Photo Essay: Celebrating Atlanta Pride with Muffins & Movie Stars

Photo Essay: Celebrating Atlanta Pride with Muffins & Movie Stars

Story and photos by Jelisa Raquel

People have pride in their cities, and people have pride in who they are — we all know that. When those two sources of pride come together, like they did during the 46th annual Atlanta Pride, something special happens.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, ahead of the Atlanta Pride Parade, Comcast hosted a breakfast for local employees and their families to join the celebration of diversity and inclusion throughout the company, city and state.

Can't march on an empty stomach.

Can’t march on an empty stomach.

Nothing says #pride like a selfie.

Nothing says #pride like a selfie.

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All smiles from this bunch.

Tonya Webster, Doug Guthrie and Cherie Caldwell all spoke about Comcast’s campaigns to support the LGBT community, including diversity in governance, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, developing a diverse supplier base, offering a wide selection of multicultural programming and community investment in national, regional and local organizations. For the past four years, Comcast has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and was named a “Best Place to Work” for the LGBT Community.

Plus, actors Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, stars of the November 2016 film Loving offered a pleasant surprise by mingling and discussing the film with guests.

Edgerton and Negga greet guests

Edgerton and Negga greet guests.

Negga chats with guests.

Negga chats with guests.

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The film, based on a true story, follows an interracial couple as they fight to have their marriage validated, eventually leading to a landmark Supreme Court case.

Looks like Edgerton has some new fans!

Looks like Edgerton found some new fans!

The actors with Comcast guests.

The actors with Comcast guests.

Before the parade, there were plenty of opportunities for guests to adorn themselves in Comcast-provided t-shirts and hats, opt for some prideful face painting or stock up on signage to carry during the parade.

Everyone loves swag.

Everyone loves swag.

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After breakfast, guests and employees made their way to the beginning of the Atlanta Pride Parade, where they proudly marched alongside Comcast’s float.

Decked out and ready to march.

Decked out and ready to march.

Time to march!

Parade time!

Key voices in the local community from the Atlanta Hawks to Delta Airlines showed up in numbers to march in the parade as well.

Parades and festivals aside, the importance of pride — the unification of communities, the celebration of love, the resistance of LGBTQ erasure — cannot be understated.

Back in June, LGBTQ pride celebrations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were rocked by the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, which transpired only a handful of hours earlier.

In response to the shooting, Comcast employees and their families showed up in record numbers to celebrate pride in the two Pennsylvania cities. More recently, though, Comcast donated $1 million to the OneOrlando Fund, which aids survivors and families of the Pulse shooting’s victims.

As members of the LGBTQ community keep moving forward following such tragic violence, inclusive events like Atlanta Pride will continue to promote unity, diversity and wellness in all communities.

You can count on Comcast to be a part of that.

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