Proud LGBTQ Atlantans will mark the final day of Stonewall Month by filling the streets of Midtown for the first Stonewall March.
Among several dozen Stonewall Weekend events, Sunday's march caps a jam-packed month marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The march also honors 50 years of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front, which organized the first Atlanta Pride marches.
The Stonewall March is a new entry in a monthlong series of events hosted by the Atlanta Pride Committee, according to executive director Jamie Fergerson.
“This year with the commemoration of Stonewall, we thought it was important to honor that, and one of the ways we felt it was natural to honor that was doing a march,” she told Project Q Atlanta. “It felt like the right time to do that, there was really good community support and a really good reason to plan one.”
Marchers will assemble at the Arts Center MARTA Station at 12 p.m. and then step off at 1 p.m. It will end at the 12th Street gate in Piedmont Park, where an hourlong rally will occur. A number of LGBTQ Atlanta activists will speak, including Don Meriwether, Lorraine Fontana, Tracee McDaniel, DeeDee Chamblee, Zahara Green, Jeff Graham, Kae Goode, Saifa Wall, Tori Cooper, Feroza Syed, Toni-Michelle Williams and Chanel Haley.
“People from the community will speak about the legacy of Stonewall, the work that they’re doing to continue that and the work that has been going on for the last 50 years-plus of the Pride movement,” Fergerson said. “There will be some calls to action for things that we need to continue to work on.”
Fergerson said the Stonewall March could become an annual event depending on Sunday’s turnout.
“It’s definitely important this year,” she said. “Next year is Atlanta Pride’s 50th year, so I’m sure we’ll have very important events all year long [to celebrate that]. It kind of depends on the community response.”
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