Itla_sideoutdrAtlanta, long known as a mecca for Black same-gender loving people, s getting ready to celebrate Black Pride and its 10th birthday Labor Day Weekend.

Started in 1996 as a picnic for Black LGBT people to get together, like the cigarette slogan, "You’ve come a long way baby!"

In the U.S., Atlanta’s Black Pride celebration falls in the ranking of the top three bringing in thousands of people from all over the country.

Profiled this week in Atlanta’s gay newspaper the Southern Voice, Zandra Conway, co-chair of In the Life Atlanta, the official host of Black Pride, says that they’ve taken steps to recognize the power of being Black and gay and are highlighting their accomplishments.

Among the activities planned for this year are a film festival and a march to the Capitol on Labor Day.

Unlike in California where you can drive for days and still be in the same state, if you’re lucky enough to be in the south or the south east, consider a road trip to Atlanta for Pride.  I’ve been and I can say there’s nothing else like it.  Thousands upon thousands of Black gay folks in one city from all over at the same time.

Paradise on Earth.