Welcome to Touching Up Our Roots, Georgia's LGBTQ story project.
On March 3rd, 2020, Emory University hosted its annual Emory Pride Awards. For the first time ever, the Berl Boykin Fierce Leadership award was presented, thanks to contributions from Emory law professor Fred Smith and Touching Up Our Roots co-founder Dave Hayward. The recipient of the award was Maria McNiece who was honored for her outstanding work within the Emory LGBTQ+ community. Go to our blog to read more.
Fasten your seatbelts, it's a bumpy but inspiring ride.
We want to have fun with
our LGBTQ story, so choose Touching Up Our Roots as a name to play with (thanks to longtime activist Liz Throop, who thought it up). After all, we all need to be touching up our roots!
Specifically we are sharing Georgia's long march to freedom for full human and civil rights for all lgbtq people, and our allies.
We are exploring how LGBTQ people transformed from 125 brave souls soldiering forth on the sidewalks in June 1971 for Atlanta's first Pride march, to
a Pride festival drawing up to half a million people today.