I took these photographs at this year’s Atlanta Gay Pride Festival. This is a prime example of the gay community vocalizing their presence and their desires. The urban setting is a place for minorities to be heard. While many see the minority status as only applicable to “race” many overlook those of different sexual orientation. As noted by Teaford the gays were forging their own communities in the latter part of the 20th century in urban settings. This growth of gay communities has taken place in cities all across the United States. Teaford mentions that Pride has been a part of cities such as Chicago since the late early 80’s. It has been taking place in Atlanta for almost as long. This year’s Pride festival was one of change since the repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy; thus allowing the LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) community who are in the military to participate in military dress. The Pride parade is not the only thing of significance, there is an entire festival devoted to the cause. Protests have been in urban environments for decades. It is a tool used to voice groups opinions against the hegemonic norms set by the status quo. When many hear the word protest they think of the picket lines similar to those set up by women demanding safety regulations after the tragic Triangle incident. This is a different kind of protest, instead of the typical picket line they host a parade where every LGBT subgroup can make themselves heard. Be it a business, like Swinging Richards or Burkhart’s, or an organization like PFLAG (Parents Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) they all have the ability to voice their opinions. The Pride Festival is by far one of the most amazing sights to be seen in Atlanta. While many would believe that it is only for the gay community it is not. It is as open to anyone who wishes to partake in the festivities as Atlanta is open towards its’ thriving gay community. As noted by Teaford when discussing the Chicago Pride event, “everyone from beer companies to floral shops to the police and fire departments had entries, even the politicians”. This event is significant to history because the gay communities of the 1940’s couldn’t go out in to the streets and be open about who they were. Today is different toleration is becoming more and more widespread and the bigger the parade gets year by year is a testament to that.
 Jon Teaford, The Metropolitan Revolution: The Rise of Post-Urban America, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006).184.
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