Just a few years ago, a Confederate flag flew atop the South Carolina statehouse. Now, rainbow flag banners line the streets of downtown Columbia along the parade route for SC Pride’s Sept. 4 parade. In a state that has dealt with blatant racism in government just 10 years ago, the banners signify more than just a parade route.
SC Pride organizers were allowed to place the banners on light posts along Main and Gervais streets in downtown Columbia during the festival, according to event organizers. SC Pride is a week-long festival running from Aug. 29 - Sept. 6.
Durand Robinson was managing partner of a black gay nightclub and an organizer of events for Black Gay Pride. But was Robinson, who was shot to death Wednesday, gay?
As news of Robinson’s death spread, many who didn’t know him assumed from his work that he must be gay. His brother, however, says Robinson was planning to marry a girlfriend. And Robinson’s close friends and coworkers at Traxx, the popular black gay nightclub, say Robinson never discussed a girlfriend or being gay with them.
Speculation about Robinson’s sexual orientation is taking away from the real situation — a loving man was killed and police need to find the suspect, said Phillip Boone, Robinson’s business partner.
Black Gay Pride weekend always draws star power to Atlanta, and this year is no exception.
Atlanta is packed with black LGBT party promoters who put on popular events throughout the year, but go all out for Labor Day Weekend when tens of thousands pack the city for the world’s largest African-American LGBT celebration.
This year, you can celebrate “Pure Heat” with Traxx and Traxx Girls, “Peach Fever” with Xplosion Entertainment, “Manual Labor” with Wassup N Atl, “Femme-Nomen-Non” with Girls in the Night, and “Southern Xplosion” with The Lion’s Den.
Celebrities are definitely in the mix: Wassup N Atl features a live performance by legendary singer and actress Melba Moore among its offerings, while Traxx also offers plenty of star wattage.
The story of a young, African-American Christian woman who grapples with her identity and eventually falls in love with another woman is the basic premise for the movie “Genderblind,” showing at this year’s Black Gay Pride.
But what filmmaker, artist and dancer LaNita Joseph, 27, didn’t know when she made “Genderblind” is the somewhat large controversy that would surround her small-budget movie.
“It’s become so controversial. I didn’t realize it would be that way,” says Joseph, who wrote, produced and directed the film.
As the AJC Decatur Book Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary, the Labor Day weekend festival will again include an LGBT track.
The festival is partnering with the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival to bring LGBT writers to town, according to Franklin Abbott, the chair and one of the founders of AQLF.
“We’re very excited about this,” he says. “The Decatur Book Festival is one of the most successful book festivals in the world and the biggest in the Southeast. Decatur is the perfect spot for it.”
Annual fest joins forces with local party promoters to round out nightlife events.
Atlanta Pride’s nightlife lineup continues to take shape as the 40th annual fest nears with two new parties added this year as the Atlanta Pride Committee joins forces with Chris Coleman Enterprises, Curve magazine and Pandora Events and Jungle nightclub to bring new parties this year.
This year's Out on Film festival kicks off Oct. 1 with a screening of "You Should Meet My Son!" The feature won Best Men's Feature at the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Festival and was the runner-up for Best Comedy at Philly Q Fest.
The festival will run Oct. 1-7 at the Midtown Art Cinema and the Ansley Park Playhouse will serve as a second venue.
The complete schedule will be announced within the coming week. Tickets to the festival will be available on Sept. 1.
Pop and dance sensation — and gay favorite — Kimberly Locke will headline this year’s Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park set for the weekend of Oct. 9-10, the Atlanta Pride Committee announced today.
Locke will perform Oct. 9. This year’s fest marks the 40th anniversary of Atlanta Pride and is being held during the weekend of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.
A No. 1 Billboard recording artist, Locke rose to fame after competing on “American Idol,” finishing third after Ruben Stoddard and now Clay Aiken.
Hundreds of people packed into the plaza where the new LeBuzz is located for the very first Marietta Rainbow Festival — a celebration of gay Pride in Cobb County where county officials once declared being gay was considered incompatible with community standards.
“We’re having a really good time. We’re really pleased with support from the gay community and the straight community,” said Johnathan Murphy, the president and managing partner of LeBuzz who also heads up the North Georgia Rainbow Coalition, which organized the first Marietta Rainbow Festival on July 24.