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Celebrating Pride and Promoting Equal Rights for All

On Sunday, June 11, Equality Marches were held in numerous cities around the globe, including Atlanta, to mobilize the LGBTQ+ community, our loved ones and our allies. The marches focused on those who have been actively silenced and neglected in the fight to affirm and protect our rights, our safety and our full humanity.

Hundreds of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community rallied and marched at Park Tavern, hosted by My Sister’s Room, one of only 25 remaining Lesbian bars in the United States. Local politicians, including Sam Park, Park Cannon, Cathy Woolard and Jon Ossoff, delivered messages of unity and their commitment to continue the fight for equality specifically for the LGBTQ community.

“The Equality March was and is critical as we pause to honor the 49 lives lost in the massacre at the Pulse nightclub one year ago this past weekend in Orlando,” said Allison Leach, 159 board co-chair and director. “It is a reminder that we must always remain vigilant against senseless acts of violence and hatred against not only the LGBTQ community but all marginalized communities across the nation and the world.

“For many years now, LGBTQ people have been a target of hate crimes in the United States, a trend that unfortunately has grown during the past year,” Leach said.

Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign president, reminds us that the tragedy at Pulse showed us that “hateful rhetoric and laws can turn dangerous when coupled with easy access to deadly weapons. Our safety requires the adoption of common-sense gun-safety measures.”

That’s why it’s so important that we not only remember those killed at Pulse, but that we also take action in our own communities, said Leach, who also is an HRC Federal Club member.

Sunday’s march is part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, which is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a pivotal moment in the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The primary purpose of Pride Month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history, locally, nationally, and internationally.

In Atlanta, we show our support of Pride Month but hold our actually Pride celebration and parade in October, during LGBT History month and around National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), Leach said.

Today, during Pride month, events and celebrations include parades, picnics, parties, symposiums, and conferences that attract millions of participants all over the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. #159Equal Rights #159HumanRights #159PrideMonth