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Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta
Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the country's leading LGBTQ annual pride celebration, is gearing up for their annual celebration during the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend.

The festival, which runs Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, will feature special guest performances from Faith Evans, Tamar Braxton and Sevyn Streeter. The Georgian Terrace and Loews Hotel in Downtown Atlanta are the official host hotels for pride weekend.

This year, the festival will honor Grammy Award-winning songstress Faith Evans. Evans will receive the 2014 Humanitarian Award and will perform live on the main stage.

The five-day holiday weekend will also feature the third annual Pure Heat Community Festival, which takes place on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Piedmont Park. The cultural event will highlight market and food vendors, live performances, entertainment, educational forums, prizes and giveaways, all of which bring together the spirit of community, pride and vision.

The Pure Heat Community Festival also offers an opportunity to bring awareness to a community impacted by HIV/AIDS, and which advocate campaigns towards human rights, education, health, wellness and homelessness, which greatly impact the LGBTQ community at large. The Pure Heat Community Festival is a front seat into a spectacular gathering of minority LGBTQ people and their allies in the heart of Atlanta.

"Atlanta Black Pride is a dynamic opportunity to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of the LGBT community," said RockStars Production president Julius James.

Atlanta has the largest and most diverse African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations in the United States. The 16-year old Black Pride celebration has been ranked as the most attended black pride event in the country and generates more than $1 million in revenue for metro Atlanta.

For more information on all Labor Day Rock events, log on to www.rockstarsproduction.com, www.atlantaprideweekend.com or www.inthelifeatlanta.org.