LGBT Pride Atlanta

Written by Ken Murphy

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Hey Ya’ll!

It’s a cool, crisp Fall morning here in Atlanta. I finally have a few minutes, so I wanted to visit my little website.

It’s just a few more days until Atlanta begins our annual celebration of LGBT Pride. It is always an exciting time, and I think the little nip in the air only makes it more festive. The height of the celebration is the LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday, October 12th. Some folks liked it better when we celebrated in July, people dressed more scantily. Of course the cooler weather won’t deter some people, so there’ll be plenty of pretty boys (and girls)¬†running around shirtless. Hey, here’s to perky nipples. Don’t give me that eye. You know you like them too.

Speaking of perky, the picture posted is of Pride, one of my favorite December Diamond ornaments. For those of you who haven’t heard of December Diamonds, Google it. Just kidding. December Diamonds is a brand of ornaments. There are beach characters and animals. Their best known ornaments are mermen. They have some mer-ladies also, but I only collect the boys. Anyway, Pride gets to come “out of the closet” twice a year, Christmas, and the week before Atlanta Pride. So, right now he’s enjoying a prominent perch in our living room.

Atlanta Pride is a week-long celebration of diversity, focusing on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community. The first Gay Pride Parade was held in 1971, making Atlanta Pride one of the oldest pride parades held in the United States. It is also the largest LGBT event held in the Southeast, as well as the largest held around National Coming Out Day (Saturday, October 11th). It  is difficult to get an accurate account, but last year the attendees numbered in the hundreds of thousands. I hope we have even more people coming this year.

Atlanta Pride focuses on our diversity, but also a celebration of our accomplishments. And we have so much to be proud of. I remember when it was illegal to be homosexual. I was discharged from the military, simply for loving one man. One by one, the state bans against gay marriage fall as the cases make their way through the courts. Of course, Georgia is not among those states. Yet. I have hope that soon my marriage will be recognized by our state, as it is by our country. There are already cases in Georgia. They are slow moving, but they are moving. And the Supreme Court is getting nudged to make a ruling. A ruling I believe will be in favor of marriage equality for all. We still have a long way to go in the struggle for equality, but we have made much progress. So, I am looking forward to next week’s celebration of Atlanta Pride.

I’m ending this post with another picture of Pride. Just because he’s pretty. Plus, I already told you, he doesn’t get out much.

Hugs,

Ken

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