On the right Traxx

GA Voice - - Blackgaypride -

Now a decade old and strong and with a firm grip on pro­mot­ing sis­ter­hood, pride and per­se­ver­ance, Traxx Girls has suc­cess­fully molded the city of Atlanta as a lead­ing des­ti­na­tion for LGBT trav­el­ers dur­ing Black Gay Pride Week­end and through­out the year.

Driv­ing the en­gine at Traxx Girls is Melissa Scott, a life­long At­lantan who spe­cial­izes in les­bian party plan­ning. Scott, on the verge of a power-packed itin­er­ary for Black Gay Pride Week­end which in­clude hit record­ing artist K. Michelle and Olympic Gold Medal­ists An­gel McCoughtry and Brit­tney Griner among many, many oth­ers, sat down with the Ge­or­gia Voice to talk about the or­ga­ni­za­tion, its long run, ca­reer high­lights and what’s to come.

Traxx Girls is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary this year. What sparked the in­spi­ra­tion for Traxx Girls and Black Gay Pride Week­end?

We started host­ing events for Pride due to de­mand. At the time there was a need for or­ga­ni­za­tion and Atlanta needed a larger scale of events in gen­eral for the LGBT com­mu­nity.

With ten years of be­ing in ex­is­tence, can you tell me some of your per­sonal high­lights from over the years.

Nicki Mi­naj will al­ways be a su­per high­light for me. She was some­one my busi­ness part­ner Du­rand Robin­son al­ways wanted. He wanted to see Nicki and oh boy! So did the rest of the world. An­other high­light has Traxx Girls owner Melissa Scott says bring­ing Nicki Mi­naj to Black Gay Pride Week­end was a ‘su­per high­light’ for her. (File photo) to be the first time we did the Pure Heat Com­mu­nity Fes­ti­val. We was afraid no one would come. It was like 4 p.m. and we were there alone since 11 a.m. Then all of a sud­den, it was like it rained peo­ple!

In­clud­ing the com­mu­nity events, how many vol­un­teers does it take to make all of this come to­gether?

This year, “Love & Hip Hop” has a ma­jor show­ing with Mimi Faust, Cardi B, Erica Mena, Kar­lie Redd, Ari­ane Davis, Trina, and K. Michelle. Big co­in­ci­dence, but these are the peo­ple that are hot right now. We are ex­cited to also have Eva Pig­ford and Trina and Towanda Brax­ton. We just added Young Dro to the park, which is fan­tas­tic. He is a het­ero­sex­ual male that is show­ing sup­port to the com­mu­nity and un­af­fected by what oth­ers think.

At the end of the day, we will al­ways work hard to de­liver A-plus en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing this week­end of unity.

By J. MATTHEW COBB

Tell me about the head­lin­ers and per­form­ing artists you have in the lineup this year for the Pure Heat Com­mu­nity Fes­ti­val.

To read an ex­tended ver­sion of this in­ter­view, go to www.the­gavoice.com.

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