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  • 2. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 DE TA BLE WELCOME OF NTENTS 36 The White House The President 37 Pride Committee Chair CO 38 Cain Williamson Executive Director James Parker Sheffield 40 The Mayor Hon. Kasim Reed 42 City Council Hon. Alex Wan FESTIVAL INFORMATION 44-47 Pre Festival /Festival Events 46 Sponsors 49 Guidelines 59 First Aid FEATURES 51 Accessibility 10 54 Health Expo FOR ARTS SAKE 62 Small Business Sponsors Kai-Linn Gallery 64 Volunteer T-Shirt Colors 15 FOUR DECADES OF PRIDE PRIDE MARCHES Triumph, Struggle, Celebration, History 54-55 Grand Marshals 24 56 Parade Route SAFER 57 Dyke March Envisoning A Safer School 57 Trans MarchP Climate for all students 27 PRIDE COMMITTEE LARGER THAN LIFE The Lady 58 Staff & Board Of Directors Ms Vagina Jenkins 59-61 Festival Committee 65 OUT ON FILM ENTERTIANMENT A History 80 72-75 Coca-Cola Stage EVERY LIFE DESIERVES HOPE 73 Kimberley Locke AIDS Walk Atlanta 74 Antigone Rising 2oth Anniversary 78 Bud Light Stage 79 The Starlight Cabaret 87 GRADY Atlanta’s Home Town Hospital 90 IT STARTS WITH YOU Fashon Images by Fenuxe 96 3 POSE Pride Celebrations Around The Southeast
  • 3. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 ORS 2010 TRIBUT CON LAURA DUOUGLAS-BROWN FEATURE CONTRIBUTOR Laura Douglas-Brown is the editor and co-founder of the Georgia Voice (www.thegavoice. com), which launched in March to provide in-depth coverage of BUCKE COOKE the state’s LGBT communities. She first attended Pride in FEATURE CONTRIBUTOR 1993, and has been a journalist Buck is the Assistant Dean of covering gay Atlanta since 1997. Students/Director of Greek Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology. Last year, Buck helped plan Out and Greek, the first conference for LGBT college students in fraternities and sororities and their straight allies. THE ATLANTA PRIDE COMMITTEE INC. EDITOR Mike Fleming CREATIVE DIRECTOR Al Pellenberg MIKE FLEMING FEATURE CONTRIBUTOR Mike Fleming is co-owner of The Official Guide to Atlanta Pride is produced and published Pride sponsor ProjectQAtlanta. annually by the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., a 501c (3) non- com, a local gay-owned website profit organization located at 2300 Henderson Mill Road, Suite of news, views, entertainment, 125, Atlanta GA 30345. arts and culture with a daily AL PELLENBERG The editorial content of this publication is the sole property of the calendar of events and constantly CREATIVE DIRECTOR Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. or is otherwise used under license updated photo galleries for or other express permission by the respective owner. All content LGBT Atlanta. Al has been an active member of contained herein is subject to the copyright protections of the the Atlanta Pride Committee for United States. Nothing appearing in this Guide may be reprinted, the last 25 years. He has always nor reproduced, either wholly or in part, without the express written believed that Pride sets the stage permission of the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. All trademarks, for all the changes that we have logos or descriptive terms created by, or on behalf of, the Atlanta seen in the last 25 years and will Pride Committee, Inc. are the sole property of the Atlanta Pride see in the next. Being visible Committee, Inc. It should not be assumed by any reader that the inclusion of any individual’s photograph, article, or quotation changes all our lives. is indicative of that individual’s sexual orientation. The Atlanta Pride Committee assumes no responsibility for the statements or Al, his husband CK, their Dad claims of advertisers. Extensive care has been taken in order to Joe, and the boys Boris and ensure that the accuracy of the information contained herein at Farley have just relocated to the time of printing; however, the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. Washington, DC. He wishes all assumes no responsibility for any changes in the event layout, is friends and “family” in the program changes or cancellations, or any other effect as a result of information communicated herein. Southeast the best and reminds JIM FARMER all that: COPYRIGHT ATLANTA PRIDE COMMITTEE, INC., 2010. IF NOT YOU ... WHO? All rights reserved. FEATURE CONTRIBUTOR IF NOT NOW ... WHEN? Jim Farmer is the Festival Director for Out on Film, a film publicist, freelance writer, and avid tennis player. 6
  • 4. By Mike Fleming With several talk-of-the-town openings since its debut last year, Yu-Kai Lin and his Kai Lin Art gallery continue to wow art lovers and woo new ones with contemporary works that draw ever-larger crowds. This year alone, soda cans with faces made the “Pop Stars & Cokeheads” show unforgettable, giant crowds basked in the moody “afterglow,” ethereal works put us in a state of “Grace,” and no one was hiding under the bed for the jam-packed “Monsters” opening. During Pride season, Kai Lin Art presents an exhibition of influences from nature called “ZENITH.” That name mirrors what a lot of people say about the gallery owner himself, but he humbly says he’s proud and lucky to work with so many great people. “We are continuing to find new and young, extremely talented local artists who create works that make a bold statement about life, love, and happiness,” he says. “I’m honored to be able to represent such wonderful artists.” In addition to art shows, the space hosts weddings, fundraisers, fashion shows, workshops, art classes, and more gay community events than can be counted on a regular basis. Everyone from the AIDS Vaccine Riders to Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus has taken advantage of the stylish, artful atmosphere with its rotating art shows as the inherent decor that makes special occasions that much more special. With an eye for work that stimulates emotions and conversation, Lin tends to find a stunning mix of gay and straight, male and female, figurative and abstract artists for each show. Look for everything from paintings to sculpture, photography, video installations and more. But while Lin may well be the entrepreneur du jour, make no mistake: He’s no newbie to Atlanta’s art world. Kai Lin Art 800 Peachtree Street NE Suite D Atlanta, GA 404-408-4248 10
  • 5. “I feel like all of my experiences have led me to this,” he says. “I am so grateful to Buckhead, WXIA-TV/NBC, Design Within Reach, Kennesaw State University, King be doing exactly what I love.” and Spalding as well as corporate and private collectors. Lin cut his chops at other local galleries that are not only respected in the art While all of the artists aren’t gay, Kai Lin Art’s openings most definitively are. world, but also well known to gay Atlanta. He served as Senior Sales Manager at From the well-heeled to the uber-hip, LGBT crowds flock to each new opening Lowe Gallery, and then became Director of Sales and Marketing for Mason Murer in increasing numbers to see the latest discoveries and pack the place with an Fine Art. undeniable energy that is often enhanced by popular DJs. A collector himself, he has made a career out of bringing art into the lives of others. But it’s not all about the crowd. Lin is increasingly proving his real eye for good He has curated exhibitions, planned events, and worked with many corporate art and a knack for setting a mood, which of course, is what keeps people coming developers, architects and interior designers to place art. back for more. Lin has also collaborated with marketing teams and managers to curate Kai Lin Art is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment. exhibitions and place art for clients including W Hotels, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Look for a new show at Kai Lin Art every eight weeks, and call the gallery to tour Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, The Gallery Condominiums, Terminus the space and brainstorm ideas for your event. 12 Kai Lin Art 800 Peachtree Street NE Suite D Atlanta, GA 404-408-4248 Kai Lin Art 800 Peachtree Street NE Suite D Atlanta, GA 404-408-4248
  • 6. SeniorCare Options Caring at a Distance Staying Connected Lisa Meeks CMC,CTRS Geriatric Care Manager/Owner P: 770.579.9177 F: 770.570.9179 C: 404.992.3453 PUT A BUCK IN THE BUCKET HELP KEEP PRIDE FREE TRIUMPH STRUGGLE HISTORY CELEBRATION By Laura Douglas-Brown, GA Voice 15
  • 7. FOUR DECADES OF PRIDE: Trimuph,Struggle, History, Celebration By Laura Douglas-Brown GA Voice On a hot summer night some 41 years ago, a ragtag group of gay street youth, drag queens, dykes and transgender people fought back against a police raid at new york city’s stonewall inn. The June 1969 uprising is widely viewed as launching the modern gay rights movement, igniting a more radical approach than the fledgling “homophile” movement that was already quietly underway. By the next year, cities began hosting rallies and celebrations to mark the anniversary of Stonewall, creating the Gay Pride events that continue to this day. Atlanta held its first Pride march in 1971, when about 100 brave souls marched down Peachtree Street, and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2010. And ever since those first Pride marches commemorated the Stonewall uprising, Pride celebrations have played an important role in both shaping and reflecting LGBT history — providing, as Stonewall historian David Carter describes it, a crucial “common narrative” to shape our identity as an LGBT people and culture. “If we do not know our history, how can we ask others to take our history, and therefore us as a community, seriously?” Carter asked in a recent interview marking Stonewall Week, a series of activities sponsored by the Atlanta Pride Committee and other organizations to mark the June anniversary since Atlanta’s festival is now held in October. As our community’s largest annual gathering, the 40 years of Atlanta Pride also provide a time capsule of four decades of progress and struggle on our road to full equality 1970s: Building a movement The years immediately following stonewall were marked by a new sense of urgency and visibility for lgbt activism, reflecting the grassroots, counter-culture spirit of other protest movements like the fights for women’s lib and against the vietnam war. In 1971, Democratic activist Bill Smith incorporated the Gay Liberation Front in Atlanta, following a trend of gay lib groups around the country. That same year, GLF hosted Atlanta’s first Gay Liberation Day, a march that followed a route still familiar today: down Peachtree Street to Piedmont Park. Organizers said 125 attended, although media put the number at 50. The next year, Pride doubled to 250 people, drawing both local television coverage and controversy that reflected the discomfort some older gay people felt with the new radical movement. Some gay bars even threw out activists passing out Pride fliers. Pride continued to grow throughout the mid-70s, with shifting leadership as GLF disbanded, and the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance helped to organize some festivals. Maria Helena Dolan attended her first Atlanta Pride in 1976, and remembers those MAYNARD JACKSON IS SWORN IN AS ATLANTA’S FIRST BLACK MAYOR early marches as very different from the MARIA HELENA DOLAN mammoth parade that shuts down city streets today. “Practically everyone there was young, from the late teens to the early twenties, and it was a lot of fun,” she said. “In those days, we had 500 to 600 people, and you would still see some people with little masks or paper bags over their faces, and signs that said, ‘I have to cover my face or I might lose my job.’” As a mark of the growing impact of the festival, in 1976 Pride won support from then-Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, who issued a “Gay Pride Day” proclamation. But the support also ignited one of the first major public controversies for Pride, when a group calling itself Citizens for a Decent 16 Atlanta took out ads in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to demand Jackson’s resignation. Pride, they argued, glorifies “acts against the photo:Stan Fong moral laws of Judeo-Christian tradition.”
  • 8. In 1977, Jackson backed down and just issued a “Human Rights Week” proclamation, although the festival — put on a by a coalition of local groups — still drew 1,500 people and included demands for local and national gay rights laws. That attention to national issues at Pride carried over into the final two Prides of the 1970s. In 1978, orange juice queen Anita Bryant — who had become an anti-gay crusader — came to town to address the Southern Baptist Convention. Instead of a Pride rally, organizers held a massive demonstration outside of the convention, with gay activists estimating attendance at 4,000, although police put the ACT UP DEMONSTRATORS OUTSIDE THE CENTERS FOR DIEASE CONTROL number at half that. WAS A COMMON SIGHT DURING THE 1980’S “It was important to demonstrate for queer liberation, and it was essentially derailed by AIDS,” said Dolan, right there that we didn’t agree with this who began helping organize Pride in 1977 and would later be honored and we weren’t going away,” Dolan said. as a Pride grand marshal. “The focus had to shift because people were “And that we had 4,000 people when Pride dying.” had been drawing much less really speaks The numbers quickly grew, hitting Atlanta Pride along with the rest to national issues having an impact on the of the gay community. local level.” “From 1981 to about 1984, I went to 41 funerals, until I finally just In a further testament to that impact, stopped counting,” Dolan said. in 1979, on the 10th anniversary of the The first “Stop AIDS” banner appeared in the Pride parade in 1983, Stonewall rebellion, Pride was put on by and the first Pride community memorial for those who had died of AIDS activists organizing the local contingent in was held in 1984. the first National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights. The festival itself struggled as the The 1979 Pride march also reflected SF SUPERVISOR ranks of organizers were decimated by one of the biggest gay-related news stories HARVEY MILK the disease, although HIV also motivated to date: the 1978 assassination of gay San ASSASINATED IN 1979 others to get involved. Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk, and “No one cared that my husband the fact that his killer, Dan White, was acquitted a year later of was dying of AIDS and people needed to murder and found guilty only of voluntary manslaughter. know that we are everywhere,” said Al “One of the chants that year was ‘We want more than disco, Pellenberg, who started volunteering in remember San Francisco,’ because Dan White basically got away 1985 for that reason and is now marking with murder, and gay people rioted,” Dolan said. “It was a way to 25 years of work with Atlanta Pride, honor that.” currently as creative director. “From then on I worked with them to make Pride a more significant event.” 1980’s And then came AIDS After building strength through the end of the 1970s, Atlanta’s gay rights movement appeared poised to continue that progress in the 1980s. Pride in 1980 was dubbed “Lesbian Gay Transperson Day,” showing the increasing diversity of the community. But the community would soon face a challenge that made the previous struggles pale in comparison. In 1981, the Georgia Department of Human Resources began tracking AIDS cases in the state, with three reported. “At that time, what we had was a movement photo:: Cain Williamson
  • 9. As the 1980s drew to a close, AIDS remained prominent. The 1988 festival theme was “A Celebration of Life” — a poignant statement during a time when funerals were commonplace and the time between diagnosis and death was often measured in months. By the time the 1989 Pride festival marked the 20th anniversary of Stonewall with the theme “Stonewall: Reasons to Remember,” Atlanta — like cities around the country — had lost hundreds of leaders and loved ones to the disease. 1990s: Growth and visibility While HIV struck down many in the gay community, it also radicalized many more. People who had never considered themselves activists during the gay liberation movement of the 1970s found they had no choice but to fight back when their friends were literally dying around them, and that spirit soon energized other struggles. Jeff Graham attended his first Atlanta Pride in 1990, and remembered the thrill of being part of “the beginning of a very exciting movement.” “I was a young street activist in the community, and Pride was really a central focus of the year back then for those of us on the frontlines of activism,” said Graham, who was a member of ACT UP, would later serve as executive director of AIDS Survival Project, and is now executive director of Georgia Equality. “Even though I don’t think there was anything overtly political about Pride, it seemed very political,” he said. “You were making a political statement just by showing up, because so few people were willing to do that. When Pride hit 5,000 people, it seemed like the largest gathering you could imagine.” “It was gay day in Atlanta for real,” he said, noting how 300,000 turned out for the festival, which featured By the early 1990s, LGBT protests were common in Atlanta and during the early 1990s, “more and more people got involved with homegrown favorites Indigo Girls as the headliner. around the country, as those who felt they had nothing left to lose the organization.” The festival theme that year was “People of the World: spoke out with newfound energy. The festival drew roughly 5,000 people in Listen, Think, Act,” an obvious reference to “It’s when the death rate of AIDS was really reaching its peak, 1990, but the number leapt 30,000 in 1991, with the crowds coming to pack Atlanta for the and we were on the verge of scientific advances that astounded us Cheryl Summerville — who ignited a national Olympics in July. when they happened,” Graham recalled. “That early research was boycott when she was fired from Cracker Barrel “Over that five year period of time, starting to trickle in, and restaurants for being gay — as a grand marshal. [Pride’s growth] was like a snowball rolling we could begin to see that The Atlanta Pride Committee also officially down a hill — it started slowly but it sped if we put up strong political incorporated as a non-profit in 1991, adding up,” Graham said. “And what happened with pressure, we could change the stability to the festival. Attendance doubled to Pride in my mind is the greatest snapshot course of the AIDS epidemic.” 60,000 in 1992, and then hit 100,000 in 1993. and gauge of the growing strength of our As the home of the Two months later, in August 1993, the Cobb community.” federal Centers for Disease County Commission passed its now infamous But the tragedy that marred the 1996 Control, Atlanta became resolution declaring homosexuality incompatible Olympics would soon put LGBT Atlanta in the ground zero for HIV protests with community standards. spotlight again, and serve Pride with another that drew attendance and Protests over the Cobb resolution spread, as huge challenge to overcome. headlines from around the groups like the Cobb Citizens Coalition berated After a bomb ripped through the nation. the commission and Olympics Out of Cobb Otherside Lounge, a lesbian and gay bar on PAT HUSSAIN and JON WEAVER Other gay news stories sought to keep the county from benefitting as a Piedmont Avenue, investigators soon connected LEAD OLYMPICS OUT OF COBB also put Atlanta on the map, venue for the 1996 Olympic Games. the attack to the bombing of the Atlanta and Pride’s attendance grew th Pride grew to three nights in 1994, on the 25 anniversary Olympics and a Sandy Springs abortion clinic. exponentially in response. of Stonewall — and Olympic organizers, fearing widespread gay With an anti-gay bomber with a record of targeting large public Pellenberg described protests would disrupt the games, announced in July 1994 that gatherings on the loose, would anyone show up for Pride in 1997? the 1990s as “a huge time in the volleyball competition would be pulled from Cobb County. Security increased exponentially, but having faced down Pride’s evolution.” Pride hit a new attendance record in June 1996, when AIDS, gay Georgians weren’t about to run scared: Some LYNN COTHREN organized Queeer Nation Protests over JEFF GRAHAM, 300,000 packed Piedmont Park. Cracker Barell’s treatment of Cheryl summerville FROM ACT UP, TO AIDS SURVIVAL PROJECT TO GEORGIA EQUALITY
  • 10. One of those 300,000 was J.P. Sheffield, who attended his first Atlanta Pride that year as junior in high school. 2000s: “I had never seen that many queer people Milestones in one space up until that point,” Sheffield and marriage said, explaining that until then he hadn’t really understood the need for a Gay Pride celebration. Riding the wave of huge growth in “I realized that it is about feeling like you the 1990s, Pride celebrated in 2000 with have a place to go to be a part of something, learn its biggest entertainer yet — the B-52s, about the community, and to feel safe,” he said. who helped drive attendance to the “I think I walked around with a stupid grin on my highest in Pride’s history, an estimated face all day. I was hooked.” 400,000. Sheffield recalled that he still had to hide his The parade set a new attendance new rainbow gear from his father, but with the record in 2001, the same year all major freedom of college, in 1999 he began volunteering candidates for mayor sought votes at the for Pride. festival. “I felt fortunate that I didn’t have to live that Major developments in the ongoing way anymore, and it was important to me to go fight for LGBT equality were also and help keep Pride available for people,” said reflected in the festival. In 2003, Atlanta Sheffield, who is now executive director of the Pride’s theme of “Freedom to Be” gained festival. “ If they didn’t get to be gay anywhere new meaning just days before the else, they would always have that space.” festival, when the United States Supreme The last two Pride festivals of the 1990s saw Court struck down sodomy laws in the attendance drop somewhat as a result of extreme case of Lawrence v. Texas. heat one year and a deluge of rain the next, but Although Georgia’s sodomy law, since 1993, and served as a Pride speaker several times. Pride ended the decade with attendance 40 times which had been used disproportionately “There needs to be these rituals that really insure that higher than when it began. against gay people, had been struck people feel like, ‘Yes, I do feel queer community here,’ and Pride “Pride began to be that one place once a year down years earlier at the state level, the helps sustain that,” added Washington, who is a spokesperson where you could find others like ourselves who you ringing endorsement of gay people’s for this year’s AIDS Walk Atlanta. always knew were there but could never find. It basic right to privacy in our relationships “At the same time, because our human rights are not just got bigger and better every year,” Pellenberg inspired Pride attendees. guaranteed and there are certain rights that we still are said. “The community found a voice and a common “When that ruling came down, it fighting for, Pride — given its influence and its size — has to thread. was right before the event happened acknowledge that.” “Where there was once friction between the and absolutely those types of things play Current events also had a major impact on the last Pride gay and lesbian communities, Pride brought them a huge role in how people are feeling and festivals of the 2000s, this time in the form of the massive together and created one big family.” what drives them to come out and be drought that struck the region. visible,” Sheffield said. “That was a huge After being celebrated the last weekend in June in year. The park just kept filling up.” Piedmont Park for most of its history, Pride was forced to move Pride in 2004 also reflected major in 2008 when city officials booted large festivals from the national fights for gay rights, although parched park. not as positive. With anti-gay marriage Held over July Fourth weekend at the Civic Center, Pride amendments on the ballot in many attendance and finances suffered. The festival moved back to states, including Georgia, coinciding with Piedmont Park for 2009, but over Halloween, to get around city President Bush’s reelection bid, marriage policies that limited festivals in the summer season. became much more visible at Pride, This year, Pride caps four decades of growth and change by from wedding themes in the parade to settling into its new date — the second weekend in October, to heightened media attention directed to coincide with National Coming Out Day — at its old home of Pride’s annual Commitment Ceremony. Piedmont Park, LGBT Atlanta’s unofficial backyard. The stunning defeat on the But while the festival has faced changes through the years, marriage amendment, which was one thing remains constant: the desire to inspire LGBT people CRAIG WASHINGTON ATLANTA LGBT AND HIV ACTIVIST approved by 76 percent of Georgia voters in November 2004, and our allies to continue the fight for full equality. gave credence to the argument that LGBT groups must do a “In many ways Pride gave our community a place to meet, better job of partnering with and embracing other social justice to show each other our different sides, our common interests, movements. and our unique capabilities,” Pellenberg said. Pride organizers took up that call, debuting a Human Rights Exhibit in 2007 that is now an inspiration for Pride organizers in many other cities, and also working more closely “It has the power to gather to co-sponsor events with other community organizations. and galvanize us, and that leads “It’s so important that Pride has its own vision in terms of asserting LGBT liberation, as not just a celebration but to greater diversity and choices as a serious human rights action,” said Craig Washington, a longtime Atlanta LGBT and HIV activist who has attended Pride for each of us.” 23
  • 11. Georgia LGBTQ youth. Rather than replicating services and resources for LGBTQQ youth, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition members compiled the best resources from their respective organizations. Next, Coalition members launched a website ( where school counselors could download the resource binder and manual, in addition to taking an online self-assessment of their knowledge of LGBTQQ youth issues. One of the best reasons to get involved with the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition is that we have had some astounding successes in our short one year of existence. We have trained over 400 Georgia school counselors, 200 Georgia school educators, and 100 Georgia LGBTQQ family members on LGBTQQ youth issues through various conference presentations, school in-service meetings, and keynote presentations on our work in Georgia. The Coalition is also able to provide an immediate media and education response when LGBTQQ youth are threatened. For example, when a Clayton County school teacher allegedly ordered a “hit” on a gay student, the coalition was able to not only issue press releases on the issue, but also was able to provide timely ENVISIONING & DEVELOPING A SAFER SCHOOL training for Clayton County school personnel on LGBTQQ issues. These presentations have focused on addressing the ethical CLIMATE FOR ALL YOUTH: and legal issues involved with supporting LGBTQQ students and those who serve them in school and community settings. In addition, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition members have advocated successfully for school policy changes in Georgia by attending school board meetings to stress the importance of having enumerated bullying policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression protections for The Story of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition By Anneliese A. Singh and Maru Gonzalez students and school personnel. Several of our members have also lobbied for the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act at Take a trip back in time with us. Think Heck, let’s go back even further in time. How was your middle the national level. We are especially proud of our youth member, school and elementary school experience? What did you learn Austin Laufersweiler, who was selected by the Gay Lesbian (or not learn) about LGBTQQ individuals and communities? Did Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to be the 2009 Student back to your high school experience. What you learn that a vibrant LGBTQQ community has come from Advocate of the Year for his advocacy with his high school in all walks of life – people of color, people living with disabilities, starting a Gay-Straight Alliance and with the Cobb County School did you see, hear, feel, and think about people from all class backgrounds and geographic regions? If Board in developing enumerated bullying policies. you experienced being bullied, witnessed other students being Austin’s achievements are reflective of the Coalition’s bullied, or even bullied others yourself, did school teachers and being LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, commitment to youth empowerment and activism. In addition counselors intervene – or was it overlooked? to providing support and resources to Gay-Straight Alliances More often than not, the answers to the above questions are (GSAs) throughout the state, the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition transgender, queer, questioning) or being a resounding “no!” For this and many other reasons, in the is currently organizing an advocacy-based summit for GSA summer of 2009 several Georgia safe schools activists and members and advisors. We also seek to lift youth voices through community organization members (e.g., PFLAG-Atlanta, Lambda various story compilation initiatives. The Coalition has already a LGBTQQ-ally? Legal, YouthPride, Georgia Equality, Ben Marion Institute for produced two documentary films focused on the experiences Social Justice) came together to create the Georgia Safe Schools of LGBTQQ students. In addition, we recently partnered with L/R Maru Gonzalez, Anneliese Singh,Cory Johnson, Jesse McNulty Coalition. StoryCorps for an LGBTQQ youth story collection project to “open hearts and change minds one story at a time.” Excerpts of the Initially supported by a small grant from the University interviews are available on our website. of Georgia’s Office of the Vice President of Outreach, the overarching goal of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition was to The Coalition meets about every month and engages in work bring together the best resources for supporting LGBTQQ youth on small projects in between the meetings. We welcome new in Georgia. Essentially, Coalition members have a passion and members and tend to have not only a great deal of success in commitment to safer schools for all youth. In addition, the our work together, but we also have a good deal of fun together! mission of the Coalition includes working towards ending not You can also make a donation through our website. Every $10 we only homophobia and transphobia, but also entails ensuring we receive puts one hard copy of a resource manual in a Georgia are addressing the ways that racism, sexism, classism, and other school counselor’s hands, in addition to funding our ongoing oppressions also affect Georgia school students. LGBTQQ youth empowerment projects. The first project that emerged out of this coalition was the development of a binder and resource manual for Georgia For more information or to get involved with 24 school counselors working in middle and high school settings. the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition This resource included a DVD and related curriculum guide on Email Anneliese Singh at
  • 12. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 LARGER THAN LIFE By Buck Cooke Atlanta Plays Home To One Of Queer Burlesque’s Brightest Stars 27
  • 13. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 Many people may not know that Atlanta is home to one of the one of the foremothers of the burlesque scene in Atlanta and across the South, one of the biggest names in queer burlesque: The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins. Since 2003, she has traveled the United States and beyond, performing her extraordinary brand of burlesque to increase awareness of the unique form of entertainment and to celebrate marginalized members of the community. After a a performance tour of Canada, Jenkins made time to discuss her history and that of burlesque, among other things. Pride: With a name like “The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins,” I have to ask the origin of the name. The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins: Well, my first stage name was Mocha James, which people kept messing up by calling me “Cocoa,” or “Jones,” or “Chocolate,” etc. I used to refer to my actual lady parts as “Vagina Jenkins” or sometimes “Vagina Del Rosa” when I was feeling spicy. Plus, my initial persona was heavily influenced by the work of drag performance artists Vaginal Davis, so it seemed quite fun and tongue-in-cheek to call myself “Vagina Jenkins.” But then a funny thing happened ... I started to see people’s reactions – the tittering, the disgust, the confusion – and I became fascinated with how folks react to the name “Vagina Jenkins.” I love making emcees say “Vagina” and “queer” onstage, especially straight, white male emcees. I always ask that emcees not make jokes about Vagina in my intro, to let the audience reaction and my subsequent performance stand on their own. It’s an interesting experience to behold. So many folks laugh at the name “Vagina.” I think they think I’m going to be comedic or a drag queen ... and then they see the performance. I don’t know exactly what they’re expecting when they hear the name “Vagina,” but I can tell you that what I give them defies their expectations. 29 I once had an audience member come up to me after a show and ask why I called myself “that.” He went on to say that I was so classy, regal, graceful – “like a VAGINA!” I interrupted.
  • 14. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 He kind of looked perplexed for a moment, then smiled, and wandered off. I kind of hope I rocked his world a little bit. After all, that is the goal! Pride: How would you describe your performances? TLMVJ: I perform what is known as “classic burlesque.” I perform my take on what striptease looked like in its heyday from the ‘50’s to the mid ‘60’s. I’m inspired by high femmes from all genders, from Eartha Kitt to GiGi Monroe and Liberace to Shirley Bassey. Vagina Jenkins is big – HUGE! – with lots of glitter, sparkly fabulousness, long gowns and robes, large headdresses, and choreography that takes up space. The idea behind Vagina Jenkins is to take up space for all the marginalized communities I represent: queer women, women of size and color, working class women, etc. I grab the audience’s attention and I never let it go. I demand the gaze and command the gays! Pride: How would you describe burlesque to someone who has never seen it before? TLMVJ: Burlesque is an amazing art form that you just have to see to believe. It can be so many things, just like drag. Sure, burlesque can be about the strip-teasers, but it’s also the comedians, the magicians, the sideshow freaks eating light bulbs. The sexy girls are great (and definitely the reason I attend most burlesque shows), but burlesque has its roots in vaudeville and, as such, is the multi- disciplinary entertainment dreamed up by working class people for working class people.
  • 15. However, that being said, just like there are good and bad drag shows, there are good and bad burlesque shows. If you see my name in a production, rest assured it’s top notch! As I mentioned earlier, burlesque historically comes from vaudeville traditions and burlesque shows back in the day were more like variety shows (baggy pants comedians, singers, sideshow freak acts and yes, strip-teasers). Neo-burlesque is the revival of the burlesque arts with more of an emphasis on the strip-teasers and the creative, fabulous and over-the-top ways in which burlesque dancers tease their audiences while partially disrobing. Pride: What role do LGBTQ people play in the burlesque community? TLMVJ: Queer folks make everything we do a little bigger, brighter, and important. I think burlesque is no exception. Some of my favorite burlesque queens were raised by drag queens. Queer performers are never content to go along like everyone else – no, we have to make it bolder, make our mark – so you end up with someone like burlesque legend Satan’s Angel spinning fire on her tasseled pasties. Queers are outspoken and take up space and push the boundaries of any given thing and aren’t those the marks of a great entertainer? Besides, being glittered up and semi-naked and demanding people look at you is pretty damned queer, if you ask me. Pride: What is your favorite place to perform in Atlanta? TLMVJ: In Atlanta, my favorite shows are the Mondo Homo Cabaret. Mondo Homo is an annual DIY queer music and arts festival. Visit The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins online to search out information for “more Vagtastic happenings,” The cabaret portion of the festival is amazing and interdisciplinary, burlesque, drag, musicians, performance artists, puppetry, theatre. It’s an amazing display of queer performance art and is a pleasure to watch and a pleasure in which to perform.
  • 16. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 VAL STI ION 0 FE AT 201 RM INFO Contemporary Ice Tea Pticher Salt Fired Cone 6 Reduction Georgia Peach Stonware $78 35 WITH ALL OUR LOVE WWW.NEWGEORGIACLAYWORK.COM Gregory Alan Barrett 08/20/1966 – 06/03/2010
  • 17. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 ME TO E LCO A PRID WE ANT ATL 0 THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON 201 October 2010 Dear Beloved Community, Atlanta’s Pride movement has come a long way since it was born 40 years ago. As we reflect on this milestone, the tremendous strides toward September 10, 2010 equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comes thanks to the work of many progressively minded people – gay and straight. The Atlanta Pride Committee is honored to have been a part of the progress. Our Nation’s story of progress is one of courageious and passionate The last several years of Atlanta Pride’s 40-year history have been man and women refusing to accept anything less that full and equal particularly trying. After many years of reliably holding our annual Pride citizenship. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) event in Piedmont Park on the last weekend in June, we had to move our festival dates three times and our venue twice over the past three years. Americans, alongside their committed straight allies, carry on the In that same timeframe, a perfect storm of increased costs and reduced important work of perfecting our union by challenging revenues in the middle of the worst global economy in generations caused us to cut roughly $250,000 out of our budget. discrimination and the barriers that remain. But we queers are no strangers to hardship. With the support of hundreds of loyal volunteers, sponsorships and partnerships with businesses and LGBT Pride celebrations bring us together to honor the diversity of peer non-profit organizations, as well as financial contributions from our people and reach for the American ideals of equality and folks like you, we are beginning to see stability again in Pride’s venue and dates. We are resilient. We will survive. freedom. Communities across our country are richer and our shared future is brighter because of the countless efforts to shift attitudes, This year, we are happy to be back home in Piedmont Park. And we are particularly excited for Pride to coincide with National Coming Out Day. change laws, and open minds. Together, we will build and America The concepts of Pride and Coming Out are kind of like love and same- where all are free to choose the ones we love. sex marriage: You can’t really have one without the other. They are both fundamental to the continued struggle for our full legal and social equality. I wish you all the best for your Pride celebration. At Pride, we remain committed to full equality for all people – LGBTQ and otherwise. We hope it doesn’t take another 40 years. But if it does, we’ll be here fighting the good fight. But we can’t do it without your help. If you haven’t made a contribution to Pride, please do. And now, welcome to the 40th annual Atlanta Pride celebration. Be out and be proud. Thanks to the last 40 years of hard work put in by the folks featured in the rest of this magazine as well as countless others, it’s a hell of a lot easier than it used to be. Out and Proud, Cain Williamson Chair, Board of Directors 36 25 37
  • 18. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 E TO E COM PRID WELANTA ATL 0 201 Happy Pride! As we take over Atlanta to celebrate our 40th Anniversary, I absolutely could not be more excited about this year’s festivities. From our established events, like the Annual Pride Parade, to our new events, like the Pride Kickball tournament hosted by the Flaming Sugarbaker Sisters, there is something for each of you to enjoy. We are proud of, and grateful for, our Community Partners that have participated in making this year a success. Without organizations such as Georgia Equality, Georgia Safe School Coalition, Out on Film, The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative, and many others, we would not be able to produce many of the rich elements that are part of the 2010 Celebration. While you participate in Pride, please take a moment to thank one of the many volunteers, including our Festival Committee and Board, that work year round to create this fantastic event. I am constantly amazed by their energy and diligence. Earlier this year, we lost a vital part of our Pride Family, Greg Barrett. We will hold his memory close as we head into the park and will never forget the incredible excitement that he put into his work. We ask that each of you take a moment to honor all the individuals that have served Atlanta Pride over the past 40 years, making it the premier event it is today. We would like to thank all the sponsors, small business partners, individual donors, and volunteers that have been with us through the years, and that have made our 2010 celebration possible. Please, have fun and be safe at the event. If you enjoy your time with us, consider dropping a dollar (or 2) into one of our donation buckets. Your contribution will help keep Atlanta Pride free in years to come. As we can always use extra hands, we also welcome each of you to volunteer at the festival. We value each of you as a part of our community and we are pleased to be able to provide a safe space to celebrate who you are. Yours in Pride, James Parker Sheffield Executive Director Atlanta Pride Committee 38
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  • 21. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 IVALS FEST ENT PRE E EV PRID Stride Into Pride Check out all these great happenings around town for Pride season. Dine Out for Pride Wednesday, September 22: DOC CHEY’S Virginia-Highland Wednesday, September 29: DOC CHEY’S Emory Village Wednesday, October 6: OSTERIA 832 Virginia-Highland Wednesday, October 13: DOC CHEY’S Grant Park -Join us for lunch or dinner every Wednesday in October at a different HomeGrown restaurant, and 15% of sales will be donated back to Atlanta Pride. Papi’s Pride Brunch Sunday, October 3- 12:30pm-3:30pm Las Margaritas: 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road -Great Music, great food, and incredible drink specials. Bring your friends for an afternoon the Las Margaritas Patio. A portion of your bill benefits Atlanta Pride! The 15th Annual ALHI Garden Party Sunday, October 3- 4:00pm – 8pm Einstein’s: 1077 Juniper St. -Annual fundraiser for the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative. The afternoon celebrates 15 years of Health Initiative programs and services supporting the health of LGBTQ community throughout Georgia. The admission ticket price of $50.00 ensures that the Health Initiative remains a resource for our community as they challenge illness and claim better health. In the past, this one-of-a-kind party brought together more than 1,300 women and men from across the southeast for socializing, an incomparable silent auction, a raffle and support of the Health Initiative. Atlanta Pride AIDS Vigil Wednesday, October 6- 7:00pm St. Mark’s UMC: 781 Peachtree St. NE - Hosted by: St. Mark’s UMC and AIDS Alliance for Faith and Health This years vigil theme, “From Prejudice to Pride … ACT UP! Fight AIDS!” calls upon our community to take the challenge and take ACTION in promoting and advocating for health care and funding. The event will feature speakers and music from our community with a time for remembrance and a Call to ACTION! Out on Film Closing Party & Screening “Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride” Thursday, October 7- 6:30pm Midtown Art Cinema: 931 Monroe Drive - Gay Pride marches and festivals are happening all over, sometimes under heavy at the role of these events ever taken. This feature length documentary follows the Vancouver Pride Society’s (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. They also travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the world’s largest gay pride parade and New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement. Tickets – $10 For a complete listing of events and details, please visit 44
  • 22. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 AL EVENTS FESTIV ND Commitment Ceremony 6:30pm EEKE Piedmont Park Pavilion (Bud Light Stage) This non-denominational ceremony gives couples the opportunity to pledge their commit- W ment to each other publicly before friends and family. Couples who wish to register pay a small fee. Visit for details and registration Official Atlanta Pride Womenís Party 9pm-3am, 18 & over Friday, October 8 Peach Mega Dance Party Atlanta Pride VIP Party 6:00pm-8:00pm Presented by Curve Magazine The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Ocean Ballrooms Center Stage/The Loft: 1374 West Peachtree St -Atlanta Prideís Annual VIP Party features complimentary food and drinks. This event is our pre- Curve Magazine and Pandora Events host the hottest womenís party in the South! Join us for mier event for our individual donors and sponsors. For details about on how to receive tickets for the signature Peach Party event! DJs, entertainers, and women from all over the world. the party, please visit our website and click ìdonate nowî. Location and further details will be sent to $15 advance/$25 door/$60 VIP our ticket holders. Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party 6:30pm-11:30pm Sunday, October 10 The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Main Entrance The Annual Atlanta Pride Parade Kicks off at 1:00 p.m. -Start Pride weekend off right and explore the aquarium with special after-hours viewings, cash bars for 21+ and the beats of DJ sensations Martin Fry and Scott Anthony. Go green and party Sponsored By Delta Airlines See our Parade and Marches page in the Magazine for more details. responsibly by carpooling (Parking $10 per car), or with a five-minute taxi ride from Midtown. Tickets are $18 in advance, $25 at the door. YouthPride Entertainment Block 3:40pm Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff After Party 11pm-3am Bud Light Stage The YouthPride Block features the talents of young LGBTQ people ages 13-24 in an array of Fiesta Pride! musical, spoken word, dance, and drag performances. This event is made possible by a part- The Jungle Club: 2115 Faulkner Rd. NE nership with YouthPride, an Atlanta-based advocacy and support group for LGBTQ youth. To -Immediately following the Official Kickoff Party at the Georgia Aquarium, Jungle takes your Pride learn more about their programs or how to help, visit experience into the early morning hours with DJ Karlitos. The Starlight Cabaret 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, October 9 Coca-Cola Stage The best drag entertainment that the city has to offer. The Starlight Cabaret closes out Pride weekend each year and is always a crowd pleaser. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Pride Kickball Tournament 10:00am-2pm Starlight Cabaret! Presented by the Flaming Sugarbaker Sisters Piedmont Park Ball Fields (Located near the 12th & 14th Street Gates) Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party 9:30pm-3:00am, 21 & over Join Atlantaís chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as they take on some of the Cityís best sporting teams in a Kickball Challenge! Spectators are encouraged to cheer loudly for their Produced by Chris Coleman favorite team. Opera Night Club: 1150 Crescent Avenue Northeast Chris Coleman closes out Pride Weekend with a spectacular party at Opera Night Club. Party Childrenís Carnival 10:30am-12 Noon features DJ/Producer Manny Lehman and DJ Luis Perez. Piedmont Park Playground (Located next to the pool house) Fun for the whole family! This all-ages event features childrenís games and activities. Free water will be provided. Join other LGBTQ parents for a chance to network! In the Park all weekend: Trans March Assembly at 1:00pm, Steps off at 1:30pm Pride Human Rights Exhibit 10:00am-7:00pm Piedmont Park - The bridge over the lake Presented with support from TransQueer Nation This yearís Pride exhibit celebrates 40 years of Atlanta Pride and Atlantaís LGBT community. Meadow Overlook (near Charles Allen Gate) The panels highlight important people and events over the last 40 years who have made our See our Parade and Marches page in the Magazine for more details. community what it is today. In addition to highlighting Atlantaís LGBT history, we will also be highlighting some of Atlantaís current LGBT heroes, members of the community whose work, YouthPride Event 1:00pm-4:00pm seen and unseen, has helped us progress in our common goal of justice and equality for the ìRejuvenation: Fun in the Gardenî lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living in Atlanta. The Dock (Located near the 12th Street Gate) YouthPride in partnership with Kaiser Permanente invite you to take a break from the party and refresh yourself with some simply healthy living tips. Join us for yoga, step aerobics, and tai chi The Community Health Expo 10am-7pm demonstrations by Kaiser professionals. Plus, donít miss our healthy cooking demonstrations full Pride Marketplace of great food to keep you going. Participants are invited to wear their favorite garden party hats. Located in the BLUE market section, the Community Health Expo gathers community health and service organizations in one central location. Whether you need a hepatitis vaccine, information on preventing breast cancer, an HIV test or general information on Atlanta Pride Literary Showcase 1:30pm ñ 3:30pm staying healthy, these organizations can help. Piedmont Park Pavilion (Bud Light Stage) Join us for Atlanta Prideís eighth annual literary showcase. The event highlights the works of lo- cal writers and poets. Authors will also be available to sign books during the showcase. 45 Dyke March Assembly at 5:30pm, Steps off at 6:00pm Visit for the most up to date event listings. 46 Charles Allen Gate 37 See our Parade and Marches page in the Magazine for more details.
  • 23. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 VAL ES ESTI ELIN 2 010NSORS F G UID SPO RAINBOW ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Alcoholic beverages are sold within the festival grounds. You must present proper identification to purchase alcoholic beverages. Beverages purchased at the event must remain onsite, open containers may not leave the festival grounds. BOTTLES, CANS AND COOLERS POLICY Bringing beverages, coolers or food into the festival grounds is discouraged. The money generated by our onsite beverage booths goes toward keeping the Atlanta Pride Festival FREE for all attendees. Glass bottles are prohibited on the festival grounds. Individuals may not bring in food or beverages for distribution. Outside alcohol in DIAMOND quantities deemed greater than that for personal consumption will be viewed as “intent to distribute” and confiscated. NO PETS ALLOWED Per the City of Atlanta, no pets are allowed in Piedmont Park during an outdoor festival. Patrons attempting to bring animals onsite are subject to ticketing by the Atlanta City Police Department. Service animals are exempt from this policy. PLATINUM TENTS Lawn chairs and umbrellas are encouraged. Tents are allowed in specified areas of the park, but may not be staked. Sandbags or water weights may be used to secure tents. Any personal effects left on the grounds overnight (including tents) will be discarded. NO GRILLS OR BBQS GOLD PRIDE INFORMATION AND MERCHANDISE Information and official Atlanta Pride merchandise is available at the Festival Services booths located throughout the park. SOME RULES TO REMEMBER prohibited on the festival grounds during the Atlanta Pride Festival. SILVER from conducting surveys or solicitations while on the festival grounds. for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to: public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety and standard vehicle insurance requirements. BRONZE LOST CHILDREN AND LOST AND FOUND We do not operate a lost and found service for items or people. Lost children should be taken to the Coca-Cola® stage and every effort will be made to locate the child’s parent or guardian. FIRST AID is available on site and qualified medical personnel will assist you. If you are feeling ill or get injured, please seek help at one of these locations. VIP SEATING AT THE COCA-COLA® STAGE The Coca-Cola® stage is located near the Charles Allen entrance. Fenced-in VIP Seating is directly in front of the stage. MEDIA SPONSORS VIP CENTER is available for sponsors and certain levels of Friends of Pride donors and is located near the 12th Street Gate. ATMS are located throughout the Festival Grounds. NOTICE: The Atlanta Pride Committee, as the event organizer, reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the reasonable policies established for public safety or to restrict activities, such as vending or 48 soliciting, to designated areas. 49
  • 24. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 A ID ILIT Y IRST CES SSIB F RVI ACCEICES SE There are First Aid stations located conveniently throughout the event site in case of illness or injury. SERV TRAVELING TO THE PARK There are numerous parking spaces designated as “accessible parking” in the SAGE Grady Medical staffs these stations with their doctors and nurses. The stations carry parking deck located next to the park. There is wheelchair access from the deck over-the-counter medications and various bandages for minor mishaps. For those directly into the park. These parking spaces are first-come, first-served and are festival patrons who may need more urgent attention, Grady Medical Ambulances subject to standard parking rates. MARTA’s Art Center station is the nearest train will handle transports to the emergency room. station to the festival. If possible, please consider using the rail line in order to reserve accessible parking spaces for those with limited stamina or mobility issues. SUNSCREEN It is recommended that patrons use sunscreen, even in cooler temperatures. ENJOYING THE EVENT There are accessible, portable rest rooms (with floors flush to the ground) located DRINK PLENTY OF NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES throughout the site. Accessible seating is located near the front of the Coca-Cola® The first aid tents see many people each year for dehydration; many have to go to stage for you and your guests. the ER. Most people do a significant amount of walking during the festival and lose If you need to recharge your mobility device, we are happy to provide access to a tremendous amount of fluid from sweating. Free water is available at First Aid electricity in the Volunteer Check-In Center. If you have a medical emergency, please locations and other locations throughout the park. go to a Medical Services tent. A certified ASL interpreter will be provided if needed. TAKE YOUR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS ENJOYING THE PARADE If your doctor has prescribed medications for you, remember to bring them with you Registration is free for individuals and groups on foot or using mobility devices. to take if you will be at the festival during the times you normally take them. Also be Please register in advance to participate in the Parade: aware of any side effects your medications may have, such as sensitivity to the sun, parade or negative interaction with alcohol. The Atlanta Pride Committee does not have reserved parking for the parade, as ENJOY, BUT IN MODERATION our permit only covers the streets. However, there are numerous pay lots along the Alcohol intoxication can make the Festival much less enjoyable if it leads to nausea parade route. If you have an emergency while on the parade route, find the nearest or vomiting, falls, passing out, or even DUI. If you intend to consume alcoholic Atlanta Police officer to request assistance. beverages, please do so in moderation. We encourage festival-goers to have designated drivers or take public transportation. INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES All performances on the Coca-Cola stage after 5pm are interpreted for our Deaf CONSIDER YOUR LIMITATIONS. patrons. Other performances and events will also be interpreted upon request. For Many attendees have limitations in their ability to walk long distances. The festival a complete schedule of interpreted events, or to request onsite interpreting services is large and covers a lot of ground. If you think you might need assistance, consider please visit: renting a wheelchair before coming to the festival. Many people are fine when they arrive, but find they have difficulty getting back to the car upon leaving. The Atlanta VOLUNTEERS Pride Committee and First Aid staff cannot provide rides or transportation to your We welcome Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing/signing volunteers. Please fill out the volunteer car, so plan accordingly. registration form online at or visit Volunteer Check-In on Pride weekend. If you are a hearing volunteer who signs, please indicate whether or not you have an ASL certification. 46 50 48 51
  • 25. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 LTH010 HEAO 2 EXP 2010 COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO Located in the BLUE market section, the Community Health Expo gathers community health and service organizations in one central location. Whether you need a hepatitis vaccine, information on preventing breast cancer, an HIV test or general information on staying healthy, these organizations can help. Some of our Participants include: AID ATLANTA ATLANTA LESBIAN HEALTH INITIATIVE FEMINIST WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER HEP TEAM/FULTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & WELLNESS THE HOPE CLINIC OF THE EMORY VACCINE CENTER POSITIVE IMPACT KAISER PERMANENTE AID GWINNETT PLANNED PARENTHOOD GRADY MEDICAL, sponsored by: 54
  • 26. A DE PAR ND GR A SHALS M AR photo:Stan Fong Grand Marshals 2010 The Legislative 40: The Education 40: The Community Builder 40: The 2010 Atlanta Pride Parade will feature 3 Grand Individuals that have worked to effect change Individuals that have worked to effect change Individuals that have worked to effect change Marshal Categories. Each category will feature 40 for LGBTQ people in the realm of statewide for LGBTQ people in the realm of public education from within the LGBTQ community. These individuals who have served the LGBTQ community of political action and/or legislative initiatives. These in Georgia. These individuals may be or have individuals may be or have been exemplary Georgia in exemplary ways, in honor of Atlanta Pride’s individuals may be or have been members of the been teachers, school counselors, school board community volunteers, service project leaders, 40th Anniversary. These individuals may have displayed Georgia General Assembly, lobbyists at the State members, PTA members, students, parents, etc. organization founders or leaders, community extreme courage under conservative pressure, served Capitol, advocates for legislative initiatives, GOTV These individuals advocate or have advocated for historians or educators, grassroots organizers, as grassroots organizers, or spearheaded policy change. As much as this is an opportunity to honor organizers, ballot initiative campaign workers, LGBTQ students (or perceived LGBTQ students), etc. These individuals often go without any broad selected individuals, it is also an opportunity to etc. These individuals are representative of the students with LGBTQ parents, and/or school LGBTQ recognition, but do the work anyway, because provide our patrons a visual of how expansive our multiple layers of involvement necessary to have faculty/staff. Special thanks to The Georgia Safe they are dedicated to a cause. Together, they fuel movement really is, and to see that there are a vast positive outcomes at the state level. Special thanks Schools Coalition for their work in helping to put the larger movement with their dedication and number of people working on their behalf. to Georgia Equality for their work in helping to put together this group. service to a wide variety of community needs. 54 together this group. For a full list of in each category, 55 visit
  • 27. DYKE MARCH MIDTOWN MARTA ARTS CENTER MARTA IDE E Steps off: Saturday, October 9th at WEST PEACHTREE PR AD 6:00 PM at The Charles Allen Gate 12th STREET 14th STREET PEACHTREE STREET PAR This march is dedicated to the empowerment t STRE 2 STR R T of the women of Atlanta and beyond... The Dyke March, with its focus on women, JUNIPER STREET YKE CH unites to create an atmosphere of inclusion PRIDE PARADE and community. The march is open to all PIEDMONT AVENUE D R Sunday, October 10 at 1:00PM Sharp Assembly begins at 10:30AM women loving women (trans-inclusive) of 10th STREET any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, MA ROUTE socioeconomic level, family structure, faith MARCH ENDS HERE ANS The Parade will step off from the MARTA Civic Center Station. The parade merges off or age! This march is a time to demonstrate of Ralph McGill onto Peachtree Street and travels north. It then turns east on to 10th our commitment to nurture and build a new TR RCH Street and follows 10th Street to the Charles Allen Entrance of Piedmont Park, where tomorrow, united for equality and justice. We PIEDMONT PARK the Parade officially ends. call on all women of Atlanta and beyond to MA join us as we march. All entries received after September 24, 2010 will be placed at the end of the parade. MARCH Parade order, staging setup, and all other information will be e-mailed to all registered STARTS entrants by September 25, 2010. All payments received after October 1, 2010 must be ROUTE CHARLES ALLEN HERE made by cashier check, money order or credit card. The Dyke March begins at the Charles Allen Gate of Piedmont Park. It travels west on 10th Street to Peachtree Street, where it turns north. The March continues on Peachtree Street, then turns east onto 14th Street and heads back into the festival. The March ends at MARCHERS &VEHICLES the 14th Street Gate of Piedmont Park. There is no fee for an individual, couple, or nonprofit group to march in the parade, SECURITY however you must register to be in the line-up. There is a small fee for for-profit busi- Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during nesses to march. Anyone wishing to have a vehicle in the parade must pay a fee. Please visit the website for more info. Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to: public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety and standard vehicle insurance requirements FLOATS The Atlanta Pride Committee would like to encourage groups to showcase their orga- nizations/businesses through a float. It is the one time of the year you can promote your group in front of the entire community. You may be surprised at the interest and excitement an entry in the Pride Parade can give to your organization. Please visit the TRANS MARCH Pride website for fees and regulation. Steps off: Saturday, October 9 at 1:30 SECURITY The Meadow Overlook near Charles Allen gate Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all ap- Presented with support from TransQueer Nation plicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, This march celebrates and promotes visibility of the Trans community. The march takes place but are not limited to public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety, and on the festival grounds and all Trans people and Trans Allies are welcome to participate. We standard vehicle insurance requirements. encourage individuals to make and bring signs supportive of Trans issues. Please stay positive in your message. For further information, PARADE CIVIC CENTER SET MARTA NORTH AVE MARTA UP WEST PEACHTREE STREET MIDTOWN MARTA ZONE PEACHTREE PE PEACHTREE STREET EACHTREE PEACHTREE STREET PLACE 12 TH STREET 10 TH STREET NORTH AVENUE PINE STREET RALPH MC GILL BLVD JUNIPER STREET PIEDMONT AVENUE ARGONNE AVENUE PIEDMONT PARK PARADE PARA ENTE PARK ENTERS HERE CHARLES ALLEN AVENUE all FLOATS UNLOAD 56 PAST GRADY STATIUM
  • 28. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 AFF E ST PRID ARD CREATTIVE/GRAPHICS Responsible for advertising campaigns. Designs signage for the Festival. Provide & BO graphics input and support for the Atlanta Pride Committee. BACK STAGE SECURITY Responsible for providing security for the backstage areas of stages at the venue. Handle any issues that may arise as well as securing artist preparation areas. FESTIVAL DONATIONS Responsible for coordination of fund collection in the venue and during the Parade. Coordinates groups to travel around the venue and collect donations. JAMES PARKER PAUL SHEFFIELD GIBSON FESTIVAL SERVICES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Provides information to festivalgoers, ranging from maps of the venue to history of the Atlanta Pride Committee and Festival. Coordinates sales of official Atlanta Pride merchandise. HOSPITALITY Responsible for providing food for 400+ volunteers. Maintains relationships with food vendors and securing donations. HUMAN RIGHTS EXHIBIT Responsible for establishing the direction of the exhibit and developing the content for the panels.  Coordinates writers and manages set up and break down of the exhibit.  Answers patron questions in regards to content. CAIN WILLIAMSON TRISHA CYLMORE LOGISTICS Responsible for setup and breakdown of all areas of the Festival, from tents to tables to electricity. Coordinates deliveries and placement of everything in the venue. Works directly with Atlanta Pride Committee staff to handle city permits. MARKET Responsible for selling market booth space. Coordinates load-in and load-out of vendors. OPERATIONS Manages inventory of permanent and rental items. Maintain Operations Center. JASON LEWIS ARYC MOSHER Handles triage of logistical needs, security, personnel, market, first aid and other requests. Manages deliveries during the Festival and monitors the venue. PARADE Responsible for coordination of and communication with parade entrants. Handles logistics of parade assembly. Responsible for judges and coordinating gifts for winners of parade competitions. 61 PROGRAMMING Reviews and selects artists, speakers and groups for entertainment on the stages. Maintains and adheres to the schedule for the weekend, insuring that events occur as designated. Coordinates other programming through the festival. JAMIE FERGERSON JOSHUA SAUNDERS GLENN PAUL FREEDMAN VOLUNTEERS Responsible for recruitment and retention of volunteers. Coordinates scheduling of TAMARA JONES volunteers for event. Handles all volunteer requests during the Festival. CAMERA SHY 54 58
  • 29. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 0 IRS 201 DE CHA Backstage Security Human Rights Exhibit Market PRI Lance Mealer , Kim Montgomery -Chairs Max Green-Chair Linda Armstrong , Allyson Shaffer -Chairs Barb Crabtree Linda Hein Barbara Bugg Nicole Amerson Connie Pugh Shane Bonebrake Dee Ford Sheri Coleman Harry Pass Sherrie Riebel Kathy Burton Traci Romero Kellyn Nalley Valerie Anderson Kenneth Johnson Erica McMillan LeAnne Austin Mickey Jernigan Festival Donations Creative/Graphics-Chairs Dustin Brookshire -Chair David Taylor, Al Pellenberg, Stan Fong Parade Tim Garrett -Chair Clyne Hodges Logistics Jeff Smith Programming Britt Pitre -Chair Tony Kearney ,Buck Cooke-Chairs Johnny Butler Brett Hulst Josh Howard Nikki Laird Jens Palsgaard Ryan Roche Jenny Seagraves Jeff Smith Volunteers William Munden-Chair Mykel Brasile Josh Howard Operations Justin Matlock-Chair Festival Services Darie Wolfson Tim Garrett ,Kyle Campbell-Chairs Mary Thomas Lakiesha Grego Brian Murchison Monte Nunn 60 61
  • 30. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 0 S TNER ALL SS SM INE PAR BUS Special Thanks to Our 2010 Small Business Partners! The Atlanta Pride Committee appreciates the efforts of our local small businesses to make our event a success. Please do your part by supporting those businesses that support us. For the most up to date listing of our small business partners, please visit our website! WWW.BARBROWLAN.COM 62
  • 31. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 NTA TEAM PRIDE RT T -SHI R CODE COLO MARKET Market volunteers wear white shirts with orange lettering. They work tirelessly assisting vendors from before the Festival opens until it closes. GENERAL VOLUNTEERS The 400+ people you see in white shirts with yellow lettering throughout the festival grounds are volunteers. Some work for 2 hours, some work all week. The Atlanta Pride Committee could not run the event without these folks! LEAD VOLUNTEERS The volunteers wearing white shirts with blue lettering devote a minimum of 24 hours during the event and serve as “point people” for the Festival Committee. They are in at least their second year of volunteering and are great leaders! FESTIVAL DONATIONS The Festival Donations teams wear bright teal shirts. Please give generously! 50% of the money these volunteers collect goes back to their own nonprofit organizations. FESTIVAL COMMITTEE O t b 17 October 1-7, 2010 Festival Committee, Board and Staff wear shirts marked “EVENT STAFF” on the back during the Festival. Committee & Board members volunteer their time year round on the event and are great resources for information. A HISTORY OF OUT ON FILM Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, returns this year October 1 – 7. The festival began back in 1987 with the mission to showcase work for, by, and about the LGBT community, in an environment alongside other members of our LGBT community. Founders Rebecca Ranson, Jeffrey Layman and Kurt Rahn kept the festival alive through the ups and downs of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. For many years, Out on Film was staged by IMAGE/Atlanta Film Festival 365. For the first time in its history, Out on Film is now an Credit:C COMBS independent, 501 (c)(3) organization, one that is also completely LGBT operated. Throughout the years, we have presented such popular films as “Sordid Lives,” “The Broken Heart Club,” Bear Cub,” “Testosterone,” “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” and “Transamerica,” a film that was nominated for two Academy Awards. Our 2009 festival was tremendously successful, featuring sold-out screenings and special guests. Last year we hosted the first public screening of the film version of “Dream Boy,” complete with a Q/A by the Atlanta author of the book, Jim Grimsley, as well as films such as “The Butch Factor” (by former Atlantan Christopher Hines), “Family,” by former Atlantan Faith Trimel, “Eating Out 3” and the crowd pleasing “Patrik, Age 1.5.” Our centerpiece screening was the amazing “Rivers Wash Over Me.” 64 For most of the last decade, the festival has been held at the 64 65 Midtown Art Cinema, in the heart of Midtown. We are there again this year with a great selection of films and after parties.
  • 32. This year we continue the tradition of bringing the best in queer cinema to the Southeast’s largest city. Some of our 2010 films include: “Undertow,” a beautiful, moving story Violet Tendencies She is Manhattan’s most fabulous Fruit Fly! At 40, Violet is the that won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival racy, fun-loving belle of the ball. She spends her night as royalty, and has won other awards across the country and world; the but when the party ends she always heads home alone. While her sizzling lesbian drama “Elena Undone;” openly gay couple co-worker Riley struggles with his baby crazy boyfriend Markus, Matt Montgomery and Steve Callahan in the timely drama/ and her roommate Luke tackles monogomania, Violet’s romantic romance “Role/Play: The Movie;” Mindy Cohn in the sly life is one big bellyflop. Realizing she’s at a certain age and still romantic comedy “Violet Tendencies;” and “Beyond Gay: The single, Violet is at a crossroads. In the fast pace of high fashion Politics of Pride,” a stirring documentary about Pride events PR where she works, Riley tells her to seek out a straight male all over the world. We also think you’ll be very entertained version of herself – the mythical fag stag. Starring Mindy Cohn of by a great comedy called “You Should Meet My Son,” about a “The Facts of Life,” Casper Andreas (Out on Film’s 2009 entry “The mom who decides to find her son a perfect beau. Big Gay Musical”) and Jesse Archer. Look for these features as well as men’s and women’s short films and much more. Elena Undone Featuring the longest kiss in cinematic history – clocking in at See you at the movies – and then just a few days later at more than three minutes – “Elena Undone” is a must see. Peyton Piedmont Park for Atlanta Pride. Congratulations to Shef and and Elena are, on the surface, diametrically opposed – one, a well- the entire Atlanta Pride team for another remarkable Pride! known lesbian writer, the other a mother and wife of a pastor – but then their paths cross, several times over, they feel compelled The complete schedule is available at to connect. What begins as friendship quickly blossoms into something deeper. Peyton tries to extricate herself before her heart wants what it can’t have. Elena can’t imagine not having Peyton in her life. And despite the fact that she has never even considered kissing a woman, Elena is overwhelmed with a desire Undertow Elena Undone Undertow to do just that. Despite Peyton’s reservations, Elena pushes the relationship into a full-blown affair. The two women fall deeply in love, both keenly aware a future together might be a little more than a dream. The Four-Faced Liar ” tells the story of a “The Four-Faced Liar, “a comedy about drama, group of New York 20-somethings.  Bridget is a hip, womanizing lesbian who loves Emily Bronte, and who lives with her guy pal Trip. One night, they meet straight-laced New York newbies Greg and Molly at their favorite hangout, The Four-Faced Liar. Molly is a bit appalled by free spirited Bridget – but she’s also attracted Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance to her, and in time, the friends’ lives are hilariously complicated Film Festival, “Undertow” is one of the most beautiful when the two women fall in love. gay love stories you’re likely to see, a film that has moved audiences across the world, at film festival after festival. In a tiny Peruvian seaside village, where traditions run The Adonis Factordirector of the critically- From former Atlantan Christopher Hines, deep, Miguel (Cristian Mercado), a young fisherman, acclaimed film “The Butch Factor,” comes an intriguing exploration and his beautiful bride, Mariela (Tatiana Astengo), are of gay men’s pursuit of physical perfection, partially filmed in about to welcome their first child. But Miguel harbors Atlanta. When it comes to looks and body image, gay men can be a scandalous secret. He’s in love with Santiago (Manolo a pretty tough crowd. Men are visually programmed. And gay men Cardona), a painter, who is ostracized by the town have an appreciation for beauty in all aspects, whether it’s other because he’s gay. After a tragic accident occurs, Miguel male bodies or just antiques. There’s no doubt that attractiveness must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal is key to a man’s self-esteem and his impression on others, torment or doing right by him and, in turn, revealing especially in gay life. The pressure to look good is even more their relationship to Mariela—and the entire village. intense in an image- driven culture where near-naked images of masculine perfection abound. Men are being objectified as never Written and directed by Javier Fuentes-León, and featuring before. From super models and muscle boys, to bears and twinks a sizzling international cast, “Undertow” (Contracorriente) to average Joes, along with those in the business of beauty, “The is rich in the details of legend, tradition, and locale; Adonis Factor” is a revealing look at gay men’s love or lust for all and it is in these details that the truth lies. Strikingly things pretty. 66 photographed to accentuate the majestic Peruvian 67 coastline, this sexy, haunting love story transcends place Join us after the screening for a Q and A and time. with Hines and some of the Atlantans from the film!
  • 33. Role/Play: The Movie When hunky soap opera star Graham Windsor (Steve Callahan, “East Side Story,” “Make the Yuletide Gay,” “Nine Lives”) is outed as the result of a gay sex tape scandal, he seeks refuge at an exclusive Palm Springs resort. But quiet anonymity eludes him when handsome marriage-equality activist Trey Reed (Matthew Montgomery, “Redwoods,” “Back Soon,” “Pornography: A Thriller”) checks in to escape the fallout from his own bitter divorce. As an undeniable passion begins to sizzle between Graham and Trey, they force each other to confront their professional downfalls – and the firestorm each has created in the gay press. Lushly photographed at an actual Palm Springs resort, the film also stars David Pevsner (“Adam & Steve,” “Pornography: A Thriller”) as Alex, the long-suffering innkeeper; Brian Nolan (“The Lair”) as Ricky, a young man with a past of his own; Matthew Stephen Herrick (“Daydream Obsession 3: Legacy”) as Graham’s ex-boyfriend, Parker Ryland; and Jim J. Bullock (“Too Close for Comfort,” “The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show”) as Graham’s frustrated agent. Followed by a Q/A with director Rob Williams and actors Matt Montgomery and Steve Callahan. BearCity A hirsute “Sex and the City,” “BearCity” follows the funny, romantic, and occasionally dramatic adventures of a group of bears and cubs in New York City leading up to a big bear weekend. From the folks who brought you “Another Gay Movie,” “Bear Cub,” “Raising Heroes,” and the short film “Birthday Time.” Winner of two Outfest awards – Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Stephen Guarino). Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride This feature length documentary follows the Vancouver Pride Society’s (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. They also travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the world’s largest Gay Pride parade and New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement. Increasingly the Pride movement is globalizing. Coolen and his many Pride organizers in North America and Europe, where celebration has overtaken political action, strive to remind their communities that Pride is at heart a global fight for human rights. Despite the hundreds of thousands of people cheering in the streets, Pride is much, much more than a parade and a party. It is a giant step on the road to true equality. The GLBT community during Pride is an entertaining and engaging multi-ethnic group that can bring attention to the issue of human rights with diversity, insight and of course plenty of fabulousness. Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay” is the story of the Hirsch family, a Jewish family on the North Shore of Long Island, where every Friday night Shirley Hirsch (Lainie Kazan) invites another “perfect” girl for Shabbat dinner in hopes that her son, Nelson (John Lloyd Young), will marry a nice Jewish girl. When Shirley and Martin (Saul Rubinek) once again set him up on a date, Nelson reveals that he is already seeing someone. Shirley and Martin are thrilled and can’t wait to meet the lucky lady. In a motherly attempt at finding out who her son is dating, Shirley stops by Nelson’s apartment and meets the gorgeous Sybil (Carmen Electra), Nelson’s neighbor and Playpen magazine centerfold. Through a set of circumstances, she becomes convinced Sybil is her son’s new girl. What they don’t know is that he is gay and very happily attached to Angelo Ferrero (Jai Rodriguez). “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!” is a romantic comedy about how far we come and yet how far we still have to go. Children of God Set against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobic crime and offering a scathing examination of the underlying hatred for gays rampant in Caribbean societies, Bahamian Kareem Mortimer’s debut narrative feature tells the stories of three very different individuals: Lena, the conservative, deeply religious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor; Romeo, a handsome young black man hiding his sexuality from his close-knit and loving family; and Jonny, the conflicted and creatively-blocked white artist in search of himself. All three head for the spectacularly beautiful and tranquil island of Eleuthera, each with a different reason for escaping current circumstances. Soon, their disparate worlds collide in unexpected and affecting ways. This uncommon portrayal of love, loneliness, tolerance, secrets and self-acceptance takes viewers on a poignant multifaceted journey that is enlightening, courageous, and disquieting all at the same time, and which shocks to the very core with its startling conclusion. (Tom Davia) The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister Maxine Peake (“Criminal Justice”) stars in “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister,” a bold, passionate drama that has enchanted audiences at festivals this year. Anne Lister, 1791-1840, was a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was a lesbian, who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, in private defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover. Anne Lister kept a detailed account of her life, her loves and her emotions in a fascinating and painfully honest four million word journal. A sizeable portion was written in code and the recent deciphering of these diaries provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain’s first modern lesbian. Anne Lister’s remarkable diary and her truly extraordinary life form the basis of “The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister.” You Should Meet My Son! “You Should Meet My Son!” is a comedy about a conservative Southern mom who discovers that her only son is gay. Determined that he won’t go through life alone and miserable, she sets out to find him the perfect husband! The ensemble cast in this comic gem (named Best Men’s Feature at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Festival) is terrific, but the interplay between Southern mom Mae (Joanne McGee) and her sister Rose (Carol Goans) is what makes this crowd-pleaser especially sweet and winning. Director Keith Hartman grew up in Alabama and clearly knows the South. His characters are warm and familiar, and this crowd-pleaser is 69 sure to send you home with a smile on your face.
  • 35. LEY THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 THE COCA-COLA STAGE SATRUDAY OCT 9 COCA-COLA STAGE BER Saturday KIM KE 10.9.10 1:00 PM Doors Open LOC 2:00 PM Shara 3:00PM GurufIsh 4:00PM Josh Zuckerman 5:00PM Demizes 6:05M Nadira Shakoor 7:10 PM MEN 8:15PM Kimberley Locke Shara 2:00PM In the past few years Nashville native Kimberley Locke, a pop/R&B singer, has had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits, three #1 Dance hits, and eight #1’s across various Billboard charts. She also had three #1 Christmas singles which led to a holiday tour with Dave Koz, whom she dueted with on the classic, “Please Come Home for Christmas.” Josh Zuckerman 4:00PM She gained fame with her participation in the 2003 “American Idol”® television series where she was second runner up to Ruben Studdard, and in 2007 she garnered media attention for her participation in VH1’s “Celebrity GuruFIsh 3:00PM Fit Club.” Demizes 5:00PM Locke is excited to release her new dance single, “Strobe Light,” a collaboration with “Idol” judge and producer Randy Jackson’s Dream Merchant 21 label and Ingrooves with Cutfather (Christina Aguilera, Santana, Pussycat Dolls) producing the track. “Strobe Light” is slated for release April 6, 2011. With her musical aspirations at the age of 11, she and three childhood friends formed a quartet named Shadz of U, which performed at many local churches. During her high school years at Gallatin High School, she was one of twenty members to participate in its “Performers” group. She remained in the group throughout high school. Immediately following “American Idol,” Locke signed a modeling contract with Ford Models where she landed a two year deal with Lane Bryant and became the face of their Seven7 Jeans Designer Collection campaign. Kimberley Locke 8:15PM Nadira Shakoor 6:05PM For the past six years, Locke has been actively involved with Camp Heartland, a national non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS. She has also worked with several HIV/AIDS related charities, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, YouthAIDS, and the MEN 7:10PM Davy Foundation. In November 2007, Locke was presented with the Red Ribbon Award in recognition for her extensive charitable efforts as an HIV/AIDS activist. In addition to various tour dates and performances, Locke has branched out as a television personality and host, and oftentimes provides hosting duties at red carpet events for “E!,” “Extra,” and “The Insider.” She has hosted GSN’s “World Slam,” MTV’s “Little Talent Show” and co-hosted several episodes of ABC’s “The View.” Locke is currently attached to host and executive produce “Making the Curve,” a developmental reality show competition that will put together a supergroup of plus-sized women, which has garnered major interest from several networks. 72 73
  • 36. ONE THE COCA COLA STAGE SUNDAY OCT THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 TIG COCA-COLA STAGE AN NG SUNDAY RISI 10.10.10 Doors Open 2:00 PM House Music 3:00 PM Michel Jons Band 4:00 PM Erika Jayne 4:40PM Niki Haris 5:40 PM Antigone Rising 7:00 PM The Starlight Cabaret The women of Antigone Rising, known for relentless grass roots touring, return with new lead singer, Nini Camps. Founded by sisters Cathy & Kristen Henderson, Antigone Rising was catapulted into the spotlight in 2005 with 3:00PM their Starbucks/Hear Music/Lava Records debut release – “From the Ground Up.” A major line-up shift in 2008 led to a brief hiatus, but after a few months on the sidelines, drummer Dena Tauriello & The Henderson sisters made the decision to keep moving forward with new member Nini Camps on lead vocals. Erika Jayne 4:00PM Nini Camps is a vocal force who holds her own in the musical landscape of Antigone Rising. Her voice blends Michel Jons Band perfectly with the signature vocal harmonies for which the band is known, while also adding her own unique sound. A first generation Cuban American, Camps originally hails from Miami, Florida. With the addition of Camps as lead singer, Antigone Rising continues to turn heads and gain popularity with their poignant lyrics, catchy melodies and soaring three-part harmonies. The band, sisters Cathy Henderson (guitar, vocals) and Kristen Henderson (guitar, bass, vocals), Dena Tauriello (drums), and Nini Camps (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) is heading into the studio to record tracks for upcoming projects. In the meantime, fans can also catch the melodious quartet at dates around the Northeast, already selling out in NYC and Philadelphia. The Starlight Cabaret 7:00 Antigone Rising 5:40PM Known for their driving and vivacious live show, Antigone Rising has toured with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lucinda Niki Haris 4:40PM Williams and The Bangles amongst others. Since their inception the band has released 4 independent albums. In 2004, they were signed to Lava Records, leading to a partnership with Starbucks. With the release of their album, “From The Ground Up,” Antigone Rising became the first band in Starbucks’ “Hear Music Debut” series. In 2006, Antigone Rising appeared in a national print (Cosmo, Elle, Vanity Fair) and television campaign for designer clothing company 7 Jeans. They have enjoyed sponsorships with Mustang and Motorola. VH1 showed their support of Antigone Rising by playing their videos and airing a half-hour special featuring the band. CMT also embraced them by playing the video of their single, “Don’t Look Back” in heavy rotation. The band has also appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Emeril,” A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts” and several VH-1 programs including “I Love the 70s” & “I Love the 80s” episodes. 75 74
  • 37. 76 THE BUD LIGHT STAGE THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 The Orkids 5:20PM Literary Event 1:30pm Anye Elite 12:Oopm Nasrin Asli 3:00PM Hannah Thomas 3:40pm Eryn Woods 12:4opm 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:20 PM 3:40 PM 12:00 PM 12:40 PM 12:00 PM 10.9.10 10.10.10 SUNDAY SATURDAY 3:00 PM Nesrin Asli Anye Elite 3:40 PM Youth Pride The Orkids Citizen Icon Doors Open Eryn Woods Literary Event Hannah Thomas Youthpride Block 3:40 Citizen Icon 4:30pm
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  • 40. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 EVERY LIFE DESERVES HOPE Photo: Jason Meek Photo: Amy Potter AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run Commemorates 20th Annual Event More than 10,000 individuals, organizations and corporations will join together Sunday, October 17, in Piedmont Park for the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run. The largest and most visible fundraising event for AIDS in the Southeast, the event makes it possible for AID Atlanta, Inc., producers of the Walk, and nine other AIDS service organizations to continue the work to stop the spread of HIV and optimize the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Walk Atlanta Quilt Commemorates 20 Years of Walking! On display this year is the AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run commemorative quilt, made from the logos from the past 20 years of the Walk. The quilt was designed by Atlanta resident Pablo Mejias, who said it was a personal labor of love. The 31-year-old Atlanta designer is HIV positive and was a client of AID AID Atlanta: Saving Lives Since 1982 Atlanta when he was hospitalized a few years ago. AID Atlanta, Inc. has been saving and transforming lives since its inception in 1982. The agency was founded as a grassroots response to the devastating and fatal impact HIV/AIDS was having on the Atlanta community. AID Atlanta quickly began “It’s my way of giving back to AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run expanding to offer a broader range of services, and has since grown to be the largest and most comprehensive AIDS service and I’m so grateful that the event keeps going to raise organization in the Southeast United States. AID Atlanta’s mission is to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of those funds every year,” Mejias said. “I worked at the Walk life of its members and the community by breaking barriers and building community. registration booth in 2009, and seeing that sea of people wearing red – it really touched me to see that kind of support from the Atlanta community.” Tracy Elliott, executive director of Atlanta, said, “This quilt is a symbol of hope and all the hard work that has gone into the fight against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta for the past 20 years. Hopefully one day we’ll find the cure, but until then, we will continue caring for people living with AIDS and working to stop new HIV infections.” The AIDS Walk commemorative quilt will have a permanent home in the offices of AID Atlanta following the Walk. In addition to the AID Atlanta quilt, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is scheduled to be on display (weather permitting). With more than 47,000 handmade panels created in memory of nearly 91,000 individuals lost to HIV/AIDS, the Quilt is the largest, ongoing, piece of community folk art 83 82 project in the world and our most potent weapon in the battle to educate against HIV/AIDS.
  • 41. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO ATLANTA PRIDE 2010 GUIDE TO ATLANTA D ATL TLA EVERY LIFE AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run: S Walk Atlanta t t DESERVES Helping Thousands Helping Thousands with Care and Support n s d Atlanta supports d Support p AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run funds programs such as HIV primary health care, case management, HIV testing and counseling, Run funds programs unds r p o am programs primary h alth care, case m health care, s e, as well as supports education programs which provide more than 80,000 prevention contacts annually. Over 25,000 clients e more than 80,000 preven h 0,000 p e ntion HOPE in the metro Atlanta area receive assistance as a result of the funds raised by AIDS W Atlanta & 5K Run. o Atlanta assistance ss n result of the funds ul h ed by AIDS Walk DS Photo: Harold Daniels Five Spokespersons This Year Represent Diverse Community In the spirit of reaching out to the community in new ways, AIDS Walk chose five spokespeople in 2010: (L to R) Danielle Arellano, Robby Astrove, Craig Washington, Marty Mitchell, and Denise Stokes. Each person has been touched by HIV in some way – whether heterosexual or gay or living with a loved one with HV. “Every “Every Life Deserves Hope” ey s Hope” is the mes e message behind this year’s AIDS Walk. The Atlanta metropolitan area has the 5th highest nu essage d s AIDS Walk. S high number of AIDS cases hi highest in the country. the country. For more information or to register, 32 85 404) 876-9255.
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  • 43. president of the Grady Health Foundation. Borders is working with Georgia Equality and others to create a Grady Patient’s Bill of Rights to ensure gender identity and sexual orientation are part of holistic health care package offered at the hospital. Recently, Grady added domestic partner benefits, including same sex partners, to its employee benefits package. Dr. Jason Schneider, past president of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and a physician at Emory University and Grady, will be the official Grady representative to Atlanta Pride in 2010. “I am extremely excited about volunteering and representing Grady at Pride,” said Schneider. “The LGBT community is a large part of Atlanta. Likewise, Grady, as an institution that serves the entire community, should be at the forefront of serving the LGBT community. The hospital’s participation at Pride is a great step.” For more than a decade, healthcare in the United States has been trending toward a human privilege reserved for Later this year, Grady will those who can afford the upward spiraling costs. Routine participate in the healthcare physicals, once the mechanism to catch disease and quality index, a program of the illness before they became life-threatening problems, Human Rights Campaign and Gay have been set aside in an economy that forces Georgians & Lesbian Medical Association. to choose between healthcare and their car payment. The survey will evaluate Grady’s are down. Broken equipment and beds are have been policies and practices towards Grady Hospital, long viewed as the safety net healthcare replaced. A state-of-the-art Stroke Center made possible the LGBT community. provider for those unable to obtain health insurance or by funding from the Marcus Foundation reset Grady. Health care will be central pay for a primary care physician, is seeing more and more The new and improved Grady – in the truest sense, a to national and statewide Georgians who years ago might never have considered public-private partnership – has come a long way. discussions for the foreseeable the hospital for their health care. future. It’s good to know that One thing has not changed through the years. Grady’s here at home, we have a hospital The economy has not only been the driver for Grady’s new long-term commitment to provide healthcare to responsive to the community. patient profile, it has also been the catalyst for a financial all people, regardless of their ability to pay, without wAtlanta can’t live without Grady. sea change that has moved the hospital from a decade of qualification to ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Grady can’t live without you. red ink to a positive balance sheet. The Atlanta community is family – always has been and always will be. In eighteen months, Grady has moved from a $50 million operating deficit to an audit that shows the hospital with That is why Grady is investing $25,000 in cash and in The Grady Neighborhood Health Centers provide everything from routine a positive cash flow of $34 million. Not too shabby for a kind donations to Atlanta Pride. The region’s only Level 1 check-ups to family planning, diabetes screenings, cholesterol checks, hospital that serves as a safety net for those unable to Trauma Center is proud to be the official medical provider stress management, nutrition counseling, vaccinations, cholesterol checks, pay for health care. for Atlanta Pride. glaucoma screenings, back-to-school physicals, blood pressure readings - and so much more - for both children and adults. You can get prescriptions The remarkable turn around can be credited to the “Grady’s presence and sponsorship of Pride is one of filled at most centers, and interpreter services are usually available. hospital’s new leadership but it is also a testament to many steps the hospital is taking to create a stronger 89 a new paying customer. Long emergency room waits partnership with the LGBT community,” said Lisa Borders, Call your nearest Grady Neighborhood Health Center for your next appointment.
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