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|Atlanta celebrates Stonewall Week|
|Written by Laura Douglas-Brown & Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00|
The official Atlanta Pride festival doesn’t take place until Oct. 8-10, but the city rolled out a rainbow of events at the end of June to mark the 41st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The 1969 rebellion against police harassment of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, is widely credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement.
Among the many events for Atlanta’s Stonewall Week was the showing of “Stonewall Uprising,” a documentary about the rebellion, for a week-long run at the Midtown Arts Cinema. The June 26 screening was followed by a panel discussion comparing Stonewall to the September 2009 police raid on the Atlanta Eagle.
Earlier that Saturday, a bevy of events drew LGBT Atlantans and their supporters to Piedmont Park and the State Capitol.
The 20th annual Atlanta Pride Run drew 487 runners, who stepped off from the pool area in Piedmont Park. The fastest time went to Enrique Sanchez, while Katarina Dubcova finished first among the female runners.
Also on June 26, the Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch — sponsored by Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth, the Juxtaposed Center for Transformation and the Atlanta Pride Committee —focused on the contributions transgender people have made to the LGBT civil rights movement. About 50 people attended the event at Central Presbyterian Church.
After the brunch, Atlanta Pride hosted the “Be Visible, Make a Statement” rally and community art project at the State Capitol. There was also an informal picnic in Piedmont Park.
To view photos from the recent Stonewall Week events, please click here.
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