APC ANNOUNCED: LEA DELARIA TAPPED AS HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL AND WILL PERFORM AT THE 2014 ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL

Lea DeLaria - credit Sophy HollandAtlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that wildly popular actress, singer, and comedian, Lea DeLaria will serve as the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade Honorary Grand Marshal! Her appearance will include a performance on the Coca-Cola Stage during the festival, sponsored by David Atlanta Magazine.

 

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “Lea DeLaria has been an out, loud, and proud artist during her entire career, tackling comedy, music, and acting all while confronting stereotypes surrounding butch lesbians and educating audiences about the LGBTQ experience. Because of her groundbreaking work as the first openly gay stand-up comedian to perform on television in the US and for her continued activism, we are delighted to recognize her as the Honorary Grand Marshal for the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade.”

 

Honorary Grand Marshals are individuals with a national or international reach who are engaged in activism that advances the cause of LGBTQ equality and live outside of Georgia.

 

Cooke added, “She is fantastic as Big Boo on ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and brings her nuanced character to life in a way that embraces the ‘sex’ in ‘homosexual’ but at the same time portrays Big Boo with a great deal of intellect and heart.”

 

In response to being selected to serve as this year’s Honorary Grand Marshal, DeLaria, ever the comedian, quipped, “It is an honor to be selected as an Honorary Grand Marshal for the Atlanta Pride Parade. I cannot wait to get back to Atlanta! The girls there are really hot.”

 

Read more of our interview with DeLaria in the Official Atlanta Pride Guide, which will be distributed at the end of September.

 

Lea Delaria’s performance on Sunday, October 12, will be on the Coca-Cola Stage and is sponsored by David Atlanta Magazine.  DeLaria previously performed at Atlanta Pride in both 1992 and 1997.

 

Regarding DeLaria’s stage performance, Cooke continued, “We are thrilled to have Lea perform at our festival for the third time and want to thank David Atlanta for making this possible as the sponsor of her performance.”

 

For detailed show times, download the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users and visitatlantapride.org for the most up-to-date details on all of our performers.  Atlanta Pride will also release the full schedule next week.

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) 3 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.

 

2014 Atlanta Pride Festival Sponsors:  RAINBOW: Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, David Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, Power 96.1/Rock 105.7; DIAMOND: Georgia Aquarium/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Grady Health System, Smirnoff; PLATINUM: Chevrolet, Gayborhood, Georgia Voice, MailChimp, MINI USA, PNC Bank; GOLD: Fusion Radio, Keurig/Green Mountain, Wells Fargo

 

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2014 ATLANTA PRIDE COLBIE CAILLAT PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED

varietyAtlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that Colbie Caillat will be headlining the Coca-Cola stage Saturday night during the 2014 Atlanta Pride Festival!  This performance is sponsored by Power 96.1.

 

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “We are thrilled to announce Colbie Caillat as our headliner for Saturday night of the festival. She is a gifted singer and songwriter and her new material on ‘Gypsy Heart’ is fantastic. Colbie is an excellent live performer and I look forward to hearing her new songs in addition to some of her hits during her performance.”

 

Cooke added, “I want to express my gratitude to Power 96.1 and everyone in the Clear Channel family for making this possible. We are so thankful for their sponsorship of Colbie’s performance.”

 

Caillat is a Grammy-winning, multiplatinum artist that has sold over six million albums and ten million singles worldwide.  Her breakthrough hit “Bubbly” remains one of the best-selling digital tracks in history. She has played sold-out venues everywhere and has performed with everyone from John Mayer and Babyface to Sheryl Crow and Gavin DeGraw.

 

Her fourth album, “Gypsy Heart” on Republic Records, drops onSeptember 30, so Atlanta Pride attendees will get to hear fresh songs from that new release along with her mega-hits “Falling For You,” “Just Like That,” “Never Gonna Let You Down,” and more!

 

Colbie Caillat is scheduled to perform on the Coca-Cola Stage onSaturday, October 11.  Power 96.1 sponsors the performance. For detailed show times, download the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users and visit atlantapride.org for the most up-to-date details on all of our performers.  Atlanta Pride will also release the full schedule and line-up later in September.

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) 3 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.

 

2014 Atlanta Pride Festival Sponsors:  RAINBOW: Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, David Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, Power 96.1/Rock 105.7; DIAMOND: Georgia Aquarium/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Grady Health System, Smirnoff; PLATINUM: Chevrolet, Gayborhood, Georgia Voice, MailChimp, MINI USA, PNC Bank; GOLD: Fusion Radio, Keurig/Green Mountain, Wells Fargo

 

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2014 ATLANTA PRIDE AMBER PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED

8FBAtlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that dance music icon Amber will be performing at the 2014 Atlanta Pride Festival!

 

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “Amber has one of the most outstanding catalogues in dance music with a slew of songs that topped the Billboard dance charts. We are glad she is joining us for Pride and we are excited to hear her perform her biggest hits.”

 

Waxing nostalgic, Cooke continued, “For many of us, Amber’s music was the soundtrack of our coming out process, and that certainly is the case for me. I am looking forward to hearing ‘Above the Clouds’ and ‘One More Night’ among her other hits.”

 

A native of the Netherlands and raised in Germany, Amber’s almost two-decade successful US career came as a surprise to the humble artist.  When speaking about the smash hit that catapulted her to the top of the US dance charts, making her an instant star in the states, she noted, “I was very excited, but also very shocked as I did not expect anything with a simple dance tune such as ‘This is Your Night.’”

 

Pride attendees will be treated to that recognizable tune along with a host of others from her four full length albums that will include “If You Could Read My Mind,”  “Love One Another,” “Anyway” and “You Move Me.”

 

Amber is scheduled to perform on the Coca-Cola Stage on Saturday, October 11.  For detailed show times, download the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users and visitatlantapride.org for the most up-to-date details on all of our performers.  Atlanta Pride will also release additional talent announcements over the next few weeks and the full schedule and line-up will be published later in September.

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) 3 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.

 

2014 Atlanta Pride Festival Sponsors:  RAINBOW: Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, David Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, Power 96.1/Rock 105.7; DIAMOND: Georgia Aquarium/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Grady Health System, Smirnoff; PLATINUM: Chevrolet, Gayborhood, Georgia Voice, MailChimp, MINI USA, PNC Bank; GOLD: Fusion Radio, Keurig/Green Mountain, Wells Fargo

 

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2014 ATLANTA PRIDE MEGHAN TRAINOR PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED

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2014 ATLANTA MEGHAN TRAINOR PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED

 

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that hot new “All About That Bass” artist, Meghan Trainor, will be performing at the 2014 Atlanta Pride Festival!  The performance is sponsored by Power 96.1.

 

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the announcement, “Meghan is certainly a rising star and ‘All About That Bass’ is a great song with a fun video and a positive message. Being comfortable in your body is a great lesson for everyone to learn, but I feel it is an especially powerful lesson in the LGBTQ community. I love it when we are able to feature artists as they are up-and-coming so that when they make it big, people can turn to their friends and say, ‘I saw them at Atlanta Pride!’”

 

About Trainor’s sponsored appearance, Cooke noted, “I want to express our gratitude to Power 96.1 for sponsoring Meghan’s performance. Because of their support, we are able to bring some of the best and brightest talent to our stage for our audience to enjoy for free.”

 

Cooke added, “It is exciting to have Meghan perform at the festival this year and we are thrilled to announce her as our first performer during our talent unveiling during these next few weeks.”

 

Trainer is a Massachusetts born award-winning artist, now based in Nashville, TN.  She is currently working on her upcoming debut album with the likes of Kevin Kadish (Grammy-award winning producer/songwriter who has worked with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Jazon Mraz) to infuse hook-minded songcraft with an infectious sense of fun on this first offering.  If “All About That Bass” is any indication of what the rest of the album is like, Atlanta Pride attendees are sure to be treated to hip-swinging, hand-clapping, instant smashes that will have everyone singing along in no time!

 

Trainer’s performance at the event is sponsored by Power 96.1.  She is scheduled to perform on the Coca-Cola Stage on Saturday, October 11.  For detailed show times, download the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users and visitatlantapride.org for the most up-to-date details on all of our performers.  Atlanta Pride will also release additional talent announcements over the next few weeks and the full schedule and line-up will be published later in September.

 

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About Atlanta Pride: The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee (APC,) a 501 (c) 3 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.

 

2014 Atlanta Pride Festival Sponsors:  RAINBOW: Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, David Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, Power 96.1/Rock 105.7; DIAMOND: Georgia Aquarium/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Grady Health System, Smirnoff; PLATINUM: Chevrolet, Gayborhood, Georgia Voice, MailChimp, MINI USA, PNC Bank; GOLD: Fusion Radio, Keurig/Green Mountain, Wells Fargo

 

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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.

 

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