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Fenuxe: How early was your exposure to gay people? Did you have gay family members or friends growing up?

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No gay family members that I am aware of. They never shared it with me but I’m sure I probably have some. My first real exposure and interaction was in Washington, D.C. at Howard [University] and then it became more meaningful when I had gay friends in law school, which was my first true exposure.

Fenuxe: As times change, peoples’ attitudes and opinions change, especially as they’re exposed to new groups of people and new ways of thinking. Was there ever a time where you weren’t so accepting of homosexuality, or maybe used words or had opinions of gay people you’re not proud of?

Reed: No I wasn’t in that lane. It’s not because of any purity, it’s because of my own view of how black people have been treated in the United States and how you have to work very hard not to take on that position, because if you have that in your heart it comes out. I operate in an environment now where I’m recorded hundreds of times, so if you have things in your heart it will show. I believe the reason that I am comfortable in that space and comfortable doing interviews like this and others is because I know my heart.

Fenuxe: You’ve taken a lot of pro-LGBT stances in the past, but the one thing people kept coming back to during the campaign was your being against same-sex marriage. You’ve stated it’s your faith that makes you stop short of supporting it, but that you

continue to have conversations about it with your gay and lesbian friends. One of the most important factors cited in the recent overturning of Prop 8 was the judge’s finding that marriage is a civil, not a religious, matter. Where is your head at on this now?

Reed: I’m in the same place. And regarding California Prop 8, I was clearly on the right side of that issue. I happen to be the only mayoral candidate and the only politician in any significant position in the state of Georgia that voted against a gay marriage ban. So, I don’t believe that my faith and my views should be used as a barrier to be used to discriminate against you or anyone else. What I talked about during the campaign was my personal faith which is informed through relationships with gay and lesbian friends of mine, and I continue to work through it. But I have made it repeatedly clear that I believe in full integration of the lesbian and gay community and I believe in full legal rights and benefits—but that’s where I end. If you look at the makeup of the Georgia State Senate when there was a real vote with real consequences, the fact of the matter is that I was one of 10 members to stay and cast a vote when many other members left the floor. So there was a convenient excuse that I could have used to have been off the floor. And then in my campaign following that, I cast that vote knowing that it was going to be used against me in a competitive election for my Senate seat. Just show me anybody else who owned their votes and policy as strong on issues related to gay and lesbians—the only peer that I had in elected office was Senator Vincent Fort. I’m Continued on page 16 FENUXEMAGAZINE

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talking about real issues. I’m talking about banning the ability to allow gay and lesbian people to adopt in the state of Georgia. I was on the Senate & House Judiciary Committee and I opposed that at every single instance. I’m the only person that’s ever passed any legislation in the state of Georgia regarding AIDS testing, so that people can be made aware of their status. I was the House sponsor of the only hate crimes bill that was ever passed by the Georgia Legislature, although I think the Georgia Supreme Court made a horrible decision in ruling it invalid. The hate crimes bill that I was the House sponsor for was in my first term of office in the House, so you know, I didn’t just start this.

[an incident like the Eagle raid] would not happen while I was mayor.

Fenuxe: You’re eight months into being at the highest platform of your political career so far. Is there anything you’ve learned about the gay community since then that you didn’t know before?

Reed: I think I have a more intense and well-informed appreciation of all that the GLBT community brings to Atlanta. It is a part of the fabric of our community and a part of this tapestry that makes Atlanta special and unique and vibrant. And I felt that way before but I feel it more intensely now because I live it every day. I’m in all parts of the city in a way that most citizens aren’t.

Fenuxe: So what do you think has been the most fair and unfair criticism of your administration on LGBT issues thus far?

Reed: I think a fair criticism has been that we did not work quickly enough to make sure that the police force was more sensitive to the needs of the GLBT community in Atlanta. I think that that has been a fair criticism. I think the criticism around my handling of the Eagle raid has been brutally unfair because it did not happen under my administration. I made it unmistakeably clear how I felt about it at the time. We have a process that we have to work through as a city to bring it to a conclusion. It has been repeatedly said that the previous administration had a time to end the Eagle raid and all of the issues related to it by apologizing. If that offer were made to me to bring this to a close by expressing profound regret, that is something I have made abundantly clear that I would consider. And I’ve just 16

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been very saddened by the level of vitriol that’s been directed at me when I have created an LGBT advisory board for the police department. Before it’s all over, we’re going to have three LGBT liaisons with the city of Atlanta police force. So you know, that’s tough but my job is tough

Fenuxe: So is there anything about the Eagle situation that you wished you had handled differently?

And then just having wonderful leaders in my administration who are gay and lesbian and fully involved in every aspect of the government makes it that much better. In terms of the office of the mayor, there are nine people that run this government day in and day out, and two of those individuals are gay and lesbian [Deputy Chief Operating Officer Luz Borrero and Deputy Director of Communications Reese McCranie]. So when there is a major decision being made about the operation of this city, not just on gay and lesbian issues but on every single issue in Atlanta, two out of the nine individuals in the room are gay and lesbian people. I believe in the notion of complete and full integration. Having gay and lesbian people, not as some exception, but as a part of the full operation.

Fenuxe: And you’ll be at Pride?

Reed: No I don’t. I think we’re going to work very hard to bring that to a reasonable conclusion and I know that that

Reed: No question, I will be there.


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JUNE 28TH, 1969 was the day the gay liberation movement began, as a group of gay men and women at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village stood up to police and finally said “no more.” Pride marches began taking place across the country every June thereafter to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Trace Atlanta's Pride history, from humble beginnings to one of the world's largest celebrations. 1971

Atlanta's first Gay Pride march.

1973

Marchers wear paper bags over their heads so as not to be recognized, as well as to send the message: “Do you know who is under here?”

1976

The parade route is expanded and 1,000 attend. Mayor Maynard Jackson declares June 26th Gay Pride Day.

1980

The Pride committee changes its name to Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered Pride. The theme is “Let’s Get Together.”

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1981

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The city issues an official proclamation but Mayor Andrew Young does not sign it.

1983

The first Dyke March is held.

1984

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2000

The B-52s perform as a rainbow arches above the crowd.

2003

Mayor Shirley Franklin marches in the parade and the Pride Vigil is held for the first time.

Mayor Young finally decides to recognize us, issuing a proclamation of “Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Day.”

2005

1990

2006

The Starlight Cabaret drag show is born, The Front Runners host the first Pride run, and 5,000 attend the festival.

1991

Attendance quadruples to 20,000. The first commitment ceremony is held.

1993

Over 100,000 attend.

1996

Coretta Scott King is a guest speaker and 300,000 people attend.

The Indigo Girls perform Friday night to record-breaking crowds. Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s mother, is an honorary parade marshal.

2008

The drought forces Pride out of the park and into the parking lot of the Atlanta Civic Center.

2009

Pride moves to Halloween weekend and back to the park, attracting its highest attendance in years.


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cash: For the Pride Market vendors who don’t accept cards AND to throw on the rainbow flag during the parade. Backpack: You need at least one person in your crew with a backpack or purse to carry all the Pride swag. patience: 200,000 of your closest friends will be there. And we mean close. Keep your cool, leave the drama at home, and make this your best Pride ever.

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If you’re in the parade for the first time, keep your endurance up. The two-mile parade route takes over two hours to complete. That’s very sweet of you but no, condoms are not a suitable contribution to the donation bucket. Come by the Fenuxe booth and say hi!

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GAY GUYS AND SPORTS bars not named Woofs typically aren’t a match made in eaven. But a sports bar with the same wners as Joe’s and Einstein’s, located in Midtown on the Pride parade route, with burger called The Flamethrower? Yes lease! Hudson Grille has four locations around own but we’re pulling up a chair at the Peachtree Street spot. The two-story red rick facade gives way to a large, open main dining room with more flat screen TVs than there are flight attendants on Delta’s Pride float. Sports bars aren’t famous for groundbreaking interior design hoices, and Hudson Grille is no different. But at least they’ve created an inviting tmosphere with ample amounts of wood nd dim lighting to offset the glare from all he flat screens.

INSIDEDISH Hudson Grille’s Ultimate Nachos 1 tequila basted chicken breast cut into ½” slices 6 oz. Tortilla chips 6 oz. Queso dip 1 oz. Monterrey-cheddar shredded cheese ½ cup Black beans 1 oz. Tomatoes diced 2 oz. Salsa 1 oz. Sliced jalapenos 1/3 cup Sour cream 2 tsp. Cilantro (chopped large)

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he wine list is skimpy as expected (hey, we love watching ultimate fighting with a glass of blush zinfandel as much as the next guy), so try knocking back a beer from one of the 50 on tap. The high gravity Allagash White is a smooth, citrusy choice for a crisp fall day. The food at Hudson Grille is typical bar fare with an upscale twist. So you can get the requisite sliders or chicken tenders for a starter, or opt for the roasted corn lobster dip. It’s a hearty concoction of cold water lobster, oven-roasted corn, scallions, and fresh dill to pair nicely with your Allagash. Mary Makers-McMark would collapse in a heap of eye shadow and loose morals at the sight of Hudson Grille’s entree of choice: the Maker’s Mark Burger. A half-pound of certified Angus beef covered in bacon, cheddar cheese, onions and Maker’s Mark Bourbon BBQ sauce. Yes Mary, dreams do come true. Pride is about knowing who you are and not being afraid to show it. Hudson Grille abides by the same code. It’s a sports bar through-and-through, but one you can take a date to for a welcome change of pace.


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One of the certain happenings at Pride every year— other than rain—are complaints. “It’s become too much of a party.” “It’s not enough of a party.” “It’s become a glorified meat market.” “What’s with all the militant activism?” So what is the reason we celebrate Pride?

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of the Stonewall riots in June of 1969, when a group of courageous LGBT people fought back against an unlawful police raid in Greenwich Village in a startling instance of activism that lasted for four days. The following June, Pride marches occurred in several

cities and the list grew from there every year after. Today, hundreds of cities across our country and the world celebrate Pride. So the roots of Pride undoubtedly lie in politics and activism, although a fair share of partying took place after the day’s marching was done.

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Continued from page 42 As time went on, marches and parades took on less of a militant tone in order to expand the dialog with the straight community. Words like “Freedom” and “Liberation” were dropped in favor of “Gay Pride” or, simply, “Pride.” The events expanded to include more entertainment and more vendors, then corporate sponsors jumped in. Cities started moving Pride outside of June. Some took these developments as a sign that we were getting away from the original message. That it was simultaneously becoming too corporate and becoming too focused on partying. But who is in a position to pass judgement on what we do during Pride?

The Work Ahead The truth is that each of us should feel free to celebrate Pride in our own way. The tiny pockets of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered

people who gathered in bars and other social spaces in the 50s and 60s grew into larger networks which we now call “communities.” But without community support, there is no community to speak of. The ironic part is the bigger the community, the more divisions created. With all we have going for us and, more importantly, the work we have ahead, the last thing we need to do is sacrifice the community we’ve built. There are too many people waiting for us to stumble. So if it’s just about the politics and the activism for you, then keep passing out flyers and hold your signs high during the parade. If it’s just about the partying, keep it going all night and into the morning. If it’s just about picking up a guy or girl, don’t stop when you hit 10 new phone numbers. If it’s just about money or pushing a product, be proud when you sell out.

If Pride is about celebrating our differences, then why can’t we appreciate that Pride doesn’t mean the same thing for all of us?

No Apologies The roots of Pride lie in the courageous acts of those who stood up to power that sweltering summer New York night in 1969. Through their deeds, we eventually became powerful. And with that power came the freedom to be who we are, and to celebrate Pride as each of us sees fit. If we learned anything from that night, it’s that there’s no wrong way to be proud. We are driven and we are accomplished. Whatever your situation, take Pride weekend to celebrate where you are in life. Celebrate who you are as a person—a person who happens to be LGBT.

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endeared herself to the gay community with her appearance on Season 2 of “American Idol”---performing “Over the Rainbow” and “It’s Raining Men” to a national audience will do that for a gal. She won us over with her stellar voice and even more outstanding personality, and now she’s showing off those vocals as a headliner Saturday night at Pride. The “8th World Wonder” talent has an infectiously vibrant new single out called “Strobelight.” She rang us from her L.A. home to talk “Idol,” growing up plus-sized and biracial, and why she loves singing for us.


Fenuxe: This is more of a on the show because that can I’ve been there and done that. statement than a question but I’ve gotta say, “Strobelight” is probably one of the gayest songs I have heard in quite awhile.

Kimberley Locke:

[laughs] Thank you! That’s good, that means you like it! That’s so funny.

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Fenuxe: One of the messages of Pride is that it’s okay to be different. You have experience with being different growing up plus-sized and biracial. Do you think that has anything to do with you having this connection with gay audiences?

I think that the gay Fenuxe: What’s been the Locke: community just loves big response to the song so far? personalities and they like

Locke: It’s been great, we strong people because that’s went to number five on the dance charts. I’ve been on the road all summer and it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

Fenuxe: So your career really took off thanks to your work on “American Idol.” But was there a downside to the “American Idol” experience?

Locke: There’s really not a downside. You get out of it what you put into it and it’s such an amazing experience that it really opens up all kinds of doors for you. When you get off the show it’s not just about the music opportunities, it’s about all the opportunities. That’s been the great thing for me because after the show I modeled, I had an endorsement deal with Jenny Craig, I did “Celebrity Fit Club,” I’ve done a lot of work with different charities and traveled all over the world so the opportunities are endless and you have to feel open to them all.

Fenuxe: Is there anything you would have done differently on the show?

Locke: I wouldn t change anything that I did on the show. I think that I did the best that I could have possibly done and I took all the advice and I got better each week. I really had a good time. Maybe I wouldn’t have stressed so much about Simon’s comments

who they are. Aside from that, I think that they love good music.

I think that the gay community has a good appreciation for realness. I think that a lot of people have trouble, especially nowadays, just being themselves. For me, I am who I am. I have tons of gay friends and they’re like “You either take it or leave it,” and that’s my attitude. But I think that the gay community is very unique in the sense that they’re very loyal, they relate to so many different people on so many different levels and you’re either for them or you’re against them, you know what I’m saying? And for me, growing up, I come from a biracial background so I understand the whole idea of being judged and misjudged or misunderstood because I’m different. So when it comes to the gay community, I couldn t say “I don’t wanna do that because it’s gay people,” because I’ve had people say, “She can’t be a part of this group because she’s black.”

When I was growing up, I had my feelings hurt many times because I was different. So when I first realized I had this gay following, a) I didn’t know why and b) it was intriguing because I wanted to know why. But I think now, seven years later, I’m like you know what, the first and foremost thing that they’ll appreciate is a good singer. The other thing is they like people who are different.

Fenuxe:

So what can the crowd at Atlanta Pride expect for a Kimberley Locke performance?

Locke: I am from the South so anytime I get to come back home or come back to the South, I feel right at home. I’m looking forward to it. We’re just gonna have a good time, hopefully it won’t be too hot down South. Afterward I’ll be around selling some merchandise and taking pictures and all that stuff so it’ll be a lot of fun.

Fenuxe: And what’s next for you?

Locke: I’m actually working on a television project called “Making the Curve,” which I’m executive producing and hosting. It’s about putting together a plus-sized singing group, so more divas [laughs]. Then I’m working on another project that I just shot the pilot for, so hopefully in 2011 there will be a television show in my future!

*kimberley locke will be performing on the coke stage on saturday, october 9th at 8:15pm

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THE CulTural AGENDA For a complete listing of Pride specific vents, please refer to page 22

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Fest-of-Ale, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 5PM David Sedaris, Cobb Energy Centre, 7:30PM Out on Film Closing Night Party, Amsterdam, 10:30PM

Friday Fall Open House, Habersham Gardens, 6PM “Wicked Divas,” Atlanta Symphony Hall, 8PM “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski,” Dad’s Garage, 8PM

aturday 0/ The Face of America exhibit opening, Atlanta History Center, 10AM Fall Open Studios, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 7PM

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Laura Poitras: “O’ Say Can You See?,” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 7PM Film: “Undertow,” High Museum, 8PM

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Thu sday

“It’s the Great Pumpkin!” cooking class, Cook’s Warehouse-Brookhaven, 7PM

Arts and Ales Market, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 5PM Big Read Kickoff Party: Masquerade Ball, Atlanta History Center, 6PM 5th Annual Aqua Vino, Georgia Aquarium, 7PM “The Ghastly Dreadfuls: DemiOmnibus” opens, Center for Puppetry Arts, 8PM

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Friday

Monday

“Dreamgirls” (OPENING NIGHT), Fox Theatre, 8PM “Sammy & Me,” Alliance Theatre, 8PM

Martinis & IMAX, Fernbank, 6:30PM “Nine: The Picture Show” opening reception, pb&j gallery, 7PM


THE CulTural AGENDA Film: “High Rise,” High Museum, 8PM “Strauss & Brahms,” Atlanta Symphony Hall, 8PM “Odyssey,” Georgia Shakespeare, 8PM

u Irwin Street Outdoor Market, Old Fourth Ward, 8:30AM Akoma Book Club, Charis, 10:30AM Decatur Craft Beer Festival, Decatur Square, 12PM 3rd Saturday Art Walk, Westside Arts District, 12PM Little 5 Points Halloween Parade, Findley Plaza, 4PM A Scottish Gala, High Museum, 7PM “Sideshow” (CLOSING NIGHT), Onstage Atlanta, 8PM

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Tuesday, 10/12 “Dreamgirls” Fox Theatre, 8PM Deena, Lorrell, and Effie are back! And “we are telling you,” there will be a lot of queens at the Fox. Show ends Sunday the 17th so don’t miss out!

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Sheffield came out as transgendered and, in 2008, he began transitioning from female-to-male. We sat down with him and his girlfriend on a beautiful day outside the Ansley Starbucks to talk about why the transition process is like going through puberty again, the divide between the gay and transgender community, why he finds himself smiling all the time these days for no reason, and why he’s more excited about this Pride than any other.

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JP Sheffield Started volunteering for Atlanta Pride as a 19-year-old, stapling papers together in the hallway outside the office “because there wasn’t enough room in the broom closet that Pride was operating out of.” Now 10+ years on, Sheffield has risen to Executive Director of the Atlanta Pride Committee, but that’s not the only change he has experienced.


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fenuxe: Tell us about how the transition experience has gone so far. JP Sheffield: I have been incredibly fortunate with how good my experience has been. Ya know, I wasn’t in a position to have to worry about losing my job with already working for a queer organization. The board of directors has been incredibly supportive, the committee has been supportive, which I think for a lot of trans people that’s the first hurdle. It’s not “What will my family think?”, it’s “Will I still be able to provide for myself?” So I never had to ask myself that question. fenuxe: What’s been the best part about finally making the transition? Sheffield: I think my favorite part

is when I find myself smiling for absolutely no reason, which is not something that I would have done before. It’s kind of like “Why am I happy right now?” I don’t know, maybe people are just happy when they’re not completely worried about everything and feeling uncomfortable on a daily basis, so I guess that’s it ya know?

fenuxe: And the worst part? Sheffield: It’s really exciting, and with every small change you feel more and more comfortable in your body, and with every person who starts to master the pronouns and name and stuff you feel good about that—but in the same sense it’s the complete unknown. It’s like going back to puberty and you have no idea how you’re going to end up looking and what your emotions will be. It’s a huge question mark so you’re pretty much stuck in a state of change for years. So what you see now is not what you’re going to get down the road, and that can be hard. 88

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You have to take the good with the bad, so most of the changes are amazing and awesome but at the same time I’m like, “Oh my God, am I gonna go bald?” It sounds silly but these are things I never had to think about. I never had to think about cholesterol. My doctor is like, “Welcome to being a 30-year-old man!”

“Even though I definitely was never comfortable in the female body I was born into, I still can't say I was born in the wrong body because it completely shapes who I am.”

in relationships with. Like I said before, from college on I was part of a strong queer community. I never cared for the word “lesbian” at all but that’s how I was pegged. I can’t delete any of the experiences I’ve had, like walking down the street in Athens and having people roll down their windows and call me a faggot or threatening to break a beer bottle over my head in a bar. These are common experiences that happen to everybody else in the queer community regardless of how they identify. I don’t get to lose that just because technically speaking, “Oh you’re a straight man,” and I’m like, “I don’t feel straight, I’m queer—that’s who I am.” I think the community is getting better about understanding that

fenuxe: What’s the biggest misconception about trans people?

fenuxe: So what’s different about this year’s Pride?

Sheffield: I think the biggest

Sheffield: I am more excited

misconception is that there’s something wrong with us, that we hate the way we were born. Like it’s a birth defect. I look at it and I think, even though I definitely was never comfortable in the female body I was born into, I still can’t say I was born in the wrong body because it completely shapes who I am.

fenuxe: What about misconceptions the gay community has about the trans community? How much of a divide is there between the “LGB” and the “T”? Sheffield: In some instances there are but I think it’s definitely gotten better. I think the biggest question is, “If you identify as male and you date women, then you’re not gay so why are you part of our alphabet soup? It doesn’t make sense.” We need to start to have a bigger perspective than just who we happen to be

about this event than I’ve been about a Pride event in a long time. Us being the second weekend in October and being affiliated with National Coming Out Day gives us something to sink our teeth into. I think that it separates Atlanta Pride from Pride events everywhere else in a good way because no one else is doing it. And I think it makes us a destination Pride. People in other cities are really excited about it. Before, when we were in June and we were competing with New York and San Francisco and Houston and Minneapolis and all these other cities, we were just another Pride in the mix. Now we’re not. We have the potential to really break through a glass ceiling. The 2010 Atlanta Pride Festival Piedmont Park October 9th - 10th www.atlantapride.org


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I recently moved to Atlanta from a small Southern city. Pride is coming up and I’ve never experienced anything like this. I’ve never been involved in the community because we didn’t have a gay community where I was from. It seems intimidating and I feel like I’m not going to fit in. Help? Signed,

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Dear Timid, Oh, Pride. Just thinking about it makes me giddy and slightly nauseated. As a normal, full-blooded straight southern woman, I look forward to few things as much as Pride weekend. Well, maybe I should clarify that I enjoy surrounding myself with gorgeous gay men as I am actually a gay man trapped in a fullblooded straight southern woman’s body—but I digress. My first trip to Pride occured when I was 17 years old. I skipped school (Catholic school, mind you) to drive to New Orleans with my boyfriend, having no idea it was the start of Decadence. He got arrested. It was really a magical trip. Never had I seen such things. But it absolutely can be overwhelming for a first timer, so I’ve made up a little list of tips: 1. Prepare. 250 pounds of six foot tall man in a sequined mini dress and false eyelashes can be intimidating the first time you see it in the full sunlight of an October Atlanta afternoon; spend some quality time at some fabulous drag shows in advance of your first Pride. 2. Hydrate. With booze. Some call this lubricating, but that’s another step entirely. 3. Document. Bring a camera. Invariably, something outrageous is going to happen as soon as everyone you know is taking a Portalet break...and they will never believe you when you tell them about it. 4. Look fabulous. You never know who you’ll see at Pride… Pride is fun and silly and big, but don’t forget what the weekend is really all about: your right to love whoever you want without hiding it. Pride is the opposite of shame, so go out, have fun, and be Proud!

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Atlanta Pride 2010  

Atlanta celebrates 40 years of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered PRIDE!