Pride should always be celebrated year-round, but June is an especially momentous time as it marks the month in 1969 when Greenwich Village’s LGBT community fought back against police after a raid on the Stonewall Inn. Though Georgia’s largest Pride event – Atlanta Pride – isn’t until October, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of events coming up this month to honor the anniversary.
Sylvia Rivera Day of Service Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Latin American Association www.facebook.com/events/653976164810564 Atlanta Pride and community volunteers host the annual Sylvia Rivera Day of Service at the Latin American Association. Rivera was a transgender activist and founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance who died in 2002. Participants in the Day of Service will organize the Association’s clothing and food donation areas and then enjoy lunch together. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and placing “day of service” in the subject line.
South Georgia Pride Picnic Saturday, June 10 from 1 – 4 p.m. John W. Saunders Park (Valdosta) www.facebook.com/events/1775797262731114 South Georgia Pride will grill up burgers and hotdogs for people in this Valdosta park to celebrate Stonewall Month. There’s also a kickball game in the works, and organizers encourage people to bring their kids. The event is free, but there is a $5 suggested donation.
Atlanta Equality March Sunday, June 11 from 12 – 2 p.m. Park Tavern at Piedmont Park www.facebook.com/events/1954046728175056 My Sister’s Room hosts this march in solidarity with the LGBT Equality marches happening in Washington, D.C. that day and around the world. Marchers will gather in the field in front of Park Tavern at noon, and flags, banners and signs are encouraged. A fundraiser for Georgia Equality will occur after the march, with details to be announced. –
Free Screening of “Jewel’s Catch One” Wednesday, June 14 from 7 – 10 p.m. Phillip Rush Center Annex www.facebook.com/events/214703125713661 Atlanta Pride and Out On Film present this free screening of the documentary “Jewel’s Catch One,” about the oldest black-owned disco in America which was also a refuge for many during the AIDS crisis. The film also establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist and healer Jewel Thais-Williams.
MAAP My Point: Stonewall Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Google Fiber in Ponce City Market www.maapatl.org/event-calendar LGBT business group Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals celebrates Stonewall Month with Touching Up Our Roots and the Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project with a presentation of landmarks and archival collection pieces important to the history of Georgia’s LGBT community. Entry fee is $15 and paid parking is available at Ponce City Market.
2017 Atlanta Pride Run & Walk Saturday, June 17 from 8 – 10 a.m. Greystone at Piedmont Park www.facebook.com/events/588613198014769 LGBT running club Front Runners Atlanta hosts the 27th annual 5K race, presented by Alta Midtown. $35 June registration closes June 14, with $40 registration available after that and on race day. Proceeds go to Joining Hearts.
Touching Up Our Pride Roots Trolley Tour Saturday, June 17 from 1 – 3 p.m. See our story here for more details.
Georgia Equality’s 13th Annual Evening For Equality Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta www.georgiaequality.org The 13th annual event includes a dinner reception where Equality Awards will be presented to those who have advanced the LGBT movement in the past year. This year’s honorees include HIV activist Daniel Driffin, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, PFLAG mother Jen Slipakoff and civic engagement nonprofit Pro-Georgia. Ticket prices vary.
Stonewall Reading Celebrating Our Literary Ancestors Wednesday, June 21 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Charis Books and More www.facebook.com/events/745648555596140 Charis, the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival and Atlanta Pride will celebrate Stonewall by reading from works by queer literary ancestors including Langston Hughes, Gloria Anzaldua, Amy Lowell, Audre Lorde, Justin Chin, Leslie Feinberg, Adrienne Rich, Truman Capote, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Baldwin, The Lady Chablis and more. Suggested donation is $5.
Southwest Atlanta Pride June 23-25 Various Locations www.facebook.com/events/1831777627141010 This second-annual event includes an artist showcase at Gallery 992 on Friday night, a VIP Pride brunch at Greens & Gravy restaurant on Saturday morning and fun, games and prizes in Adair Park on Sunday afternoon.
Stride Into Pride at Six Flags Over Georgia! Saturday, June 24 Six Flags Over Georgia www.facebook.com/events/1688823241414180 Atlanta Pride hosts a day of fun in the sun at Six Flags with a couple different promotions. Get all-day admission, a free lunch, ice cream social and dance party with DJ Canvas and free parking for $63.59, or for $42.39, you get all-day admission, free parking and the ice cream social and dance party. Use promo code PRIDE when ordering.
Augusta Pride June 24, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Various Locatoins www.facebook.com/AugustaPride It’s the eighth annual Augusta Pride this year and the day starts with a Pride Parade at 10:30 a.m. in the Augusta Downtown Historic District, followed by a Pride festival at the Augusta Common and several after-parties.
Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia’s Stonewall Summer Party Thursday, June 29 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Home of Stonewall President Kat Schuller www.facebook.com/events/1590806760929586 Decatur is the location of this annual summer party hosted by the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia. Additional details are to come, and volunteers wanting to help with set-up and clean-up are asked to email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.