Atlanta celebrates Stonewall with events all weekend long

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The 50th anniversary of Stonewall continues to resonate in LGBTQ Atlanta, with state lawmakers honoring it, Stacey Abrams calling for more protections and one last big weekend of events.

Abrams (photo), the Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, tweeted a video on June 7 that saluted “brave Americans” Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera as veterans of the Stonewall Riots. The comments came as Abrams was named a grand marshal of the Atlanta Pride parade in October.

“There’s a long road ahead before Marsha and Sylvia’s dream becomes a reality, but I know that if we speak out, work hard, and vote, we will reach our destination together,” Abrams said. “The spirit of Stonewall lives in all of us, and I will be your ally every step of the way, using my voice to lift up others.”

Abrams also called for LGBTQ employment protections and hate crimes legislation, and she knocked Gov. Brian Kemp for supporting anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” legislation. 

Watch her full statement below.

The 50th anniversary of Stonewall was also recognized with a resolution in the Georgia House of Representatives on April 2, the final day of the legislative session. All five openly LGBTQ members of the legislature sponsored the resolution. In addition to honoring the Stonewall anniversary, House Resolution 822 also officially recognized “that LGBTQ rights are human rights,” according to the resolution

Rep. Sam Park, who introduced HR 822, said it was important to honor the veterans of Stonewall.

“Their sacrifice paved the way for me to serve as the first openly gay man in the Georgia state legislature, and have the freedom to be myself,” he told Project Q Atlanta. “So, it is my honor and privilege to carry on that legacy and continue the march toward justice for all.”



Ongoing Stonewall Events

Stonewall 50 Exhibit. The city hosts a weeklong retrospective on LGBTQ rights in Atlanta during business hours @ Atlanta City Hall. Through June 28.

Southern Fried Queer Pride. There's five days of events for the fifth year of the ever-growing Southern Fried Queer Pride. It all kicks off Wednesday with a gallery show celebrating the history of SFQP and continues through Sunday with a pageant, parties, artist market, workshops, variety show and more @ The Bakery. Through June 30. 

LGBTQ Artist Exhibit at Atlanta City Hall. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office recognizes LGBTQ artists and LGBTQ-inspired art in the Mayor’s Gallery. The works of 20 artists were selected, including Alli Royce Soble, Alyssa Anne Davis, Andrew Lyman, Cameron Lee, Carolyn Miller, Christopher Barker, Emmy Marshall, Feverish Child, Jackson Markovic, Jason Meek, John Burnett, Jr., LaRue Calliet, Jr., Maite Nazario, Marilyn Nieves, Neika Smith, Riley Mayhem, Rolando Guzman, Ryan Straut, Sean Lamoont and Taylor Alxndr. Invitation-only reception on June 27 and the exhibit is open to the public after that Monday through Friday @ Atlanta City Hall, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Through Aug. 26.

Friday, June 28

Stonewall 50th Anniversary Panel Discussion. Bank of America and Cox Enterprises present this discussion on the meaning and impact of the Stonewall Riots on the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Speakers include author David Carter (“Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution”), Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham, AGLCC President Petrina Bloodworth and John Richards of Out Leadership @ Center for Civil & Human Rights, 8 a.m.

Saturday, June 29

Drag Queen Story Hour with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker’s Drag Queen Story Hour was canceled at a library OTP, so Bottoms extended an invite @ Atlanta City Hall, 10 a.m.

Norcross Pride. It’s the first-ever Norcross Pride! There will be a picnic and live entertainment @ Thrasher Park, 4 p.m.

Young Democrats of Georgia Pride Month Celebration. LGBTQ elected officials Stephe Koontz and Matthew Wilson will hit the road to Athens to be part of a panel discussion @ Fire Hall No. 2, 5:30 p.m.

Atlanta United’s Unity Match. The third annual Unity Night match features a pre-game party in the Home Depot Backyard. The team’s queer fan group also has their own tailgate in the Gulch. The game against the Montreal Impact is @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 6 p.m.

Rome Pride. The second annual event in Northwest Georgia features live music, contests, games and a beach theme @ River Dog Outpost & Paddle Co., 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 30

Stonewall March & Rally. Atlanta Pride Committee presents this first annual event featuring a march from Midtown to Piedmont Park, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Dream’s Pride Night. The women hit the floor for the Pride game against the New York Liberty @ State Farm Arena, 3 p.m.


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