Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the country’s leading LGBTQ+ annual pride marked it’s 25th year celebration with an exciting line-up during the 2021 Labor Day holiday weekend, which included stars City Girls, Trina, Da Brat, Jesseca “Judy” Dupart, Ashanti, Lil Kim, Saucy Santana, Bobby Lytes, Sidney Starr, Natalie Nunn, Keke Wyatt, Tokyo Stylez and more.
A portion of proceeds from the weekend’s festivities will benefit homeless LGBTQ+ youth and those infected/affected with HIV/AIDS via The Vision Community Foundation. The 4-day celebration included nightclub parties with performances from the City Girls, Saucy Santana, Ashanti, Trina and hosting by Tommie, Ty Young, Natalie Nunn, Melissa “DJ M” Scott and more.
On Sunday, September 5th the 9th annual Pure Heat Community Festival took place in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Also known as a free “day of unity.” The free cultural event was equipped with market and food vendors, live celebrity and local performers, entertainment, educational forums, prizes & giveaways – all designed to bring together the spirit of community, pride, and vision. This year’s festival honored veteran hip-hop artist and two-time GRAMMY Award-nominee, Da Brat, and her fiancé Jesseca “Judy” Dupart, the multi-millionaire business owner and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products. Da Brat received the annual Legacy award; while Dupart was bestowed the annual Trailblazer award. Additional honorees include the founder of the Zeus Network, Lemuel Plummer (Trailblazer Award), Chicago’s DJ Sedrick (Legacy Award), celebrated rapper Saucy Santana (Trailblazer Award), and the city of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator, Malik Brown (Activism Award).
This year’s celebration offered a variety of cultural, educational, and entertainment activities designed for all participants. The host hotel, Hotel Midtown Atlanta, served as the epicenter for lodging, convention, and general Atlanta information needs. Pride nightlife events took place in many of Atlanta’s premiere venues. Atlanta Black Pride organizers, in conjunction with the mayor’s office and the Atlanta Police Department, officials took extra precautions to ensure that all celebration participants had a safe and enjoyable weekend in the great peach state.
Atlanta Pride Weekend sponsors included Gilead, Positive Impact Health Centers, Zeus Network, Philo, ViiV Health Care, AHF.org, Land Rover Buckhead, AARP Georgia, Cupcake, IGLTA, iElevate, Traxx Girls, Rockstars Production, CR8 Agency and more. Check out the photo gallery below.