Atlanta Black Pride

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Atlanta Pride is an annual official festival for the African American LGBT community held in Atlanta each year at the end of August and beginning of September (week of Labor Day holiday).[1] As of 2005 it was noted as one of the three largest black gay pride festivals in the country,[2] while the festival itself bills itself as the largest official black pride celebration in the world. The event plays a major part in the annual $65 million economic impact on Atlanta's economy during Labor Day weekend.[3]

The city of Atlanta is widely noted for being a "Black Gay Mecca" due to its largely visible black LGBT community and vibrant urban gay nightlife.[4]

Winter Pride[edit]

January's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is when Atlanta's first major pride event of the year is held. During this weekend, there are several special black gay events and nightlife options to entertain locals and visitors.[5]

King's wife and Atlanta resident Coretta Scott King, was a well-known vocal supporter of the black gay community. In 1998, Mrs. King publicly stated at the 25th Lambda Legal anniversary reception that she believes her late husband would have also been a supporter of LGBT rights'.[6]

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