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Our Mission

To educate, celebrate, promote self-empowerment and to ensure that the social and cultural needs of LGBTQ+ individuals and families are met throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area.

Our Vision

To affirm, solidify, and empower our community to work together toward a culture of diversity and acceptance.

Our History

In 1996, a small group of African American lesbian and gay friends held a picnic over Labor Day weekend to celebrate their unique experience in Atlanta’s LGBT community. Each year, the group grew with others from the community and neighboring cities. As the celebration grew, Atlanta Black Pride were born. Atlanta Black Pride is an independent subsidiary of In The Life Atlanta. In The Life Atlanta is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Georgia.

ITLA is a non-profit, volunteer-led 501(c)3 organization that is often considered a trailblazer for Black Prides across the U.S. Each year, ITLA makes history by doing more programs and events during Labor Day weekend and throughout the year in response to the needs of our targeted community.

The annual Atlanta Black Pride celebration now attracts LGBTQ+ people of all racial backgrounds from every part of the nation, as well as from countries abroad. Atlanta has one of the largest Black populations in the country and has become a welcoming, melting pot of diverse communities. Atlanta Black Pride has been rolling out the red carpet for our LGBTQ+ community and its visitors in celebration of our values, contributions, and PRIDE. As we have continued to evolve, ABP has also been able to provide year-round programs and events that promote community leadership, education, healthy living, self-empowerment, economic growth, and political involvement.

Our Focus

  • Promoting African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual people of African descendants and their families.
  • Providing safe, open, and cultural events for Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community.
  • To promote educational, health, cultural and social services directed at furthering the well-being, equal treatment, and development of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, Queer and Plus (“LGBTQ+”) Community and supportive allies
  • To promote, through advocacy and education, a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and the necessity or the equal treatment thereof, including bringing an end to discrimination and oppression against all persons based upon sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and gender expression.
  • Through HIV and STI testing initiative our goal is to bring awareness, affirmation, and education within the LGBTQ+ community.
  • To operate an LGBTQ+ Equality Center for the benefit of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.