Some 17 musicians and artists will perform at this year's Atlanta Pride festival, according to a press release issued by the Atlanta Pride Committee this morning. Representing a wide variety of musical genres, this year will feature such acts as Kimberly Locke, The Orkids and MEN.
According to organizers, more than 150 applications were received from artists around the country to perform at the festival. Of those, only 17 were selected.
The conversation comes up every year, but this time it seems even more distasteful.
As Labor Day nears, it never fails that some Atlantans start questioning the need for one of the city’s largest events over the holiday: Black Gay Pride.
“Why do they want to be segregated?” these white gay people ask. “Why do we have two Prides?”
She’s performed with some of the best musical artists in the business, recording hit songs and earning numerous Grammy nominations. She’s made history on Broadway.
And she’s fallen on serious hard times but still keeps doing what she loves the most — singing and performing.
Melba Moore brings her spirit to Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride, performing live on Sunday, Sept. 5, at Django’s as part of Wassup N ATL’s lineup of artists.
Atlanta pulls out all the stops over Labor Day Weekend for what is billed as the world’s largest Black Gay Pride celebration.
The non-profit In the Life Atlanta formed in 1996 to bring a cultural and educational component to Black Gay Pride, which began as an informal network of house parties, nightlife and other gatherings.
But the weekend also includes more than 100 events put on by other nightlife venues, party promoters, social organizations and community groups.
Events were still being added at press time, so be sure to visit our online calendar at www.thegavoice.com for more options.
After a sizzling hot summer, Atlanta’s LGBT scene slips into high gear with a massive number of new and established events swelling the calendar for fall.
Already a big month in 2009, this year every weekend in October hosts a major event. Out On Film kicks off the month, Atlanta Pride follows on the second weekend, and AIDS Walk Atlanta and the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival round out the month.
The bigger festivals share October with other traditional LGBT events like the MEGA Family Project Family Conference (Oct. 2), Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative’s Garden Party (Oct. 3) and gay humorist David Sedaris’ stop at Cobb Energy Center (Oct. 7).
Pride moved to Halloween weekend last year as part of a compromise with the city of Atlanta over drought concerns, and is set for Oct. 8-10 this year. Executive Director J.P. Sheffield says being near other gay events wasn’t a concern.
As Black Gay Pride swings into full force this weekend, the memory of Durand Robinson will be everywhere. The man who many described as selfless and giving will be honored at parties and events during the weekend, which attracts tens of thousands of people to Atlanta from across the nation and around the world.
Robinson, 50, was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Aug. 25 in southwest Atlanta. The Atlanta Police Department continues to seek suspects and a motive as of press time.
Savannah is set to make history on Sept. 10 when it holds its first Queer Power March, an event gay organizer Jesse Morgan calls “queerlicious.”
“Savannah has never seen anything like this before,” he said. “It’s time for Savannah to have a march. We want to show Savannah we are a large force.”
While Savannah will hold its 11th annual Pride festival the day after the march, on Sept. 11, the city has never had an LGBT march through the streets, Morgan said. Morgan helped organize Savannah’s largest LGBT equal rights rally that attracted some 400 people in May to coincide with the late gay activist Harvey Milk’s birthday.