2016 Pride Parade Religious Confrontation

For several years now, I've been photographing the clash of religious views that plays out at the Atlanta Pride parade. In past years, the parade protestors have been spread out over the length of the parade.

This year the protestors were corralled into one area. A cadre of police officers surrounded them to reduce confrontations.

A few years ago, anti-protestors who have come to be called the Pansy Patrol, brought giant flowers to hold in front of the protestors. Sadly, this year, the Pansy Patrol  was not allowed to  block the hateful signs. But, never fear, loving Christians and Jews held up signs of affirmation near the protestors signs. And of course, churches and synagogues marching in the parades had signs on their floats, held signs in the air and sang songs of love.

Love wins, again!

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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.