Today, The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced that Laura Barton has resigned her position as Programs & Partnership Manager.  A search will begin immediately to fill this role.

Barton, who has been on the job since 2013, stated, “I am excited to move on to an opportunity in the business community to broaden my professional experience.”  She added, “It’s time to venture outside my comfort zone to learn some new knowledge and skills.”

Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, said of the development, “While I am excited for Laura and this new venture, I also know that her Atlanta Pride family will miss her as a part of our team.”

Fergerson added, “We are appreciative of Laura’s contributions over the last four years, especially her work with the most marginalized of our communities, including queer and trans people of color.  Laura did a great job in representing Atlanta Pride’s commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion in all that we do.  APC will continue this effort and we are grateful to Laura for her dedication in seeing that we fulfill this important goal.”

Barton’s last day with APC will be May 21.  The search for her replacement will begin immediately.

Regarding the open position, ATL Pride will be looking for an individual experienced in event planning and/or community organizing. The candidate will need to be able to work independently, should be extremely organized and able to work on a variety of projects and tasks simultaneously and should possess an outgoing personality with a passion for social justice and the LGBT community.  A full job description will be available on Wednesday.

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The mission of the APC is to advance unity, visibility, and wellness among persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities through cultural, social, political, and educational programs and activities. 

Media Contact:

Sheila Merritt

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More information about the position: Programs and Partnerships Manager posting May 2017

Stride Into Pride at Six Flags Over Georgia Saturday June 24, 2017

Join Atlanta Pride and the LGBTQ community at large for a day of fun in the sun at Six Flags of Over Georgia on Saturday June 24, 2017. Best value includes includes all day admission, all you can eat meal at JB’s Sports bar from 11:30am-1pm, ice-cream social/ dance party with DJ Canvas 5pm-7pm, and free parking for $63.59 tax included. For only $42.39 you can enjoy all day admission, free parking, and ice-cream social/dance party.

How to purchase tickets:

  1. Go to
  2. Use promo code PRIDE in the upper right hand corner
  3. Follow the step by step instructions to purchase your tickets. Then print them at home and take them right to the front gate.


Grand Marshal Nominations Open Now!

2017 Atlanta Pride Grand Marshal Nomination Form

To nominate an individual or group to be a Grand Marshal in the 2017 Atlanta Pride Parade, please complete this form.


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.

Grand marshal selections are based upon the merits of the nominee and not the quantity of nomination forms submitted.

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.

While 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.


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 15, 2017.


Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the details today for their entertainment lineup during their 2016 Atlanta Pride Festival.

The Atlanta Pride Festival features 2 stages, the Bud Light Stage and the Coca-Cola Stage, that will be filled with a host of dynamic performers throughout the weekend! From hot new artists Jason Maek & Zaena to perennial favorites, the Michel Jons Band, both stages will be pumping all weekend! If that isn’t enough, they’ve got DJ’s, dance parties, the Mad Violinist and More!

The eclectic lineup includes red-hot newcomer, Atlantic Recording artist, Kiiara whose song “Gold” is soaring up the charts along with Swedish vocalist and Epic Recording artist, Zara Larsson, best known for hits, “Lush Life” and “Never Forget You.” Rounding out the weekend is legendary performer, Grammy-winning Jody Watley! The Pop/R&B music maker, songwriter, producer and dance pioneer, best known for such monster hits as “Looking for a New Love,” “I Want You,” and “Some Kind of Lover” will perform with disco-legends, Grammy-winning, Shalamar, together, they are sure to delight festivalgoers with such megahits as “The Second Time Around” and “Dancin’ in the Sheets.”

APC Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, said of the schedule, “It is important to Atlanta Pride that we offer not only a stellar line up of diverse artists from many genres that is accessible to all members of our community. We believe that we have accomplished this again this year.”

She continued, “While many other large Pride celebrations have moved to ticketing portions of their festival, thanks to the support of Atlanta’s LGBT community and our sponsors alike, we can stay true to our commitment of keeping the festival and our entertainment free of charge.”

Fergerson added, “Of course we are also excited to continue the tradition of closing out the festival with the beloved Starlight Cabaret. After a weekend of great performances from artists locally and nationally recognized, there’s no better way to top that off than with our own community stepping up with talented and entertaining drag performances!”

The Bud Light Stage is located next to the pavilion by the soccer fields, and the Coca- Cola Stage is located at the top of the Meadow at 10th St. near the Charles Allen Gate, both in Piedmont Park.

A complete line up of both the Bud Light and the Coca-Cola Stages is included below. Please note this is subject to change without notice. For detailed show times, download

the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users.

For more information about all of these great acts and the most up-to-date information about Atlanta Pride, please visit:

Saturday, October 8

Sunday, October 9

Tris Day
Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass Erica Dawson Exclusive
The Mad Violinist
Nina Sky
Zara Larsson*
Jody Watley & Shalamar


Saturday, October 8

Royce Hall
Von Grey
Motor Earth
Pale Clear
Jason Maek & Zaena
Queer Your Gender Dance Party

*Sponsored by iHeart Media

Michel Jons Band DJ Citizen Jane Deven Green
JD Samson

Sunday, October 9 DJ- Fannie

About Atlanta Pride: The mission of the Atlanta Pride Committee is to advance unity, visibility, and wellness among persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities through cultural, social, political, and educational programs and activities.

Media Contact:
Sheila Merritt
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(For full bios and pictures of the 2016 Grand Marshals, click here.)

GM collage 2016

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that the 2016 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 the metro Atlanta area and across all of Georgia.

The 2016 Atlanta Pride Parade Grand Marshals are:

  • Anne “Sarge” Barr
  • Simone Bell
  • Cheryl C. Courtney-Evans
  • David Hayward
  • For the Kid in All of Us
  • Leo Martinez
  • Out on Film
  • PFLAG Atlanta
  • Estrella Sanchez
  • Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC
  • Southerners On New Ground
  • The Solutions NOT Punishment Coalition

Atlanta Pride Committee Committee Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, said, “The selection of Grand Marshals not only allows us to recognize the people and organizations who have made and are making contributions to the Atlanta LGBTQ community; it also allows us to enact Atlanta Pride’s mission by bringing attention to the causes that are important to our organization and community.”

Six years ago, the Atlanta Pride Committee chose to expand the categories and criteria by which Grand Marshals were selected.  About that development Fergerson stated, “When we chose only two Grand Marshals (one male identified and one female identified) – there was no way to fully recognize the richness of identities and causes that are important to Atlanta Pride. We are so much bigger and more colorful than two binary categories could ever showcase, so we invited more people to the party!”

Fergerson continued, “This year, among our Grand Marshals, we are so proud to name people, organizations, and causes as diverse as the rainbow we represent. We acknowledge the work of allies, immigrants, people of color led organizations, artists, transgender individuals, grassroots activists, and leaders in their professional fields. We honor people who have been in the struggle for decades and those who have answered recent and pressing calls for justice.”

She noted, “The Atlanta Pride Committee has a mandate to capture and compliment the wide range of diverse activists among us.  The Pride Festival is a celebratory space, and our community deserves to be celebrated, but the work of a Pride organization is more than throwing a party. I am so pleased not only to honor the work of these Grand Marshals not only by asking them to lead our fabulous parade but also by supporting their work year-round.”

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About Atlanta Pride:

We envision a world where persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities are united, visible, and equal.

The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to advance unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and 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 mission of the Atlanta Pride Committee is to advance unity, visibility, and wellness among persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities through cultural, social, political, and educational programs and activities.

We value social justice, culture, self-esteem, history, health and wellness.