Georgia Equality’s staff and volunteers have been around the state in the last couple months participating in festivals in local communities. We worked to get LGBT Georgians registered to vote, and are making folks aware of the importance of the upcoming elections and the state legislative session that begins in January of 2017.
Atlanta Pride – Atlanta, GA
Georgia Equality staff, board, and volunteers were out in full force this
year at Atlanta Pride for the final push to register voters ahead of Georgia’s voter registration deadline which was October 11, 2016. Georgia Equality registered almost 150 people over the course of the weekend. For those who were already registered, Georgia Equality collected pledges to vote, and almost 700 LGBT Georgians took the pledge!
In addition to voter registration and voter pledges completed at GE’s booth, our Super Voter Brigade once again marched in the parade encouraging all in attendance to take their #Pride2Polls!
Savannah Pride – Savannah, GA
Hurricane Matthew’s fury did nothing to prevent 6000 people from attending this year’s Savannah Pride Festival on October 22. Celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ family in Savannah and the Coastal Empire this family friendly event held in Forsyth Park, included live music and performances by Atlanta’s own Armorettes and Savannah’s Club One cabaret performers.
Georgia Equality was proud to join other local community organizations, businesses, food vendors and artisans in the Savannah Pride Marketplace to urge people to vote and show unity in fighting discrimination throughout the state.
Queer Youth Fest – Atlanta, GA
Over 200 LGBTQQIA youth and families attended the first annual Queer Youth Fest on Saturday, October 22 at HealiUm Center in Candler Park. Queer Youth Fest was a one day, art-centered collaborative festival organized by Queer Youth For Equality and Georgia Equality in partnership with member organizations of the Atlanta Coalition for LGBTQ Youth (ACFLY). The event featured queer and trans youth-generated visual and performing arts, live LGBTQ youth musicians, a BBQ picnic and opportunities for attendees and families to connect with LGBTQ youth-friendly service providers in Metro Atlanta.