Family Zone

Saturday, October 14 · 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 15 · 2:00 – 7:00 pm


Kids of all ages welcome! The Family Zone offers a safe

space for families with face painting, crafts, games,

bounce houses and more.

Literary Block

Saturday, October 14 · 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Nissan Stage

Experience the literary works of local authors and

slam poets.

Yoga and Live Music with Kashi Atlanta

Saturday, October 14 · 10:00 – 11:30 am


Join 2015 Atlanta Pride Grand Marshal Swami Jaya Devi

Bhagavati for an all levels yoga class on the lawn with

live music from the Kashi Atlanta Kirtan Wallahs. Bring

a towel or mat if you have one; a limited number of

loaner mats will be available.

The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

Saturday, October 14 · 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


Honor those in our community lost to HIV/AIDS at the

display of a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Rain date: Sunday, October 15.

Car and Motorcycle Show

Saturday, October 14 · 10:45 am – 4:00 pm

Roadway inside Piedmont Park between 12th and

14th Street gates

Special thanks to Lambda Car Club and The Lost Boys

Motorcycle Club. Come check out this stunning

combination of antique, classic, special interest cars

and motorcycles.

Trans March and Rally

Saturday, October 14

1:30 pm: Assembly and Rally

2:00 pm: March steps off

Charles Allen Gate

Comedy Showcase

Saturday, October 14 · 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Bud Light Stage

Join us for the Comedy Showcase hosted by Julie

Osborne featuring local comedians: Ian Aber, Brent

Start, Alyssa Barnett-Schott, Andrew Markle, Powell

and Bob Killough.

Dyke March and Rally

Saturday, October 14

5:30 pm: Assembly and Rally

6:00 pm: March steps off

Charles Allen Gate

Queer your Gender Dance Party

Saturday, October 14 · 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Bud Light Stage

Dyke March folks, Trans march folks, and queers of all

stripes will be getting down to the sounds of DJ Canvas

at this free event. All are welcome!

Youth Liberation Space

Saturday, October 14 · 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Mayor’s Grove

The Youth Liberation Space is a space where young

queer and trans people (14 – 25 years old) can hang out,

relax, and empower themselves.

Cultural Exhibit & Interactive Art

Saturday, October 14 · 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 15 · 10:00 am – 7:00 pm


Atlanta Pride partners with local artists and immigrant

groups throughout the marketplace. See our Festival

Information team for details.

Gray Pride sponsored by AARP

Saturday, October 14 · 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 15 · 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

12th Street Gate Visitors Center

Gray Pride is an area where programming and

entertainment is catered to the 50 plus population, but

all are welcome. The Visitor’s Center is programmed by

AARP and community partners.

Outworlders Gaymer Space

Saturday, October 14 · 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 15 · 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

The Bandstand

Fan of board games? Card games? Come join the

OutWorlders and play a game. Strategy, social, card,

parlour: you name it we probably have it! Come play an

old favorite or learn a new game, or just watch.

Everyone is welcome!

Healing Space

Sunday, October 15 · 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Mayor’s Grove

Take a break from the activity of the festival and visit

the Healing Space. In keeping with our commitment to

trauma resolution, we will offer a number of self care

practices and support in the tent. It can also serve as a

quiet space for those who need it.

17th Annual Official Atlanta Pride Brunch

Sunday, October 15

Doors 11:30 am · Service 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Empire State South · 999 Peachtree Street NW

(corner of 10th & Peachtree)

Celebrate a victorious year for LGBTQ equality in

Atlanta, and Atlanta Pride at the Human Rights

Campaign’s 15th Annual HRC Atlanta Pride Brunch, the

official brunch of Atlanta Pride! Guests will be treated

to 2 hours of complimentary cocktails and a delicious

Southern brunch catered by Empire State South while

watching the Atlanta Pride Parade from the best

location in the city! Enjoy good music, great friends and

celebrate this year’s victories.

Youth Performance Block

Sunday, October 15 · 3:30 – 6:00 pm

Nissan Celebrate Equality Stage

NoH8 Photos presented by Nissan

Sunday, October 15 · 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Nissan Booth near 12th Street Gate

Nissan Proudly hosts a NOH8

Campaign photo shoot at Atlanta

Pride. The first 250 people

in line will receive a free NoH8

photo courtesy of Nissan

(first come, first served).


by Mik Hyldebrandt

 Pride is full of fantastic events and parties, so we’ve asked a few people from the scene about what they’re up to during the busy rainbow weekend!

Join the Dancefloor Revolution

DJ Neon the Glowgobear lights up the DJ booth and packs dancefloors across the Southeast with his upbeat music style!

My Pride Plan

I’ll kick off my Pride by DJ’ing at TEN Atlanta on Friday 13, and Saturday night I will spin at the Atlanta Eagle alongside DJ Pat Scott for their “Indivisible” party. On Sunday, I’m hoping for some great weather to hang out with my family and friends at Piedmont Park during the day, and I’ll finish my weekend at the Atlanta Pride Official Closing party at Opera where one of my favorite DJs, Tony Moran, will be spinning.

My Pride Love

As a DJ, I have been so fortunate to meet an amazing cast of friends and chosen family. Atlanta Pride gives so many people the opportunity to visit, frolic, laugh, and celebrate all of our diversity in the city I am proud to call home.

My Pride Tip

Our events get crowded, so remember to say excuse, please, and thank you – the latter especially goes for all the police security, and volunteers who are making sure Pride is safe and enjoyable. Oh, and remember that CASH is KING when it comes to busy nightlife events!

Passion for Pride

John Walker is one of the major forces behind the official Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff party at the Georgia Aquarium. 

My Pride Plan

Since I am working the event, I will be at the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff party at the Georgia Aquarium. I also try to make an appearance at every event across the city – Heretic, Jungle, Deep South, GA Boy – to show my support of our community. You will also find me at the festival and the parade.

My Pride Love

I stumbled onto my first Pride by accident on the weekend I moved to Atlanta in 1998 with my husband. It was very emotional seeing everyone living their best lives. Since then, Pride has become my passion, and I love seeing the diversity of our community shine bright for three days of the year.

My Pride Tip

Rest up the week of Pride as you will need the energy! Lighten up, and let others do what they want to do. Let your freak flag fly high. You do you!\

Appreciate the Fun

Jaye Lish lights up the stage at venues across the city and hosts the ‘off-dragway’ The Other Show at Jungle Atlanta.

My Pride Plan

My Pride weekend will start at The Other Show on Friday night. With Jungle closing this November, we try to have as much fun as possible. Sunday I will watch the parade with friends before I perform again at the Starlight Cabaret.

My Pride Love

So many people come to Atlanta from other cities and states. It gives us visibility and a chance to inspire someone to celebrate themselves in a way that they may not feel comfortable with or be allowed to in their day to day lives.

My Pride Tip

Have fun and be respectful of the space you are sharing with gay/straight/bi/queer/whatever people. Everyone is working hard and doing their best to give the weekend 110%, so give back that effort in appreciation.

Go Deeper

With 30+ years of DJ experience and an incredible energy, Vicki Powell is the uncrowned queen of the Atlanta queer underground music scene. She spearheads the amazing Deep South collective and hosts Sunday Service at Sister Louisa’s.

My Pride Plan

I’m throwing six parties in three days, so my Pride is busy! Friday night is Latin Discoteca at Mary’s, Saturday I’m presenting an all-female DJ lineup along with a female-only-presenting list of hosts at Deep South at the Music Room, plus a secret Deep South after-hours party. Sunday I’ll be DJ’ing at Henry’s Pride Parade Viewing Party, and later at Sunday Service at Church. I’ll end it all with a secret Sunday Service after-hours party.

My Pride Love

I love being able to create visibility for under-represented music, artists, and clubgoers. I seek to create spaces that are not homophobic, transphobic or racist and which provide an alternative to the more official Pride lineup – I want all of Atlanta’s diversity to shine!

My Pride Tip

Pride brings everyone out of the shadows so have an open mind to whomever you may encounter. Be respectful and accepting – and let your energy and love flow! Kindness is everything.

Afterhours Supporter

You have probably heard Robert Ansley spinning at both Midtown ‘gayborhood’ venues and underground events. He is a part of both Cardio ATL and Deep South – DJ collectives and music lover communities that are rooted in the underground music scene.

My Pride Plan

I’ll start my Pride at the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff at the aquarium. Saturday, I want to show my support at the Trans March in Piedmont Park, an often overlooked part of our community that face very real struggles. Saturday night I’m excited to be at Deep South, and Sunday I’ll be carrying all day for the parade, the park, Tossed Salad and Vicki Powell’s Sunday Service at Church. Oh, and I may be playing some after-hours parties sprinkled across the weekend …

My Pride Love

Atlanta Pride has always held a special place in my heart. Since our celebration isn’t until October, we don’t have to worry about “competing” with Pride festivals everywhere else. This means our weekend has become a destination for queer folks from all over, and it really does feel like a family reunion.

My Pride Tip

You probably shouldn’t listen to some of my advice, but I recommend pacing yourself!! It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Oh, and make new friends!! All sorts of people come out for Pride so talk to that new cutie across the room. And then get their number…

Prepare Yourself!

Mike Woodside is a well-known figure in the Atlanta nightlife scene, and he is the man behind numerous events for his charity Ready4Hope.

My Pride Plan

I’ll be at the incredible Pride Kickoff at the aquarium and then go to the Heretic to where DJ Shane Stiel is spinning. Saturday I’ll be hosting the Kween on the Green gathering in Piedmont Park, and later it’s Xion after a short rest. Sunday I’ll be watching the parade from Zocalo’s and finish the weekend at the closing party at Opera.

My Pride Love

I love getting to celebrate diversity and equality in our community and having fun with my partner, local friends, and out of town friends.

My Pride Tip

Come prepared, leave the drama at home, and have a good time. Get tickets in advance, and dodge lines at Heretic, Jungle, and Xion – the aquarium party sells out every year, so don’t be that last-minute guy. If you are coming to the park, come prepared with everything you need like cash, gum, sunscreen, drinks, etc.

No matter everybody’s opinion about it, the annual Black Gay Pride Atlanta rises with reverence and revelry to events with celebrity appearances all over town

By Mike Fleming

When you’re the black gay Mecca of the Southeast, it’s only natural that you host the largest celebration of LGBTs of color in the nation.

That’s how you rack up more than 30 years of clubs, performance venues and hotel ballrooms filling up with you can look celebrity guests galore. Look for Big Freedia, Cardi B, and Keyshia Cole, and even ATL favorite Todrick Hall (photo, this page) is expected at the Pure Heat Festival in Piedmont Park on Sunday.

The real stars of Black Gay Pride, though, are the people. Out in force and loud and proud, they are living the life that makes the event worthwhile and relevant. Here are our Best-Bet highlights of places to find them.

Official BGP Welcome Party
Center for Civil & Human Rights, 6 p.m.
Labor Day Rock, 10 p.m.

Rockstars Welcome Reception
Alibi Club, 6 p.m.

Bad & Boujee
Opium Club, 10 p.m.

Vendor Markets Every Day
Georgian Terrace Hotel

100 Men Strong Dinner
Georgian Terrace Hotel, 7 p.m.

Rockstars Pregame
Einstein’s, 5 p.m.

Hotlanta Party
Revel, 1778 Ellsworth Industrial, 10 p.m.

Men’s Mega Party
with Big Freedia
Jungle, 10 p.m.

Ultimate Day Party
Georgian Terrace, 5 p.m.

Saturday Night Live Mega Party
with Keyshia Cole
Museum Bar, 10 p.m.

Wet N Wild Pool Party
Holiday Inn Northlake, 4 p.m.

Freaknik for Men
“If You’re Not Freaking, We’re Not Speaking”
Kompass, 2520 Piedmont, 10 p.m.

Men Who Brunch
Georgian Terrace, 12 noon

Pure Heat Community Festival
Piedmont Park, 12 noon

Legendary Main Event
Georgian Terrace, 10 p.m.

Main Event with Cardi B
Opium Club, 10 p.m.

BBQ Day Party
Georgian Terrace, 4 p.m.

Men in White Party
3112 Piedmont Road NE, 10 p.m.