For the third year, hugs, prayers and speaking out against anti-gay rhetoric collide, expanding into two days of events commemorating International Day Against Homophobia in Atlanta.
Instead of one day to raise their voices for IDAHO, activists have plans this year for both Thursday and Friday. The events will be recorded live for broadcast through the cooperation of Meak Productions, Tenth Amendment Media Group and Atlanta’s “Alternative Perspectives” radio show.
Both events welcome speakers representing a diverse cross-section of LGBT Atlanta to proclaim this year’s international theme, “Sexual Diversity in the Workplace: It pays off!” (video above). A fundraising meal on May 7 and a gay Church Without Walls Potluck on May 13 built momentum toward this week’s main events.
On Thursday, food and fellowship at 6 p.m. precede keynote speaker Vandy Beth Glenn, who won a hard-fought battle against transgender job discrimination as a fired staffer with the Georgia legislature. Also on the roster at Village Church in Hapeville are proclamations for IDAHO from the state House, presented by gay state Rep. Keisha Waites; Fulton County, presented by lesbian Commissioner Joan Garner; and Atlanta City Council. Other speakers include Cole Agendabenda Thomas, Johnnie Curran, Julianna Illari, pastor Antonio Jones and Melissa Carter. Entertainment will be provided by Phoenix YZ.
Friday is an even bigger event, and it’s new. The first Northeast Georgia Progressive Forum, “Turning Red, Very Blue” includes a panel discussion with Rev. Antonio Jones of Unity Fellowship Church, Paul Schappaugh of GetEqualGA, Larry Pelligrini of Georgia Rural and Urban Summit, Louis Elrod of the Young Democrats of Georgia, and Betty Couvertier of Atlanta’s LGBT “Alternative Prospectives” radio show. Couvertier is also the organizer of the Atlanta IDAHO events.
View photos from previous IDAHO events in Atlanta.