imageLet the games begin!

Well, maybe that’s not quite right. How about this: Let the festivities begin!

Stonewall Week—a collection of about two-dozen events loosely affiliated with the Atlanta Pride Committee and scores of others—kicked off last weekend and gets into full swing later this week.

There’s events for the bookish gays (author appearances at Outwrite), ones for the intellectual gays (a film screening, panel discussion and human rights exhibit), stuff for the young gays (community carnival and prom), action for the angry and activist gays (a march, rally and Evening for Equality), affairs for the pageant gays (Miss Atlanta), pool parties for the gays in square cuts and nightlife for the gays that gotta dance (DJ Don Bishop, DJ Gunther, Renee Mixon (photo), Satin Britches and Lindsey Hinkle).

imageIn short, take the week off and commemorate the Stonewall Riots that took place on June 28, 1969. A police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City, turned violent and then into an uprising. The series of clashes spurred the creation of gay rights groups and is credited with launching the modern day gay civil rights movement.

But when you celebrate, don’t call it Pride. That’s not until Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, where the traditional June event was shifted to pave the way for a return to Piedmont Park. The return to the park comes after a one-year hiatus—some would say exile—at the Atlanta City Center that nearly crippled the annual celebration.

So while we wait for the official event, Atlanta Pride organizers wanted to whet our appetite, honor Pride’s traditional date and mark the Stonewall anniversary. So they partnered with a handful of community organizations to pull together events for the last week in June.

But the idea took on a life of its own and even after nearly two-dozen events under the official Stonewall Week banner—and the events really started June 13 with a benefit, making it more than Stonewall Week—more kept coming. So outside of the events on Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall page, there are scores more.

Some of the events financially benefit Pride, such as the 12th Annual East Point Possums Show last Saturday, LGBT Days @ the Georgia Aquarium this Thursday to Monday and the Pearl Day events. Others, like RuPaul’s performance Thursday at Primal, lend some star power to the week. Either way, we all benefit from a packed schedule of fundraisers, dance parties and more.

Stay on top of events by visiting the interactive community on Project Q Atlanta, where you can download events to your calendar, set up reminders or email yourself and friends details. We’ll also bring you a daily schedule of events each day beginning Tuesday.

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