Atlanta Pride not to be confused with Atlanta's Black Gay Pride took over the streets of midtown this weekend as thousands of people came out to celebrate their identity and the progress of the LGBT community. This was my first year attending Atlanta's Pride and I must say I was not disappointed. There were hundreds of vendors, great food, entertainment, and no shortage of passerbys that made you look twice.
I hate to sound vain, but we all know one of the highlights of every Pride event is getting to see the hard bodies that people have been working on leading up to the summer, well most of the boys in Atlanta must have traded in their gym membership for all you can eat buffets! But on the flip side I'm sure they had wonderful personalities...lol!
One of the major highlights for me was the commitment ceremony that was held for over 100 couples that wanted to publicly declare their love for each other. I've never been to a gay wedding before so it was a beautiful and touching experience for me. I was able to witness the commitment of Millie and Evette, a black lesbian couple who's energy and love for each other just seemed to bounce around the room. As always I had my camera with me and was able to capture their I do's on video to share with all of you.
But it wouldn't be a Pride event without a bunch of angry anti-gay protesters. They were present with their hateful placards and fire and brimstone sermons right at the entrance of the park. I swear I've grown because years ago I would have stood their and gone head to head with them, but this time I just laughed and shook my head at their ignorance. The whole protest was so over the top I couldn't resist videotaping it. Both videos are below for you to view.
I must say Atlantans know how to throw a great party. My first Atlanta Pride was great despite the scorching sun. I'll just consider this a warmup for the real thing over Labor Day.