Metro Atlanta has a large LGBT population, with dedicated sports leagues, a liaison with the Atlanta Police Department and plenty of great gay-friendly neighborhoods, it's no surprise, then, that the area hosts quite a few LGBT Pride Month events.
Pride is recognized in June in honor of Manhattan’s 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. which is regarded as a catalyst for the LGBT civil rights movement in the U.S.
In commemorating those events and honoring the LGBT community’s diverse culture, Atlanta will host fundraisers, marches, parties and more.
The following are six ways to celebrate Pride Month around Atlanta:
The Atlanta Equality March, June 11, hosts a rally from noon to 2 p.m. and a march at 2 p.m. in Piedmont Park.
The event is hosted by My Sister's Room, a lesbian bar in Midtown, and marchers are encouraged to bring their flags, banners and signs. The crowd will start gathering at Park Tavern at noon, and an after-party will be held at My Sister's Room from 2-8 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for Georgia Equality and the Pulse Orlando Victim Fund.
Peach Party, June 9-11, will be hosted at several venues around town.
A three-day event put on by GA Boy Productions kicks off with Phil B at The Heretic Atlanta from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on June 9. Dee Martello (aka Twisted Dee) will be at Club Xion on June 10 in the early morning hours, 3-7 a.m. Paulo with entertainment by Phoenix from "RuPaul's Drag Race" will be at Jungle from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on June 10. Alec Acosta will be at Club Xion from 3-8 a.m. on June 11.
Prices vary by the event, and you can buy tickets for individual events online or purchase a VIP weekend pass for $109.73.
Atlanta Pride Run & Walk, June 17 at 9 a.m. across from the Greystone at Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive, Atlanta.
The 27th annual run and walk is organized by Front Runners Atlanta, a running, walking and social club for LGBTQ people and friends. The group is partnering with Joining Hearts, and proceeds will be donated to a local charity that supports the LGBTQ community in Georgia.
Online registration is $35 by June 14 or $40 after that. Race day registration is available from 7-7:45 a.m. on June 17, but you'll need to bring cash.
Stride into Pride, June 24 at Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell.
Atlanta Pride and the LGBTQ community will have a day of fun at Six Flags Over Georgia on June 24. All-day admission, free parking and an ice cream social/dance party with DJ Canvas from 5-7 p.m. is available for $42.39. For $63.59, you'll get the admission, parking and ice cream social/dance party, plus an all-you-can-eat meal at JB's Sports Bar from 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m.
To buy tickets, go to sixflags.com/overgeorgia and enter the promo code PRIDE in the upper right-hand corner. Follow the instructions, and you can print your tickets at home.
Lip Sync for Your Life, June 15 from 8-11:30 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, NE, Atlanta.
Lip sync acts will compete against each other, with prizes given to first, second and third place. Solo performers, duets, trios and/or groups are accepted. The event is for people over 18, and it's non-smoking and all-inclusive.
Evening for Equality, June 17 with events starting at 6 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m. InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 2215 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.
The 13th annual awards honor the contributions of leaders in the movement to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for the LGBT and allied communities. It's hosted by Georgia Equality, which works for these goals.
The host and VIP reception start at 6 p.m., general tickets are admitted at 7 p.m., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $350 for host committee couples and $200 for individuals, and general admission tickets cost $100. They can be purchased online.