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, happeningOctober 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

 

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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 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.


2015 ATLANTA PRIDE UNVEILS NEW LOGO IN HONOR OF STONEWALL MONTH/ PUBLISHES 2015 STONEWALL MONTH SCHEDULE

ATLPrideLogos_FINAL-02Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce the full schedule of events in honor of the anniversary of Stonewall.  Additionally, Atlanta Pride is introducing a new logo for the organization on June 1, 2015, in honor of Stonewall Month.

 

Atlanta Pride is the clearinghouse for the events going on within our LGBTQ community in celebration of Stonewall Month.

 

When Atlanta Pride was forced to move the festival out of June, Stonewall Week was born in 2009 to allow our community to observe that important anniversary in LGBTQ history. In 2012, Stonewall Week was expanded to Stonewall Month to include more events throughout Atlanta.

 

Atlanta Pride Executive Director, Buck Cooke, said of the newly published schedule, “This is the fourth year promoting Stonewall Month activities and Atlanta Pride is delighted to work with returning community organizations, like Georgia Equality and Out on Film, and new partners, like SOJOURN and the Reformation Project, to offer all types of activities for the LGBTQ community in our great city.”

 

Cooke continued, “There is a great variety of events offered this year, including a comedy show, award ceremony, family play day, a free screening of a Golden Globe-nominated film, and more.”

 

While a schedule listing is included below, please note that some events are free, some involve registration to attend, and some events have tickets on sale online and on-site, so full event descriptions and additional information can be found via the Atlanta Pride website at: http://atlantapride.org/events/

 

New this year, in honor of Stonewall Month, The Atlanta Pride Committee is unveiling a new logo. This new logo incorporates the Greek letter Lambda, a long-held symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement, and a stylized “A” to represent Atlanta. Sean Todd, a graphic designer who lived in Atlanta and volunteered with Atlanta Pride and a number of other LGBTQ organizations in the city, designed the logo. Todd now resides in San Francisco.

 

Aaron DeWall, APC Creative & Graphics Chair, said of the logo, “The Atlanta Pride Committee is at a key juncture as it continues to step into the future. The brand for APC has stood the test of time, but, as with any long-running organization, it must balance its past with its future. As APC celebrates 45 years of Pride in Atlanta and looks to roll out a whole new level of excitement as it moves forward, it is the perfect time to re-brand and give a fresh new visual identity to be recognized by in the community. The design of the new logo epitomizes this intention.”

 

DeWall continued, “In addition to the artistic and marketable strengths of this design, there is a strong historical component. While the ‘A’ not only gives the logo a strong singular and recognizable element, it gives a subtle nod to the Lambda, which was a significant symbol of gay and lesbian rights born from the 1970s in the wake of the Stonewall Rebellion. The Lambda is an especially apt symbol for the gay liberation movement, which energetically seeks a balance in society and which strives through enlightenment to secure equal rights for LGBTQ people.”

 

Cooke noted, “We are so thankful to all of the community organizations and businesses that want to give our LGBTQ community something to do as we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York.  We are excited to include the introduction of our new logo as a part of the celebration!”

 

The 2015 Stonewall Month schedule is:

 

Sylvia Rivera Day of Service

June 6, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Service project with Lost-N-Found Youth Thrift Store in honor of the late transgender activist.

Sign up online.

 

Free screening of “Pride”

June 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

The Golden Globe-nominated film returns to Atlanta thanks to Out on Film and Atlanta Pride, so grab some friends and catch this inspiring and funny film.

Sign up online.

 

LGBT Night at Turner Field

June 10, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Watch the Braves take on the San Diego Padres and a portion of all tickets sold through this promotion benefit Lost-N-Found Youth, Inc. Come early for a pre-game reception with a complimentary drink ticket and stay after the game for a free concert with Charli XCX!

Tickets on sale online.

 

The Reformation Project Atlanta Regional Training Conference

June 11-13

The conference aims to connect LGBT-affirming Christians with like-minded people in the region to work towards a more inclusive and affirming church.

Registration available online.

 

Sips-N-Strokes Pride Night

June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Bring your own snacks and drinks and enjoy a fun night of painting and giveaways.

Tickets on sale online.

 

 

East Point Possums Show

June 13, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

The Southeast’s largest drag extravaganza! Free admissions with over 20 acts, food, drink, and fun!

 

Britney Bash: Atlanta Pride Night at the Eagle

June 13, 10:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.

DJ Pat Scott is spinning with non-stop Britney from 12 Midnight-2:00 a.m., drink specials, and a change to say goodbye to Atlanta Pride’s outgoing Executive Director Buck Cooke.

 

Dine Out for Pride at Ria’s Bluebird

June 14, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Atlanta institution donates 20% of all sales all day long to Atlanta Pride.

 

Dine Out for Pride at Varuni Napoli

June 16, 5:00-10:00 p.m.

Visit this small business partner for delicious pizza and 20% of sales that night will be donate to Atlanta Pride.

 

What Place Does Faith Have in Recovery? Panel Discussion

June 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

SOJOURN, the Health Initiative, and Atlanta Pride bring together religious leaders to discuss this important issue in our community.

 

We Are Family!

June 20, 12 Noon-2 p.m.

LGBTQ families and kids of all ages are invited to enjoy this fun day in Piedmont Park with games, face-painting, kids yoga, and more!

 

Evening for Equality

June 206:00-10:00 p.m.

Celebrating Georgia Equality’s 20th year and the presentation of the organization’s Equality Awards, this event will draw together some of the community’s most influential leaders.

Tickets on sale online.

 

Bianca del Rio’s Rolodex of Hate

June 20, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Benefitting Atlanta Pride, the winner of season six of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” brings her irreverent comedy show to town.

Tickets on sale online.

 

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

 

 

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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.


ATLANTA PRIDE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FergersonAtlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee announced today that they have named Jamie Fergerson as their new Executive Director.  Fergerson will fill the vacancy created by Buck Cooke’s departure.  Cooke made the announcement in March that he will be moving to London in July. The selection was made after a national search.

 

Atlanta Pride Board Chair, Trisha Clymore, said of the appointment, “ We are very pleased to make this announcement.”  Clymore added, “Jamie’s career history, education and community service is a perfect fit for Atlanta Pride.  She has a deep sense of commitment to this organization- and has already enthusiastically served at a variety of program, executive and leadership levels so her position is exceptional.”  Clymore finished,  “Jamie has a breadth of perspective and experience that makes her uniquely qualified to continue moving Atlanta Pride toward lasting and greater success.”

 

Fergerson’s resume includes a career that spans 15 years of fundraising, executive planning, administration, community building and event experience. Most recently, she served at Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta where she managed the organization’s grantmaking and community outreach. She is a familiar face with Atlanta Pride, where she has served as a volunteer for over a decade.

 

When asked about her connection to Atlanta Pride, Fergerson reflected, “ I moved to Atlanta during Pride Week of 2001.  I was in the middle of a difficult coming out process, and Atlanta Pride was my first glimpse into the vibrant LGBTQ community in Atlanta.”  She continued, “Atlanta Pride was a source of hope for me.  I began volunteering the next year and I’ve never left.”

 

About the Executive Director position, Fergerson stated, “ I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve Atlanta Pride and Atlanta’s LGBTQ community in this new capacity.”  She continued, “As I prepare to lead this organization into its 45th annual Pride observance, I am incredibly grateful to all of those people who have worked to build the Pride movement. This certainly includes my predecessor and friend, Buck Cooke.”  Finally, she noted, “ I look forward to working with all of the members of our diverse community and our allies to continue the march towards justice and equality for all.”

 

Fergerson’s first day with the organization will be June 29. She will spend several weeks working along side outgoing ED, Buck Cooke, in order to ensure a seamless transition into the role.  Cooke’s final day with Atlanta Pride will be July 9.

 

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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.