Commitment Ceremony

2012 Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony

The 2012 Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony was held at W Midtown’s Altitude on Oct. 7. More than a dozen couples expressed their love and commitment to one another in the annual ceremony that featured friends and family of those participating. (Photos by Brent Corcoran / RNZ Photography)

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Atlanta Pride AIDS Vigil

2012 Atlanta Pride AIDS Vigil

The annual Atlanta Pride AIDS Vigil was held Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Saint Mark United Methodist Church. Guest speakers included Georgia Equality Executive Director and HIV / AIDS advocate Jeff Graham, Saint Mark Minister of Social Justice Rev. Joshua Noblitt and HIV / AIDS activist Craig Washington. (Photos by Brent Corcoran / RNZ Photography)

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Atlanta Pride kickoff party

2012 Atlanta Pride kickoff party

The 2012 Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party at the Georgia Aquarium was opened up to some 3,000 people who danced to the beats of DJ Corey Craig in the atrium and DJ Vicki Powell in the Oceans Ballroom Lounge while also touring the facility and viewed the exhibits including dolphins and Beluga whales. PETA also promised to protest the party claiming the wildlife in the aquarium were harmed by the loud music, but only eight protesters were seen. (Photos by Brent Rence Corcoran/RNZ Photography)

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Atlanta Pride VIP Party

2012 Atlanta Pride VIP party

The Atlanta Pride Committee held a VIP party at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, Oct. 12, to honor and recognize sponsors and supporters of the annual festival. Grand marshals of the Atlanta Pride parade were honored and honorary grand marshals Stuart Milk, the gay nephew of the gay icon Harvey Milk, and Ben Cohen, founder of the anti-bullying StandUp Foundation, thanked everyone for their support. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon who has been a stalwart supporter of LGBT equality, also gave a rousing speech. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was also on hand to welcome people to Atlanta. (Photos by Brent Rence Corcoran/RNZ Photography)

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Atlanta Pride booth photos

Staff members from GA Voice photographed hundreds of Atlanta Pride attendees during the Oct. 13-14 festival held in Piedmont Park.

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Ben Cohen's Kiki By The Park

Ben Cohen’s Kiki By The Park

Ben Cohen, former rugby superstar and founder of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, held a fundraiser for his organization and the Atlanta Pride Committee Oct. 12, 2012 at the W Hotel Midtown. Gay country crooner Justin Utley, who also performed at the Pride fest, was on hand to sing a song he wrote for the StandUp Foundation. (Photos by Dyana Bagby)

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Atlanta Pride Dyke March

2012 Atlanta Pride Dyke March

The annual Atlanta Pride Dyke March was held at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park during the 2012 Atlanta Pride festival on Oct. 13, 2012. More than a hundred lesbians, trans women and their allies marched from the park’s Charles Allen gate up 10th Street and back into the park from the 14th Street entrance. (Photos by Dyana Bagby)

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Atlanta Pride Trans March

2012 Atlanta Pride Trans March

The annual Atlanta Pride Trans March was held during the Atlanta Pride Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Dozens of trans men and women gathered together to march through Piedmont Park to raise awareness of trans issues. (Photos by Dyana Bagby)

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Atlanta Pride Parade

2012 Atlanta Pride Parade

More than 200 entrants crowded Peachtree and 10th streets for the 2012 Atlanta Pride Parade, one of the largest such parades in the country. Grand marshals included trans activist Vandy Beth Glenn; Rev. Joshua Noblitt, minister of social justice at Saint Mark United Methodist Church; Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality executive director; Danny Ingram, American Veterans for Equal Rights executive director; Dr. Julie Kubala, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies for the Women’s Studies Institute at Georgia State University; Anita Rae Strange, “AKA Clermont Blondie”; the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Omega Phi Fraternity, Inc. and drag fundraising troupe The Armorettes. (Photos by Brent Rence Corcoran/RNZ Photography, Dyana Bagby and Bo Shell)

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Atlanta Pride speakers

2012 Atlanta Pride speakers

Each year, speakers and performers take the stage at the Atlanta Pride festival and 2012 was no different. Guest speakers this year included Stuart Milk, the nephew of gay rights icon Harvey Milk, and others. (Photos by Laura Douglas-Brown)

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Atlanta Pride in the park

2012 Atlanta Pride in the park

GA Voice snapped dozens of photos from inside Atlanta’s Piedmont Park during the 2012 Atlanta Pride Festival Oct. 13-14, 2012. (Photos by Bo Shell)

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Atlanta Pride at Oscar's

Pride at Oscar’s

Atlanta Pride revelers enjoyed Saturday night, Oct. 13, at local bar Oscar’s, one of many bars enjoying large crowds over the festive weekend. (Photos by Dyana Bagby)

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Lady Bunny

Studio 54 with Lady Bunny

At Burkhart’s on Saturday, Oct. 13, owners went with a Studio 54 theme and the dance floor was packed with people grinding under disco balls. In the garden patio area, people were also packed shoulder to shoulder as they squeezed in for photos with the iconic Lady Bunny. (Photos by Dyana Bagby)

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Atlanta Pride Heaven Party

2012 Pride Heaven Party

The annual Heaven Party at Park Tavern on Saturday, Oct. 13, brought all the beautiful angels — and a few devils — together for a sexy night. There was fire play and pole dancing while women who love women danced to the beats of DJ Duck. (Photos by Dyana Bagby)

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The Sexual Side Effects

The Sexual Side Effects at Atlanta Pride

Trans front-woman Amber Taylor and the Sexual Side Effects performed at the 2012 Atlanta Pride festival in Piedmont Park, Saturday, Oct. 13. (Photos by Laura Douglas-Brown)

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Rita Ora at Atlanta Pride

Rita Ora at Atlanta Pride

British pop singer Rita Ora was among the performers at the 2012 Atlanta Pride festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Ora, whose debut album hit number one in the UK, performed songs from her debut record. (Photos by Laura Douglas-Brown)

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Atlanta Pride Starlight Cabaret

2012 Atlanta Pride Starlight Cabaret

The best drag performers from Atlanta, Decatur, Marietta and even Athens took the Atlanta Pride stage for Sunday evening’s Starlight Cabaret, closing out the annual festival in a fitting finale of wigs, glitter and glamour on Oct. 14, 2012. (Photos by Laura Douglas-Brown)

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Amy Ray at Atlanta Pride

Amy Ray at Atlanta Pride

Hometown favorite Amy Ray, best known as one half of the beloved folk duo Indigo Girls, brought her edgier solo show to the Atlanta Pride stage on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (Photos by Laura Douglas-Brown)

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Andy Bell at Atlanta Pride

Andy Bell at Atlanta Pride

Erasure front man Andy Bell closed out Atlanta Pride’s stage on Saturday evening, Oct. 13, 2012, following British pop songstress Rita Ora, who already had the crowd packed to the stage and ready to dance. (Photos by Laura Douglas-Brown)

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