The Gay and Lesbian community in Atlanta is a thriving one as the pictures from the recent 2011 Gay Pride Parade display. Currently Atlanta holds Gay Pride every year in conjunction with National Coming Out Day in October. It has become by far the largest gay pride celebration in the Southeast drawing literally hundreds of thousands from around the United States to delight in gay merrymaking (and throw money at local businesses!).
The first Gay Pride March was held in 1971 and was organized by the Georgia Gay Liberation Front (GGLF), two years after the famed Stonewall Riots of New York making it one of the oldest Pride Marches in the US. On a hot summer night over 40 years ago, a courageous group of roughly 100 brave men, women and trannies marched down Peachtree Street and began a tradition that has lasted since. This tradition has become an integral part in the city’s gay and lesbian community as well a crucial element in the shaping of its LGBT culture and identity.
The gay pride celebrations in Atlanta, being the most prominent display of gay culture, is a clear example of how the Atlanta community is not a society with a clear center and identity but rather a fragmented society composed of many different lifestyles and cultures. However, the term “lifestyle enclave” as used by Jon Teaford in The Metropolitan Revolution doesn’t full describe the modern gay community in Atlanta (1). Of course, in times where LGBT individuals were far more heavily discriminated against, the “gay ghetto” was the only escape from such an oppressive society. Though, due to such displays of gayness (if you will) such as gay pride, gay, lesbian and transgendered lifestyles have become far more accepted and, in the case of the Midtown Atlanta neighborhood, embraced as an integral aspect of the community identity (as the images show!).
 Gunther Paul. Barth, City People: the Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth-century America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982) p. 189
 “Pride History” Atlanta Pride, 2011 accessed October 13, 2011, http://atlantapride.org/about/pride-history