June is Pride Month. This year, Atlanta’s Pride Committee and the LGBT Institute at the Center for Civil and Human Rights are partnering with the Fox Theatre to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which ignited an equal rights movement in what became the LGBT community. We spoke with Emmy Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes, who’s headlining a comedy show at the Fox in celebration of Pride Month.
Among the horrific attacks on the LGBTQ community over the decades is one that happened in Atlanta in 1997. Eric Rudolph, the man behind the Centennial Olympic Games bombing in Atlanta, also set off a pair of bombs at a local gay bar. Luckily no one died, but several were injured. We spoke with the bar’s owners about the attack.
The City of Atlanta has received many honors over the years. In 1996, we were awarded the Summer Olympics. Next year we'll host the Super Bowl. And this past weekend, Atlanta received the Golden Padlock Award. Given each year by a committee of investigative reporters and editors, that dubious distinction is awarded every year to the most secretive government agency or official. To learn more about how Atlanta earned the Golden Padlock Award, and where the previous adminstration's efforts to obscure public information began, we spoke with Golden Padlock committee chair and investigative reporter Robert Cribb. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Scott Trubey also joined the conversation. Trubey also gave us an update on Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms's new transparency initiatives.