National: The Queer Agenda

Gay chamber networks with two-day event

imageThe Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce started its biggest-ever 4th Friday networking event on Thursday in a refashioned hotel on West Peachtree Street in Midtown.

The Granada Suites Hotel, which is being renovated and remade in anticipation of its reflagging as the Artmore Hotel later this year, hosted the event in its lobby bar.

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Friday: Six gay things to do tonight

PART TWO: The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce continues its two-day 4th Friday with a mixer at Table 1280 at the High Museum. It's the second installment in an event that started Thursday at the refashioned Granada Hotel in Midtown. 5:30 p.m.

imageSOFTBALL: The Decatur Women's Sports League hits the fields tonight -- weather permitting -- for the second week of their spring season. Games begin at 6 p.m. at Kelly C. Cofer Park in Tucker. (View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from Opening Night March 20.)

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Thursday: Six gay things to do tonight

4TH FRIDAY: The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce decided that one day wasn't enough for its monthly 4th Friday networking event, so it expanded it to two days and dubbed it their biggest 4th Friday ever. Tonight, head to the newly-renovated Granada Hotel in Midtown around 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the fun moves to the High Museum for a special showing of China's Terracotta Army with reduced ticket prices. Part II gets started at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Table 1280 at the High.

MOVIE AND MAKEOVER: YouthPride offers its movie and a makeover night, this time screening "Princess Dairies" while also offering makeovers. The evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is for LGBT youth from 13 to 24.

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Tuesday: Four gay things to do today

GET SOCIAL: Have some cocktails, conversation and connections with Social Tuesdays, which moves its weekly gathering to Cypress Street Pint & Plate in Midtown. Cocktails start at 7 p.m.

SPEAKING OUT: Civil right and women's right icon Angela Davis, a lesbian who came out in 1997, speaks at 7 p.m. as part of Emory University's Women's History Month. Davis will sign books after event at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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Friday: Six gay things to do today

GLAAD FRIDAY: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is back in Atlanta tonight for its second "Thank GLAAD It's Friday" social networking event. The $35 admission gets you two hours of Absolut cocktails, a one-year membership to GLAAD and a handful of other items. The evening begins at 8 p.m. at Bazzaar. View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the Feb. 20 event.

SING A LITTLE: OurSong offers up "Just Desserts" tonight and Saturday at Oakhurst Baptist Church. The fundraiser and cabaret includes solos, ensembles and choral pieces that celebrate food, drink and merriment. Scrumptious! Event starts at 8 p.m. both nights. $25

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Tim Gunn makes it work during ATL stop

imageFashion guru and Bravo icon Tim Gunn popped into Lenox Square Mall on Saturday, dishing out tips on how to add polish and fun to your personal look.

The Atlanta stop kicked off a multi-city tour for Gunn, who is sweeping through Kate Spade stores in several Southern cities in the coming weeks to offer his style tips and brag on the store's new Spring accessories collection. Gun, besides his roles with Bravo, is also chieff creative director for Liz Claiborne, which owns Kate Spade.

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Thursday: Three gay things to do today

FAMILY PROTECTIONS: Join the MEGA Family Project and the Interweave Group at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta for "Legal Protections and Marriage Equality," a discussion about how gay families can legally protest themselves. The session begins at at 7 p.m.

COCKTAIL SIP: The Thursday Night Cocktail Sip in Gay Atlanta continues its early start to the weekend at Trois in Midtown. The event begins at 9 p.m.

BLACK OUT: European DJ Konrad Black will spend one of just a handful of U.S. dates in Atlanta tonight at gay-friendly Bazzaar Urban Bar. The music starts at 9 p.m. For more on Black, read a recent Southern Voice piece on his Atlanta stop.

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Tuesday: Four gay things to do today

HAPPY HOUR: Fourth Tuesdays takes its monthly happy hour to the 3 Legged Cowboy. The event begins at 6 p.m. A free two-step lesson for beginners is set for 8 p.m.

GET SOCIAL: Have some cocktails, conversation and connections with Social Tuesdays, which moves its weekly gathering to Bluefin. The upscale casual restaurant on Peachtree offers Japanese Fusion. The event starts at 7 p.m.

BASKETBALL JONES: Gay Atlanta author E. Lynn Harris is back with a new book, "Basketball Jones." He'll talk about and sign the novel at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse beginning at 7:30 p.m.

LESBIAN FUNNIES: Comic Alyssa Barnett hosts comedy night at Eddie's Attic. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Read more about Barnett in a story from Southern Voice.

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The Weekend: Five gay things to do

NETWORKING: The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce holds its Fourth Friday networking event today at Paris On Ponce. There's a little live jazz for entertainment during the event, which opens at 6 p.m. $10

SHUT UP: Drag icon Varla Jean Merman is in Atlanta for a brief run of "Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte" at the 14th Street Playhouse. The show runs Jan. 22-25 and Jan. 28-31. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets cost $45. Several of the shows benefit local gay groups. Read more in a Project Q Atlanta interview with Merman.

RUGBY: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club kicks off its eight-game schedule on Saturday with a match against Georgia Tech. Can we say, "college jocks?" Yes we can. Match time is 2:30 p.m. at Coan Middle School on Hosea Williams Drive in Kirkwood.

ROCK FOR EQUALITY: Lesbian singers Halcyon and Renee Mixon headline the "Stand for Equality" concert on Saturday, a benefit for Georgia Equality. Tickets are $20 for the 8 p.m. event at Wild Mustang. The concert is part of the non-profit's "Campaign for a Fair Majority," which also encourages gay Georgians to create personalized web pages to help advocate for equality.

PAGEANT: Out on Film launches its monthly film screening on Monday with "Pageant," the documentary of 50 men competing for the title of "MIss Gay America.' A mini-pageant with celebrity judges follows the screening. The event's set for 7:30 p.m. at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.    READ MORE »

Friday: Two gay things to do today

YOUTHFUL HISTORY: It's MLK weekend, after all, and YouthPride has an interesting event beginning at 6:30 p.m. at its Inman Park office. Winston Johnson, a gay Atlantan and longtime friend of Coretta Scott King, will take part in a panel discussion. Joining him is Dave Heyward of the gay history project Touching Up Our Roots.

DOGGIE STYLE: Pets Are Loving Support, is the beneficiary of the local celebrity-filled Doggies on the Catwalk, which begins at 8 p.m. at Grady High School. The event features local celebs strutting their stuff down the runway with their pooches and showcases the work of the high school's Urban Couture fashion students. For more, check out an item from Peach Buzz in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After, there's a reception at nearby Piedmont Bark that begins at 9 p.m. Event: $25, reception: $10 donation.

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Thursday: Four gay things to do tonight

BLOOD WORK: Gay artist Robert Sherer speaks to the Atlanta Executive Network. The Kennesaw State University art professor is well known for his "Blood Works," which incorporates HIV-positive blood used as ink. Read more about the Alabama native and his KSU scholarship drive in a recent Southern Voice article. 7 p.m. at Trois in Midtown. $20

LESBIAN DRAMA: Hundreds of lesbians are expected to catch a peek at the season premiere of Showtime's "The L Word" during an event at the Wild Mustang. The evening, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show airing an our later, is one of dozens across the country sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the network. Suggested donation: $10.

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Social Tuesdays seeks Asian spice tonight

The networking group Social Tuesdays tries a little taste of Southeast Asia tonight with its weekly evening of cocktails, conversation and connections.

The popular event shifts to Spice Market at W Atlanta Midtown, the remake of the hotel that sits on 14th Street near Piedmont Park. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and runs to 11 p.m. Stop in for a drink or dinner and if you haven't already, take a look around at the W and the renovations that made it part of the upscale brand.

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Social Tuesdays back to Midtown tonight

Social Tuesdays wants a little "Steel" in their diet tonight.

The weekly gay networking event moves to a venue it first auditioned in November -- Steel Restaurant & Lounge inside Plaza Midtown on West Peachtree. The event starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Celebrate the new year with drinks and dinner. It's a fun time of cocktails, conversation and connections.

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Social Tuesdays goes bowling for a cause

imageSocial Tuesdays is back after a week's rest and ready to start the New Year's celebrations a little early.

The gay networking group -- ok, it's a mix of cocktails, conversation and connections -- sets down in Ten Pin Alley. The upscale nightspot sits in the heart of Atlantic Station above Dolce Restaurant. So get your pump on at the gym down the street, grab your friends and join the fun this evening. It'll be a nice warm up to the bigger parties tomorrow.

And the evening has a charitable side, too. There's a raffle to raise money (and awareness) of Joining Hearts, the 21-year old event that benefits AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House. (The 2009 rendition is set for July 26.)

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Life U’s rugby team pitches new calendar

imageWho loves a winner?

The rugby team from Life University, which in June picked up the USA Rugby Men’s Division I National Championship, is now strutting its stuff on the pages of a new calendar for 2009.

Six teammates -- Nolte (January), Aaron (February), Ben (March), Nathan (July), Mark (November) and Kendrick (December) -- popped into Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Saturday and were good sports about pitching the "Div I National Rugby Champions" calendar. A portion of the proceeds from the calendar benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure, which is a leader in the fight against breast cancer.

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Gay business groups celebrate holidays

imageIt's that holiday party time of the year.

The Atlanta Executive Network and the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce took part, offering festivities of their own last week. AEN hosted its holiday party at Trois in Midtown, while AGLCC ventured downtown to the Wine Loft (photo)

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PALS Bingo tackles Christmahanakiuzaka

imageSome holiday spirit showed through on Wednesday during Christmahanakiuzaka Bingo.

There were drag queens in holiday garb and a selection of Santa hats worn by bingo attendees in an evening titled to encompass Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The event, hosted by Bubba D. Licious (photo), helps PALS provide pet care, including free food and basic veterinary care, and support to the companion pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event.

You can also check out photos from past events, including Family Night Bingo on Nov. 12, Rodeo Bingo on Oct. 7 and Pretty in Pink Bingo on Sept. 10.

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Panelists to link gay, human rights struggles

A panel of gay and human rights activists will discuss how the struggle for gay equality connects to the larger battle for human rights across the globe during an event on Tuesday.

"From Prop. 8 to Yogyakarta: LGBT Rights are Human Rights" kicks off at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 and includes representatives from Amnesty International, Georgia Equality, the International Lesbian & Gay Association, Lambda Legal and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

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Toy Party draws thousands for charity

imageThe gay elves are still counting toys and collecting cash, but the buzz from the Toy Party & Silent Auction on Sunday shows that organizers continued their Midas touch.

A few thousand people filled an expansive atrium at the AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta for the gay charity event of the season, bringing with them scores of toys to gain admission to the sixth annual rendition of what started as the little house party that could and grew into the massive benefit that it is today (or was on Sunday night).

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‘Tis the season for a gay holiday tree lighting

imageIf there's a drag queen Santa and a drag queen holiday caroler, then 'tis the season in Midtown.

That was the scene at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday for the Third Annual GLBT Holiday Tree Lighting. The event, a benefit for the Atlanta Pride Committee, also included hors d'oeuvres, a raffle and holiday carols from OurSong and Panache from the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus.

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