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Interview: Brandy speaks out on her gay fans

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In 2011, Brandy came to Atlanta to perform at her first Black Gay Pride and sang to thousands of people who packed several clubs for a chance to see the singing sensation live. She did not disappoint.

Atlanta's LGBT fans didn't disappoint either.

“I had such a great time last time when I was there,” Brandy says in an interview from Los Angeles, while holding the newest member of her family, a Maltese named Sugar, on the way to pick up her daughter, Sy'rai, 10.

“There is so much love for me when I'm in the city. And my gay fans are always so supportive and energetic,” she says.

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Join GA Voice tonight at XS Ultra Lounge to kick off Black Pride weekend

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The GA Voice staff will join Traxx Girls and Traxx Atlanta tonight for "First Degree Burn," an official welcome to Atlanta party for Black Pride weekend.

The party is at XS Ultra Lounge, located at 708 Spring St., officially starts at 10 p.m. and will go long into the night and early morning hours and hundreds of people get the weekend to one of the largest Black Pride weekends off to a start.

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Guest Editorial: Empowering black LGBT people

Barbecues, backyard parties and soul-food jams. Summer is a time for family get-togethers. A time when people all over the world take vacations so they can make memories with close friends and loved ones, but in African-American communities only some of us feel comfortable going home.

In our communities, only some of us feel safe enough to be who we are in the company of those who raised us. Only some of us can show up and be all of ourselves all of the time with the people we love most. The pain of moving through our families – closeted, and, in many instances, alienated – is devastating black families everywhere.