Reception opens big weekend of Black Gay Pride

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Atlanta's Black Gay Pride celebration kicked off on Thursday with a slate of forums and town halls before pouring cocktails and letting loose during a welcome reception.

The event at the Center for Civil & Human Rights brought together hosts Pure Heat, Traxx Girls and Vision Community Foundation with party promoters, LGBT activists and more for the formal start to a weekend that goes nearly around the clock with seminars, pool parties and nightlife. 

Seriously, all weekend long.

Attendees at the reception also included Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Rodney Bryant, Major Marsha Shepherd and the agency's two LGBT liaisons, Officers Eric King and Acashia Lavigeour.

But before the cocktails started flowing, In the Life Atlanta hosted a series of sessions that focused on LGBT civil rights, lessons learned since the gay club massacre in Orlando, thriving with HIV and a luncheon focusing on women's empowerment.

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