This past weekend, Oglethorpe University students, faculty and staff joined the City of Atlanta for one of the largest celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community in the country: Atlanta Pride.
This year’s OU representatives joined thousands of participants in the Atlanta Pride Parade, a massive cavalcade that marches down Peachtree, the main street through in Midtown. Though the Sunday afternoon parade was accompanied by some chilly weather, the annual celebration was as joyous as ever.
Participants marched in tandem with an OU truck, decorated skillfully by members of the Oglethorpe community before the weekend’s festivities.
Many of the weekend’s attendees represented OUtlet, the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization on campus. OUtlet is many things to Oglethorpe students: a meeting place for members of Oglethorpe’s LGBTQIA+ community, an educational resource for fellow Petrels, a place to find resources in the greater Atlanta community and, most importantly, a safe space.
Oglethorpe’s presence at Pride was organized by a committee of students, faculty and staff representing OUtlet, the Intercultural Center and the DEI Task Force.