Idea orig­i­nated in San Fran­cisco

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

“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

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