Atlanta honors LGBTQ ‘game changers’ with Pride proclamation

Some 25 LGBTQ individuals and organizations were recognized for their work at Atlanta City Hall to mark Stonewall Month. 

Councilmember Antonio Brown, the only LGBTQ member of the council, hosted a reception for the honorees on Monday where they received official proclamations from the city.

“I believe there is a ton of organizations within the city of Atlanta that are doing great work that sometimes aren’t recognized,” Brown (photo) told Project Q Atlanta. “And I thought this would be a great opportunity to bring all of our community partners together and honor them in recognition of National Pride Month.”

Council President Felicia Moore and Councilmembers Amir Farhokhi, Andre Dickens, Jennifer Ide, Matt Westmoreland and Michael Julian Bond were also in attendance.

“Atlanta has to continue to thrive, and in order to thrive, it has to be inclusive and have inclusive opportunities for everyone and making sure that we are fair and equitable,” Dickens said at the reception. “And your individual contributions and organizational contributions to the City of Atlanta and really for Georgia and the whole region does not go unnoticed.” 

The honorees included Georgia Equality, Victory Institute, GLAAD, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals, Hero for Children, Inc., Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, In the Life, Inc., The Gentlemen’s Foundation, Counter Narrative Project, Alvin Huntspon, Jerome Brooks, Atlanta Pride Committee, One Atlanta, UPS Foundation, Covenant House, state Rep. Park Cannon, state Rep. Matthew Wilson, state Rep. Sam Park, AID Atlanta, Transcending Barriers, LaGender, the LGBTQ Institute at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Transformation Journeys Worldwide and Trans Housing Atlanta Program.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will host the Stonewall 50 Exhibit at City Hall on June 21-28. The exhibit will honor key figures in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Bottoms will also host Drag Queen Story Hour with Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker on June 29 at City Hall.