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[Photos] Evening for Equality raises $65K

Georgia Equality's Evening for Equality

Hundreds of people attended Georgia Equality's Evening for Equality fundraiser on June 29, 2013, at Twelve Hotel in Atlantic Station — just days over the historic rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality.

The largest event to date, this year's Evening for Equality raised $65,000 that will go toward funding Georgia Equality initiatives including lobbying for workplace non-discrimination, creating safe schools for LGBTQ students, HIV/AIDS advocacy, hate crimes legislation, relationship recognition and more.

The evening honored state Rep. Karla Drenner as the sponsor of Georgia's Fair Employment Practices Act that would protect state employees from being fired based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Receiving awards for their contributions were Anthony Michael Kreis, who received the Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award; The Lloyd Russell Foundation (headed up by Pamm Burdett) with the Phillip Rush Community Builder Award; and Da'zon Dixon Diallo, founder of SisterLove Inc.; with the Champion for Equality award.

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[Photos] Indigo Girl Amy Ray rocks hometown crowd at Atlanta Pride

Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls

Hometown favorite Amy Ray, best known as one half of the beloved folk duo Indigo Girls, brought her edgier solo show to the Atlanta Pride stage on Sunday evening.

Backed by the Butchies, Ray rocked through a set that opened with her striking “Rural Faggot” and closed with her mandolin-driven ode to standing up against religious hate, “Let it Ring.”

Ray spoke from the stage about the significance of playing Atlanta Pride and dedicated a song to her partner, Carrie. To hear more from Ray about her experience of coming out personally and in her music career, please read our full interview here.