Idea originated in San Francisco
“When you think about the sacrifices and the lives that these people have lived, I think that we should have some way of honoring them at every celebration and having a special place for them.”
The idea for Gray Pride came from a similar programming piece put on by San Francisco Pride, says Hillary Thomas, AARP Georgia’s program specialist for community outreach. Thomas’s main job responsibility is outreach to Atlanta’s LGBT community, and the idea came to her attention in 2014 after networking with a number of local LGBT groups, including SAGE, Atlanta PrimeTimers and The Health Initiative.
“I said, ‘Well if it’s gray, then I think AARP will be a great fit,’” she tells the Georgia Voice.
She started having meetings with the Atlanta Pride Committee about it, and with enough room in her budget the following year, Gray Pride came to Georgia. It was a hit, with AARP Georgia offering music acts, spoken word performances, line dancing, caregiving conversations, a display of the
September 30, 2016