Thomas Elliot wears sunglasses, a skirt, sandals, and a scarf at the Atlanta airport. His next destination? Jail. He was arrested for disorderly conduct for his typically female attire.
Another arrest for the disorderly conduct of wearing typically female clothing goes to Ralph Ferguson, who had the audacity to wear a green jacket with a bandana, plaid skirt, and shoes that were obviously too small into a theater.
Activist Abby Drue, director of the Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice, is entrapped in the August an APD raid of Andy Warhol’s “Lonesome Cowboys” at the Ansley Mall Mini Cinema. The raid is the catalyst for the Georgia Gay Liberation Front to form here, at a standing-room-only meeting at Emory’s New Morning Café in Emory Village. Berl Boykin, Steve Abbott, Bill Smith, and activist Vicki Gabriner are some of the founders of the GGLF. Bill Smith insists the group be called the GEORGIA GLF to encompass the entire state.
Mayor Sam Massell appoints the firstever community liaison Charlie St. John, an archivist and journalism working for the Atlanta JournalConstitution. Thanks to the Georgia Gay Liberation Front’s tenacity, the first official Gay Pride takes place in Atlanta.
Though denied a permit to hold what was to be Atlanta’s first Gay Pride March, 125 attendees show up and chant with signs as they march along the city’s sidewalks downtown.