Atlanta Pride nails down Stonewall Week events

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imageEven as we announced the dates for gay Atlanta’s landmark annual events in the coming weeks and months, Atlanta Pride was busy finalizing six more community events that make up this year’s Stonewall Week of celebration and remembrance.

The organization that brings us the Southeast’s largest LGBT gathering each year is partnering with several community organizations to commemorate Stonewall Week, set this year for June 19-26.

When the annual Pride festival was moved to October in 2009 after a rough couple of years with the drought and economy, Atlanta Pride dug deep last year and came up with a week of events that align with the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots (photo).

This year, Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Week narrows the list to six must-do fundraisers and happenings, including big LGBT ATL staples alongside the new, ingenious and—we have our fingers crossed—annual Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch and the “Be Visible, Make a Statement” rally and community art project.

“While our festival is now held in October, it is important to Atlanta Pride to commemorate the Stonewall Riots through events that build community,” Atlanta Pride Executive Director JP Sheffield says in a press release. “It took us a bit longer this year to release the event schedule, because we wanted to establish keystone activities that can become annual events. I believe we have accomplished that with the Sylvia Rivera Brunch and the rally that will follow.”

June 19
East Point Possums Show

Pride’s largest fundraiser of the year. Read more.

June 23
Out & Outloud Storycorps Event

Radial Café, 7-9 p.m.
Hosted by WABE’s John Lemley, featuring StoryCorps stories recorded by LGBT people. Learn more.

June 24
Evening for Equality

Read more.

June 25
Out On Film screening of “Stonewall Uprising”

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
This latest cinematic take on the event historically held as the beginning of the gay rights movement in America includes sweeping archival footage and interviews about the riots and the surrounding culture in America at the time.

June 26
Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch

Central Presbyterian Church, 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Inspired by the work done in 2009 by Human Rights Atlanta (HRA) during Stonewall Week, as well as the annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) and Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Community Breakfast. HRA’s strong focus on transgender issues and significance to Stonewall will be carried through in the theme of the brunch, which will include a speaker’s panel featuring Tracee McDaniel and Cheryl Courtney Evans. This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5. All donations collected will go to the planning committees for the 2010 TDOR event and the 2011 Rustin-Lorde Breakfast.

June 26
“Be Visible, Make a Statement” rally & community art project

State Capitol, immediately following the brunch
Be yourself and dress for a photography project that represents all our queer colors. With several photographers and graphic artists onhand, the group photo event will bring folks together on a visual history project, and the final result will be on display at the 2010 Atlanta Pride Festival in October. Artists and photographers interested in taking part can {encode=”[email protected]” title=”contact Sheffield”}.

“If we look at where the movement has taken us since Stonewall, we can see the growth of a variety of causes championed by the queer community,” Sheffield says. “The causes are as rich and diverse as the community itself. This rally is an opportunity for individuals to be seen and make their own statement, maybe by holding a sign in support of marriage equality, maybe by showing up in military apparel, or maybe by wearing a ‘Do I look illegal?’ shirt. There are endless possibilities.”

The Atlanta Pride festival takes place Oct. 9-10 in Piedmont Park to align with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.


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