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Dick Rhodes photographs of the Lesbian/Gay/Transperson Pride March

Collection number: ahc.VIS411

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Rhodes' color photographs of the 1982 Lesbian/Gay/Transperson Pride March from Piedmont Park to Atlanta City Hall. As the final event associated with the Atlanta Pride Festival, its purpose was to demand greater representation in the state legislature and influence on legislation affecting the LGBTQ+ community. The march was also in response to Mayor Andrew Young withholding his signature on the resolution to declare June 19-29 as Gay Pride Week. Participating organizations depicted include the Metropolitan Community Church, the ACME Theater, and the Lesbian/Gay Rights Chapter of the ACLU.


  • 1982


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Biographical / Historical

Richard "Dick" Grover Rhodes (1937-2019) was born in Lake Wales, Florida to Grover (1910-2003) and Gertie Johnson Rhodes (1912-2003). Rhodes graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida, in 1955, and attended Florida State University. He later served in the United States Navy before moving to Athens, Georgia, in the 1960s. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1971. A staunch advocate of LGBTQ+ civil and human rights, he served as the first openly gay delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1988. The same year he and Gil Robison (1947- )also were the first openly gay candidates to run for the Georgia House of Representatives. He also served as the first openly gay chair of the DeKalb Democratic Party in 1992. In 2012, Rhodes received the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Fenuxe Magazine included him in the 50 Most Outstanding Individuals of Our Community as “The Trail Blazer.” In 2019, the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta awarded him Greeter of the Year. Rhodes resided in Brookhaven, Georgia, until his death.


23 color photographic print(s)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1996

Related Materials

Atlanta Lesbian and Gay History Thing papers and publications, MSS 773, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2021.

Dick Rhodes photographs of the Lesbian/Gay/Transperson Pride March
Kate Daly
August 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305