Atlanta Pride

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Pride Eucharist welcomes all

Integrity Atlanta hosts its 21st Pride Eucharist the night before the festival weekend begins in earnest.

Staring at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, All Saints will host a traditional Episcopalian service aimed at Pride goers. Bruce Garner is a member of the international leadership board of the Episcopal Church and is on staff at All Saints.

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Diverse bands rock Pride stages

Atlanta Pride's musicial line-up

An array of new and returning musicians will take to the Coca-Cola and Bud Light stages in Piedmont Park over Pride weekend to keep Pride buzzing with the energy of live music.

“We try to have an eclectic mix so that there is someone for everyone,” Colleen Wogan of Q&E Entertainment said. “We also want it so you might go to hear one band, but hear another one that you like and sort of turn people on to artists that way.”

Live music begins with Anye Elite at noon on Saturday and finishes with Antigone Rising on Sunday afternoon, before the stage is set for the girls of the Starlight Cabaret to close down Pride starting at 7 p.m. Like last year, setting the festival in fall means the music in the park will end earlier with the acts finishing before 10 p.m. both nights.

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Pride: Kimberley Locke loves the boys

It’s a warm September day from coast to coast but singer Kimberley Locke is feeling a bit under the weather. Stricken with a cough, Locke is feeling a bit frazzled and distracted. Despite her condition, she politely and warmly engages in conversation, courteously making small talk to get things going.

But that’s part of the appeal of this Hartsville, Tenn., native. She’s always been one to push through even during tough times, as evident from her days on the second season of the reality-TV singing competition “American Idol.”

Surviving weeks of eliminations and harsh critiques from judges like the notorious Simon Cowell and wowing fans across the nation, Locke made it all the way to the final three before being beaten out by fellow contestants Clay Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard.

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Atlanta Pride names 120 grand marshals to mark 40 years

The Atlanta Pride Committee is putting a march inside a parade by naming 120 grand marshals for this year’s Pride. Instead of the typical two grand marshals, there are 40 people named in each of three categories — Legislative, Community Builders and Education.

“As much as this is an opportunity to honor selected individuals, it is also an opportunity to provide our patrons a visual of how expansive our movement really is, and to see that there are a vast number of people working on their behalf,” said JP Sheffield, Atlanta Pride executive director, in a press release.

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Commitment Ceremony celebrates partners

Pride offers the chance for couples to take their relationship to a deeper level by hosting an interfaith commitment ceremony on Saturday evening.

Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Congregation Bet Haverim and Rev. Josh Noblitt of St. Mark’s United Methodist church will lead this year’s service in the Piedmont Park Pavilion.

In his third year of leading commitment ceremony, Lesser has married more people than he will ever know as 100 couples braved cold wet weather last year and even more participated the year before.

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Annual Dyke March puts women first

2009 Dyke March

The annual Dyke March returns to Pride again this year, giving women of all stripes a chance to stand up and be counted.

Far more informal than Sunday’s parade, marshalling for the Dyke March starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Piedmont Park’s Charles Allen Gate near Grady High School. The route then goes west on 10th Street to Peachtree Street before turning onto 14th Street and heading back to the park.

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Atlanta Pride celebrates 40 years

On a hot summer night some 41 years ago, a ragtag group of gay street youth, drag queens, dykes and transgender people fought back against a police raid at New York City’s Stonewall Inn.

The June 1969 uprising is widely viewed as launching the modern gay rights movement, igniting a more radical approach than the fledgling “homophile” movement that was already quietly underway.

By the next year, cities began hosting rallies and celebrations to mark the anniversary of Stonewall, creating the Gay Pride events that continue to this day.

Atlanta held its first Pride march in 1971, when about 100 brave souls marched down Peachtree Street, and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2010.

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Atlanta Pride announces 2010 grand marshals

The Atlanta Pride Committee announced the grand marshals for the 2010 Pride Parade today via a press release. Some 120 honorees will represent three categories (40 in each category) symbolizing Atlanta Pride’s 40 years.

The three categories are Legislative, Education and Community.

“As much as this is an opportunity to honor selected individuals, it is also an opportunity to provide our patrons a visual of how expansive our movement really is, and to see that there are a vast number of people working on their behalf,” said JP Sheffield, Atlanta Pride Executive Director, in the press release.

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Black Gay Pride draws crowds to Atlanta

Thousands flocked to the clubs, events, Piedmont Park and parties over Labor Day weekend to celebrate Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride, considered the largest in the nation.

The weekend included community and cultural events sponsored by In the Life Atlanta; the State of Black Gay America Summit; and a packed slate of nightlife events put on by multiple party promoters that drew stars including Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Lil Kim, Fantasia, Frenchie Davis, Melba Moore and Kelly Rowland.

Raymond Duke, president of In the Life Atlanta, called the weekend “a great success” for the non-profit group that has organized Black Gay Pride events for 14 years.