All too often, diversity can be forgotten, and crucial voices stifled. That’s why Atlanta’s Black Pride is necessary now more than ever.
Beginning in the ’90s, African-American LGBTQ activists began promoting unique Black Pride events to showcase important parts of distinctly African-American gay culture. Black Pride also helps to focus on issues which are crucial for the African-American community: homelessness, economic deprivation, and HIV/AIDS.
The Atlanta Black Pride celebration began in 1996, and 22 years later, it’s still going strong as one of the three largest black gay pride festivals in the country, and one of the largest (if not the largest) Black Pride Celebration in the entire world. Upwards of 100k guests are expected to attend the extravaganza, which will run Aug. 29 to Sept. 4. This year promises to be a blowout with an exciting entertainment line-up that includes Trina, Tamar Braxton, Ray J, Princess Love Norwood, and more. A portion of proceeds from the weekend’s festivities will benefit homeless LGBTQ youth and those infected/affected with HIV/AIDS via The Vision Community Foundation.
Let’s break down what’s shaking for Black Gay Pride.
Friday August 31
ATL Pride Wknd Comedy Show
Hosted By Queen Sheba
Georgian Terrace Hotel
The Naked Hustle Day Party 2018
Friday Night Live Ladies Lounge
Grown Folks TakeOver
Hosted by Ms Theresa NJ/CJ Jones ATL/Lisa S NYC with DJ Bomshell Boogie
Saturday September 1
Atlanta WETher! Celebrity BLOCK PARTY
The Legendary Traxx Girls
Big Bang Event
Westside Cultural Arts Center
Sunday September 2
The Main Event: The Pure Heat Community Festival
The hallmark of Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the Pure Heat Community Festival highlights “market and food vendors, live performances, entertainment, educational forums, prizes and giveaways, all of which brings together the spirit of community, pride, and vision.” Additionally, the festival offers an opportunity to bring awareness to a community impacted by HIV/AIDS, and advocates campaigning for human rights, education, health & wellness, and homelessness, which greatly impacts the LGBTQ community at large.
Slam Jazz Brunch
Hosted by Spoken Soul Icon
Culture Club Day Party
Celebrity Showtime Sundays
Tongue & Groove
Men who Brunch
Piedmont Park Community Festival
Monday September 3
Annual Pride Wknd Booze Cruise
Harbor Landing, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy
Some Like It Hot: Daytime Rooftop
Annual Party Bus Ride To Strip Club & White Party
DJ M (Traxx Girls Owner) Annual Bday Bash At Strip Club
The Annual All White Party
Tuesday September 4
Pride Edition of Spotlite Karaoke
Location TBD • 8pm–1am