Paid Focus Group Opportunity for Black, Gay Men & the providers who serve them

NASTAD’s Center for Engaging Black Men across the Care Continuum (CEBACC). NASTAD researchers are traveling here to Atlanta and I really want to make sure our city is represented in their national research.  If you are a Black Gay/Bi Man, a healthcare/service provider with experience serving Black Gay/Bi Men or a 3rd or 4th year medical student, your feedback is needed. You will be paid and fed for your time. Details are below. Please share this widely as they are coming up fast!

1) Focus Group: Medical Students

Research Study

NASTAD is looking for volunteers to take part in a research study. Participants will be asked to complete a 10-minute survey and take part in a 75-minute focus group discussion. In order to participate in this study you must be:

  • Over 18 years of age and English-speaking
  • A current clinical or medical 3rd or 4th year student

Why Participate?

NASTAD will use information collected in this study to develop an online resource center for health care providers and black gay/bisexual patients. Light food refreshment will be served and participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card for their time. For more information and to participate, please contact:

When: Wednesday, 9/2 at 6pm

Where: The annex building behind the Phillip Rush Center (1530 DeKalb Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307).

If interested, contact: Emily at email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

2) Focus Group: Healthcare Providers who have served Black, Gay/Bi or other MSM

Research Study

NASTAD is looking for volunteers to take part in a research study. Participants will be asked to complete a 10-minute survey and take part in a 75-minute focus group discussion.

In order to participate in this study you must:

  • Over 18 years of age and English-speaking
  • Be a clinical primary health or HIV care provider
  • Have provided care to patients who identify as gay, bisexual, or a man who has sex with men (MSM)

Why Participate?

NASTAD will use information collected in this study to develop an online resource center for health care providers and black MSM patients. Light food refreshment will be served and participants will receive a $75 Visa gift card for their time.

When: Tuesday, 9/1 at 6pm

Where: The annex building behind the Phillip Rush Center (1530 DeKalb Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307).

If interested, contact: Emily at email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

3) Focus Group: Black, Gay/Bisexual or other Men who have sex with men (MSM)

Research Study

NASTAD is looking for volunteers to take part in a research study. Participants will be asked to complete a 10-minute survey and take part in a 75-minute focus group discussion.

In order to participate in this study you must be:

  • Over 18 years of age and English-speaking
  • Identify as black or African American
  • Identify as gay, bisexual, or a man who has sex with men (MSM)

Why Participate?

NASTAD will use information collected in this study to develop an online resource center for health care providers and black MSM patients. Light food refreshment will be served and participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card for their time.

When: Tuesday, 9/1 at 12:00pm

Where: The annex building behind the Phillip Rush Center (1530 DeKalb Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307).

If interested, contact: Emily at email hidden; JavaScript is required


ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES INVOLVEMENT WITH NEW FUNDING FOR GLOBAL PRIDE EVENTS

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the details today about their involvement with the International Association of Pride Organizers’ (InterPride) Solidarity Fund grant.  Last week, InterPride announced their 2015 grant recipients.

The mission of the Solidarity Sub-Committee of InterPride’s Human Rights Committee is to distribute the funds collected by membership and sponsors to organizations that are helping create change and promote a better understanding of LGBTI communities.  Grants are awarded annually to community-based events around the world, with a particular focus on programming taking place in areas where public events are often challenging and met with hostility.

APC long time Board Director and past-chair, also InterPride Vice President, Cain Williamson said of the project, “As long standing members of InterPride, Atlanta Pride is a firm believer in the organization’s mission to assist with local LGBTQ activism across the globe.  This is why we have made contributions to the Solidarity Fund for the past few years.”

He continued, “Though the intensity of the struggle for LGBTQ civil and human rights that we wage here in Georgia is different than other places on the planet, it is still the same struggle.  And Atlanta Pride believes that standing in solidarity with peers around the world is the only way to change it.”

Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson said of Atlanta Pride’s involvement, “For more than a decade, Atlanta Pride has been represented in the leadership of InterPride.  Having so many of our leaders involved in InterPride has shaped who we are as an organization.  Part of our work as a large Pride organization is to support smaller Prides – especially those in hostile environments – whether that be in the rural Southern United States or in other parts of the world.”

Fergerson added, “We do this through providing logistical support, financial support, and by bringing a human rights focus to our own festival.  In 2007, Atlanta Pride implemented an annual human rights and cultural exhibit that seeks to highlight issues LGBTQ people face worldwide.”

She finished, “We are a founding member of the Solidarity Fund, and we also support other LGBTQ organizations through our community reinvestment program.  Our commitment to justice extends far beyond the geography of metro Atlanta and that commitment expands well beyond the festival weekend; we believe in a world where people of all gender identities and all sexual orientations should have equal rights and protections.”

This year, the Solidarity Fund will provide support to 9 projects in 8 countries.  Funds will be used to support art exhibitions as part of Sophia Pride Week in Bulgaria, a public gathering for LGBTI communities on World AIDS Day in Digali, Rwanda, support for the Hong Kong Pride Parade, and a performance as part of Delhi Queer Pride in India.  Public events are also being supported this year in Ulan Bataar (Mongolia), Riga (Latvia), Nairobi (Kenya), Cape Town (South Africa), and Tirupati (India).

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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.

About InterPride:  InterPride exists to promote Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride on an international level, to increase networking and communication among Pride Organizations and to encourage diverse communities to hold and attend Pride events and to act as a source of education.

InterPride is a voice for the LGBTI community around the world.  They stand up for inequality and fight injustice everywhere.

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ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES INFO ABOUT 2015 VIP FESTIVAL PASS

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the details today for their VIP Festival Pass.  This fundraising program, now in its third year, has become a popular addition to the event.

 

This 2015 “Atlanta Pride VIP Festival Pass” includes the following:

 

  • Admission to the Delta VIP/Sponsor Party on October 9, 2015, at the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (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 Area in Piedmont Park on October 10-11, 2015

 

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

 

The VIP Area is located in the Meadow of Piedmont Park in front of the Coca-Cola Stage and is open from 2:00-9:00 p.m. on October 10 and from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on October 11. The VIP Area will include:

  • Private, badge-access only outdoor center in the Meadow
  • VIP festival experience
  • Private restroom facilities
  • Private cash bar with two complimentary drink tickets per Festival Pass
  • Complimentary snacks from Small Business Partners, such as restaurants, bakeries and bars
  • Tented and fenced enclosure with tables and seating
  • Fenced beer garden enclosure

 

Buck Cooke, Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, said, “This is our third year offering VIP Festival Passes for those who want to experience the festival in a different way and find a new way to support the work of the Atlanta Pride Committee. We are extremely grateful to those who have purchased the VIP Festival Passes in previous years and we have used the feedback provided last year to modify the experience this year.”

 

Cooke continued, “As a non-profit organization, we are always looking for new fundraising opportunities and we are excited that this one is gaining popularity each year. By purchasing a VIP Festival Pass, patrons are helping us offer excellent year-round programming in a variety of areas and support our desire to keep the annual Atlanta Pride Festival free to everyone to enjoy. Most other Prides our size charge admission to their concerts, markets, or other events at their festivals, but we have a strong commitment to our LGBTQ and allied community that we will keep the Atlanta Pride Festival free for as long as possible.”

 

He added, “The money we raise also helps us support other organizations in our community and throughout the global Pride movement through our Community Reinvestment Fund, which has allowed us to support organizations like the Transgender Health and Education Alliance (THEA+), Pride School of Atlanta, Charis Circle, Lost-N-Found, Augusta Pride, South Georgia Pride, and a number of others. We have also made grants to the InterPride Solidarity Fund which supports Prides in hostile environments around the globe, like Uganda and Ukraine.”

 

Cooke noted, “We work hard to stretch our fundraising dollars as far as possible. Just the money raised from purchasing a pair of VIP Festival Passes could help us make a grant to a new organization in our community, pay for a small programming event during Stonewall Month (like a panel discussion or movie screening) or cover some of the cost it would take to bring in experts to help our community fight oppression in new ways, like when we brought in Sam Brinton and Justin Utley, two survivors of anti-gay or conversion therapy and activists working to have that kind of so-called ‘therapy’ classified as torture.”

 

VIP Festival Passes will be sold online at http://atlantapride.org/vip/and are available now. Online sales of the VIP Festival Pass will end on September 28 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 Delta VIP/Sponsor Party on October 9(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 Area) forOctober 10-11

 

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

  • Two tickets to the Delta 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 Area) forOctober 10-11
  • One parking pass for each day of the festival on October 10-11 (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.

 

Cooke finished, “Gather some friends together and purchase your passes.  You will enjoy comfortable restrooms, delicious food from local businesses, have a great time, and support the fight for LGBTQ equality in our community and abroad.  What could be better?”


ATLANTA PRIDE ANNOUNCES 2015 OFFICIAL KICK OFF PARTY DETAILS

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that the Official Kick Off Party will once again be returning to the Georgia Aquarium in 2015.  This event that has now become a tradition for many, is scheduled for Friday, October 9, in it’s regular slot that launches the Southeast’s largest Pride Festival, happening October 10-11.

Atlanta Pride Executive Director, Buck Cooke, stated, “Every year, Will Ramsay, John Walker, and all of their colleagues at the Georgia Aquarium knock themselves out to produce an outstanding party to kick off Atlanta Pride and we know this year will be no exception.”

Cooke continued, “All of us at Atlanta Pride want to express our gratitude to the Georgia Aquarium for hosting the Official Kick Off Party for the last six years. It’s been an amazing collaboration and we are excited to see what they have in store for us this year. We also want to wish them congratulations on the tenth anniversary of their amazing facility.”

“Georgia Aquarium is delighted to once again welcome the LGBT community, along with their friends, family and loved ones to Georgia Aquarium for the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party,” Scott Higley, Vice President of External Affairs and Government Relations for Georgia Aquarium said of the event.

Higley noted, “Georgia Aquarium has traditionally celebrated diversity in all its forms, and this is our sixth year of hosting this popular event.  We are proud of the strides that the LGBT community has made, and the Kickoff Party is just one way to observe and celebrate them during the weekend’s festivities.  We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at this event.”

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

Cooke offered this important note about the event, “There is a reason that this event sells our year after year and that is because our community enjoys coming together to have a fun time to start the Pride weekend off in the right way. That having been said, please get your tickets early because we all know this party sells out and once the tickets are gone, they’re gone.”

The event takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25.00 for General Admission in advance and $35.00 at the door or $90.00 for Lounge tickets.

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


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.

About Georgia Aquarium:  Georgia Aquarium is one of the world’s most magical aquariums, featuring one of the largest single aquarium habitats in the world and more aquatic life than any other aquarium in North America. A not-for-profit organization, Georgia Aquarium is dedicated to global leadership in research and conservation programs mirroring the unique and amazing animals within the facility. Since its founding, Georgia Aquarium has been committed to educating and inspiring current and future generations through respectful display and conservation of marine mammals and many other aquatic species. Aquarium staff, volunteers and partners are positively impacting the future of our aquatic world by ensuring that guests learn and care about extraordinary animal ambassadors, while hopefully becoming advocates on their behalf. The six distinct galleries and more than 60 exhibits within Georgia Aquarium depict different aquatic habitats, ranging from arctic to tropical waters, and feature an expansive collection of aquatic animals.

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

For Atlanta Pride:  www.atlantapride.org

For the Georgia Aquarium:  www.georgiaaquarium.org

For DJ Brandon Moses: https://www.facebook.com/You.Shall.Dance?fref=ts

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


2015 ATLANTA PRIDE PARADE GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that the 2015 Atlanta Parade Grand Marshals have been selected!

 

The Grand Marshals are comprised of individuals and organizations, residing or based in Georgia who are recognized for their outstanding working advancing LGBTQ equality in Atlanta and across Georgia.

 

The 2015 Atlanta Pride Parade Grand Marshals are:

 

  • Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC)
  • Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati
  • Stefani Blackmon
  • Ulester Douglas
  • La Trina P. Jackson
  • Raynae’ Jones
  • Gus Kaufman, Jr., Ph.D.
  • Tracee McDaniel
  • Daniel Ashley Pierce
  • Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN)
  • Charles Henry Stevens
  • Trans* and Friends

 

For more information regarding these individuals and organizations, please click here.

 

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said, “The honorees for 2015 represent a wonderful cross-section of the work being done in our LGBTQ community. From Pride organizing to transgender activism, from education to commerce, these individuals are changing the way that LGBTQ Georgians live their lives and experience equality across our state.”

 

APC Incoming Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, added, “Our grand marshals are individuals and organizations who are working tirelessly – and often thanklessly – to advance social, legal, and economic justice for LGBTQ individuals and allies. Their dedication to service is an inspiration and a call to action for all members of our community to find a way to make a positive change in the world. Atlanta Pride seeks to recognize the Grand Marshals’ contributions and highlight the areas in which we have made progress towards equality as well as those areas in which we are still working towards fairness and equality.”

The APC noted that for the fourth year in a row, nominations were solicited from the community earlier in the year and from that, APC received over 70 nominations, the most ever received in any single year by the organization.

 

Cooke stated, “We are so appreciative of all of the community members who took the time to submit nominations. Our membership carefully considered the field of nominees and it was difficult to narrow the field since so many deserving individuals and organizations were nominated.”

 

Fergerson detailed, “Grand Marshals will be featured in the Atlanta Pride Magazine, have a place of honor in the Atlanta Pride Parade, and have an opportunity to speak from stage during the Atlanta Pride Celebration in October.”

 

Cooke also expressed, “We also are incredibly appreciative of our sponsor, Community Smith, for hosting an invitation-only reception to honor our Grand Marshals in a few weeks. Their love for the community led them to want to host this event and we are so grateful.”

 

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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.