By Tiffany Williams –
The Atlanta Hawks have confirmed that award-winning R&B singer-songwriter and LGBTQIA+ ally Keri Hilson will perform at halftime for their annual ‘Pride Night at State Farm Arena on Thursday, February 9.
The Hawks say “The evening will include special in-game programming and performances that celebrate members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community and will feature a rainbow lighting of the iconic ‘ATLANTA’ letters.”
“Social equality is one of the most important things to me,” said award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Keri Hilson. “Being able to perform on nights like this are as purposeful as they are fun! Sports and music have the ability to unite everyone across all orientations, nationalities and genders.”
To tip off the festivities, Voices of Note’s Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus (AGMC) will sing the national anthem. The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus is one of the world’s longest-running gay men’s choruses.
At halftime, award-winning singer-songwriter and LGBTQIA+ ally Keri Hilson will perform some of her most popular hits. Born in Decatur, Georgia, Hilson was arranging songs, cutting vocals and engineering sessions by the age of 18.
During the game and through social recognition, the Hawks and Your Atlanta Area BMW Centers will celebrate members of the Atlanta Hawks Pride Council, their LGBTQIA+ Pride Employee Resource Group and allies of the community.
“Over the past year, it has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Atlanta Hawks Pride Council, giving recommendations and guidance on how the organization can take a very visible stance toward the promotion of unity, equity and visibility – all of which are at the core of the Atlanta Pride Committee’s mission,” said Atlanta Hawks Pride Council Member and Director of Equity and Engagement for Atlanta Pride Steven Igarashi-Ball.
The Hawks, who are set to play Phoenix at 7:30 p.m., have limited tickets remaining for fans who want to attend the game. A Pride ticket package can be purchased at Hawks.com/promotions and includes a $10 food-and-beverage discount as well as a custom Hawks-branded Pride shirt, while supplies last.