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Liverpool FC to march in home city’s Gay Pride parade

Liverpool FC

The Liverpool Football Club (soccer for us Americans) will participate in the August 4 Liverpool Pride Festival, making it the first English Premiere League team to be officially represented at a Gay Pride event in the United Kingdom, Liverpool Pride announced this week.

“I am delighted to confirm that some Club employees and members from the Liverpool Ladies squad will be participating in the event on 4th August,” Ian Ayre, Managing Director at Liverpool Football Club, said in a statement.

“The event is certainly a positive talking point around Liverpool and it’s an excellent platform to attract local communities and people from across the country to experience the diverse culture of our fantastic city.”

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Augusta Pride hits new attendance record

2012 Augusta Pride Parade

With voice shaking, Holly Garner dropped to one knee on the stage at Augusta Pride to ask Brittaney Pulliam a life-changing question: Will you marry me?

“Since we got together, I knew she was the one for me,” said Garner, 27, who arranged the public proposal as a surprise to Pulliam, 21.

“We already have the wedding planned, she just never officially asked me to marry her,” added Pulliam, describing their planned ceremony in Savannah. “I am very shocked that she actually did it. She is normally a shy person.”

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Local historian recalls first Atlanta Pride march

First Atlanta Pride Parade

I recall reading about the Stonewall riot in the New York Times in June 1969, and thinking, “Cool. We finally fought back. It’s about time.”

I was deeply closeted at the time, working as a cub reporter for my hometown newspaper in New Hampshire, where there was (and is) no gay life visible to any kind of queer eye.

In September, I was heading back to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the essence of urbanity. Our joke was motorists would drive into the heart of the campus and holler out, “Where’s George Washington University?!” There was nothing openly gay in all that concrete and clay, either.

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Jewish contingency out and proud at Atlanta Pride

Atlanta’s Jewish community is coming together the day after Yom Kippur to march for the first time in the Atlanta Pride parade on Sunday, Oct. 9. Typically, the day after Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement that...
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Melissa Carter: Pride can mean more than a party

Former Atlanta Disc-Jockey Melissa CarterBreak out that gaudy rainbow attire because Pride is back in town! I have to be honest: I had a hard time deciding what to write about this week in honor of Pride.

Among the choices was my first Pride celebration in 1992 when I was still in the closet. Weaving my way among the 60,000 people I realized with watering eyes that I was not the only lesbian on the planet. Or ten years later, when I was honored to be a grand marshal in the Pride Parade. I was in kidney failure and on dialysis, but my friends made sure to crank the AC in the convertible that day so I wouldn’t pass out.

There are great memories of marching in the parade every year afterward with Q100, even pushing my way down Peachtree Street in a torrential downpour. If the crowd was getting drenched while celebrating, I thought, so would I.

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Atlanta Pride taps six grand marshals for annual parade

The six grand marshals for this year’s Atlanta Pride parade range from a longtime member of the leather community to a Latina queer immigration rights activist. There will also be a contingent of HIV activists marching as grand marshals to honor the 30th anniversary of the disease that decimated the gay community.

“There’s not one person on this list who wasn’t nominated by the community,” said Atlanta Pride Executive Director JP Sheffield.

Atlanta Pride will be held Oct. 8-9 in conjunction with National Coming Out Day.

The Atlanta Pride Committee — a total of 25 people including the board of directors, committee members and staff — chose the grand marshals from names submitted by the community during a one-month open nomination period, Sheffield said.

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Georgia Rep. Simone Bell to speak at San Diego Pride event

simone bell web story on san diego pride

Georgia State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) heads out west this weekend to speak at the San Diego Women's Pride Brunch before the parade steps off.

Bell, the first African-American out lesbian elected to a state legislature, speaks at the 11th annual brunch on Saturday, July 16.

“I ran for office so that I could bring together all of my passions toward social justice and human rights,” Bell said in an interview with the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.

“I’ve worked in the LGBT community for many years. I also worked in health care for more than 10 years. I’ve been an organizer in my neighborhood around affordable housing, elder issues, youth empowerment, etc. I’ve also been out since I was 13 years old,” Bell said. “Running for public office was very organic to the journey I was on.”

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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.