Mayor Kasim Reed will be getting his Pride on next week, starting with a private reception Monday with LGBT activists, non-profit leaders and sponsors of the weekend festival.
Reed’s office announced the Rooftop Reception on Thursday, an event that his office says will be the first time the city’s mayor has thrown open the doors for an Atlanta Pride reception. The invite-only affair atop City Hall will include about 75 people, from LGBT activists to Pride supporters, non-profit officials and members of the police department’s LGBT advisory board. DJ Mike Pope will be on hand to spin.
“We are delighted to be hosting the first Pride reception at City Hall. Mayor Reed couldn’t be more excited about this,” says Reese McCranie, the mayor’s deputy director of communications who is gay.
The reception – set for Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – is one of several Pride-related events Reed is scheduled to attend. The mayor is slated to take part in the VIP reception during the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party at the Georgia Aquarium on Oct. 8, walk-through the festivities in Piedmont Park during the weekend, and march in the parade on Oct. 10, McCranie says.
Reed isn’t the only City Hall official hosting a Pride event next week. On Oct. 6, City Council members Alex Wan and Lamar Willis co-host their Gay Pride Reception at Halo.
Also Monday, the City Council is expected to present its annual Pride proclamation to Atlanta Pride officials.