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Atlanta Black Gay Pride's 2022 Pure Heat Community Festival Photo Recap

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jussie smollett, kandi buruss and joseline hernandez at the 2022 atlanta black gay pride pure heat community festival
Photo Credit: Prince Williams/

The festivities were in full effect this Labor Day weekend for Atlanta Black Gay Pride. The 5-day celebration, which began on Thursday Sept. 1 - Monday Sept. 5th, sparked a memorable bang on Sunday during the Pure Heat Community Festival at Piedmont Park. Despite the rainy weather, the LGBTQ community, celebrities and allies showed up and showed out.

The 10th annual Pure Heat Community Festival, known as a free "day of unity," is a cultural event that includes market and food vendors, live celebrity and local performers, entertainment, educational forums, prizes & giveaways - all designed to bring together the spirit of community, pride, and vision.

A portion of proceeds from the weekend's festivities will benefit homeless LGBTQ+ youth and those infected/affected with HIV/AIDS via The Vision Community Foundation.

2022 honorees included Joseline Hernandez (“Joseline’s Cabaret”), Kandi Burruss (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”) and Jussie Smollett ("Empire" & “B-Boy Blues”). Hernandez received a Trailblazer award; Smollett received the first-ever Alvin Ailey Trailblazer Award, Burruss received the annual Humanitarian award; Natalie Nunn (“BADDIES SOUTH”) received the all-new Pioneer award and Stasha Sanchez (“Legendary”) received the annual ICON award.

Joseline Hernandez Accpets Trailblazer Award with Founders Bishop O.C. Allen, Melissa Scott & Rashad Burgess
pure heat community festival 2022 jussie smollett atlanta black gay pride
Jussie Smollett accepts Alvin Ailey Trailblazer Award
Kandi Burruss receives annual Humanitarian award

Hosted by, Bishop O.C. Allen, Rashad Burgess, Melissa Scott, Julius James, Cadillac, Big Daddy, Hypeman Bizzy and Victor Jackson; the festival included performances by "Pose" star Dyllon Burnside, rapper Blueface and Chrisean Rock, and Jhonni Blaze. Various upcoming LGBTQ+ artists within Atlanta also took the stage and performed.

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Check Out Photos from the Festival below:

Photo Credit: ATLPics/Prince Williams and Freddy O


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