2022 has been an important and tumultuous time for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community. During the best times of the year, local drag legends were celebrated, Pride events cheered, and community members were elected to public office. However, at worst, our human liberties and civilians were threatened unless removed, when we faced another virus outbreak.
Angeria VanMicheals wins her debut ‘Drag Race’ episode
January 14, 2022
Atlanta drag legend Angeria Paris VanMicheals won the second premiere episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 14, consistently topping the following episodes and eventually landing in the top five. Another Atlanta icon, Violet Chachki, appeared on an episode of “Secret Celebrity Drag Race” in September.
Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Swears in LGBTQ Advisory Board
March 22, 2022
The LGBTQ Advisory Board was created to help address crimes against LGBTQ victims, including hate crimes and domestic violence. The commission is chaired by Deputy District Attorneys Will Wooten and Caitlin Bradley, who serve as Fulton County’s Hate Crimes and LGBTQ+ Victim Advocates.
Students at DeKalb School of the Arts have joined the National “Don’t Say Gay” protest
April 1, 2022
About 30 students rallied in front of the school with rainbow flags and signs to protest legislation aimed at limiting and eliminating LGBTQ discussion in public schools. After intense public backlash, Georgia’s version of the bill died in committee. In October, US Senate Republicans introduced a national version of the bill, which is not expected to pass under a Democratic majority.
Georgia High School Association Bans Trans Athletes
May 4, 2022
On the final day of the Georgia General Assembly’s legislative session, Governor Kemp urged Republicans to prioritize banning trans students from public school sports. They forced it by adding a clause to the “divisive concepts” law that aims to severely limit classroom discussions of race in an attempt to ban critical race theory. State Republicans essentially inserted the clause into law and in just over a week, trans students were banned. The ban is part of a larger trend by Republicans across the country targeting trans people with similar legislation and hateful rhetoric.
The Biden Administration has declared the Mpox outbreak a Public Health Emergency
August 4, 2022
After facing public criticism for not responding quickly enough to the outbreak, on August 9, the Biden Administration approved the use of the Jynneos vaccine for people at high risk of mpox, specifically men who have sex with men. According to CDC data, cases in the US peaked in July and have fallen sharply since then. The virus has disproportionately affected people of color with 82,000 cases worldwide, 29,000 cases and 19 deaths in the U.S. Vaccination efforts and honest communication with sexual partners are recommended ways to continue suppressing the outbreak.
Black Pride Weekend is back for its 10th anniversary
From September 2, 2022 to September 5, 2022
Every year for the past decade, Atlanta has celebrated Black queer excellence with a weekend of Pride events. This year’s events included mixers, brunches, performances, parties and the Pure Heat Community Festival in Piedmont Park. Atlanta Black Pride Weekend has a long-standing reputation for hosting iconic entertainers, and this year’s lineup includes big names like Latto, Saucy Santana, and Kandi Burruss. To prioritize safety, mpox vaccines were offered to attendees at the event.
‘The Other Show’ Back
September 9, 2022
“The Other Show” was a weekly show at Jungle Atlanta, an LGBTQ nightclub that sadly closed in 2017. “The Other Show” has had several cast members over the years, including “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season seven winner Violet Chachki, “Dragula.” ” season two winner Biqtch Puddin, and “Dragula: Titans” starring Abhora and Evah Destruction. Edie Cheezburger, who has been with “The Other Show” since the beginning, returned with a new cast of Orchid, Dotte Com, Edna Allan Hoe and Miss He.
Liliana Bakhtiari comes out as Nonmonogamous
September 28, 2022
Atlanta City Councilwoman Liliana Bakhtiari made history in 2021 when she was elected as the first non-binary councilwoman of a major US city and the first queer Muslim elected in Georgia. This year, Bakhtiari made history when she was not monogamous again. Bakhtiari and his partner Kris Brown excitedly shared that they are in a relationship with their third partner, Sarah Al-Khayyal.
“It needs to be destigmatized,” Bakhtiari said NBC News. “It’s a very valid family structure that people should embrace.”
Chloe Jordan has become an executive member of Transgender Affairs of Atlanta
October 3, 2022
Transgender activist Chloe Jordan was named a member of the Atlanta Transgender Affairs Executive, a new position in the Mayor’s Division of LGBTQ Affairs. According to the Division of LGBTQ Affairs, Atlanta is the only known city in the U.S. to have a staff position to advance the trans community.
Pride Weekend Returns and the Atlanta Eagle Reopens
From October 7, 2022 to October 9, 2022
Atlanta Pride Weekend is back this year for the first time since 2019, after in-person events were canceled the previous two years due to COVID-19 concerns. Events included performances by the Bi & Pan March, the “Dyke March,” the Trans March, Big Freedia, and Flo Rida, and the annual Starlight Cabaret drag show. On Saturday, October 8th, the Atlanta Eagle opened its new location to much fanfare. Before closing business due to COVID-19 in 2020, Eagle was part of the Atlanta scene for 33 years.