Thousands of LGBT revelers mark another Labor Day Weekend with Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride celebration. As always, the party starts early. Preview events beginning Wednesday and running all the way through Monday.
In the Life Atlanta, organizers of the official events at the Melia Hotel, host everything from workshops to a marketplace, plus serious business like panel discussions and the State of Black Gay America Summit to just-for-fun stuff like several parties.
Speaking of parties, Atlanta promoters go full-out for Black Gay Pride, too. Think wet t-shirt contests for ladies and nearly-naked men for the guys. It’s a lot. Here’s the proof, including photos from last year.
Now check out this year’s six days of fun below. Click the event names for details, and you can find even more information by visiting In the Life Atlanta, Traxx Atlanta, Traxx Girls, Pure Heat, Wassnup N ATL, Girls in the Night, Xplosion Entertainment, the Lions Den, the State of Black Gay America Summit, and Rockstars Production.
And know this: Black Gay Pride Atlanta is just one of the Best Gay Things To Do in Atlanta This Weekend.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Atlanta Black Gay Pride Candlelight Vigil @ First MCC of Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Pure Heat Weekend Kickoff for women with TraxxGirls, No Labelz magazine, entertainers, Hip Hop karaoke and as many ladies who love ladies as you can handle @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Skate Boyz ATL: Work It Out Kickoff Bash is a skating party to get the Black Gay Pride party started @ MetroSkates, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 30
Chocolate and Creme VIP Reception @ Melia Hotel, 6:30 p.m.
Reliving Party with ReDickuLous (second photo) from “Real Housewives of Atanta” with Wassup N ATL @ Phase One, 11 p.m.
Welcome to Atlanta Party features entertainers and drink specials with the party promoters from Traxx and TraxxGirls @ Xcess UltraLounge, 10 p.m.
Black Gay Pride Weekend Kickoff Party with Labor Day Rock, Southern Xplosion, Rockstars Production, Traxx and other promoters @ The Gold Room, 10 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 31
Life Lounge @ Melia Hotel, 6 p.m. AID Atlanta’s Evolution Project hosts a night of games, giveaways and good times in the Vintage Room.
2012 Atlanta Black Gay Pride Opening Ceremony @ Melia Hotel, 8 p.m.
Revealed Party with Wassup N ATL features Blatino Awards, “CockTales” movie screening, DJ Trouble, male dancers and a live performances @ Jungle, 9 p.m.
Pure Heat Friday with Elle Varner (third photo) features the singer at this Traxxgirls party @ Club Life. 595 North, 10 p.m.
Pure Heat Pretty In Pink Booze Cruise from the women of TraxxGirls on the water with amazing entertainers during an all-night, fully loaded boat @ Lake Lanier, 8 p.m. – midnight.
Dance Fever: Pure Heat Edition puts a Black Gay Pride twist into Atlanta’s weekly lesbian party with DJs M & Twee @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Fire & Desire Mini Ball Deluxe is the fifth annual event for ballers @ Melia Hotel, 9:30 p.m.
SpeakFire spoken word and poetry showcase @ Melia Hotel, midnight – 2 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1
State of Black Gay America Summit (fourth photo) community luncheon takes on “Embracing Our Collective Power To Influence Change” with highly regarded panelists @ Melia Hotel, 11 a.m.
LGBT Health Expo & Life Expo @ Melia Hotel, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Literary Cafe @ Melia Hotel, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pure Heat WetHer Party features a women’s Wet T-shirt contest, hosts Joseline & Suga, DJ M, and a throne battle to see who comes out on top @ Primal, 3 p.m.
See Us In The Life Film Festival @ Melia Hotel, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Centerpiece film “Finding Me” (fifth photo), 7 p.m. preceded by 6:30 p.m. red carpet.
Black Gay Pride Pool Party @ Melia Hotel, 4 p.m.
Flashback Throwdown includes the Black Gay Pride J-Sette Competition @ Xcess Ultra Lounge, 6 p.m.
Atlanta Black Gay Pride Block Party & Festival goes down on Spring Street outside and @ Xcess Ultra Lounge and Apache Café, 10 p.m.
Rebirth Party with Fantasia (sixth photo) features the “American Idol” winner and much much more from the party people at Wassup N ATL @ The Nest, 9 p.m. Read our preview.
Pure Heat: Big Bang features Melanie Fiona performing live for the women who love women @ Georgia Freight Depot, 10 p.m.
Black Pride Pub Crawl kicks off @ Melia Hotel, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Jazz Brunch featuring live music by Philippa @ Melia Hotel, noon to 3 p.m.
Gospel Brunch with Wassup N ATL @ Redmanz, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pure Heat Community Festival features two stages of entertainment, an outdoor picnic, vendors and more community spirit than you can handle (seventh photo) @ Piedmont Park, noon – 8 p.m.
Interfaith Service @ Melia Hotel, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Black Gay Pride Day at WNBA: Atlanta Dream Vs. Connecticut Sun @ Philips Arena, 3 p.m.
Pure Heat Unity Ball: United We Stand lays on the fifth annual party with TraxxGirls @ Melia Hotel, 4 p.m.
Showtime Sundays offers a variety show and special guests with Traxx and TraxxGirls @ Mansion Elan, 10 p.m.
2nd Annual “The White Party” by Tha Bigdogs @ Melia Hotel, 6 p.m.
Django’s Grown & Sexy Reunion is a block party and cookout with Wassup N ATL and DJs Chaos and Rho @ Redmanz, 7 p.m.
Renewed Underwear Party with Wassup N ATL lets you bid the underwear right off of sexy models, porn stars and bartenders @ Dirty Rats, midnight to sunup.
Black Gay Pride Fashion Show @ Melia Hotel, 8 p.m.
Traxx Dance Party features live performances by recording artists and dance music @ Georgia Freight Depot, 10 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 3
Black Pride Marketplace @ Melia Hotel, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pure Heat White Party is the annual event from Traxx, TraxxGirls, Rockstars Production and Xtreme Entertainment featuring DJ M. Wear white @ Luxe, 10 p.m.
Stars of the Century @ Jungle, 11 p.m. Miss Sophia hosts this weekly drag showcase.