- Stephanie Toone The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Organizers for the Atlanta Equality March and rally announced Thursday that Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th district race, will be a featured guest at the Sunday afternoon demonstration.
Ossoff will speak at 12:30 p.m. Sunday during the pre-rally at Park Tavern, 500 10th St. NE., prior to the 2 p.m. Atlanta Equality March, which is hosted by Midtown lesbian bar My Sister’s Room, said Jami Maguire, MSR co-owner and organizer of the march and rally.
The rally commences at noon, and, in addition to Ossoff, Atlanta mayoral candidate Cathy Woolard and Park Cannon, candidate for House District 58, will speak Sunday.
“We are so excited,” Maguire said of Ossoff’s appearance Sunday. “We decided to organize this march so that Atlanta, one of the gayest cities in the country, was represented in this nationwide day of solidarity with the March in Washington.”
Maguire announced plans for the event Monday via the Atlanta Equality March Facebook page. There are already more than 2,500 Facebook users interested in attending Sunday’s march.
“We have had a huge, swift response from our community and allies. We look forward to this being a huge win for Atlanta in the fight for equality.”
Organizers describe the march as a way for Atlanta to "join in solidarity with other cities across our nation, and the world, to march for LGBTQ rights ... and reflect on the vibrant, organic, grassroots nature of this equality movement.”
The parade route will begin at the corner of 10th and Monroe at Park Tavern, proceed on 10th pass Joe’s on Juniper and Einstein’s and commence at the back gates of Piedmont Park. Those using MARTA should exit at the Midtown stop.
After the rally and parade, My Sister's Room, located at 66 12th St. NE, will host an after-party from 2-8 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for Georgia Equality and the Pulse Orlando Victim Fund.