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Diverse leaders, HIV activists to serve as Atlanta Pride 2011 grand marshals

After four weeks of open nominations, the Atlanta Pride Committee has announced six individuals and a "Group of Honor" of AIDS activists will lead the parade for the 41st annual fest.

Grand marshals for the Atlanta Pride parade set for Sunday, Oct. 9, range from a longtime member of the leather community, a transgender woman recently honored by the White House, a Latina queer immigration rights activist to a local playwright, actor and GA Voice columnist.

“It is going to be really exciting having such a diverse group of individuals representing the LGBT community at the Atlanta Pride Festival this year," said Atlanta Pride Executive Director JP Sheffield in a prepared statement.

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Atlanta Pride opens nominations for 2011 parade Grand Marshals

The Atlanta Pride Committee opened nominations for 2011 Pride Parade Grand Marshals today. Last year to celebrate the festival's 40th anniversary, some 120 honorary Grand Marshals marched in the parade wearing special green shirts.

According to the Pride Committee, nominees do not have to reside in Georgia, but submissions are encouraged to have a connection with the local LGBT community.

All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 1.

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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.