Georgia Dems want to mix politics with Pride

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Those gay Democrats – the ones who live on the politically blue island of Atlanta surrounded by the red meat-eating Republican sharks Outside the Perimeter – want you to know this during Pride Weekend: They want you (and your money).

A coalition of gay and gay-friendly Democratic groups are flexing their progressive muscles this weekend. First up are the monied ones, who will cocktail Wednesday evening at a meet-and-greet at the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Believe it or not, Georgia Democrats have an HQ and it’s in West Midtown.

The event comes courtesy of the party’s LGBT Caucus, which came out last October during a candidate mixer ahead of the November elections. The Dems got trounced, of course, but it was fun to see former Gov. Roy Barnes deftly avoid using the word “gay” in a room full of, well, gays.

This weekend, the LGBT Caucus will join with Stonewall Democrats, Fulton County Democrats and the Young Democrats to recruit voters during the festival and the parade on Sunday. Makes sense, given the parade usually offers a political tone given the elected officials and candidates who show up en masse to march with the throngs.

“Its great for all four organizations to be involved in Pride,” George Johnson, chair of the LGBT Caucus, says in a prepared statement. “The LGBT community is essential to our success not just in an election year but every year.”

So if you’re a bed-wetting liberal who bleeds (or pees?) blue, {encode=”[email protected]” title=”email”} the Dems to volunteer for the parade or shift in their booth in the Pride Marketplace.


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