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TABLE OF CONTENTS
8 Contributors 10 Welcome letter from Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. 12 Letter from Congressman John Lewis 14 Letter from Mayor Kasim Reed 16 Letter from City Counsel Member Alex Wan 19 FESTIVAL INFORMATION 20-21 Event Staff 22 Committee information 24-25 Sponsors 26-27 Stride Into Pride schedule 30-31 Festival programming schedule 32 Community Health Expo 34-35 Parades and Marches 36-40 Guidelines and services 42-43 Coca-Cola Stage schedule 44 Bud Light Stage schedule 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
GRAND MARSHALS AND HONORARY GRAND MARSHALS Dr. Julie Kubala Jeff Graham Anita Rae Strange Danny Ingram Rev. Joshua Noblitt Vandy Beth Glenn Sigma Omega Phi Fraternity, Inc. The Armorettes Grand Marshal biographies Ben Cohen, MBE Stuart Milk
57-62 Entertainment preview 63-67 Pride behind the scenes 68 Pride mixes 69-74 Out on Film preview 75-76 Come Out and Vote 77-83 Q-Shots 84-86 Community Spotlight: Grady Health System 87 Community spotlight: Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta 88 Community spotlight: JustUsATL 89 Community spotlight: Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc. 90-97 Athletes Next Door 98 Prides of the Southeast
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LEGAL NOTICE The Official Atlanta Pride Guide is produced and published annually by the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization located at 1530 Dekalb Avenue NE, Suite A, Atlanta, Georgia 30307. The editorial content of this publication is the sole property of the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., or is otherwise used under license or other express permission by the respective owner. All content contained herein is subject to the copyright protections of the United States. Nothing appearing in the magazine may be reprinted, nor reproduced, either wholly or in part, without express written permission of the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. All trademarks, logos, or descriptive terms created by, or on behalf of, the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. It should not be assumed by any reader that the inclusion of any individual’s photograph, article, or quotation is indicative of that individual’s sexual orientation. The Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., assumes no responsibility for the statements or claims of advertisers. Extensive care has been taken in order to ensure that the accuracy of the information contained herein at the time of printing; however, the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., assumes no responsibility for any changes in the event layout, program changes or cancellations, or any other effect as a result of the information communicated herein. COPYRIGHT ATLANTA PRIDE COMMITTEE, INC. 2012. All rights reserved.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Glen Paul Freedman, Chair
Jamie Green-Fergerson, Vice Chair
Trisha Clymore, Treasurer
Jason Lewis, Secretary
FESTIVAL COMMITTEE Accessibility – Faith Powell
Backstage Security – Vonda Bentley-Brummett
Backstage Security – Kim Montgomery
Cultural Exhibit – Max Green
Festival Donations – Chris Quackenbush
Festival Services and Parade – Tim Garrett
History and Legacy – Stan Fong
Hospitality – Todd Dutton
Hospitality – Jason Williams
Logistics and Operations – Josh Howard
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FESTIVAL COMMITTEE Logistics and Operations – Monte Nunn
Market – Lee Armstrong
Programming – Tony Kearney
Volunteers – William Munden
Buck Cooke, Managing Director
Paul Gibson, Business Manager
Market – Al Shaffer
Pride Ambassadors – Stuart Blencoe
Pride Ambassadors – John Pine
Amber Moore, Programs Assistant
LEAD VOLUNTEERS Accessibility: Jeffrey Bigger, Emma Rosenzweig, Jackie Strauss, Ashtin Stone Backstage Security: Brian Boring, Christian Brummett, Mina Brummett, Justin Gavin, Kris Gulka Festival Services and Parade: Brandon Bush, Matthew Duncan, Josh Elek, Clyne Hodges, James Moorhead, Rick Neal, Arlene Noriega Finance: John England, Martha England Hospitality: Clint Wagner Logistics and Operations: Andrew Dugger, Joey Steiper
Market: LeAnn Austin, Anne Barr, Barb Becker, Barbara Bugg, Sheri Coleman, Robin Dennis, Dee Ford, Gail Hayes, Linda Hein, Robert McCarrier, Rob Miller, Karen Newell, Emily Paradowski, Connie Pugh, Jen Reasor, Sabrina Reasor, James Roberts, Traci Romero, Daman Shuman, Jen Smith Medical: Dr. Jason Schneider Photography: Wilson Kirkpatrick Pride Ambassadors: Stephen Dominy Programming: Corey Boone, Jonathan Duke, Debra Haas, Brett Hulst, Nikki Laird, Ryan Roche 2012 Atlanta Pride 21
committee information Accessibility Recruits sign language interpreters for programming during the Festival.
Arts & Graphics Responsible for advertising campaigns. Designs signage for the venue. Provide graphics input and support for the Atlanta Pride Committee.
Back Stage Security Responsible for providing security for the backstage areas of entertainment venues in the Venue. Handle any issues that may arise as well as securing artist preparation areas.
Cultural Exhibit Develops direction of exhibit. Oversees and edits content of exhibit panels. Coordinates set up and break down of exhibit at the festival. Staffs exhibit during event hours.
Festival Donations Recruits, schedules, and coordinates nonprofit groups to collect donations during the festival. Creates and maintains a safe area for groups returning with money.
Festival Services Provides information to festival-goers, ranging from maps of the Venue to history of the Atlanta Pride Committee and Festival.
History & Legacy Organizes and maintains photograph databases from all Pride related events. Catalogues historical items
Hospitality Responsible for providing food for 300+ volunteers. Maintains refreshments for the VIP Center, stocking with food and beverages.
Logistics Responsible for setup and breakdown of all areas of the Festival, from tents to tables to electricity. Works in conjunction with all onsite contractors.
Operations Manages inventory of permanent and rental items. Maintain Operations Center. Handles triage of logistical needs, security, personnel, market, first aid and other requests. Manages deliveries during the Festival and monitors the venue.
Parade Responsible for coordination of and communication with parade entrants. Handles logistics of parade assembly. Responsible for locating judges and coordinating gifts for winners of parade competitions.
Pride Ambassadors Act as hosts for the Friends of Pride, VIPs, and Sponsors who visit the VIP Center. Staff the VIP Center during the festival.
Programming Maintains and adheres to the stage schedules for the weekend, insuring that events occur as designated. Coordinates and executes programming elements throughout the park.
Volunteers Responsible for recruitment and retention of volunteers. Coordinates scheduling of volunteers for event. Handles all volunteer requests during the Festival, placing volunteers in areas where they are needed most. 22 2012 Atlanta Pride
2012 SMALL BUSINESS PARTNER PROGRAM Atlanta Pride would like to extend a special thank you to our corporate sponsors and our small business partners. We appreciate the efforts of these businesses and companies to make our event a success. Please do your part by supporting those businesses that support us. For the most up-to-date listing of our corporate sponsors and small business partners, please visit www.atlantapride.org or download our app from the iTunes App Store.
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Stride Into Pride 2012
Events leading into NFL Kick-off Sunday Sunday, September 9: 1:00-3:00 p.m. My Sister’s Room: 1271 Glenwood Avenue The Atlanta Falcons take on the Kansas City Chiefs in this regular season opener. Volunteers from Atlanta Pride will be on hand to collect donations for the organization. Pride Night Friday, September 14: 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. BJ Roosters: 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road The dancing men of BJ Roosters will put on a show for you while volunteers from Atlanta Pride sell fruity gelatin shots and accept donations to raise money for the organization. Backstreet Reunion Saturday, September 15: Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show begins at 9:00 p.m. Jungle Atlanta: 2115 Faulkner Road Re-live the glory days of gay Atlanta’s nightlife with DJ Rob Reum, DJ Bill Berdeaux, and Charlie Brown’s Cabaret, complete with filming for a documentary about Backstreet. Cover is $5.00 before 11:00 p.m. and $10.00 after 11:00 p.m. Dragnificent Wednesdays, September 19-October 31: Doors open at 9:00 p.m., show begins at 10:00 p.m. Jungle Atlanta: 2115 Faulkner Road Formerly known as Dragnique, Atlanta’s drag talent competition is back with a vengeance. Each week, tips from the contestants will be collected and donated to a local charity. Divine Rules Pageant for Pets Are Loving Support and I Am Divine Foundation Saturday, September 22: 8:00 p.m. Jungle Atlanta: 2115 Faulkner Road Nicole Paige Brooks hosts this fundraiser for PALS and the I Am Divine Foundation with judges Michelle Visage, Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, and Phoenix from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” 70s/80s Disco Party Friday, September 28: 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Atlanta Eagle: 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue Shake your groove thing and do the robot at this retro dance party. Volunteers from Atlanta Pride will be on hand to collect donations for the organization. Pride Night Saturday, September 29: 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Swinging Richards: 1400 Northside Drive NW Boy Next Door puts sexy underwear on the hot dancers of Swinging Richards for a unique auction to raise money for Atlanta Pride. 26 2012 Atlanta Pride
Twisted Sister Karaoke Wednesday, October 3: Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show begins at 9:00 p.m. My Sister’s Room: 1271 Glenwood Avenue With over 10,000 songs to pick from, come and belt out your favorite hip-hop, 80s, 90s, Top 40, and country hits. Volunteers from Atlanta Pride will be on hand to collect donations for the organization. Out on Film Thursday, October 4-Thursday, October 11 Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Atlanta’s favorite LGBT film festival. For a full schedule with dates, times, and locations of films, please visit www.outonfilm.org Atlanta Pride Beer Bust Saturday, October 6: 3:00-6:00 p.m. Fifth Ivory Public House: 794 Juniper Street Come enjoy a fall afternoon of football and fundraising for Atlanta Pride at this charming piano bar and restaurant and make sure you are thirsty for beer. Prizes will be raffled and a good time will be had by all. Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Gala Honoring Local and National Heroes Saturday, October 6: 6:30 p.m. VIP admission, 7:30 p.m. general admission, 764 Miami Circle Come enjoy celebrity appearances and performances at this cocktail attire event with libations and eats included. Tickets can be purchased online: www.glaad.org/atlantagala Mary-oke Saturday, October 6: 10:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m. Mary’s Neighborhood Bar: 1287 Glenwood Avenue Come out early (8PM) for a pre-karaoke DJ set and enjoy $2 Draft Beers & $3 Well Cocktails! Then at 11PM, Your host, CJ, takes over the party for Saturday Night Mary-oke (voted Best in the City by GA Voice, Creative Loafing and David Magazine for the past 7 years!). Volunteers from Atlanta Pride will be on hand to collect donations for the organization. NFL Sunday Sunday, October 7: 1:00-3:00 p.m. My Sister’s Room: 1271 Glenwood Avenue Come, hang out, watch football, and raise money for a good cause. Volunteers from Atlanta Pride will be on hand to collect donations for the organization.
Stride Into Pride 2012
Atlanta Pride Weekend Out on Film Screening: “Love Free or Die” – Sponsored by the Atlanta Pride Committee Sunday, October 7: 4:50 p.m. Midtown Art Cinema: 931 Monroe Drive A documentary on Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop who set a precedent in New Hampshire state politics, and the battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in the faith. In June 2003, with the election of Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church came under fire when it became the first Christian church to elect an openly gay partnered person as a bishop. Since that time, Robinson has been at the epicenter for the LGBT community to be fully accepted in the faith. Macky Alston’s film, winner of a special award at the Sundance Film Festival, follows Robinson as he deals with the fight. Atlanta Pride AIDS Vigil Wednesday, October 10: 7:00-8:00 p.m. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church: 781 Peachtree Street NE This year’s vigil theme is “Remember in Love, Celebrate with Pride, Commit to Action.” The annual Pride AIDS Vigil is a crucial part of Atlanta Pride’s festivities each year. It is a time set aside to remember so many loved ones we have lost along the way to AIDS and a call to action for the staggering work yet to be done in the face of a pandemic that continues to infect our community at an alarming rate. The joy of our Pride celebration is proportionate to the depth of our love. Come join us as we Remember in Love, Celebrate with Pride, and Commit to Action. All are welcome! Atlanta Pride Night at Dragnificent Wednesday, October 10: Doors open at 9:00 p.m., show starts at 10:00 p.m. Jungle Atlanta: 2115 Faulkner Road Come watch some of Atlanta’s best drag queens compete in this fierce talent competition. Tips collected from this show will be donated to Atlanta Pride. Commitment Ceremony Presented by Macy’s Thursday, October 11: 6:30-7:30 p.m. W Atlanta Midtown: 188 14th Street This non-denominational ceremony gives couples the opportunity to pledge their commitment to each other publicly before friends and family. Couples who wish to register pay a small fee and receive a certificate marking the occasion. Visit www.atlantapride.org for details and registration.
Dinner and Wine-tasting Presented By Chris Coleman Enterprises Thursday, October 11: First seating is at 7:00 p.m., second seating is at 8:30 p.m. Fifth Ivory Public House: 794 Juniper Street Come enjoy dinner and wine with a silent auction and live entertainment. There are two options for your meal: $30.00/person for two-course meal with wine or $50.00/person for four-course meal with wine. Atlanta Pride VIP/Sponsor Party Friday, October 12: 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Ocean Ballrooms INVITATION ONLY EVENT. Atlanta Pride’s Annual VIP/Sponsor Party features complimentary food and drinks. This event is our premier event for our individual donors and sponsors. A brief program will begin at 6:45 p.m. featuring recognition of our 2012 Grand Marshals and Honorary Grand Marshals and remarks from Congressman John Lewis, Stuart Milk, and Ben Cohen, MBE. For details about on how to receive tickets for the party, please visit our website and click “donate now”. Location and further details will be sent to our ticket holders. Official Atlanta Pride Kick-off Party Friday, October 12: 7:00-11:30 p.m. The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Main Entrance Join us for the Fourth Annual Official Atlanta Pride Kick-off Party at The Georgia Aquarium. The party features 2 DJs: DJ COREY CRAIG in the Atrium & DJ VICKI POWELL in the Oceans Ballroom Lounge $20.00 – PRIDE General Admission to the Aquarium party/ $25.00 Day of Event (if available) The Official Atlanta Pride Kick-off After Party Presented by Jungle Atlanta Friday, October 12: 9:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m. Jungle Atlanta: 2115 Faulkner Road The Third Annual Official Kick-off After-Party at the newly remodeled Jungle Atlanta features beats by DJ Ed Bailey (Washington, DC). Don’t want to wait to get into the evening’s hottest dance party? Purchase your ticket in advance to skip the line at www. jungleclubatlanta.com – admission $20.00, must be 21 and over to attend.
Schedules and locations are subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date schedule information, visit www.atlantapride.org or download our app from the iTunes App Store.
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Pride weekend Events
ALL WEEKEND Cultural Exhibit – 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. – Bridge over Lake Clara Meer Sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation For our sixth annual exhibit, Atlanta Pride focuses on the contributions of LGBT individuals in the creative fields, including art, motion pictures, television, theatre, and music. Market – 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. – Piedmont Park Featuring over 200 market vendor booths, the Pride Marketplace is the largest expo of its kind in the southeast and is comprised of non-profit organizations, small businesses, large businesses, and national corporations. Community Health Expo – 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. – Blue Market Booths Sponsored by Grady Health Services The Community Health Expo gathers community health organizations in one central location. Whether you need an HIV test, information on preventing breast cancer, or general information on staying healthy, these organizations can assist you.
SAT, OCTOBER 13, 2012 YoGaga (Lady Gaga-inspired yoga) – 10:00 a.m.-12 Noon – Piedmont Park Athletic FieldsPresented by lululemon athletica and Tough Love Yoga Join the fun as we twist, turn, and stretch to the songs of Mother Monster! Participants are encouraged to wear festive, Gaga-inspired costumes for this fun workout to start your weekend off on the right note. Children’s Event – 10:15 a.m.-12 Noon – Bud Light Stage Sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation Fun for the whole family! This all-ages event features interactive storytelling and an opportunity for LGBTQ parents to network. Car and Motorcycle Show – 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Roadway inside Piedmont Park between 12th Street and 14th Street Gates Come check out a host of classic cars and stunning motorcycles. Owners will be on hand to discuss their vehicles, many of which they personally refurbished. Literary Showcase – 12 Noon-2:00 p.m. – Bud Light Stage Join us for Atlanta Pride’s ninth annual literary showcase, which highlights the works of local writers and poets. Authors will be available to sign books during the showcase. Trans March – Assembly at 1:15 p.m., steps off at 1:45 p.m. – Visitor’s Center near 12th Street Gate Sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation This march celebrates and promotes visibility of the Trans community. The march takes place on the festival grounds and all Trans people and Trans allies are welcome to participate. We encourage people to make and bring signs supportive of Trans issues. Dyke March Pre-Party Social and Crafting Get-Down – 3:15-5:30 p.m. – Charles Allen Gate Sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation We’ll have snacks, music for dancing, and super nice folks for socializing. Join us to craft signs to carry, sashes, or anything that will make you stand out from the crowd. All are welcome, so allies planning to cheer on the Dyke March can come and make their signs, too! 30 2012 Atlanta Pride
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SAT, OCTOBER 13, 2012 Dyke March – Assembly at 5:30 p.m., steps off at 6:00 p.m. – Charles Allen Gate Sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation The Dyke March, with its focus on women, unites to create an atmosphere of inclusion and community. The march is open to all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith or age! You do not have to register for the Dyke March, simply show up at the Charles Allen Gate no later than 6:00 p.m. Official Dyke March and Trans March Closing Dance Party – 6:45 p.m. – Bud Light Stage Sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation Dyke March Folks, Trans March Folks, and queers of all stripes will be getting down to the sounds of our DJ Speakerfoxxx at this free event. All are welcome! Official Atlanta Pride Women’s Party Peach Dance Party – 9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. – Center Stage/The Loft, 1374 West Peachtree St. Presented by Curve Personals and Pandora Events Join over 2,000 women as they party the night away and celebrate in Southern style with DJ Pat Pat (Aqua Girl, Girls in Wonderland) on the turntables playing the hottest mix of hits. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door and can be purchased at the Curve Magazine booth at the Pride Marketplace. Kiki By the Park: Atlanta Pride Committee/Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation joint fundraiser – 9:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. – W Atlanta – Midtown Join rugby World Cup champion and 2012 Atlanta Pride Honorary Grand Marshal Ben Cohen, MBE, as he hosts this dance party benefitting the Atlanta Pride Committee and the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. Enjoy exclusive Scissor Sisters remixes, Kiki-inspired cocktails, and more surprises to come. Tickets available online: http://standuppridekiki.eventbrite.com
SUN, OCTOBER 14, 2012 Atlanta Pride Parade – Assembly at 10:00 a.m., steps off at 1:00 p.m. – Peachtree Street and Ralph McGill Boulevard to Charles Allen Drive NE and 10th Street The annual Atlanta Pride Parade is the largest parade in the City of Atlanta. Join tens of thousands of spectators as we celebrate our pride in the streets of Midtown. Starlight Cabaret – 7:05-9:00 p.m. – Coca-Cola Stage The best drag entertainment that the city has to offer closes out Pride weekend each year and is always a crowd-pleaser. Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party – 9:00 p.m. – Opera Nightclub, 1150 Peachtree Street NE Presented by Chris Coleman Enterprises Immediately following the Starlight Cabaret, close out your Pride weekend with DJ Hector Fonseca (NYC) and DJ Theresa (NYC) with three amazing levels, a gorgeous outdoor terrace, and VIP service. This event is 18 and over to attend but 21 and over to drink. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door and are available online: www.chriscolemanenterprises.com
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2012 COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO Sponsored by: Located in the BLUE market section, the Community Health Expo gathers community health organizations in one central location. Whether you need an HIV test, information on preventing breast cancer, or general information on staying healthy, these organizations can assist you. Some of our participants include:
FEMINIST WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER www.feministcenter.org
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH www.greaterthan.org
GRADY HEALTH system www.gradyhealth.org
THE HEALTH INITIATIVE www.thehealthinitiative.org
THE HOPE CLINIC OF THE EMORY VACCINE CENTER www.hopeclinic.emory.edu
New Community Health Expo event for 2012: YoGaga – Lady Gaga-inspired yoga 10:00 a.m.-12 Noon Saturday, October 13, 2012 Piedmont Park Athletic Fields Presented by: lululemon athletica &
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Parade & Marches
TRANS MARCH Steps off: Saturday, October 13, 1:45 p.m. Assembly begins at 1:15 p.m. at the Vistor’s Center This march celebrates and promotes visibility of the Trans community. The march takes place on the festival grounds and all Trans people and Trans Allies are welcome to participate. We encourage individuals to make and bring signs supportive of Trans issues. SECURITY Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to: public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety and standard vehicle insurance requirements.
About the Dyke March Who can join us: At the Atlanta Dyke March we center the experiences of dykes and welcome allies to join us. If you’re an ally we ask that you march with us if you support dykes politically, socially, and holistically. We ask that you respect our need to be visible and lead the demonstration. Volunteers: The Atlanta Dyke March is a demonstration of the visibility, the political value, and the passion of dykes. We are a grassroots, community-oriented group of dykes working as a part of the Atlanta Pride Festival. We believe that dykes share a history of unique creativity, resistance, and power that contributes to the vitality of LGBTQI communities. We are in solidarity with all dykes, recognizing the ways that sexism, homophobia, racism, xenophobia, classism, ableism, fatphobia, transphobia, and ageism block us from freedom to be our miraculous, glorious selves.
DYKE MARCH PRE-PARTY SOCIAL & CRAFTING GET DOWN
Saturday, October 13, 3:00 p.m. Charles Allen Gate in Piedmont Park We’ll have snacks, music for dancing, and super nice folks for socializing. Join us to craft pasties, signs to carry, sashes, or anything that will make you stand out from the crowd. All are welcome, so allies planning to cheer on the March, come make your signs, too!
DYKE MARCH KICKOFF
Assembly begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Charles Allen Gate Steps off: Saturday, October 13, 6:00 p.m. The Dyke March, with its focus on women, unites to create an atmosphere of inclusion and community. The march is open to all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith or age! You do not have to register for the Dyke March, simply show up at the Charles Allen Gate no later than 6:00 p.m. SECURITY Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to: public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety and standard vehicle insurance requirements
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OFFICIAL TRANS MARCH & DYKE MARCH CLOSING DANCE PARTY Saturday, October 13, 6:45 p.m. The Bud Light Stage
Dyke March Folks, Trans March Folks, and queers of all stripes will be getting down to the sounds of our DJ Speakerfoxxx at this free event. All are welcome! Trans March and Dyke March sponsored by the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation.
Parade & Marches
THE ATLANTA PRIDE PARADE
MARCHERS & VEHICLES There is no fee for an individual, couple, or nonprofit group to march in the parade, however you must register to be in the lineup. There is a small fee for for-profit businesses to march. Anyone wishing to have a vehicle in the parade must pay a fee. Please visit the website for more info.
FLOATS The Atlanta Pride Committee would like to encourage groups to showcase their organizations/businesses through a float. It is the one time of the year you can promote your group in front of the entire community. You may be surprised at the interest and excitement an entry in the Pride Parade can give to your organization. Please visit the Pride website for fees and regulation.
PRIDE PARADE KICKOFF Sunday, October 14, 1:00 p.m. SHARP Assembly begins at 10:30 a.m. on the streets near the Civic Center MARTA Station ROUTE The Parade will step off from the Civic Center MARTA Station. The parade merges off of Ralph McGill onto Peachtree Street and travels north. It then turns east on to 10th Street and follows 10th Street to the Charles Allen Gate entrance of Piedmont Park, where the Parade officially ends. All entries received after September 10 will be placed at the end of the parade. Parade order, staging setup, and all other information will be e-mailed to all registered entrants by September 21. All payments received after September 10 must be made by cashiers check, money order or credit card. Parade applications will close on October 5.
SECURITY Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety, and standard vehicle insurance requirements.
Schedules and locations are subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date schedule information, visit www.atlantapride.org or download our app from the iTunes App Store.
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Guidelines & Services
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Alcoholic beverages are sold within the festival grounds. You must present proper identification to purchase alcoholic beverages. Beverages purchased at the event must remain onsite and open containers may not leave the festival grounds. BOTTLES, CANS AND COOLERS POLICY: Bringing beverages, coolers or food into the festival grounds is discouraged. The money generated by our onsite beverage booths goes toward keeping the Atlanta Pride Festival FREE for all attendees. Glass bottles are prohibited on the festival grounds. Individuals may not bring in food or beverages for distribution. Outside alcohol in quantities deemed greater than that for personal consumption will be viewed as “intent to distribute” and confiscated. NO PETS ALLOWED: Per the City of Atlanta’s ordinance, no pets are allowed in Piedmont Park during any Class-A festival. Patrons attempting to bring animals onsite are subject to ticketing by the Atlanta Police Department. Service animals are exempt from this policy. TENTS: Lawn chairs and umbrellas are encouraged. Tents are allowed in specified areas of the park, but may not be staked. Sandbags or water weights may be used to secure tents. Any personal effects left on the grounds overnight (including tents) will be discarded. NO GRILLS OR BBQS: Per the City of Atlanta’s ordinance, no grills or BBQs are allowed in Piedmont Park during a Class-A festival. Patrons attempting to bring grills or BBQs onsite are subject to ticketing by the Atlanta Police Department. NO SMOKING: Per the City of Atlanta’s ordinance, no smoking is allowed in Piedmont Park. Patrons attempting to smoke onsite are subject to ticketing by the Atlanta Police Department. PRIDE INFORMATION AND MERCHANDISE: Information and official Atlanta Pride merchandise is available throughout the park.
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RULES TO REMEMBER: • Use of bicycles, vehicles, skateboards, scooters or skates/roller blades is prohibited on the festival grounds during the Atlanta Pride Festival. • Unauthorized vendors are prohibited from selling or giving away items and from conducting surveys or solicitations while on the festival grounds. • Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to: public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety and standard vehicle insurance requirements. LOST CHILDREN AND LOST AND FOUND: We do not operate a lost and found service for items or people. Lost children should be taken to the Coca-Cola® stage and every effort will be made to locate the child’s parent or guardian. FIRST AID: is available on site and qualified medical personnel will assist you. If you are feeling ill or get injured, please seek help at one of these locations. VIP SEATING AT THE COCA-COLA® STAGE: The Coca-Cola® stage is located near the Charles Allen entrance. Fenced-in VIP Seating is directly in front of the stage. To qualify for VIP Seating, visit www.atlantapride.org/donate VIP CENTER: Available for sponsors and certain levels of Friends of Pride donors and is located near the 12th Street Gate. To qualify for VIP Center, visit www.atlantapride.org/donate ATMS: Located throughout the Festival Grounds. NOTICE: The Atlanta Pride Committee, as the event organizer, reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the reasonable policies established for public safety or to restrict activities, such as vending or soliciting, to designated areas.
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FIRST AID SERVICES There are First Aid stations located conveniently throughout the event site in case of illness or injury. Paramedics and EMTs from Grady Health System staff these stations, which carry overthe-counter medications and various bandages for minor mishaps. For those festivalpatrons who may need more urgent attention, Grady Health Services will handle transports to the closest emergency room. SUNSCREEN It is recommended that patrons use sunscreen, even in cooler temperatures. DRINK PLENTY OF NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES The first aid tents see many people each year for dehydration; many have to go to the ER. Most people do a significant amount of walking during the festival and lose a tremendous amount of fluid from sweating. Free water is available at First Aid locations and other locations throughout the park. TAKE YOUR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS If your doctor has prescribed medications for you, remember to bring them with you if you will be at the festival during the times you normally take them. Also be aware of any side effects your medications may have, such as sensitivity to the sun, or negative interaction with alcohol. ENJOY IN MODERATION Alcohol intoxication can make the Festival much less enjoyable if it leads to nausea or vomiting, falls, passing out, or even DUI. If you intend to consume alcoholic beverages, please do so in moderation. We encourage festival-goers to have designated drivers or take public transportation. CONSIDER YOUR LIMITATIONS. Many attendees have limitations in their ability to walk long distances. The festival is large and covers a lot of ground. If you think you might need assistance, consider renting a wheelchair before coming to the festival. Many people are fine when they arrive, but find they have difficulty getting back to the car upon leaving. The Atlanta Pride Committee and First Aid staff cannot provide rides or transportation to your car, so please plan accordingly.
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ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES TRAVELING TO THE PARK There are numerous parking spaces designated as “accessible parking” in the SAGE parking deck located next to the park. There is wheelchair access from the deck directly into the park. These parking spaces are first-come, first-served and are subject to standard parking rates. MARTA’s Art Center station is the nearest train station to the festival. If possible, please consider using the rail line in order to reserve accessible parking spaces for those with limited stamina or mobility issues. ENJOYING THE EVENT There are accessible, portable rest rooms (with floors flush to the ground) located throughout the site. Accessible seating is located near the front of the Coca-Cola® stage for you and your guests. If you need to recharge your mobility device, we are happy to provide access to electricity in the Volunteer Check-In Center. If you have a medical emergency, please go to a Medical Services tent. A certified ASL interpreter will be provided if needed. ENJOYING THE PARADE Registration is free for individuals and groups on foot or using mobility devices. Please register in advance to participate in the Parade: www.atlantapride.org/parade The Atlanta Pride Committee does not have reserved parking for the parade, as our permit only covers the streets. However, there are numerous pay lots along the parade route. If you have an emergency while on the parade route, find the nearest Atlanta Police officer to request assistance. INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES All performances on the Coca-Cola Stage are interpreted in American Sign Language. For a complete schedule of interpreted events, or to request onsite interpreting services, please visit: www.atlantapride.org VOLUNTEERS We welcome deaf/hard-of-hearing/signing volunteers. Please fill out the volunteer registration form online at www.atlantapride.org/volunteer or visit Volunteer Check-In during the festival. If you are a hearing volunteer who signs, please indicate whether or not you have an ASL certification.
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PRIDE T-SHIRT COLOR CODE GUIDE MARKET Market volunteers wear white shirts with orange lettering. They work tirelessly assisting vendors from before the Festival opens until it closes. GENERAL VOLUNTEERS The 400+ people you see in white shirts with yellow lettering throughout the festival grounds are volunteers. Some work for 2 hours, some work all week. The Atlanta Pride Committee could not run the event without these folks! LEAD VOLUNTEERS The volunteers wearing white shirts with blue lettering devote a minimum of 24 hours during the event and serve as “point people” for the Festival Committee. They are in at least their second year of volunteering and are great leaders! FESTIVAL DONATIONS The Festival Donations teams wear white shirts with bright teal letters. Please give generously! Half of the money these volunteers collect goes back to their own nonprofit organizations and the other half goes to Atlanta Pride. FESTIVAL INFORMATION The Festival Information teams wear bright pink shirts. These volunteers have a variety of knowledge about the event and can help you find your way around the festival grounds. They are equipped with park maps and programming schedules. EVENT STAFF Festival Committee, Board and Staff wear black shirts marked “EVENT STAFF” on the back during the Festival. Committee & Board members volunteer their time year round on the event and are great resources for information.
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SAT., OCTOBER 13, 2012 2 p.m. Justin Utley
4:15 p.m. DEMIZES
7:05 p.m. Rita Ora Presented by
The Sexual Side Effects Kat Graham
8:05 p.m. Andy Bell of Erasure Presented by
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5:15 p.m. Gurufish
6:10 p.m. Amy Ray
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2:15 p.m. Juliana Finch
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4:40 p.m. Jamie Charoen
5:25 p.m. Dylan Michael
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Jeff Graham Executive Director Georgia Equality
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Danny Ingram National President American Veterans for Equal Rights
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Rev. Joshua Noblitt Minister of Social Justice Saint Mark United Methodist Church 50 2012 Atlanta Pride
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Vandy Beth Glenn Legislative Editor Georgia General Assembly
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Sigma Omega Phi Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Chapter
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Grand Marshal Bios Dr. Julie Kubala is the Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Women’s Studies Institute at Georgia State University. She earned her doctorate from Emory University in 1997 from the Institute of the Liberal Arts, where she focused on feminist and queer theory, literary and cultural criticism, and personal narrative. Dr. Kubala was one of the community members who came together to organize and hold the first Dyke March in Atlanta. She was also an integral part of the formation of what is now the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life at Emory University. Last year, she was one of the organizers of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference in Atlanta and has a history of volunteer work with Estrofest, Cliterati, Amazon Feminist Group, Lesbian Avengers, Queer Progressive Agenda (past), Act Up, MondoHomo, Sisters in Sports, and Girls’ Rock Camp. Currently, she is affiliated with the East Point Possums, Faces of Feminism, Black Out, and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Jeff Graham is the executive director of Georgia Equality, an organization that works to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities throughout Georgia. One of Georgia Equality’s lead programs is the facilitation of the Georgia HIV Advocacy Network. Jeff began advocating on LGBT and AIDS related issues as a college student in the mid-1980’s and has continued his advocacy on these issues since that time. He has been involved in a wide variety or grassroots and legislative advocacy campaigns and has served as either an executive director or board member to a number of local and national organizations working on issues related to gay and transgender rights, access to healthcare, community empowerment and HIV/AIDS. Jeff has received numerous awards and recognition for both his advocacy and nonprofit work from organizations such as the National Center for Human Rights Education, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta City Council, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and several publications and organizations within the local LGBT and HIV communities. He is a current board member of Georgians for a Healthy Future and the national Equality Federation, and is a former board member of the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition. Anita Rae Strange, also known as Blondie, has been an entertainer for over 30 years and began her career at the Clermont Lounge, where she still performs today. Known for her “tough-as-nails” persona, Anita Rae is a passionate activist around HIV/AIDS causes and is a tireless advocate for LGBT rights while struggling against economic hardship and health concerns. She is a symbol of perseverance for many people who look to her for inspiration as she continues to entertain despite the racial stigma, which surrounded her for much of her career as one of the only African-American performers at a predominately white club, and aging. The subject of the documentary “AKA Blondie,” Anita Rae has a cult following with many LGBT fans and admirers and is gaining wider attention as the documentary makes it rounds on the film festival circuit.
Danny Ingram is the National President of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) and served in the United States Army from 1988 to 1994. Following a 1992 statement made in support of Bill Clinton’s promise to lift the ban, Danny became one of the first soldiers to be discharged from the U.S. military under the then new “Don’t Ask, Dont Tell” law in April 1994, 10 days before his ETS date. Sixteen years later, Danny was invited by the Obama White House to attend the Presidential Signing ceremony that repealed the DADT law. Danny serves as Treasurer of the DeKalb County Democratic Party and is a Senior Business Analyst at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was the recipient of the 2003 Don Bratcher Human Relations Award in recognition for his work in helping establish domestic partner benefits for University System of Georgia employees. Danny lives in Decatur, GA, with his partner Harry. Highly active in various veterans’ issues, Danny is a Life Member of AVER, AMVETS, Veterans For Peace, and the Alexander Hamilton Post of the American Legion.
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Rev. Joshua Noblitt is the Minister of Social Justice at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta. His specialized ministry involves leading program and volunteer opportunities related to all social justice issues as well as working in private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, mediator and mitigation specialist. Rev. Noblitt completed his Master of Divinity at Emory University in 2004 and his undergraduate studies at Greensboro College in 2000. Rev. Noblitt serves on the Board of Directors for the Reconciling Ministry Network, a national organization that seeks full inclusion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in the United Methodist Church, is a member of the Atlanta Police Department LGBT Advisory Board, serves as Vice President of the South Atlanta Civic League, and is a 2011 LEAD Atlanta alumni. You can visit Rev. Noblitt’s therapy practice online: www.joshuanoblitt.com Vandy Beth Glenn is a Georgia native, writer, editor, public speaker, and transwoman. She lives in Decatur, with her human partner and four feline dependents. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. In October 2007, she was fired from her job at the Georgia General Assembly for announcing her intention to change gender from male to female, a move her boss described as “inappropriate.” With the help of Lambda Legal she brought a federal case before the federal court for the Northern District of Georgia and later the federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Both courts—four unanimous judges—described her firing as “illegal” and required the state government to restore her job in December 2011. She has been back under the Gold Dome ever since. She has been interviewed by various media outlets, including ABC News, NPR, the Associated Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GA Voice, and Washington Blade. She received awards from Southern Voice, the Human Rights Campaign, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, and was a GA Voice newspaper’s Person of the Year for 2011. She has spoken at public events in Atlanta, Washington, Fort Lauderdale, and Connecticut. You can read her blog online: www.vandybethglenn.com The national fraternity Sigma Omega Phi was founded in 2008. Atlanta is the national headquarters as well as the home of the Alpha Chapter. The Fraternity is for all masculine-identified gay females also known as Studs, AGs, Doms, Butch, Masculine of Center, Masculine Queer, etc. This chapter is currently small in terms of members but is large in the amount of community service in which they are involved. Members feed the hungry and provide blankets to the homeless in winter. They tutor masculine-identified gay females with studying for their GEDs through their national program, the SCHOLAR Program. Additionally, the group hosts several of the fourth Thursday Real Bois Talk Health program discussion groups. They have helped several masculine-identified homeless youths. They routinely serve as volunteers for several of the LGBT community large events along with developing and helping each member grow. For over 33 years, the Armorettes have been premier fundraisers for HIV/AIDS in the gay and lesbian community while providing the absolute best in camp entertainment. They have raised well over $1.9 million for AIDS support services. Over 70 men have donned drag to help raise money for this worthwhile cause as members of the Infamous Camp Drag Queens of the South. Each member of the troupe, from the original cast of seven to the current cast, has dedicated a part of his or her life to serving causes in the gay and lesbian community. Raising money, awareness of issues, and providing a good time to anyone who would spend a Sunday night with them has always been their aim. From the original Homecoming event that raised just over $2,000.00 for AID Atlanta to the current cast of tireless volunteers who are committed to many community causes, the Armorettes continue their legacy of service. The Armorettes perform every Sunday at Burkhart’s at 8:00 p.m. and every third Saturday of the month at The Heretic Backroom Burlesque Show.
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Ben Cohen, MBE Chariman and Founder Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation
Ben Cohen, MBE, is among the world’s greatest athletes. He is an England Rugby World Cup champion, and second in all-time scoring for his country. He is first among straight athletes to focus his philanthropic efforts for the benefit of LGBT people. In May 2011, Mr. Cohen retired at the top of his game to found the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. As Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Cohen travels worldwide speaking to students and corporations about the importance of character, respect and equality in creating a kinder world. The cause is close to his heart, as Mr. Cohen’s own father was beaten to death when he stood up for an employee who was being attacked. Mr. Cohen has reached millions of people with his message through global media coverage, films and nearly 300,000 followers on social media. With his leadership, cities across the United States have passed StandUp declarations, calling for an end to bullying. Working with the UK Home Office, he has led the charge for the StandUp Charter to end homophobia across sports in his country, including broad adoption to date in soccer, rugby and tennis.
“I am thrilled to have been named one of the Honorary Grand Marshals for this year’s Atlanta Pride Parade. As the home of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, this city has special significance, and it will be great to celebrate equality and unity with the community that I consider my home in the States.”
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Stuart Milk is an international human rights activist, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. He is the Co Founder and Board President of the Harvey Milk Foundation, an all volunteer run global non profit. As the nephew of Harvey Milk - the iconic civil rights activist and one of first openly gay elected officials in the world - Stuart has taken his uncle’s message of authenticity, example of courage and the power of collaboration onto the global stage supporting local, regional and national human rights struggles on five continents. He successfully led campaigns for the establishment of the now official annual Harvey Milk holiday in California along with Milks induction into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and he accepted on behalf of his uncle the highest civilian honor in the U.S., the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama. He continues to lead efforts to have the diversity affirming legacy of Harvey Milk taught in public schools, memorialized on buildings, LGBT Centers, monuments and parks worldwide.
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Stuart Milk Co-Founder and Board President Harvey Milk Foundation
“I am thrilled to have been invited and look forward to the privilege of joining the greater Atlanta region in celebrating the 42nd Pride! Atlanta Pride is such a vital venue to showcase a communities broad and inclusive leadership and at the same time provide an important and often life changing event that at its core, says to each young person - you are not only valued, but your authenticity is celebrated here - you are not alone.”
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Stuart has provided major public addresses before dozens of Parliaments and legislative bodies, lectured at leading Universities, in faith communities, before board rooms and at public rallies across the world. He has led collaborative national and international congresses on minority inclusion, diversity education, and workplace acceptance. Having over two decades of leadership experience in both public and private workforce programs, Stuart often consults with business and community organizations finding the intersection of economic growth and social progress. He has been widely recognized with numerous national and International awards as one of the most tireless advocates of a globally inclusive LGBTI rights movement. Stuart also serves on the boards of Equality California, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), Marriage Equality USA, the International Conference on Disadvantaged Youth (ICDY) and he is Co-Chair of the Beyond Tolerance Global Initiative.
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Atlanta Pride rolls out the red carpet for entertainers from all over the world Each year, Atlanta Pride reaches deep down into their bag of tricks to offer two days of world-class entertainment on two stages, and 2012 is no exception. Among them are Atlanta rock band The Sexual Side Effects, folk/rock star Amy Ray, singer/songwriter Justin Utley, and dance star Kristine W. These artists made time to share their thoughts about the Pride movement and their selection to perform at Atlanta Pride.
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Utley agreed with her. “It means coming together as a community to celebrate our diversity, our history, and our culture, to acknowledge the challenges we face and our future,” he said. Amber Taylor, lead singer of The Sexual Side Effects, discussed her belief that our attitude carries over to our movement. “I think the real point of pride is for us to all be positive and for us to make a positive change in our society, with our peers, in our neighborhoods, with strangers that we meet,” she said. “It is a time to not only have tolerance for other people who are not like you but to have respect for everyone. The way that that can be achieved is to have a good attitude and to change the world for the better.”
Ray’s travels and experiences as a solo artist and half of the Indigo Girls have given her a deep understanding of the meaning of Pride. “I think, for me, Pride is always a celebration for the work done before me to pave the way for the gay, lesbian, transgender, and bi community,” Ray said. “Part of it is a celebration of the work we have to do in front of us. Part of it is a time to bind together with our allies and all stand together to help this community.”
For some of the performers, the notion of what they expect from Pride has changed over time. “For me, it used to be a fun, flashy parade with some booths and drag queens,” Utley said. “Once I moved to New York, really understood where the movement began and why, and visited the park near The Stonewall Inn where the riots happened, I got a taste of the true meaning of Pride.” As a community of LGBTQ individuals and our allies, we should never lose sight of our origins. “We really stand on the shoulders of incredibly brave men and women,” Utley said. “That’s something we should never take for granted.”
Kristine W. has noticed the change within our community over time in terms of our comfort with our sexual orientation. “I think people are much more open about their lifestyles than they were 10 years ago,” she said. “They introduce me to their partners as their husbands, brag about how long they have been together, and they don’t look over their shoulders anymore to see who’s listening.” Utley returns to Atlanta Pride for his second performance in 2012, and he enjoyed his first time at our Pride last year. “I was impressed by the scale of the festival,” Utley said, “and how down to earth and friendly everyone is – hey, New York is a little rough! I was also very moved by the parade, seeing religious groups on the streets as our allies, supporting our pursuit of equality and dignity. I feel very honored to be coming back to celebrate Pride with you again.” Ray also noted the support of the greater Atlanta community. “In Atlanta, I think people have become more open and I know there are some churches along Peachtree who support the parade and welcome the community and some who didn’t and some that didn’t have been moved over time and the welcoming churches are still there,” Ray said. “It’s a great time to gather together and reflect.”
Staunch ally Kristine W. has travelled the world and brings her broad perspective to our Pride festival. “Pride is a yearly celebration of the gay communities around the globe who come together and celebrate how far they have come and gain momentum and support for the future,” she said. “I think Pride reconnects everyone in a way that is so special and you come away with a sense of belonging to something powerful. Love and respect everyone for their differences and celebrate the diversity.”
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She also observed the balance between the fun aspects of Atlanta Pride alongside more socially conscious aspects of the festival.
“Once they hear our show, we start to win them over,” she said. “Every show is life and death for us. We have that one time to connect with every individual there and to make an impact on them.
“I think Atlanta has consistently had a good balance of celebration and activism in the marches,” she said. “I have played a lot of Prides and for some places, it’s just a party and I think it’s important to have some activism in there. I think Atlanta has always done a great job of balancing that.”
“I will definitely have more of these,” Taylor said as she lifted up her bruised knee. “Battle wounds, I call them.” “Just like an Olympic athlete, we train for our shows. When we do a tour or a big show, I do endurance training with my cycling to be able to handle being on stage. We practice hard to be better musicians,” she said. “I think I am really a warrior reincarnated in a musician’s body. Music is war, really, and you take the war out to every city and it’s hard to get them to listen and pay attention. We give it our all.”
“I love Atlanta and have many wonderful friends there,” Kristine W. said. For Taylor and her band-mates in The Sexual Side Effects, there’s no place like home. “We’ve been playing a lot of Pride festivals around the country and headlined Houston Pride. This is the one where we know the most people, it’s our home community. It’s home base,” Taylor said. “You realize how gay Atlanta is and how wonderful it is. It makes you realize how good we have it in Atlanta.” Given her background as a Decatur native, it is no surprise that Ray also had a personal story associated with Atlanta Pride. “The first time we met Elton John was at Atlanta Pride,” she said. “He’s a huge icon to us and he was at Atlanta Pride, so that says something to everyone. “I guess every show we’ve played for Atlanta Pride has been amazing. Growing up in the city, I’ve been to the festival to march and to celebrate. I’ve been there with my siblings and my family and had a great time. You feel strong and feel loved.” “It’s motivating to me to see our community come together, and that my message and music is impacting and relevant,” Utley said. “It’s what keeps me motivated to do what I do, whether I’m in Wichita or Stockholm. To connect with the people at Pride is the most important aspect of performing at a city’s Pride.” 60 2012 Atlanta Pride
Kristine W. echoed the importance of the personal connection with the people at festivals. “I love performing at Prides because I get to be in the middle of the celebration, see all that positive energy, and I get to remind them of how wonderful they are and how blessed I am to be there with them,” she said, noting how much she owes LGBTQ people. “The community has given me so much emotional and creative support,” Kristine W. said. “Performing at the clubs, galas, and Pride events helped me finance this new dance album that I am so proud of. My fans have wanted this album for a very long time and I am so thankful we all made it happen together.” So what do these artists have planned for their performances at Atlanta Pride? Taylor promises “Rock and roll – something different, something that’s going to literally rock your socks off.” Despite the fact that LGBTQ audiences often “don’t get” their music, The Sexual Side Effects eventually make a connection.
Utley promised a varied collection for his set. “My last album, ‘Nothing This Real,’ was released a month after Atlanta Pride last year, so you’ll hear some songs from that album,” he said. “Maybe a cover or two in there, but overall, I plan to blast some good altcountry-rock in Atlanta and share some behind-the-scenes stories about what influenced the songs I write.” While many fans might be more familiar with Ray as half of the Indigo Girls, she mentioned the differences between her solo show from an Indigo Girls show. “It is similar in its vibe where it’s supposed to be about everyone engaging in themselves and their community, belonging and fun and the things I want the music to mean to people,” Ray said. “My solo stuff is a lot more rock. It’s electric with a full band, lots of dancing. It’s a rock show and it’s less folk, but there’s still folk in there. You can imagine – it’s me. There’s folk but a lot of rock in there. “We’re going to play songs from all of my solo records and we’ll be focusing mostly on what pride is about and just kind of be in the spirit of that – be celebratory and bring up some things that make us think about what we’re doing in the gay community and what more we need to do,” she said.
Kristine W.’s performance at Atlanta Pride is part of her tour to promote her latest album release. “‘New and Number Ones’ is an album that has nine brand new tracks and four of my first number one hits re-produced by killer dance music producers from around the world,” she said. “We have many countries represented on this album the UK, Holland, Sweden, Spain, USA, etc., so it is a diverse team but we worked as a unit to create musical cohesion. I am very proud of how it turned out!”
got bills to pay.’ It’s a party song with a message.” “I will be performing many of the songs from the new album. I am bringing two of my Las Vegas dancers so you will see lots of costumes and props ... very Vegas, of course,” the Nevada resident teased. Rock bands, singer/songwriters, dance artists, hip-hop performers, and folk icons all coming together to advance our movement for equality … for free? What more could you want from a festival?
The first single from the album is the pulsing, throbbing track “Everything That I Got,” which is climbing up the Billboard dance charts. “We are off to an amazing start,” Kristine W. said of “Everything.” “It is selling well and is getting added left and right into DJ play lists around the world,” she said. “It’s a fierce song and talks about what most of us are dealing with economically and possibly even relationship-wise. It speaks to those of us who have really had to work everything we got to stay afloat in these trying times – ‘Gotta find a way/ We
Utley actually had a suggestion: “Lets have a Kiki!” Hopefully we will see him at the Kiki By the Park on the Saturday night of the festival.
The Sexual Side Effects, Justin Utley, Kristine W., and Amy Ray are just a few of the entertainers who will fill the Bud Light Stage and Coca-Cola Stage. For the most updated talent schedule, please visit www.atlantapride.org or download our app from the App Store on iTunes.
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Behind the scenes
It takes an army of volunteers to make Atlanta’s largest LGBT event a success. You could be one of them.
Pride from the inside By Laura Douglas-Brown, GA Voice (www.thegavoice.com)
You’ve probably seen them in Piedmont Park during Pride: Clad in brightly colored t-shirts in a rainbow of colors, they give out information, provide security, staff the stage, help vendors, keep the parade moving, and much more. Some even get to drive those cool golf carts. They are Atlanta Pride’s volunteers, and it takes more than 300 to make the two-day festival come off without a hitch.
With an organizational budget of more than $700,000 — and more than $1,000,000 moving through the festival including vendors and sponsors — Atlanta Pride is larger than many of the city’s small businesses. But the festival keeps costs in check with only one full-time and two part-time employees, plus dedicated volunteers for a variety of key tasks. The complexity of the planning surprised even Buck Cooke, who took a
full-time staff role as managing director in February after former Pride Executive Director James Sheffield left to become director of organizational development at the Health Initiative, which works to address LGBT health concerns. “The rose colored glasses are definitely gone and I see all of the action going on behind the curtain. I keep looking for the Wizard of Oz. I’ll send out a press release when I find him,” Cooke jokes. 2012 Atlanta Pride 63
behind the scenes Prior to joining Pride’s staff, Cooke had volunteered for five years — two as a logistics volunteer, and then three years as programming co-chair. “Even though I’ve been involved with the organization for years, I had NO CLUE how complicated this is,” he says. “I knew it would involve a great deal of multitasking and lots of moving parts to every aspect of the festival and our other programming, but I was still surprised. I am never bored at work, but I’d rather be busy than be bored anytime.” Like Cooke, many Pride attendees also don’t get quite how complicated the festival is. That’s the biggest misconception about Pride, he says. “I think some people really, honest to goodness, think the festival and the other programming we do just happens,” he says.
Atlanta Pride by the numbers • Pride attendance: 200,000+ • Number of full-time staff: 1 • Number of part-time staff: 2 • Number of year-round volunteers: 27 • Total number of volunteers: 300+ • Number of volunteer shifts throughout the festival: 258 • Months it takes to plan a Pride festival: 12+
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“They don’t understand the months of applications for food vendors, market vendors, parade entries, entertainers, etc. All of those things take a lot of planning and organization and time to review, not the mention the work done with our sponsors, small business partners, and donors.” That doesn’t mean, however, that you need to have a lot of time available in order to get involved with Pride. While some volunteers work year-round, the shortest volunteer shift during the festival starts at just four hours. Far from looking down on those with just a few hours to give, Pride welcomes them — there are 258 volunteer shifts during the festival. “It is cool that I get to meet so many new people who are volunteering for the first time and those friends returning to assist throughout the weekend,” says Pride Board Chair Glen Paul Freedman, who has volunteered with the organization since 1995. “I always hear the same remarks that volunteering allows me to give something back to our community, be truly out and proud and supportive of an organization who treats me and my friends with respect and show us a great time,” Freedman says. “Of course, you get a real cool Pride volunteer t-shirt!”
And if you would prefer to party rather than work during Pride weekend, the Atlanta Pride Committee could still use your help during other parts of the year. “We are looking for people to help with fundraising, stewardship, graphics and design, volunteer development, event planning, and community outreach,” Cooke says. Pride is also debuting a new effort called Pride Ambassadors, a group of volunteers who will attend Prides in other cities, as well as Atlanta Pride events, to “represent Atlanta Pride like freshman orientation leaders at a college.” Look for them during the festival, and then consider whether you would like to join them in the coming months.
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Help create the festival you want There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer for Atlanta Pride, and a core group of longtime volunteers serves as testimony to the inspiration that comes from getting involved. “For me personally, Pride is not just local it is a global movement,” says Trisha Clymore, who first volunteered for Pride in 1994 as an apprentice on the market committee. Over almost two decades, Clymore has served as a volunteer, part-time staff, full-time employee, and board member for Atlanta Pride. She has also been a co-president of InterPride, an international group of Pride organizers. “The importance of Pride in the world has become more significant to me especially as it relates to the struggles that the LGBTQ community has in producing any sort of Pride event in hostile environments, even in the U.S.,” she says. Fixing something you don’t like is also a good reason to get involved. Just ask Cooke, who first volunteered to take on more leadership with Atlanta Pride after grousing to his friend, volunteer and former board chair Cain Williamson. “One year, I was really disappointed in some of the talent at the festival and was complaining and Cain got fed up with me complaining and said, ‘Buck Cooke, either apply to run the entertainment for Pride and fix it since you don’t like who they bring or shut up,’” he recalls.
and a much-needed reality check for me. I was one of ‘those people’ who just criticize things without trying to contribute,” Cooke says. “I hate people like that, so I changed my attitude. I wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the problem, so I asked how I could get involved.” And along with changing Atlanta Pride, you might just find yourself changed for the better too. As Clymore says to those considering volunteering, simply, “Do it!” “It can be life changing and it will broaden your perspective of what Pride means.”
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Why isn’t Atlanta Pride held during National LGBT Pride Month?
From June to October By Laura Douglas-Brown, GA Voice (www.thegavoice.com)
June is National LGBT Pride Month, chosen to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, viewed as the start of the modern LGBT rights movement. So why is Atlanta’s festival in the fall?
In June 1969, a ragtag group of gay street youth, drag queens, dykes and transgender people fought back against a relatively routine police raid at New York City’s Stonewall Inn.
The one-word answer is simple: weather. The longer answer also involves accessibility, city policies, and planning.
By the next year, cities began hosting rallies and celebrations to mark the anniversary of Stonewall, creating the Gay Pride events that continue to this day.
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Atlanta held its first Pride march in 1971, when about 100 people marched down Peachtree Street to Piedmont Park. For most of the next four decades, Atlanta Pride was held in June in the park. But that changed in 2008, due to a massive drought that struck the region. City officials booted all large festivals
from the parched parks, fearing the grass would not be able to recover from prolonged foot traffic.
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Held over July Fourth weekend at the Civic Center, Atlanta Pride attendance and finances suffered. Pride leaders knew that for the festival to survive and thrive, they had to get back to Piedmont Park, gay Atlanta’s backyard. So they managed to move back to the park for 2009, but over Halloween, to get around city policies that limited festivals in the summer season. In 2010, organizers decided to make the date change official, choosing to hold Atlanta Pride on the second weekend in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day, which is Oct. 11. While some still miss the June festivities, there’s no denying the cooler weather makes the festival more accessible for older people, children, those with illnesses, or just anyone who doesn’t enjoy sweating in 100-degree heat and high humidity. Moving Pride back to June would also require extensive planning and intensive fundraising, since a year’s worth of organizing and raising money would be compressed into mere months between October of one year and the next June. Plus, Pride organizers are quick to point out that Atlanta is not without a June commemoration of Stonewall. The city now celebrates Stonewall Month with a diverse slate of activities ranging from the wildly popular East Point Possums drag show to smaller educational events. For more on Stonewall Month activities, visit Atlanta Pride’s website www.atlantapride.org 2012 Atlanta Pride 67
So many people identify festivals with music, so APC wanted to put together some playlists to get you charged up for the festival. Visit your local, gay-owned retailer or download these songs to put you in the Atlanta Pride state of mind. 2012 Talent Primer We have some electrifying talent booked for this year’s festival, so here are some recommendations on songs to learn so you can sing along with our performers. “How We Do (Party)” by Rita Ora “R.I.P.” by Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah “Everything That I Got” by Kristine W. and Bimbo Jones “One More Try” by Kristine W. “Land of the Living” by Kristine W. “Love is the Look” by Kristine W. “Some Lovin’” by Murk vs. Kristine W. “100% Pure Love” by Crystal Waters “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” by Crystal Waters “Destination Unknown” by Alex Gaudino featuring Crystal Waters “Always” by Erasure “Chains of Love” by Erasure “A Little Respect” by Erasure “Take a Chance on Me” by Erasure “Oh L’amour” by Erasure “Breathe” by Erasure “Sucker for Love” by Erasure “Crazy” by Andy Bell “Runaway” by Andy Bell “Will You Be There?” by Andy Bell “Call On Me” by Andy Bell “Let It Ring” by Amy Ray “Laramie” by Amy Ray “Rural Faggot” by Amy Ray “Cold Shoulder” by Amy Ray “Lung of Love” by Amy Ray “Stand for Something” by Justin Utley “Runaway” by Justin Utley “Hold You” by Justin Utley “Aurora” by The Sexual Side Effects “Holding On” by Jessica Betts “Landslide” by Maria Gabriella “Love Like You” by Juliana Finch “Put Your Graffiti on Me” by Kat Graham Songs of Pride Set the mood for Atlanta Pride with these tunes that run from camp to protest anthems. “Let It Ring” by Amy Ray “Let’s Have a Kiki” by Scissor Sisters “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga “Come To My Window” by Melissa Etheridge “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper “I Got My Pride” by Thunderpuss featuring Pepper Mashay “Freedom ‘90” by George Michael “Dancing Queen” by ABBA “Proud” by Heather Small “On a Night Like This” by Kylie Minogue “Closer to Fine” by Indigo Girls
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“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen “Turn Up the Radio” by Madonna “G-A-Y” by Geri Halliwell “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee “Supermodel (You Better Work)” by RuPaul “Hair” by Lady Gaga “I Am Woman” by Jessica Williams “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland “Cha Cha Heels” by Rosabel featuring Jeanie Tracy “Waiting for Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez “One Way or Another” by Blondie “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin “Holiday” by Madonna “Celebration” by Madonna “Express Yourself” by Madonna “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga “Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! (A Man After Midnight)” by ABBA “Shake Your Groove Thing” by Peaches and Herb “I Love the Nightlife” by Alicia Bridges “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward “Together Again” by Janet Jackson “Wham Rap” by Wham! “Hit That Perfect Beat” by Bronski Beat “Spice Up Your Life” by Spice Girls “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” by LeAnn Rimes “Timebomb” by Kylie Minogue “Yes I Am” by Melissa Etheridge “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by Eurythmics featuring Aretha Franklin “Get the Party Started” by P!nk “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” by Sophie B. Hawkins “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor “YMCA” by the Village People “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Holliday “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls “Gonna Make You Sweat” by C+C Music Factory “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland “Vogue” by Madonna “Your Disco Needs You” by Kylie Minogue “Free” by Ultra Nate “We R Who We R” by Ke$ha “Firework” by Katy Perry “Constant Craving” by k.d. lang “Bulletproof” by La Roux
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A History of Out On Film Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, returns October 4 – 11 for its landmark 25th anniversary year. We are ecstatic about still being around and tickled pink about what we have to offer in 2012. The festival became an annual event way back in 1988 with the mission to showcase work for, by, and about the LGBT community, in an environment alongside other members of our LGBT community. Before that prominent members of the community such as Charlie St. Jean, Dave Heyward, George Ellis, and members of SAME and MCC held frequent screenings and got the ball rolling. Rebecca Ranson, Jeffrey Layman and Kurt Rahn kept the festival alive through the ups and downs of the ‘80s and early ‘90s, and for many years, Out On Film was staged by IMAGE/Atlanta Film Festival 365. For the first time in its history, Out On Film is now an independent, 501 (c)(3) organization, completely LGBT operated. All of us here have the same goals – to be as inclusive and dynamic as we can in our programming and keep the organization growing until we are one of the top four LGBT film festivals in the country. We kick off Out On Film this year with Jonathan Lisecki’s wonderful “Gayby”about a gay man who agrees to have a kid with his BFF, not realizing she wants to do it the old-fashioned way, turkey baster be damned - and close with the crowdpleasing, fur-filled “BearCity 2: The Proposal,” the sequel to one of our popular films ever. In between we have some terrific movies – Thom Fitzgerald’s “Cloudburst” with Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as a lesbian couple; “Yossi,” the majestic sequel to Eytan Fox’s “Yossi and Jagger;” Leslie Cunningham’s “M.I., A Different Kind of Girl,” about women in drag in the African-American community; Macky Alston’s lovely and loving “Love Free Or Die,” an account of the life of Bishop Gene Robinson; Richard LeMay’s masterful “Naked As We Came;” Haley Joel Osment playing gay in “Sassy Pants,” and much more, including some wonderful retrospective and great short films. The complete schedule is available at www.outonfilm.org Whether you live in an area crowded with LGBT representation or a place that isn’t, it’s still empowering to sit with members of the community in a theater and see a film specifically meant for them, and to meet the filmmakers and performers behind them. Hope to see you at the movies this year – and then just a few days later at Piedmont Park for Atlanta Pride. Congratulations to Buck Cooke, Glen Paul Freedman and the entire Atlanta Pride team for another remarkable Pride! We can’t wait!
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All screenings take place at The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe Drive NE, C212 Atlanta, GA 30308) unless other wise noted.
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Take a look at the 25th Anniversary schedule for this year’s festival, which includes the return of some old favorites like “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Trick” along with exciting new films.
Tuesday, October 2 7:30 p.m. “Married and Counting” This screening will take place at the Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue NE, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30307
Thursday, October 4
7:30 p.m. “Gayby” In this funny, warm crowdpleaser, Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t get over his exboyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together...the old fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? “Gayby” is an irreverent comedy about friendship growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you choose.
only escape is a teen fashion ‘zine courtesy of her absentee gay dad. She covets each edition, covertly restyling taboo fashions in her treasured scrapbook. Bethany reluctantly succumbs to her mom’s post graduation mandate to get an accounting degree from an online university, but when she sneaks out with handsome neighbor Hector, Mom freaks out and retaliates by destroying her beloved scrapbook. Broken, Bethany catches the nearest Greyhound to her dad’s. Life at dad Dale’s (Diedrich Bader) mobile home is no picnic either. Despite the close bond she forms with his fun, younger boyfriend, Chip (Haley Joel Osmont), Dad’s selfloathing, alcoholic outbursts weigh heavy on Bethany. She finds solace selling clothes at a cheap, trendy retail chain, Jail Bait, but her petty, cutthroat coworkers cause a new set of “real world” navigation problems. When Bethany learns about Fashion Art Technology Institute, she sees a chance to break free once and for all.
9:00 p.m. “Love or Whatever” Corey (Tyler Poelle) thought he had it all: a successful career, a lesbian sister (scene stealer Jennifer Elise Cox, Jan in the “Brady Bunch” movies) who’s his best friend and most of all, a 9:40 p.m. “Fourplay” bright future with his boyfriend, Jon. But when Jon dumps him—for a woman!—Corey sets off on a wild journey of selfdiscovery that leads him to a 3:30 p.m. “Married and Counting” (encore) GRINDR connection, a new love and a life changing choice: Love Or Whatever. Co-starring hunky Joel Rush, from TV’s 5:30 p.m. “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years, “True Beauty”. 1984 – 1992”
Friday, October 5
7:10 p.m. “Sassy Pants” Bethany Pruitt (Ashley Rickards) is valedictorian of her class – her one student homeschool class. Stuck with younger brother under their perky but oppressive mother June’s (Anna Gunn) thumb, Bethany’s
11:00 p.m. Naughty Shorts
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Saturday, October 6 11:00 a.m. “Bad Boy Street” 11:00 a.m. “Kiss Me”
12:30 p.m. “United in Anger: History of ACT UP” “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP” explores the story of ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from the grassroots perspective—how a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the world and save each other’s lives. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of a dozen exhilarating major actions including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline of many of the other zaps and actions that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. “United in Anger” reveals the group’s complex culture—meetings, affinity groups, and approaches to civil disobedience mingle with profound grief, sexiness, and the incredible energy of ACT UP. 1:00 p.m. Women’s Shorts 3: 00 p.m. Men’s Shorts
5:30 p.m. “Cloudburst” Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dotty (Brenda Fricker) have lived together for the last 31 years on the coastline of Maine. But when Dotty takes a fall and 911 has to be called, her granddaughter Molly wonders if her Grandma’s “friend” Stella can truly care for Dotty anymore, and arranges for Dotty to live in a nursing home. Unwilling to live without one another, Stella and Dotty hit the road to Nova Scotia to get legally married. But the road is long and rough, and Stella begins to wonder if she really can take care of Dotty in their old age. After 31 years, can they keep their family together? 7:30 p.m. “Petunia” Ash Christian’s New York black comedy stars an all-star cast as the dysfunctional Petunia family. Charlie (Jimmy Heck) is celibate but pining for his upstairs neighbour George (Michael Urie). Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has just gotten married but his wife (Thora Birch) is cheating on him. Mom and Dad (Christine Lahti and David Rasche) have problems of their own, which Mom often solves by smoking pot. 10:00 p.m. “I Want Your Love” 11:30 p.m. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Sunday, October 7 11:00 a.m. “Ballroom Rules”
11:00 a.m. “Facing Mirrors” 12:35 p.m. “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” Narrated by Meredith Baxter, “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” tells a story that is scarily similar to what happened to the 72 2012 Atlanta Pride
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Atlanta Eagle. This documentary recounts the events surrounding the widely publicized and controversial raid of a Fort Worth, Texas gay bar in 2009. Following a sordid aftermath, Fort Worth would become a leader in LGBT equality. However, that journey was not smooth and without controversies. “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” documents that journey from the perspective of eyewitnesses, activists and politicians who helped change the city. 3:00 p.m. “North Sea, Texas”
3:30 p.m. “Tennessee Queer” 5:30 p.m. “Unfit: Ward vs. Ward” 7:00 p.m. “I Do” 7:05 p.m. “A Perfect Ending” Rebecca (Barbara Niven) has a very unusual secret, one that not even her best friends know about. The last person on earth she expects to reveal it to is a high priced escort named Paris, played by the exquisite Jessica Clark. What starts as a comedy of errors ends up a uniquely erotic journey. Rebecca’s unconventional efforts to find herself are raw, evocative, and often times humorous, but always very real, very human. Sometimes a perfect ending is not what you expect it to be. The great Morgan Fairchild co-stars. 7:30 p.m. “Transgender Tuesdays” This screening will take place at the Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue NE, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30307
4:50 p.m. “Love Free or Die” (This screening is sponsored by the Atlanta Pride Committee) A documentary on Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop who set a precedent in New Hampshire state politics, and the battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in the faith. In June 2003, with the election of Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church came under fire when it became the first Christian church to elect an openly gay partnered person as a bishop. Since that time, Robinson has been at the epicenter for the LGBT community to be fully accepted in the faith. Macky Alston’s film, winner of a special award at the Sundance Film Festival, follows Robinson as he deals with the fight. 6:50 p.m. “Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean” Outsider. Icon. James Dean. The gorgeously made “Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean” re-examines the legend for a new generation, looking at Dean before he became a celebrity – and his very complicated sexuality. 9:05 p.m. “The Falls”
9:00p.m. “Keep the Lights On” Director Ira Sach’s critically adored film chronicles the emotionally and sexually charged journey through the love, addiction, and friendship of two men. Documentary filmmaker Erik and closeted lawyer Paul meet through a casual encounter, but they find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers—compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity and to be true to himself.
Tuesday, October 9
3:30 p.m. “Transgender Tuesdays” (encore) 4:40 p.m. “Yossi and Jagger”
Monday, October 8
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OUt on film 6:00 p.m. “M.I., A Different Kind of Girl” Filmmaker Leslie Cunningham enters the world of new millennium drag and picks up the torch ignited by films like “Paris is Burning” to investigate attitudes in the LGBT and African-American communities about women in drag. In the process, they uncover powerful ideas about female gender identity and sexuality. Prominently featured is Laine Brown, a male impersonator known as Nation Tyre, and Nation’s drag family, the House of Tyre in Atlanta. 7:30 p.m. “Yossi” This stunning sequel to the acclaimed “Yossi and Jagger” picks up 10 years after the original, with closeted, sad Dr. Yossi Hoffman (Ohad Knoller) working in a Tel Aviv hospital and closed off from the world. When he sees a face from the past in his examination room, he leaver Tel Aviv abruptly and has a chance encounter with a group of soldiers that wakes him out of his depression. Possibly Fox’s best film, “Yossi” features a terrific central performance by Knoller and ace supporting work by longtime Fox collaborator, the charismatic, often naked Lior Ashkenzai, and Oz Zehavi. 9:10 p.m. “Elliot Loves”
Wednesday, October 10 3:50 p.m. “The Right to Love: American Family” 5:35 p.m. “Turtle Hill, Brooklyn”
7:10 p.m. “Naked As We Came” After an unexpected phone call, Laura and her brother Elliot rush to their family’s country estate to find their mother, Lilly, gravely ill and living with a handsome young stranger named Ted. Estranged for some time, their mother’s condition sets Laura and Elliot on a path to realizing where their own lives have gone wrong. Lilly, on the other hand, had mellowed from the controlling woman she was and is hoping to pass on some wisdom to her children. Now her kids find themselves dealing with their own feelings of resentment and broken dreams while trying to figure out how Ted fits into their mother’s life. But Ted has a secret of his own. 9:10 p.m. “Trick”
Thursday, October 11 5:00 p.m. Shorts With Local Flair 6:00 p.m. TBD
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8:30 p.m. “BearCity 2: The Proposal” “BearCity 2: The Proposal,” the sequel to the Out On Film 2010 sensation, follows familiar characters from the original and a few new ones in this sexy romp. Roger (former Atlantan Gerard McCullouch) asks Tyler (Joe Conti) to marry him, and soon their bear and cub friends head to Provincetown for Bear Week, where they find themselves under the roof of den mother Kathy Najimy. Amongst the fur and frolicking at P-Town is a face from the past – Roger’s ex. If you liked “BearCity,” you’ll love this follow-up. Descriptions for all films and the most up-to-date schedule can be found online: www.outonfilm.org
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Get OUT and vote
Show your Pride at the ballot box on Nov. 6 By Laura Douglas-Brown, GA Voice (www.thegavoice.com)
It doesn’t come with a rainbow-filled parade, inspiring entertainers or a rousing cabaret. But an event next month is just as important as Atlanta Pride in the fight for LGBT equality: Election Day. For all of the celebration of these two days in Piedmont Park, the sad fact is that LGBT people really aren’t as free and accepted in Georgia as we might feel during Atlanta Pride, when it seems like the city has rolled out a rainbow carpet to welcome us. While public opinion is shifting in favor of diversity and inclusion, especially within Atlanta, Georgia’s laws lag far behind. The state has no hate crimes law, no law against firing someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and no legal recognition for gay couples. Your vote on November 6 isn’t likely to fix that any time soon. Georgia’s ban on gay marriage, for example, will probably remain on the books for years to come. So why does your vote matter in November? In short, because change starts small: with conversations with candidates and fellow voters, with
elected officials at the local and state level, and with growing visibility as a voting block. The presidential race will of course get the most attention in November, as President Barack Obama — who signed gay and transgender hate crimes protections into law, led repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and came out in support of gay marriage — squares off against Republican Mitt Romney, who backs amending the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. But while Georgia is likely to remain a red state on Election Day, that’s no reason to stay home. Even the smallest race has the capacity to create change, notes Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, the state’s largest LGBT political group. “The great thing about most local candidates is you can call them on the phone or send them an email, and they will probably answer you,” Graham says. “Even if they may not be supportive of LGBT rights now, if they know this is an issue to voters, their position can and often will change over time.”
These conversations can be critically important. “This is how we change politics: by changing hearts and minds,” Graham says. “The most effective strategy today is the same strategy that has been most effective for decades, and that is oneon-one conversations with people who are open about being LGBT, or friends and family who are open about caring for someone who is LGBT,” he says.
Strength in numbers It also matters if you turn out to vote on November 6 because the individual act of voting, multiplied over the size of the LGBT community, could eventually equal a huge impact and considerable clout. Some 50,000 spectators watch Sunday’s Pride parade, and about 200,000 visit Atlanta Pride over the weekend, organizers state. And the Williams Institute, a think tank, extrapolates from the 2010 Census to estimate Georgia’s LGBT population at 340,000, according to Graham. 2012 Atlanta Pride 75
To put that in perspective, the last governor’s race in Georgia — the 2010 race where Democrat Roy Barnes lost to now Gov. Nathan Deal — was decided by a difference of about 247,000 votes. There is tremendous diversity in the LGBT community, so all LGBT individuals are not going to vote the same way. But knowing that LGBT voters are passionate and committed, and there are that many potential votes up for grabs, could be a powerful tool for wooing politicians to support our rights. For it to work, though, we also have to prove that we will turn out to vote. “I don’t think we have reached the full potential of the LGBT voting block by any stretch of the imagination,” Graham says. Forming coalitions will also increase our clout. “It’s about reaching across and finding ways to work with other historically disenfranchised minority groups where we have things in common,” he says.
Making your vote count Even if you want to make your vote
count, figuring out the political landscape can be overwhelming — especially in a busy election year like 2012, when races from president of the United States to every seat in the Georgia state legislature will be up for grabs, along with plenty of county and city seats throughout the state. Luckily, Atlanta Pride’s marketplace can help. Georgia Equality’s booth will offer information on races to watch and how you can help get out the vote, and you can visit the group’s website (www.georgiaequality.org) to also view election guides and a special publication aimed at helping transgender voters avoid getting tripped up by the state’s voter identification laws. Other national LGBT political groups will also be represented, including the Human Rights Campaign and the National Lesbian & Gay Task Force. The Obama for America campaign has also registered for a booth, though Mitt Romney campaign isn’t on the list. If you are looking for guidance on which local candidates are the most committed to LGBT rights, you can also keep your eyes peeled during Sunday’s parade.
At press time, politicians confirmed for the Pride Parade included openly gay Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan; Atlanta City Council members Michael Julian Bond, Kwanza Hall and Carla Smith; and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (DGa.). Atlanta City Council races are not on the ballot until 2013, but it is worth noticing now who is out in the streets supporting you. One key race that is on November’s ballot is Rep. Simone Bell’s re-election bid to represent Georgia House District 58. Bell is the first out African-American lesbian to be elected to a state legislature anywhere in the country. In July, she won a primary race against a Democratic incumbent, but she now faces Republican Earl Cooper on November 6. Even if you don’t live in Bell’s district, you can help with get out the vote efforts, campaign donations, phonebanking or other tasks, Graham notes. “Representative Bell is in a unique position in that she is the only openly LGBT incumbent who has a challenger in November,” Graham said. “That is a race we will be paying a lot of attention to and continuing to work hard to make sure she is reelected this year.”
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East Point Possums The East Point Possums celebrated their 15th anniversary with a dragrific three-hour spectacular on June 16 to raise money for the Rush Center, which hosts LGBT events and houses the offices of Georgia Equality, the Health Initiative, MEGA Family Project and Atlanta Pride.
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Southeast Black & Blue Weekend Southeast Black & Blue Weekend polished its boots and unfurled its cat oâ€™ nine tails at Eagle on Aug. 11 when it named several titleholders.
Joining Hearts 25 A weekend of parties built around the main event, Joining Hearts 25 on July 21, provided a nearly endless supply of shirtless hunks.
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Atlanta Pride Hundreds of thousands of people packed Piedmont Park on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, 2011 for the 41st Atlanta Pride festival, including the annual the parade down Peachtree and 10th streets on Oct. 9 with more than 200 entries.
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Toy Party Thousands of people flocked to the 9th Annual Toy Party & Silent Auction on Dec. 4. The heavily-gay cocktail party and toy drive from For the Kid in All of Us benefits 23 non-profit agencies that serve children in need across Georgia.
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Black Gay Pride Yes, Atlantaâ€™s Black Gay Pride celebration packed a five-day nightlife schedule that included a performance by Brandy, but gatherings for the State of Black Gay America and a marketplace showed a serious side, too.
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AIDS Walk The 21st Annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run on Oct. 16 started in Piedmont Park and wound through Midtown to raise some $915,000 for AID Atlanta and nine other local HIV agencies. Before the walk kicked off, there was a VIP brunch and 5K run.
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Hometown Healthcare Grady was founded in 1892 as a safety-net hospital, providing for Atlanta’s most vulnerable populations. More than a century ago, that group was the working poor. Today the hospital is a nexus for exceptional healthcare, advanced medical education and groundbreaking research for EVERY citizen in the state. The hospital has expanded to a comprehensive health system including Georgia’s only Poison Control Center, an internationally recognized Infectious Disease Program, one of only two Burn Units, seven Neighborhood Health Centers and the technologically advanced Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center. Today’s Grady is iconic – consistently carrying out its primary mission -providing healthcare to all people, regardless of their ability to pay, without qualification to ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. The Atlanta community is family – always has been and always will be. The LGBT community is a vibrant force in the state and it deserves to benefit 84 2012 Atlanta Pride
from all of the services the health system has to offer, both preventative and curative. That is why Grady is investing $25,000 in cash and in kind donations to Atlanta Pride. The region’s premier Level 1 Trauma Center is proud to be the official medical provider for Atlanta Pride. “Grady’s presence and sponsorship of Pride is one of many steps the hospital is taking to create a stronger partnership with the LGBT community,” said Lisa Borders, president of the Grady Health Foundation. “We recognize that healthcare is a right, not a privilege and we will work tirelessly to serve every patient who seeks care in our facilities”. Borders is working with Georgia Equality and others to create a Grady Patient’s Bill of Rights to ensure gender identity and sexual orientation are part of holistic health care package offered at the hospital. Grady has added domestic partner benefits, including same sex partners, to
its employee benefits package. Dr. Jason Schneider, past president of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and a physician at Emory University and Grady, will again be the official Grady representative to Atlanta Pride in 2012. “I am extremely excited about volunteering and representing Grady at Pride,” said Schneider. “The LGBT community is a large part of Atlanta. Likewise, Grady, as an institution that serves the entire community, should be at the forefront of serving the LGBT community. The hospital’s participation at Pride is a great step.” Health care will be central to national and statewide discussions for the foreseeable future. It’s good to know that here at home, we have a hospital responsive and sensitive to the community. Atlanta can’t live without Grady. Grady can’t live without you.
“Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report Translating Practice into Policy I am pleased to announce that Grady has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report. The HEI is an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) organization. The health system earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare. We are one of 234 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named a Leader in Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet several key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff.
respect. Internationally known for our comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS treatment, our dedication to serving Atlanta’s LGBT community and our philosophy of fair and equal treatment long ago extended beyond the walls of our AIDS center to encompass all of the health system’s services including primary care, inpatient, emergency and level 1 trauma care. To insure that our philosophy of nondiscrimination is transparent, our patients’ bill of rights clearly defines our policies of equitable, high-quality care for LGBT patients. That transparency also extends to our visitation policy for same-sex parents, caretakers, partners, spouses and significant others of LGBT patients.
But our policies mean little if they are not put into practice. To that end, the health system has engaged the HRC Foundation to provide staff training. We believe that ongoing education is the key to compliance and that our efforts to ensure the rights of all patients benefits Grady now and into the future. John M. Haupert, FACHE President & Chief Executive Officer Grady Health System
Since opening its doors to the first patient in 1892, Grady Memorial Hospital’s primary mission has been to provide quality healthcare to all who need it. Today, as one of the nation’s largest public health systems, Grady’s commitment to providing a caring, inclusive healing environment is even stronger. From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, Grady has been a leader in providing services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, as well as an advocate for their right to be treated with compassion, dignity and 2012 Atlanta Pride 85
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REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES OF ATLANTA What types of needs does the organization have in terms of volunteer needs, physical needs, donation requests, etc.? RRISA relies on donations and volunteer engagement from individuals and community groups to support our work. To learn more about specific volunteer needs or to donate online, visit RRISA’s website at www.rrisa.org
Mission: Safety. Stability. Success. Welcoming, serving and empowering refugees in Georgia. How was the organization created? Formally a part of the Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA) became an independent non-profit in 2002 in order to engage the community in welcoming and serving refugees arriving through our national affiliate organizations: Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries. Over the past 10 years RRISA has grown to a staff of 36, representing 15 countries, with capacity in 25 languages. Currently RRISA provides services to refugees through our four core service programs: Resettlement, Employment, Immigration Services, and Education &Youth. How does the organization serve LGBTQ community members? Having fled violence and persecution in their countries, LGBTQ refugees and asylees often continue to experience isolation and fear as they work to build a new life in the US. RRISA strives to provide LGBTQ refugees with a welcoming and supportive environment, referrals to appropriate services and connections to a
community where they can feel safe and supported. What is the reach of the organization? Metro Atlanta Who are some of RRISA’s partner organizations? Refugee Family Services, Fugees Family, DeKalb County School System, Catholic Charities of Atlanta, SunTrust Bank, the International Rescue Committee, World Relief, Refugee Women’s Network, The Clarkston Community Center, Jewish Family and Career Services, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Partnership for Community Action, Dress for Success, Threads, The Health Initiative, Atlanta Pride.
How can community members become involved in the organization? See RRISA’s website for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities or contact RRISA directly at email@example.com What kinds of previous experience or qualifications are necessary for volunteers? Volunteers are required to submit to a background check and attend a volunteer orientation. Specific skills and experience requirements vary depending on the volunteer opportunity. For more information contact RRISA at firstname.lastname@example.org How can community members get connected with the organization? Through RRISA’s website, Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin profile. 2012 Atlanta Pride 87
www.justusatl.org Mission: The mission of JustUsATL is to provide a community center for LGBTQQA youth where individuality is valued and encouraged, social and personal development is fostered, community is promoted, and youth empowerment is seen as a step toward social change. As a collective of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and asexual (LGBTQQA) teens and young adults, the organization represents justice, integrity, empowerment and social change. JustUsATL is a group of young people who want to improve our community, seizing the power youth hold within themselves to be the difference. Core values: Justice Everyone is a valued member of society. JustUsATL commits to confronting oppression based on gender identity and expression, sexuality, race and ethnicity, language, looks and size, religion, class, ability, age, and immigration status. Integrity JustUsATL will be transparent with their process, supporting the leadership of those most affected by each issue. The organization will remain open and honest with their community and hold themselves accountable to its needs. Empowerment As youth forming an organization to meet the needs of their own population, JustUsATL exercises their right to self-determine and take hold of their own future. Social Change JustUsATL dedicates themselves to structural change within society such that all spaces will be liberating and affirming for LGBTQQA young people and people of all identities. The organization strives toward this goal with peer education, group action, and community outreach. 88 2012 Atlanta Pride
JUSTUSATL The mission and core values serve as JustUsATL’s guiding principles. They serve as the foundation of all the organization does within their space and in the community. How was the organization created? The LGBTQQA youth of Atlanta saw there was a desperate need for a safe space. Often LGBT events and businesses in Atlanta are not “youthfriendly” and there is a lot of isolation experienced by young people. The LGBTQQA youth decided they had to self organize, figure out what they wanted and needed and take their destiny into their own hands. JustUsATL was formed from the desire for a youth-run, youth-led group that empowers members through leadership roles rather than treating young people as clients for services. How does the organization serve LGBTQ community members? JustUsATL offer weekly discussion groups, a peer-led mental health group, HIV/STI testing, and social events. In the near future, they will begin to offer educational and vocational workshops, tutoring, counseling, and other services as need arises. What is the reach of the organization? JustUsATL is a 100% youth-run group that provides a safe space for the Greater Atlanta area’s LGBTQQA youth. What types of needs does the organization have in terms of volunteer needs, physical needs, donation requests, etc.? JustUsATL could not exist if it were not for the members of the community that have supported the organization with their knowledge, time, resources, and money. JustUsATL is a youth-run organization, but they realize that the members of the LGBTQQA community that fall outside of the 13-28 age range have a multitude of talents and resources that can be of help to the organization and the youth they serve. Currently, their
volunteers largely serve as advisers as they develop and grow their organization. The members JustUsATL are also grateful for those who contribute to financially. Those contributions help the organization pay for their meeting space, the creation of promotional materials, outreach to LGBTQQA youth, host events, and much more. Individuals interested in donating to JustUsATL should email casey@justusatl. org or use the PayPay donation button on the organization’s website. JustUsATL is also looking for a physical space to serve as a community center. How can community members become involved in the organization? The organization’s space is a safe, affirming, and empowering one. They welcome all LGBTQQA youth ages 13-28 at all of their groups and events. The organization treats every one of their members with respect, compassion, and dignity. For those over 28 years of age, JustUsATL welcomes your support as volunteers. What kinds of previous experience or qualifications are necessary for volunteers? The organization is always looking for individuals with non-profit, legal, financial, fundraising, organizing, and educational expertise. Volunteers will also help JustUsATL occasionally with any events they have or programs they offer. Anyone with experience in one of the aforementioned areas or who are interested in helping in any way should fill out the volunteer interest form on the organization’s website. How can community members get connected with the organization? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JustUsATL Twitter: @JustUsATL Or email JustUsATL through their website.
LOST-N-FOUND YOUTH, INC. Mission: Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc., is an Atlantabased nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths off the street and transition them into more permanent housing arrangements. They operate a 24/7 hotline at (678) 8-Lost-25 as well as a 6-bed housing facility in Atlanta, Georgia. How was the organization created? Lost-n-Found is the outgrowth of Saint Lost and Found, an LGBT homeless youth fund project of the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Founded by Rick Westbrook, Art Izzard, and Paul Swicord after each of them experienced being turned away when attempting to place queer youth into local shelters and youth aid programs, the three resolved that something needed to be done to address the immediate need. They called a public LGBT town hall meeting and invited these local homeless youth support agencies to express outrage and determine what resources existed. The meeting made clear that no organization was specifically actively working to take LGBT homeless youth off the street. Rick, Art, Paul, and others assembled in November with the support of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to establish a privatelyfunded emergency shelter, and the Saint Lost and Found project (now Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc.) was born.
How does the organization serve LGBTQ community members? Lost-n-Found endeavors to challenge the area’s significant homeless LGBT youth problem in many ways. Some of their primary services include: • Answer phone, texts, and emails from LGBT homeless youth 24/7; • Meet face-to-face and ensure these youth have a roof over their head, clothes on their backs, and food in their bodies; • Have youth evaluated by a mental health professional; • Test youth for HIV and other STDs, and, if they need additional medical attention, connect them to agencies that can help; • Help obtain lost or stolen birth certificates, driver’s licenses or state ID cards; and • Offer to set youth up with GED training/testing, if need be. Once all this is completed, and we feel they are stable, we begin the process of helping them into more permanent housing situations, including our 6-bedroom house, if space is available. At the house, the process to find the youth a place as a productive, healthy member of society continues. What is the reach of the organization? Metro Atlanta is Lost-n-Found’s primary focus. They have helped youth from all over Georgia and have fielded inquires from several states.
Who are some of Lost-n-Found’s partner organizations? Stand Up for Kids, Covenant House, Evolution Project, Enterprise Beauty School, Brushstrokes, Boy Next Door, Southern Bears, Atlanta Sisters of Perceptual Indulgence, Burkhart’s Pub, Jungle, Atlanta Eagle, La Buzz, Oscars, Ruby Redd, the Armorettes. What types of needs does the organization have in terms of volunteer needs, physical needs, donation requests, etc.? Ways to help are posted online: http://www. lost-n-found.org/help How can community members become involved in the organization? Community members can review volunteer opportunities online: http://www.lost-nfound.org/volunteer-information What kinds of previous experience or qualifications are necessary for volunteers? An open heart and a desire to improve the next generation of LGBT people. How can community members get connected with the organization? Hotline 678-856-7825 (someone needing help) Office 678-856-7824 info@Lost-n-Found.org 2012 Atlanta Pride 89
In motion Fenuxe Magazine Fenuxe celebrates Atlanta’s LGBT community and reports on local, national, and international news relevant to you. We strive to give you the best editorial content possible in our bi-weekly magazine, while constantly improving and updating our website to keep you better informed. As part of our innovative approach to media, we also host a diverse list of award-winning events specifically designed for you. On the next few pages you’ll find photos of some of Atlanta’s scantily-clad gay athletes at play. Remember those sexy faces and hot bodies so you can ask for their signature (and their number) at Pride this year. Photography by Steve Thackston 90 2012 Atlanta Pride
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2012 PRIDES OF THE SOUTHEAST INTERPRIDE MEMBERS
The International Association of Pride Event Planners www.interpride.org Atlanta Pride Committee Atlanta, GA www.atlantapride.org Augusta Pride Augusta, GA www.augustapride.com Blue Ridge Pride Asheville, NC www.blueridgepride.com Central Alabama Pride Birmingham, AL www.centralalabamapride.org Destiny Foundation/Pride New Orleans New Orleans, LA www.prideneworleans.org Hampton Roads Pride Chesapeake, VA www.hamptonroadspride.org Kentuckiana Pride Foundation, Inc. Louisville, KY www.kypride.com Knoxville Pridefest Knoxville, TN www.knoxvillepridefest.com Miami Beach Gay Pride Miami Beach, FL www.miamibeachgaypride.com Mobile Alabama Pride Mobile, AL www.mobilealabamapride.com Nashville Pride Nashville, TN www.nashvillepride.org OBX Pride Manteo, NC www.obxpridefest.com 98 2012 Atlanta Pride
Pride Community Center of North Central Florida Gainesville, FL www.gainesvillepride.org Pride â€“ SWFL Estero, FL www.pride-swfl.org Roanoke Pride Roanoke, VA www.roanokepride.org Savannah Pride Savannah, GA www.savpride.com South Georgia Pride Valdosta, GA www.southgapride.org St. Pete Pride St. Petersburg, FL www.stpetepride.com Stonewall Summer Pride Boca Raton, FL www.stonewallsummerpride.com The Family Tree Community Center, Inc. Tallahassee, FL www.tallahasseepride.com Upper Cumberland Pride Cookeville, TN www.facebook.com/UCPride Upstate Pride SC Spartanburg, SC www.upstatepridesc.org Volusia Pride Port Orange, FL www.gaydaytona.com
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