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Canceling Atlanta Pride festival is “ultimately a public health decision,” says executive director

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Pride Committee took to social media to announce, due to surging Covid-19 case rates, it would cancel its large, in-person events scheduled for October 9 and 10, including the festival in Piedmont Park and its popular parade, for the second year in a row.
Mrs. P's Atlanta

On Ponce de Leon Avenue, 2 Atlanta LGBTQ+ landmarks are being preserved

The Wylie Hotel has named its restaurant, Mrs. P’s, for an iconic gay bar housed in the building decades ago. Down the street, the Atlanta Eagle has become the city’s first designated historic landmark dedicated to LGBTQ+ history.
Anaré Holmes

Firefighters cook dinner for each other every night—but as a rookie in an Atlanta firehouse, I saw the limits of that intimacy

For generations, firefighters have cooked for one another nightly, building camaraderie over shared meals. But I also saw the limits of the connections forged over the firehouse table.

In A Night at the Sweet Gum Head, journalist Martin Padgett tells Atlanta’s overlooked queer history during the disco decade

In A Night at the Sweet Gum Head, released this month by W.W. Norton, journalist Martin Padgett sutures this context into the accounts of two main subjects: Bill Smith, who helped lead the Georgia Gay Liberation Front, worked as a city commissioner, and published the South’s leading gay newspaper, the Barb; and John Greenwell, who rose to drag stardom performing as Rachel Wells at the Sweet Gum Head nightclub.
Atlanta Black Pride

Founders of Atlanta Black Pride work to “reclaim” their brand

The nearly 25-year-old organization has a mission to serve year-round, not just on Labor Day weekend.
Dave Hayward Atlanta

Remembering Atlanta Pride’s radical roots (or why early organizers got thrown out of gay bars)

Activist Dave Hayward recalls his time with the Georgia Gay Liberation Front in the early 1970s.
Rigel Gemini

My Style: Rigel Gemini, influencer, music artist, director of analytics and SEO

Born on the first day of Gemini, the data director by day/influencer by night epitomizes cosmic duality in his life and style.
Southern Voice Atlanta

Why Southern Voice, Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ newspaper, meant so much

Co-founder Chris Cash recalls why she founded Southern Voice, and why having an independent queer news outlet remains imperative in 2020.
Erin Swenson

When Erin Swenson transitioned in the 90s, a close vote kept her ordained as Presbyterian minister. Her new podcast tells her story.

Erin Swenson was the first Presbyterian minister to transition and remain ordained. Her new podcast, So Much More than Gender, shares her story.
Ultimate Backstreet Playlist

Reminisce your days partying at Backstreet with this ultimate playlist

With the help of the nearly 10,000-person Facebook group I Partied at Backstreet who served as curators, we’ve assembled this massive three-decade, nearly 12-and-a-half-hour Backstreet playlist for our readers.

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