2016 ATLANTA PRIDE PARADE GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED

(For full bios and pictures of the 2016 Grand Marshals, click here.)

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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:

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

OUR PURPOSE
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.

OUR MISSION
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.

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

 




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Atlanta Pride’s Community Reinvestment

 

Supporting other community organizations is at the heart of the Atlanta Pride Committee’s mission. From 2005-2015, APC has reinvested more than $100,000 in other worthwhile causes through profit sharing from in-park donations and grant-making from our Community Outreach Fund. The following list is a sample of organizations funded in the last ten years.

 

Action Cycling Atlanta

AID Atlanta

AIDS Survival Project

AIDS Walk Atlanta

Alpha Psi Kappa Fraternity

Alphabet Soup

Aniz, Inc.

Anti-Defamation League

Anti-Prejudice Consortium

Arthritis Foundation

ASCORG Inc.

Atlanta Dance Project

Atlanta Dream

Atlanta Freedom Marching Band

Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus

Atlanta Interfaith AIDS Network

Atlanta OUTworlders

Atlanta Sisters

Atlanta Team Tennis Association

Atlanta Women’s Rugby

Augusta Pride

Beta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc.

Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

BWMT-Atlanta

Cameron Academy

Center for Pan Asian Community Services

Center For Women @ Emory University

Central Alabama Pride, Inc.

Charis Circle

Chase Harrison

Christ Covenant MCC

Clayton State Gay Straight Alliance

Columbia Theological Seminary

Decatur UCC

Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

East Point Possums

Emory Alumni Association

Emory Pride

Equality Foundation of Georgia

Evening for Equality

Family 1st Care

First MCC

FTM Foundation, LLC.

GA Perimeter College – ITS

GA State Lesbian 8: Gay Law Students Association

Gamma Lite Softball

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association

Georgia Association of the Deaf

Georgia Cancer Foundation

Georgia Equality

Georgia for Obama

Good Mews

GPC Interpreter Training Society

GPC SLIP

Grady Chorus Boosters

GSU Alliance for Sexual & Gender Diversity

GSU OUTlaw

GT Heros

H.E.R.O for Children

HIV/AIDS Panel

Hope Hall Foundation Inc

Hotlanta Adventures

House of Devereaux

Human Rights Campaign

Imago Dei

In the Life Atlanta, Inc.

InterPride

JustUs ATL

Kashi Atlanta

Kennesaw Pride Alliance

Kennesaw State University Foundation

Kirkwood UCC

KSU Summit

Lady Pride Basketball Association

Latino LinO

Legendary Children Exhibit

Lorde Rustin Breakfast

Lost—n—Found Youth, Inc.

Mary’s Softball Bucket Brigade

MondoHomo

National Center for Civil & Human Rights

National Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Alliance

No Greater Joy

Northern Colorado AIDS Project

Northern Georgia Rainbow Coalition

Northwest U.U. Congregation

Onstage Atlanta

Open Hand

OurSong

Out & About Nashville

Outworlders, Inc.

Panther UL, Inc.

PDRS

Peachtree Rainbow Deaf Society

Phi Nu Kappa Sorority

Planned Parenthood of Georgia

Positive Impact, Inc.

Pride School Atlanta, Inc.

Radial Cafe

Rainbow Naturist Brotherhood

Rainbow Recovery Solutions, LLC

Rainbow World Fund

Real Youth, Inc.

Rebecca Jett

Running Lion, Inc.

SAND

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Sigma Omega Phi

Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc.

SLC-Atlanta

SNAP 2 IT

SOJOURN

South Georgia Pride, Inc.

Stand Up and Represent March

Students for Diversity

Terrell Wilson Foundation

The Armorettes, Inc.

The Ben Marion Institute

The Health Initiative

The Journey

MCC

The Legendary Children

The Melodivas

The Rainbow Center

The Rush Center

Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), Inc.

Together In Love

Touching Up Our Roots

Transguys Calendar Project

UGA Lambda Alliance

Unitarian Universalist Church of Atlanta

Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North

Wesleyan College GLBAL

Women’s Resource Center

Young Democrats of Atlanta

YouthPride

 

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