After Atlanta Pride was held in Piedmont Park for most of its 40-year history, Pride was forced to move in 2008 when city officials booted large festivals from the park due to a massive drought.
Held over July Fourth weekend at the Civic Center, Pride attendance and finances suffered. The festival moved back to Piedmont Park for 2009, but over Halloween, to get around city policies that limited festivals in the summer season. Last year, for its 40th anniversary, Pride was held again in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day and the Atlanta Pride Committee made plans to keep the festival in October but to also hold celebrations in June to coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that kicked off the modern day LGBT equality movement.
The full schedule:
Saturday, June 18 East Point Possums Show Outdoor charity drag show Presented by: The East Point Possums Location: Downtown East Point Site opens 7:30p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Free event All tips and donations benefit Atlanta Pride & Positive Impact
Wednesday, June 22 StoryCorps: Out and OutLoud A celebration of stories from the LGBTQ community Presented by: WABE, Radial Café, and the Atlanta Pride Committee Location: The Phillip Rush Center (1530 Dekalb Ave NE, Suite A, Atlanta GA 30307) Doors open 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Host: John Lemley from WABE’s City Cafe Free event
Thursday, June 23 7th Annual Evening for Equality Featuring the Equality Awards & Silent Auction Presented by: Georgia Equality Location: The Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center Doors open 6 p.m. VIP, 7 p.m. general admission Additional details, including honorees and ticket prices TBA
Friday, June 24 Pride Seder A spiritual celebration of the LGBTQ liberation movement Presented by: Congregation Bet Haverim Location: Central Congregational UCC (2676 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta 30329) Service begins at 6:30pm Free event
Saturday, June 25 2nd Annual Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Event Event featuring fellowship, food and a panel discussion with transgender community members. Presented by: Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, TILTT, and the Atlanta Pride Committee Location: The Phillip Rush Center (1530 Dekalb Ave. NE, Suite A, Atlanta GA 30307) Doors open 11:30 a.m., program at noon Free event, $5 suggested donation Additional details, including panel discussion topic TBA
Official Stonewall Celebration Party An evening of performances and music to commemorate Stonewall Presented by: Jungle Club Atlanta Location: Jungle Club Atlanta (2115 Faulkner Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324) Doors open 6 p.m. 18+ Event Additional details, including cover charge and DJ TBA
Sunday, June 26 Brunch & A Movie Viewing of “March On!” with food and cocktails Presented by: Out on Film and the Atlanta Pride Committee Location: The Phillip Rush Center (1530 Dekalb Ave. NE, Suite A, Atlanta GA 30307) Additional details, including ticket price TBA
These events are subject to change and additional events may be added. Visit www.atlantapride.org for updates.
Top photo: The East Point Possums Show attracts hundreds of people to downtown East Point for an amazing drag show that kicks of this year’s Stonewall Celebration. (by Dyana Bagby)