Pride Month Activities for Atlanta Families

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June is National Gay Pride Month. While the annual Atlanta Pride Parade and Festival happens the weekend closest to National Coming Out Day in October, Atlanta parents still have plenty of opportunities to show their kids that families come in every shape, size, and color of the rainbow. While some Pride events haven’t historically been kid-centric, there are plenty of festivals, parades, walk/runs and concerts that give children the chance to celebrate or perhaps an environment to relate to. So sprinkle on some glitter, proudly raise your rainbow flags, and enjoy these fun happenings until the end of June.

Atlanta Pride Run

The Atlanta Pride Run is excited to return in-person at beautiful Piedmont Park on June 5, with a virtual option for those not yet ready to mix and mingle. For over 30 years, the objective of the Atlanta Pride Run has been to generate awareness for the LGBTQ+ community in the greater Atlanta area and fundraise for much-needed community partners. Sun. Jun. 5. Event details

Pride Night Ticket Package with The Braves

Show your team pride at the ballpark on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, as the Atlanta Braves take on the San Francisco Giants at 7:20 p.m. Arrive early for the pregame party at the Coca-Cola Roxy from 5:20 to 7:20 p.m., located only steps away from Truist Park. The party will feature DJ Kimber from Nonsense ATL, and you will receive a Braves Pride 20 oz. Tervis tumbler to take home as a souvenir. Each ticket will also include a $3 donation back to Lost-N-Found. After the pregame party, head into the ballpark to cheer on the World Series Champion Atlanta Braves. Jun. 22. Event details.

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Pride in the Park

Grab your favorite potluck dish, get ready for fresh air, and parade fun at J.B. Williams Park. Plan to meet up around 11 a.m. in Levengood Pavilion, the covered picnic area, to share a delicious meal before the procession through the park at 1:30 p.m. June 26. Event details

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The Southern Fried Queer Pride Festival

Get ready to celebrate 8 FRIED YEARS of queering Atlanta and the South through the arts and community. Southern Fried Queer Pride is an Atlanta-based organization empowering Black & QTPOC-centered communities in the South through the arts. All events for the festival are for all ages except for HAWT SAUCE: A Queer Dance Party which is for 18+. All other events are for all ages, but attendee discretion is advised. Jun. 23-26. Event details.

PROUD: A vintage and handmade pop-up market

Get ready to shop and celebrate pride at this pop-up market featuring 25 local queer vendors, with live music performances by Atlanta DJs Zaida and Esmé. Join in celebrating the range of creativity and beauty within the queer experience. Shop small and shop some of Atlanta’s finest vintage and handmade goods. June 4. Event Details.

National Center for Civil & Human Rights

What better time to explore The National Center for Civil and Human Rights than during National Gay Pride Month? The National Center for Civil and Human Rights believes in justice and dignity for all – and the power of people to make this real. They inspire visitors with immersive exhibitions, dynamic events and conversations, and engagement and education/training programs. Details.

Later in the Year

Atlanta Pride Events in October

Atlanta Gay Pride activities are spread out over most of October and include speeches, special events, parties, and workshops. The week before the Atlanta Pride Parade, a Dyke March and a Trans March occur, and Piedmont Park is the center of activity for the festival weekend. Music, food, and fun are the order of the day, and you’ll see all sorts of sweet rides in the Pride Car and Motorcycle Show. Expect a fun-filled, busy weekend! Oct. 7-9 Event details.

Atlanta Black Pride 

The annual Black Pride Celebration attracts LGBTQ+ people of all racial backgrounds worldwide to celebrate values, contributions, and PRIDE. Its mission is to educate, celebrate, promote self-empowerment, and ensure that the social and cultural needs of LGBTQ+ individuals and families are met in the Atlanta Metro area. Sep. 1-8. Event details.

A Little Something for the Book Worms

In addition to pride parades and street festivals, there are other ways to open the age-appropriate lines of communication with your children about the LGBTQ community—and acceptance of all people, regardless of gender, race, religion and sexuality differences. We recommend browsing Charis Books & More (184 S Candler St. Decatur, GA 30030) and Brave & Kind Bookshop (722 W. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030) for books dedicated to diversity and acceptance. These reads are a great place to start.

“PRIDE: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag” by Rob Sanders

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the Rainbow Pride Flag comes a picture book that tells the empowering true story about how the flag came to be. From its start in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its role spanning the globe today, you’ll hear a story of love, hope, equality, and pride.

“A Tale of Two Mommies” and “A Tale of Two Daddies” by Vanita Oelschlager

These stories are great reads for ages 4-8 and allow us a peek inside the conversation between kids curious about one friend’s two mommies, and another’s two daddies. They’re both perfect for introducing kids to same-sex families we see every day.

“This Day in June” by Gayle E. Pitman

Show your kids the beauty of the pride parade without ever leaving your house. This picture book perfectly captures the diversity, vitality, and pride on display and provides a solid springboard into a meaningful conversation. In addition, this book includes a reading guide chock full of facts about LGBTQ history and culture.

And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Based on the true story of two male chinstrap penguins, Roy and Silo shared a nest in New York’s Central Park Zoo. After trying to care for and hatch an egg-shaped rock, the pair was given a fertilized egg in need of nurturing that became the beautiful penguin known as Tango.

“The Great Big Book of Families” by Mary Hoffman

This book showcases many different types of families with 2-page spreads depicting facets of home life – from homes and holiday celebrations to schools and pets to emotions and family trees.

“Welcome to the Family” by Mary Hoffman

It explores one element of its prequel, “The Great Big Book of Families,” which is the arrival of new members into a family. Written with a humorous tone, you’ll have an opportunity to light-heartedly explore all the different ways a baby or child can become a member of a family — natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering and same-sex families—while sending the message that all families are unique and equal.

“The Family Book” by Todd Parr

Children meet an array of families through whimsical, colorful illustrations. Pages are full of silly examples of differences (i.e., some families like to be messy, some like to be clean), plus serious topics like adoption, same-sex relationships and single parenting.

“It’s Okay to Be Different” by Todd Parr

Similar to “The Family Book,” Parr reinforces the need for acceptance of individuality through repetition and fun and colorful drawings. He mixes big ideas (“It’s okay to have different dads”) with random silliness (“It’s okay to eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub”).

“King and King” by Linda de Haan

In this fairytale, a prince must find a mate to help rule the kingdom so the Queen can retire. While being introduced to a series of princesses, the prince meets a suitor’s brother, and it’s love at first sight. Collage-style illustrations are bright, colorful and altogether engaging.

“10,000 Dresses” by Marcus Ewert

Bailey loves dresses in all the colors of the rainbow. Dresses that sparkle, that shine, that twirl. His parents, however, are in his ear to remind him that he’s a boy and boys don’t wear dresses. So in comes Laurel, a friend who shows him that it’s okay to be whoever he wants. This is an inspiring friendship story that any kid can relate to, especially those who refuse to conform.

“This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids” by Dannielle Owens-Redi and Kristin Russo

Have a child who recently came out or is early on in the stages of questioning their sexuality? First off, congratulations that you’ve created an environment where your child feels open enough to talk about those feelings. Next up? This book. Written in Q&A format, it’s a go-to resource for parents committed to understanding and being the best support possible for their child. The authors share insight on everything from the emotional to the practical topics, peppered with real-life experiences from gay kids and their parents.

—Angelica Kajiwara, Maria Chambers & Shelley Massey

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