.”

While a schedule listing is included below, full event descriptions and additional information can be found via the Atlanta Pride website at:  http://atlantapride.org/events/

Events may be added or changed, so check the Official Atlanta Pride mobile app or website for the latest updates.

Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc.

2014 Stonewall Month schedule

Title of event: Dine Out for Pride

Location of event: Ria’s Bluebird

Address: 421 Memorial Dr,, Atlanta GA 30312

Date(s) of event: Friday, June 6, 2014

Times of the event: 8am-3pm

Cost to attend event: FREE

 

Title of event: Atlanta Pride Flower Hour

Location of event: Gardenhood Atlanta

Address: 353 Boulevard SE Atlanta, GA 30312

Date(s) of event: Friday, June 6, 2014

Times of the event: Setup- 4pm-5pm; Event- 5pm-7pm

Description- Pick up your flowers for the season and feast on snacks and wine provided by Stone Soup Kitchen. Donations benefit Atlanta Pride Committee.

Cost to attend event: FREE

 

Title of Event: Premiere Party- Chris Kids
Location: Mason Murer Fine Art Center
Address: 199 Armour Dr., Atlanta, GA 30324

Date (s) of event: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Description: The CHRIS Kids mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community. Premiere Party is our annual summer kick-off cocktail party and silent auction. More than 600 people attend and reaffirm their commitment to diversity & inclusion for children, adults, families, and youth. Expect it to be fabulous, fun and for a great mission. Guests are dressed in crisp white attire. Taste exquisite food from Keith Hand. Meet old and new friends. Shop at a gorgeous silent auction. Drink creative cocktails by Smirnoff. Dance to hot beats by DJ Vicki Powell. We need your help to continue to serve LGBT and ALL YOUTH of Atlanta who suffer from trauma and neglect. Commit to making the world a better place for all kids with us!
Cost to attend event: Tickets start at $40 in advance, $50 at the door. VIP tickets start at $125
Purchase Tickets: https://community.chriskids.org/premiereparty
More Information: http://www.chriskids.org/premiereparty

 

Title of event: 90’s Pride Prom

Location of event: Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta 30316

Date(s) of event: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Times of the event: 10pm

Description: Join your favorite Village Queens for a night of 90’s Pride Prom realness and support Atlanta Pride.

Cost to attend event: Bring cash to tip the queens and donate to Atlanta Pride. No cover.

 

Title of event: Screening of: The New Black

Location: Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave, Atlanta GA 30307

Date(s) of event: Monday, June 9, 2014

Times of the event 7pm-9pm

Description: The New Black is a critically hailed documentary examining the African-American community’s many and diverse responses to the issue of marriage equality and LGBT rights (you can watch the trailer here).

Cost to attend event: $5 donation suggested

 

Title of event: Dine Out for Pride

Location of event: Yeah Burger

Address: 1017 N Highland Ave NE,  Atlanta GA 30306

Date(s) of event: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Times of the event- 5pm-10pm

 

Title of event: Immigration Law 101 for LGBTQ couples and families
with Kerry McGrath–Co-sponsored by Atlanta Pride
Location of event: Charis Books

Address: 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
Date(s) of event: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Times of the event 7:30-9pm
Description: The quickly shifting landscape of “same-sex” marriage laws and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act has raised many questions among LGBTQ couples and parents who are struggling with immigration status issues. Local immigration attorney Kerry McGrath has more than 25 years of experience helping people navigate immigration cases and is excited about the new possibilities shifting marriage laws might create for LGBTQ immigrants and their families. Join us for an informative session co-sponsored by Atlanta Pride, and learn up-to-the minute developments in the law. Please note that Spanish Language Interpretation is available for this event. This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Program.

Cost to attend event: suggested donation is $5.
Website where more information can be found about the event: http://www.charisbooksandmore.com/event/immigration-law-101-lgbtq-couples-and-families-kerry-mcgrath-co-sponsored-atlanta-pride

Title of event: Theologically Incorrect- Finding your Voice.

Location of event: Phillip Rush Center Annex

Address: 1530 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta GA 30307

Date(s) of event: Thursday, June 12, 2014

Times of the event 7pm-9pm

Description: It’s everything you ever wanted to know about religion and faith-based communities but were afraid to ask. This interactive interfaith panel will tackle barriers to faith, cultural misperceptions and commonly misused scripture, as well as the “elephant in the room” — sexuality and sin.

Cost to attend event: Donations welcome

 

Title of event: Sweet Cheats Movie Night

Location of event: 692 Kirkwood Ave, Suite B1, Atlanta GA 30316

Date(s) of event: Friday, June 13, 2014

Times of the event: 6pm-9pm

Cost to attend event: Donations welcome

 

Title of event: 2014 East Point Possums Show

Location of event: Downtown East Point on the Commons

Date(s) of event: Saturday, June 14, 2014

Times of the event: 8pm-11pm

Description: The Southeast’s Largest Drag Extravaganza! 20+ Acts • Food, Drinks & Fun!

Cost to attend event: Free- all performer tips will be donated to Lost-N-Found

 

Title of event: Protect Your Relationship with Legal Documents

Location of event: The Rush Center

Address: 1530 DeKalb Ave

Date(s) of event:  Session1- Saturday, June 14, 2014- 12pm-6pm; Session 2- Sunday, June 15, 2014- 12pm-6pm

Cost to attend event: Price of marriage license

Description: Georgia Benefits Counsel is partnering with Atlanta Pride to provide a series of low-cost legal clinics that will help LGBTQ couples protect their relationships with important and necessary legal documents.  Even though part of DOMA was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, gay marriage is still banned in the Georgia Constitution. Therefore, LGBTQ couples in Georgia still need wills, financial powers of attorney and advance directives for health care — at a minimum.  At these clinics, you and your partner can get these documents for however much it would cost you to get a marriage license in your county of residence.  RSVP for your spot soon! We anticipate high demand.

Event Contact Person (s): RSVP required- email David Rutland at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

Title of event: Deconstructing Binaries

Location of event: Poem 88

Address: 1100 Howell Mill Road, Suite A04, Atlanta, GA

Date(s) of event: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Times of the event: 7pm

Description: Georgia EqualityWonderRootCharis Books & oreTILTT and JustUsATL, are proud to present Deconstructing Binaries, a community-based public art project that explores and challenges binary representations of gender identity on public restroom signage.  Following our April 23 community conversation at Charis Books (above), five local artists—Jerushia GrahamAudre GrieveAndre KeichianFahamu PecouSheila Pree Bright—have created critical works of art in response to the open dialogue.  A panel discussion will accompany the exhibition.

Cost to attend event: Free

Website where tickets can be purchased for the event (if applicable): www.deconstructingbinaries.org

Website where more information can be found about the event: www.deconstructingbinaries.org

Title of event: Out on Film screening of “To Be Takei”

Location of event: Phillip Rush Center Annex

Address: 1530 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta GA 30307

Date(s) of event: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Times of the event- 7pm

Description: Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

Cost to attend event: $10

 

Title of event: Cliterati Open No-Mic featuring Stonewall Month
Special Guest: Kordale Lewis
Location of event: Charis Books 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
(404)524-0304
Date(s) of event: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Times of the event: 7:30-9pm
Description: Charis and Cliterati team up to present a very special Stonewall Month Open Mic event. First part of the evening all community members welcome to share LGBTQ themed stories and poetry. Our Featured Performer is Kordale Lewis,
author of Picture Perfect, which tells the story of how the photo of him and his partner doing their daughter’s hair went viral on Facebook and sparked a worldwide conversation about black gay men, fatherhood, and families.
Cost to attend event: Suggested donation is $5.
Website where more information can be found about the event:

http://www.charisbooksandmore.com/event/cliterati-open-no-mic-featuring-stonewall-month-special-guest-kordale-lewis

 

Title of event: Evening for Equality

Location of event- TWELVE Hotel, Atlantic Station

Address: 361 17th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30363

Date(s) of event: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Times of the event; VIP Reception 6:00 PM; General Tickets admitted at 7:30 PM

Description: The last year has been an exciting time for LGBT equality in Georgia, so we’ve got a lot to celebrate, including our Honorees:

  • The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Grady Health System
  • Augusta Pride
  • Kevin Clark

In such an important election year, we want you to come learn how you can be involved and support the work of Georgia’s largest LGBT advocacy organization. We’re excited about this year’s event and hope we’ll see you there.

Website to purchase tickets: http://georgiaequality.org/2014/03/10th-annual-evening-equality.

Title of Event: Atlanta Cotillion Presents, “Cirque de Nuit EN Rouge”

Location -Delta Flight Museum

Address:1060 Delta Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30354

Date -Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time-7pm-11pm

Description-“America’s Got Talent” finalist, Prince Poppycock“So You Think You Can Dance”, Performance Dance Crew, Dragon House, along with gravity defying aerial performers, will dazzle you at what has been described as an “avant-garde fashion fueled evening.”  Take in the scene from high above in the open-air, second story VIP mezzanine.  Mix and mingle with all of our celebrity guests, while sipping complimentary cocktails, nibbling culinary creations and people watching from the luxurious En Rouge lounge.  Enjoy the dance beats from one of the country’s Hottest DJ’s before exploring the extraordinary Silent Auction!  From start to finish, this is a night you won’t want to miss!

Cost to attend event: -Tickets: Host-$250, VIP-$125, General Admission-$50. Open bar, heavy hor d’oeuvres, & free parking are included in all ticket levels.

Website where more information can be found about event: www.AtlantaCotillion.com
Title of event: Atlanta Freedom Bands Present “Set Sail!”

Location of event: First Metropolitan Community Church

Address: 1379 Tullie Road NE, Atlanta 30329

Date(s) of event: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Times of the event: 8 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM

Description: Atlanta Freedom Bands present “Set Sail”, a swashbuckling concert of sailors, pirates, and songs of the sea.  AFB’s 50-member Concert Band has exciting music from the classic pirate adventure film “Sea Hawk” sailing alongside “Pirates of the Caribbean”.  Other seaworthy selections include swarthy songs from Gilbert and Sullivan, maritime marches from Sousa and Clarke, sea shanties, and more!  The skipper for the evening will be WSB Radio’s Chris Chandler.  You can also win some pirate booty in AFB’s fundraising raffle during the show.  Don’t be a land-lubbin’ scalawag!  Set Sail with AFB!

Cost to attend event: $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, $5 for students

Website where tickets can be purchased for the event (if applicable): http://tickets.atlantafreedombands.com

Website where more information can be found about the event: http://www.atlantafreedombands.com/

 

Title of event: We are Family!

Location of event: Piedmont Park Pavilion between active oval and Greystone building. Enter from 12th street Entrance and follow path past playground and pavilion is on the left.

Date(s) of event: Sunday, June 22, 2014

Times of the event- 1-4pm

Description: Atlanta Pride invites LGBTQ families and kids of all ages to enjoy a day of games, arts and crafts, kids yoga, story telling, face painting, and more! Adults can participate in a yoga class and visit community family resources tables including legal, health, and literary organizations. “We are Family” is free, open to the public, and pizza and water will be provided. Join us for a day in the sun to kick off summer!

Cost to attend event: Free but Donations are welcome

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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:

Q&A Events

Sheila Merritt

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Grand Marshal nominations accepted through May 15, 2014

Reggie_Barton_Reg_131013_D7_6344.jpgAtlanta Pride is accepting nominations for Grand Marshals through May 15, 2014.

You are welcome to submit multiple nominees, but each separate nomination requires a new form to be completed: only one group or individual is allowed per form.

Nominees do not have to identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. We welcome heterosexual allies as nominees.

Nominees are not required to be political in nature. 

Nominees of all gender identities and expressions are welcome.

Individual nominees must reside in Georgia. Organizational nominees must be based in Georgia. The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) encourages the nomination of individuals or groups that have ties to our local and state communities.

Stan_Fong_DSC_0502.JPGWhile it is not required that you personally know the individual you are nominating, we encourage it. An inability to provide contact information about the nominee may make it difficult for APC to get in touch with the nominee if they are selected to serve.

APC DOES NOT ACCEPT NOMINATIONS OF INDIVIDUALS CURRENTLY CAMPAIGNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE, AS THIS MAY GIVE THE APPEARANCE OF AN ENDORSEMENT.

If a group is nominated and selected as a Grand Marshal, the organization will receive four VIP/Sponsor Party tickets and four VIP Festival Passes and will have the ability to have two members ride in the APC-provided convertible in the Atlanta Pride Parade on October 12, 2014.

Click here to complete the online nomination form.