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Dance diva Kristine W to perform at Atlanta Pride — and a festival roundup (so far)

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She's going to give "Everything That I Got" and Atlanta Pride revelers are sure to shout and bounce with joy as she does.

Pop sensation Kristine W is the latest entertainer to sign on to play Atlanta Pride on Oct. 13-14, following an already impressive lineup that includes Andy Bell of Erasure, Amy Ray of Indigo Girls and British sensation Rita Ora.

“The weekend is going to be just fantastic and we are looking forward to seeing the community come out and support our efforts while enjoying all of our talented artists performing this year at Pride!" said Atlanta Pride Committee chair Glen Paul Freedman.

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Augusta Pride draws thousands to second annual fest

Kristine W. performs at Augusta Pride

Last night's victory for gay marriage in New York was on the minds of many who packed the Augusta Commons today for the second annual Augusta Pride festival. But amid the repeated calls for marriage equality here in Georgia, it was the personal stories of love and commitment that sent the loudest message.

Under sweltering early afternoon sun, more than two dozen gay and lesbian couples filled the Augusta Pride stage for the festival's first public commitment ceremony. Many were in tears as they said their vows, declaring that "love not law has the final authority."

"This year our theme is 'Love Wins,' and with our particular relationship, love has been exactly what's won," said Dan Leonard, who serves on the Augusta Pride board and wed his partner of five years, Terry Ledford, during the ceremony.

"I found out three weeks after we met that I was [HIV] positive and Terry stood by me through it all," said Ledford, as both men broke down in tears. "I found out six months after that that I had renal cancer. He's been there through that. And just recently I've fought my way through anal cancer, and he's been there through that."