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‘Incredible’ East Side Pride draws crowd to Clarkston

East Side Pride festival

The first-ever East Side Pride drew a diverse crowd to Clarkston’s Milam Park on Saturday for an afternoon of cooking out, dancing, lawn games and playing on the playground — all while building community for LGBT people who live east of Atlanta.

“I think this year’s picnic was a great launching point,” said Lorrie King, organizer of East Side Pride with her husband, Clarkston City Councilmember Adam White.

King estimated that as many as 125 people dropped in over the course of the afternoon, including several who said they had to see with their own eyes a Pride event in the eastern suburb.

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East Point Possums drag extravaganza

Alexandria Martin performs at East Point Possums

The East Point Possums Show, the first event in Atlanta’s Stonewall Week, raised just over $10,000 for Atlanta Pride and the Atlanta Health Initiative at its 13th annual fundraiser on June 19.

Some 28 acts took the stage and wowed a crowd estimated at more than 1,500. From drag queens to drag kings and songs from Ke$ha to Lady Gaga, the annual show was a hit for the LGBT crowd as well as the straight people who come each year to enjoy the antics and fun of one of the largest drag shows in the Southeast.

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StoryCorps ‘Out &OutLoud’ project documents LGBT Atlantans

StoryCorps oral history project

The “Out & OutLoud: Stories of Atlanta's LGBTQ Community” event at Radial Café Wednesday night, part of Atlanta Pride Stonewall Week and WABE 90.1 FM’s StoryCorps project, began with a sweet “coming out” story.

The event’s host, John Lemley, who also hosts WABE’s City Café weekdays from noon to 1 p.m., shared with the crowd that he had an exchange of emails prior to the event with Dave Hayward, a local gay historian. Hayward asked Lemley if he was going to come out as gay at the StoryCorps LGBTQ event. Well, Lemley said, if people didn’t already know he is gay, he asked, “Are we headless?”

The crowd responded with laughter and applause.

But it was the stories of local LGBTQ residents who recorded their stories with the Atlanta StoryCorps project that were the true highlights of the evening.

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Photos: Augusta Pride festival

2010 Augusta Pride parade

The Georgia Voice was on-hand at the inaugural Augusta Pride festival June 19. Several thousand people attended the event while American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis and Grammy Award winner Thelma Houston performed for the crowd.

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Georgia celebrates Pride month

The Atlanta Pride Festival, by far the largest Pride festival in Georgia, may not take place until October, but there are plenty of other events around the state to mark June, which President Obama officially declared as LGBT Pride Month.

“As Americans, it is our birthright that all people are created equal and deserve the same rights, privileges, and opportunities.  Since our earliest days of independence, our Nation has striven to fulfill that promise.  An important chapter in our great, unfinished story is the movement for fairness and equality on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community,” the president’s proclamation reads.

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Atlanta’s Stonewall Week honors Pride’s beginnings

2009 East Point Possums show

It all started in someone’s backyard 13 years ago over the Fourth of July weekend and has now grown into one of the largest drag shows in the Southeast, organizers say.

The 13th annual East Point Possums Show kicks off Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Week on June 19 in East Point with, well, a sashay — perhaps a clumsy sashay at that.

Rick Westbrook, a.k.a. Shenitta Lott, is one of the founding members of the show along with his partner, John Jeffrey (a.k.a. Prissy Cilla), Chuck Jenkins (a.k.a. Rococo Baroque) and Chesley Thurman (a.k.a. Dina Daintymouth). For Westbrook, the show’s popularity is a testament to people’s desire to come together for a good time and for a good cause.

This year, all money made at the Possums show will be donated to the Atlanta Pride Committee and the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative.

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Friends, family gather to remember Greg Barrett

Family and friends remember Greg Barrett

Friends and family of Greg Barrett came together at Christ Covenant MCC in Decatur this afternoon to honor his life and remember his community volunteerism. Barrett died suddenly June 3.

Community leaders and family remembered Barrett for his dedication to local nonprofit organizations as well on the impact he had on friends and family.

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Atlanta Cotillion pits debs in race to raise money for HIV fight

2009 Atlanta Cotillion crowning

For the next three months, six diverse and accomplished young ladies will work to better themselves and their communities, before making their formal debut into society at the Atlanta Cotillion.

The catch? These young debutantes are actually men, raising money in a unique competition to fund the fight against HIV.

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MondoHomo takes over Atlanta

MondoHomo

Sitting around the dining room table in Kiki Carr’s home in Cabbagetown, volunteers for MondoHomo busily cut out photos and images from old magazines such as Playboy, looking specifically for gay-themed pictures to include in the upcoming 5-day fest’s program.