MLK breakfast draws diverse LGBT crowd

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VIEW PHOTOS | 9th Annual Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Breakfast

imageWith a packed crowd making for standing room only, you might think Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of the collection of LGBT people who gathered Monday to celebrate the federal holiday.

Even the large social hall at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown wasn’t enough for the crowd of nearly 200 people. They were on hand for the 9th Annual Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Breakfast and enjoyed breakfast and a panel discussion among LGBT organizers about black gay and lesbian groups in the 1980s and 1990s.

imageThe discussion included an interesting mix of veteran activists such as Pat Hussain, who helped rally public sentiment against Cobb County’s anti-gay resolution leading up to the 1996 Olympics, and younger activists such as Khalid Kamau, who helped launch Second Sunday Atlanta and has worked with a gay student group at Morehouse College. Other participants included Cara Page (second photo left), Duncan Teague, Joy Barnes, Moya Bailey, Tracy McDaniel, Rev. Carolyn Mobley and Mary Anne Adams.

imageActivists Craig Washington (second photo right) and Darlene Hudson (third photo center) helped organize the event in 2002 as a way to provide an LGBT-friendly gathering before the city’s annual MLK march. The breakfast also calls attention to the contributions of Bayard Rustin — a gay man, civil rights activist and top lieutenant to King — and lesbian poet, author and activist Audre Lorde.

Last year, about 100 people filled the basement of Positive Impact for the breakfast, which included a panel discussion with Washington and local activists and bloggers.

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