On the right Traxx
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.
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