If you’re like us, you’re already nailing down your must-do list for Pride weekend. But when gaps in your schedule arise, these installations take place all weekend and are well worth your while.
Atlanta Pride Human Rights Exhibit
You don’t even have to leave the park to take a break from Pride mayhem and avail yourself in the emotional, rich history of the gay rights movement.
“Stonewall: 40 Years of Struggle” breaks down the riots themselves (photos) as they happened, and the panels on display also probe into their impact since 1969. We got a sneak peak at the panels, and you may be surprised how much you didn’t know.
But the exhibit goes further. The Human Rights arm of the Atlanta Pride Committee researched an entire history of homosexuality itself. Step back in time to see when we began to be recognized, and who was at the forefront. We’re talking hundreds of years, here.
The exhibit is up from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on the bridge that crosses the lake between Piedmont Park East and West.
“We especially wanted to emphasize our history and shared struggles, what brings us together even as we continue to diversify,” says Max Green, chair of the Pride sub-committee that put together the display.
YouthPride’s “DOORS: Stories of Coming Out”
Alongside the Human Rights Exhibit, Atlanta Pride also features a special installation by the youth at YouthPride.
With each piece made literally on a door, this conceptual art project tells individual stories of being in the closet, coming out, and the aftermath of the coming out process. The youth really turned it out. You’ve got to see what they came up with.
“DOORS” is part of YouthPride’s Art RAVE (Realizing Artistic Vision in Everyone).
“Only Dick, No Jane” art exhibit
A hop, skip and jump from Piedmont Park is the fabulous W Midtown Hotel on 14th. For Pride, it hosts an art collection by Larry Jens Anderson that turns the concept of the old “Dick and Jane” reading books for kids on its ear.
The iconic imagery takes just Dick, not Jane, and re-imagines him if he were a child sure to grow up gay. The idea may be intentionally tongue-in-cheek, but the results are extremely well executed.
“Only Dick, No Jane” continues past Pride weekend, too. Read more about it in our preview of the exhibit that opened last week.
Community Health Expo
Pride snagged a huge partner this year in Kaiser Permanente. The health juggernaut lends its powers to this event both days in the Marketplace’s blue section. Community health and service organizations gather in one central location for the first time. Whether you need a hepatitis vaccine, information on preventing breast cancer, an HIV test or general info on staying healthy, these organizations can help.
Sometimes it’s hard to find LGBT-friendly health service providers, so you can take advantage of the Community Health Expo and prepare for a long life of healthy living. The expo takes place from 10 a.m. – 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Any of these all-weekend installations are easy to fit in your schedule. You can see them, do them, love them, and be back in the fray of the park in time for that next item on your “must-do” list.