LGBTQ Atlanta honors MLK at Rustin Lorde breakfast

LGBTQ Atlanta celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and shined a light on the importance of mental health at the 19th Annual Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Breakfast. 

The theme this year was “Having Empathy, Love & Patience,” which was about the need to address mental health issues in black LGBTQ Atlanta. 

“So we’re going to love on each other, we’re going to have some empathy, and we’re going to have a little patience,” said emcee and transgender activist Tracee McDaniel.

The event took place Monday at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.

Featured speakers included Imani Baskin and several mental health professionals. Baskin is the founder and CEO of Women Healing Women, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating violence against women and girls. 

The event also featured a performance by singer Monica Raye Simpson. She is also executive director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. 

State Rep. Park Cannon, one of the five openly LGBTQ members of the state legislature, was in attendance. So was Alex Wan and Devin Barrington Ward. Wan is the out former Atlanta City Councilmember running for the House District 57 seat, and Ward is the out politico running for Senate District 38.

Participants took part in the MLK Day March & Rally in downtown Atlanta following the breakfast.

Longtime LGBTQ activists Craig Washington and Darlene Hudson (photo left) created the annual breakfast in 2002 to remember the legacy of activist Bayard Rustin and poet Audre Lorde.

Check out our photos from Rustin Lorde Breakfasts from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

The Rustin Lorde Breakfast was one of many MLK Weekend events taking place this year.

Photos by Patrick Saunders