You’ve probably seen those “By the Numbers” company reports where they highlight their accomplishments with some big, bold figures. Well, since our city’s annual Pride celebration—one of the oldest and largest in the South—returns in person this year after two long years sidelined by the pandemic, I thought I’d kick off this first issue of our Pride Guide with some inspirational numbers of our own. Also tucked inside this celebratory section is an events calendar, so you can plan your Pride weekend accordingly. I am delighted to share this inaugural Pride Guide with you, the first of many we hope to produce in the years to come.
Happy Pride 2022, Atlanta!
Richard L. Eldredge
Pride Guide 2022
Celebrating 50 Years of Atlanta Pride
The first Atlanta Pride was held in Piedmont Park 50 years ago to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which took place after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. Atlanta’s gathering bore little resemblance to the lavish corporate-sponsored spectacles that have taken over Midtown each October (though going virtual this year due to the pandemic). In the summer of 1970, few were willing to march on a public sidewalk holding aloft an “Equal Rights for Gays” sign, as homosexuality was both illegal and grounds for termination from most jobs. The American Psychiatric Association wouldn’t remove homosexuality from its catalogue of psychiatric disorders until 1973.