12 best events firing up Atlanta’s gayest month

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Yes, it’s official. But that’s not why we’re especially excited for LGBT Pride Month. Gay Atlanta hits June running this year with enough Stonewall commemorations and other celebrations to last you until the Atlanta Pride festival in October.

On Monday, the president decreed to all the land that June is Pride in the U.S. of A. It’s nice to get the recognition again this year. Put it in your pipe and smoke it while you enjoy big doings that you can actually sink your teeth into during official Atlanta Pride Stonewall Month and other totally unofficial events.

We know. You have Pride all year. We can relate, but the Stonewall Riots anniversary is worth cranking up the volume. Atlanta Pride’s full Stonewall Month roster includes meals, workshops and discussions aplenty. But it also includes some of gay Atlanta’s biggest annual spectaculars like the East Point Possums show (top photo).

Here’s a handy guide that combines your best Pride bets with some of our other favorite queer happenings to make up the gayest month you’ve seen so far this year. The link in each description takes you to more information.

Joining Hearts Summer Soiree

Hot models in men’s summer fashions for one of gay Atlanta’s best-loved charities on June 4 at Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square. All that’s left to say about Summer Soiree is there are DJ beats and adult refreshments while you shop, and 10% of your purchase goes directly to Joining Hearts.


Premiere Party


CHRIS Kids benefits from this annual white-attire cocktail social on June 7 at Mason Murer Fine Art. Premiere Party raises funds for gay-inclusive programs that benefit underprivileged children and teens who suffer trauma and neglect. DJ Vicki Powell, munchies, drinks and a silent auction. UPDATE: View our photos from the event.


'90s Pride Prom


Join your favorite East Atlanta Village queens on June 7 at Mary's for a night of ‘90s Pride Prom realness and support Atlanta Pride with your tips to the performers.

'Southern Baptist Sissies' with Del Shores


The “Sordid Lives” playwright himself introduces the popular film from his other play. This showing of “Southern Baptist Sissies” on June 11 at Plaza Theater benefits AID Atlanta. 

East Point Possums Show


An open-air spectacular of amateurs, pros and community leaders in drag and otherwise, the 17th Annual East Point Possums Show on June 14 draws hundreds to downtown East Point for three hours of drag hilarity for charity. Truth: It’s the very best kind of mayhem. UPDATE: View our photos from the event.


Fantasy Girls with Bianca Del Rio


The reigning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner hits town to star in this June 17 show with Phoenix and other local queens bringing their best at Jungle. Stop rolling your eyes, and be part of it.


'To Be Takei'


Pride and Out on Film join forces to bring you the film festival darling by out actor and activist George “Mr. Sulu” Takei. The “To Be Takei” bio screening on June 18 at the Rush Center takes you from California encampment as a Japanese American child during WWII through Star Trek, his same-sex marriage and a second career as “Uncle George” to hundreds of thousands of social media fans. Read our interview.

Peach Party Atlanta


Big-name circuit DJs make dance floors undulate to their beats all weekend June 20-22 at Jungle, Heretic, Xion and Opera. Tony Moran, Joe Gauthreaux, Isaac Escalante, Paulo and more hit the decks over three nights of Peach Party Weekend.

Atlanta Radical Faeries Midsummer NightMARE


The Radical Faeries make a full day and night of it. Heart circles, talent shows, DJs, running amok June 21 at Arts Exchange from 12 noon to 3 a.m. Get it and get it good during Midsummer NightMARE.


Pride Run/Walk


Get up early on June 21 and show off your legs in Piedmont Park. Wait. Well, do that but also move a lot and breathe heavy with FrontRunners Atlanta and their guests in this 5K race affectionately known as Pride Run.


Evening For Equality


Georgia Equality hosts its annual gala dinner. Evening for Equality on June 21 at Twelve Hotel benefits the state’s largest LGBT lobby and honors outstanding community and political contributors. Din-din, drinkypoos and movers and shakers. What’s not to love?

Atlanta Cotillion’s Cirque de Nuit En Rouge


The AID Atlanta benefactors of Cotillion switched up their original formula of drag debutantes for the better. Now show up to the Delta Hanger Museum on June 21 in creative black tie or not, avant garde or not, drag or not attire and have a good time for the cause. This year, Cirque de Nuit EN Rouge includes DJ David Knapp, Prince Poppycock and dance crew Dragon House.


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