Local LGBT-friendly churches hold special Atlanta Pride events on Wednesday

Presiding over the Gay Pride Eucharist this year will be the Rt. Rev’d Mary Douglas Glasspool, Bishop Suffragan of Los Angeles. She is the first openly lesbian bishop in the Episcopal Church.

From a press release:

Assisting at the service will be LGBT priests and deacons of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Music will be uplifting and energetic. The service is open to all and everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, or differing ability is welcome. A reception follows the service in the Parish Hall. Integrity Atlanta is the local chapter of Integrity USA, the LGBT ministry of The Episcopal Church.

Also on Wednesday, Oct. 10, an Atlanta Pride HIV/AIDS Vigil will be held at St. Mark United Methodist Church, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 781 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

From a press release:

The height of our Pride celebration comes from the depth of our love. Start your Pride festivities off right by remembering those who we have lost in the AIDS pandemic, honoring those who are currently living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and recommitting ourselves to advocating for education, treatment, resources, and a cure for this disease that has deeply affected so many people that we love. The vigil will be a time of reflection, music and sharing. All are welcome!

Photo: The Rt. Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles (via http://saintmarksvannuys.com)