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Backstreet: An oral history of Atlanta’s most fabled 24-hour nightclub

Backstreet’s infamous 10,000-plus nights of dancing, drag, drugs, and debauchery, spanning the years from 1975 to 2004—recounted by the people who owned the club, worked there, documented its life span, and, of course, partied inside the legendary Atlanta nightspot.
The Rainbow crosswalk at 10th and Piedmont

A half-century of LGBTQ+ milestones in Atlanta

The first Atlanta Pride was held in Piedmont Park 50 years ago to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Our LGBTQ+ community has made many strides over the last half-century. But we have far to go.

The rise of Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride

Atlanta has reigned supreme on the national Black LGBTQ+ Pride circuit by attracting stars like Nicki Minaj and Brandy and by evolving into a bona-fide summer festival with food and retail vendors in Piedmont Park—as LGBTQ+ families sprawl across picnic blankets like they once did in Henri McTerry’s backyard.

The bond between Saint Mark Methodist and Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community

“I have always been very clear on this. I do not believe being gay is a sin. This is the way people are born. God doesn’t mess up. We are all a part of God’s creation and need to be celebrated as such.”

The AIDS Memorial Quilt remains a powerful symbol

Friends, family, lovers, and strangers stitched colorful, personal, and heartfelt tribute panels measuring three feet by six feet—the approximate measurements of a grave, Jones says—that when stitched together create a 1.3 million square foot symbol as iconic as the red ribbon worn to raise awareness about the disease.
Atlanta Pride 50 inclusivity

It’s time for Atlanta Pride to live up to its central promise of inclusion

Atlanta Pride. It is as much an aspiration of what Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community can be as it is an articulation of what it is today. It is an emblem of queer visibility and power. It has strived toward worthy ideals—yet it has reneged on its central promise of inclusion.
Pansy Patrol Atlanta Pride

The Pansy Patrol blocks out hate

In 2012, Thom Baker and Don Purcell found a novel way to counter the anti-gay protesters who spit hateful chants at Atlanta Pride revelers: making out in front of them.
David Cowan Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ASL Intrepreter

Meet the breakout star of Governor Kemp’s press conferences: sign language interpreter David Cowan

David Cowan’s expressive style of signing frequently captures the public’s attention—most recently when he was interpreting onstage at Governor Brian Kemp’s coronavirus press conferences.
Protesters march in downtown Atlanta holding a "March for gay rights" sign

How one march for gay rights launched nearly 50 years of Atlanta Pride

On the first anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, roughly 100 Atlantans, frustrated by discriminatory treatment against LGBTQ people on local and national levels, began marching on Peachtree Street.
Megan Thee Stallion performs at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 9–15

A3C—also known as Atlanta’s longest-running hip-hop festival—continues strong, celebrate the LGBTQ community at Atlanta Pride Festival, and jam out at Oakhurst Porchfest.

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