Georgia Equality fetes gay do-gooders

imageDo some good work on behalf of LGBT causes and you might just get feted one day in an upscale cocktail reception with a room full of boldface names.

That was the scene Saturday during the fifth annual Evening for Equality from Georgia Equality, the statewide gay rights group that tries to do good by the gays despite working from an island of political blue in a sea of red.

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First-ever Miss Atlanta Pride crowned

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Gay-popular venue Bazzaar Lounge to close

imageA Peachtree Street lounge popular with gay crowds and partially owned by a veteran of gay nightlife venues will close Aug. 1 to make way for a new restaurant.

Bazzaar Lounge, which opened next to the Fox Theater in 2003, has catered to gay and straight party-goers with events including the Flux dance party with DJ Vicki Powell and Drag Is So Bazzaar and music acts including Lady GaGa and The B-52's. Bill Kaelin (photo), who co-owns the lounge with two business partners, announced Monday that he's selling his stake in the venture to the other co-owners. In turn, they expect to re-brand the space as a restaurant called Publik sometime in September.

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Parking deck collapse near Midtown gym

imageA portion of a parking deck in Midtown that serves a gym popular with gay fitness buffs collapsed Monday afternoon, reportedly crushing about three-dozen cars and crippling traffic around the site.

Centergy Parking garage, near the intersection of Spring and Fifth streets in Midtown, provides parking spaces for several businesses, including L.A. Fitness at 75 Fifth St. Police have closed roads in the area, clogging traffic in Midtown.

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Monday: U.S. soccer jocks in training

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Gay chamber holds 4th Friday tent revival

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce channeled a bit of an old-fashioned tent revival on Friday, gathering under a tent outside at Cowtippers.    READ MORE »

Stonewall: Six gay things to do today

imageStonewall Week closes out with six events under its official banner from the Atlanta Pride Committee:

LGBT Days @ the Georgia Aquarium benefits Atlanta Pride. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Stonewall Brunch Block Party takes place on Juniper between Einstein's and Joe's. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4th Annual Backpack in the Park at Grant Park. 4 p.m.
Music for a Cause benefits the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative's Heath Fund. 6 p.m. (Read more about the event.)
Official Stonewall Closing Party with DJ Gunther (photo). 6 p.m.
The Armorettes Stonewall Show at Burkhart's. 9 p.m.

Several other unofficial events are on tap Sunday. Keep up with them through the Project Q Atlanta community calendar. You can also read more about Stonewall Week.    READ MORE »

Sunday: 17 gay things to do today

Sol Sundays offers a poolside afternoon of cocktailing at W Atlanta-Midtown. 1 p.m.
Papi's Stonewall T-Dance for a Cause at Las Margaritas includes DJ Jay McCracken and raises money for AIDS Walk Atlanta. 5 p.m.
With Stonewall Week winding down, you can Chill at Bellissima. 6 p.m.
Music for a Cause benefits the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative's Heath Fund. 6 p.m. (Read more about the event.)
Charlie Brown is scheduled to bring her Butches & Bitches Show to My Sisters Room. 10 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

06-28: Music benefit for ALHI Health Fund

imageEven for a weekend packed with dance events and pool parties, there’s a serious side.

One of the last events to kick off during Stonewall Week is “Music for a Cause,” an evening on Sunday packed with female musicians performing to raise money for the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative.

But it’s not just a general fundraiser for the women’s health group. Proceeds from this three-hour event benefit ALHI’s Health Fund, which provides health screenings for under- and un-insured women. Organizers hope to raise a few thousand dollars to pay up to $150 per woman for tests that include physicals and pap smears.

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Tracks to thump your Stonewall Weekend

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

Stonewall Weekend is here, so I’ve assembled a list of tracks to get you in the mood for Diet Pride. Be proud and stake your claim to your place on the dance floor, in the pool or in traffic this weekend.

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Stonewall: Eight gay things to do today

imageSaturday features eight events under the official Stonewall Week banner from the Atlanta Pride Committee:

Atlanta Pride Human Rights Exhibit runs all day at the W Atlanta-Midtown.

Swim, splash and cocktail the day away at the Pearl Day Pool Party. 11 a.m.

Learn more about YouthPride through its Community Carnival. 12 p.m.

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Saturday: 29 gay things to do today

image Gay favorite Libby Whitmore (photo) brings her cabaret act to Actor's Express. 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta Freedom Bands presents its Stonewall 40 Celebration Concert. 8 p.m.
Riot After Party with Samantha Ronson at Bellissima. 8 p.m.
"The Wild Party" continues at On Stage Atlanta. 8 p.m.
Mary Edith Pitts keeps entertaining the masses at Burkhart's. 11:30 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

AID Atlanta says it’s time to get tested

The launch this week of an interactive map that shows HIV rates by county came in advance of National HIV Testing Day on Saturday. And with portions of metro Atlanta a leader in HIV infections, AID Atlanta is offering a way to combat the disease: free testing in a handful of locations.

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Stonewall: Four gay things to do today

imageFriday features four events under the official Stonewall Week banner from the Atlanta Pride Committee:

Network, chat and cocktail with the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce at its 4th Friday Networking. 5:30 p.m.
Youth ages 13 to 24 party down with YouthPride's annual Pride Prom. 8 p.m.
Screening of "Unveiled" with Human Rights Atlanta at Manuel's Tavern. 6 p.m.
Georgia UsofA Pageants and Navigation Atlanta present the Miss Atlanta Pride Pageant. 8 p.m.

Several other unofficial events are on tap Friday and throughout this weekend. Keep up with them through the Project Q Atlanta community calendar. You can also read more about Stonewall Week.    READ MORE »

Friday: 24 gay things to do today

image Emerging artists, including gays and other minorities, are part of "Minus: An Exhibition" that opens at Studioplex. 7 p.m.
"The Wild Party" continues its festive run at On Stage Atlanta. 8 p.m.
Nicole Paige Brooks hosts the Heaven Party at Bellissima. 8 p.m.
Join Hotlanta Rubber Bar Night at the Eagle, an evening that also includes a party for Mr. Atlanta Eagle Alan Penrod. 10 p.m.
DJ 5 Hour Boner and Tootsi Collins spin during Fag Bash at Mary's. 10 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

Friday: MTV’s newest gay Derek Chavez

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Scott Evans, jocks, internet dating, crash vic

image Mourning a lesbian among the DC Metro crash victims.
Athletes and the golden age of beefcake.
Dating: It’s better than taking a wallet out and showing people a picture of your hand.
"One Life to Live" actor Scott Evans (photo) on doing gay for pay on a TV soap and being the second openly gay man on daytime.
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Celebrate RuPaul with 10 fabulous moments

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

RuPaul, one of gay Atlanta’s favorite sons, is in town tonight for a benefit performance at Primal. To get you in the mood for the diva, I've compiled a look at some of the most fabulous moments in RuPaul's career.    READ MORE »

Stonewall: Four gay things to do today

imageThursday features four events under the official Stonewall Week banner from the Atlanta Pride Committee:

LGBT Days at the Georgia Aquarium with Atlanta Pride. 9 a.m.
Transgender Issue Panel Discussion with Human Rights Atlanta at Charis. 7:30 p.m.
Michael Bibler (photo) reads from and discusses "Cotton's Queer Relatons" at Outwrite. 7:30 p.m.
RuPaul performs at Primal in a fundraiser for the Atlanta Cotillion that benefits AID Atlanta. 9 p.m.

Several other unofficial events are on tap this week, including Thursday. Keep up with them through the Project Q Atlanta community calendar. You can also read more about Stonewall Week.    READ MORE »

Thursday: 20 gay things to do today

image Splash in the pool with the Atlanta Rainbow Trout. 7:30 p.m.
DJ Bryan Christopher leads Glitterati at Bellissima. 8 p.m.
Guerilla Queer Bar Atlanta heads to Johnny's Hideaway on Roswell Road for its first outing. 9 p.m. Read more about the group.
RuPaul (photo) returns to Atlanta for a show at Primal. 9 p.m.
Hydrate Thursdays continues at W Atlanta-Midtown. 9 p.m.

View the full list of gay things to do today on Project Q Atlanta's interactive community calendar. You can also submit your events.    READ MORE »

 
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