The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Go big or go home. LGBT Atlanta events sure do. A packed roster sizzles into summer with one-night-only specials and not-to-be-missed annual traditions that reward you at the end of a hard-fought workweek.

Friday, June 12

Boys of Summer Swimsuit Contest (top photo). Gay men of Atlanta strip down and get down in a bawdy romp to welcome the season @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. Here are 34 sexy reasons it’s a yearly must-do.

Fourth Tuesday June Mixer. Don’t let the name fool you. This is second Friday, and you’re right time to hang with the city’s venerable lesbian social group for happy hour @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

Pride Night Painting. BYOB and Snacks, and they’ll provide the canvas and paint so you can drink and paint to benefit Atlanta Pride @ Sips N Strokes, 6:30 p.m.

OurSong: “Stars.” Atlanta's LGBT co-ed chorus sings its collection of songs honoring those who have died, including the original “Requiem for the Living” @ Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 8 p.m.

“Avenue Q.” The Broadway smash and favorite local production returns with its inclusive messages and irreverently funny puppets @ Conant Center at Oglethorpe University, 8 p.m., through July 12.

“Larry Jens Anderson: The Atlanta Years (1979-2015).” The revered local gay artist gets his own show and uses it to display his take on gay life in America for the last 35 years, including “Dick Learns to Draw” @ MOCA Georgia, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through July 3.

“The Whale” Closing Weekend. The theater’s gay artistic director Freddie Ashley returns to the stage and puts on major pounds to play the morbidly obese lead in this powerful drama aimed at the heart of Middle America @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through June 14.

The Other Show presents the most unique drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests to blow your mind @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Surprise, surprise. 

DJ Seth Breezy’s Foul Play with Scruff. The weekly man-on-man dance party gets its ante upped with the Beefyboy crew and the hookup app in the house @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz entertain with dinner and a show amid the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.

Deadly Vixens drag show puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus DJ Mike Pope’s Second Level @ Blake’s, 9 p.m. This week, hang out all night with porn star Chris Noxx on the mic and out of his clothes.

Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Ladies Lounge gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. 

Chaparral Night turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Saturday, June 13

East Point Possums Show (middle photo). The annual drag-stravaganza that pairs amateurs with experienced queens on stage in this gay-friendly metro Atlanta burrough. Get up and get down to benefit Lost N Found Youth with a huge crowd outside @ East Point Commons, 7 p.m. It’s a bonafide blowout, and it’s just one of the Best Must-Do Stonewall Month events.

AIDS Walk Beer Bust. LGBT Dance Atlanta hosts this afternoon patio party to benefit their walk team with bottomless beer, Jell-O shooters and DJ Neon the Glowgobear @ Joe’s, 12 noon.

Spy Lounge #Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled nighttime shenanigans, 9 p.m.

NFFLA Championships. Crowning gay Atlanta’s flag football kings comes after two semi-final matches lead into the final @ Grant Park, 10 a.m. That’s the just the start. The winners rule over Ladies of the League, where the burly gay jocks celebrate the end of their season by doing drag to varying degrees of success @ Jungle, 6 p.m. It’s a total mess, in a good way.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots with the line-dancing, two-stepping gays @ Heretic, 8p.m.

Doggies on the Catwalk. in its eighth year, the event’s head gay moved into Buckhead to benefit Atlanta Pet Rescue. Local celebrities to walk fashions and pooches for adoption down the runway, and former newslady Monica Pearson emcees @ Buckhead Atlanta, 7 p.m.

OurSong: “Stars.” Atlanta's LGBT co-ed chorus sings its collection of songs honoring those who have died, including the original “Requiem for the Living” @ Spive Hall, Clayton State University, 8 p.m.

Second Saturday Social. Midtown dining’s gays and gals keep the party going extra hard with DJs each month way after dinner hour is over @ Henry’s, 9 p.m

DJ Eddie Martinez. The sexy sizzler returns to the scene of his last Atlanta slaying to beat the boys into submission on the dance floor @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. And when we say he’s sexy, we mean it so hard. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls Show, 9 p.m.

Britney Bash for Pride. It’s Bad Britney vs. Good Britney all night, and when the clock strikes midnight, all you’ll hear are Spears hits by DJ Pat Scott until you can’t stay anymore. Donations collected for Atlanta Pride, and say goodbye to outgoing director Buck Cooke @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The undisputed Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m. 

Burlesque with Candi Lecour. Atlanta’s lesbian dance party gets a special guest and a sexy show to supplement its fun @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ Morabito All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.


Sunday, June 14

DJ Vicki Powell’s Sunday Service (bottom photo). The loved local lesbian and guest Martin Fry spin the tunes that keep you going during this monthly patio party in bar owner Grant Henry’s playhouse @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room, 6 p.m.

Ria’s Dine Out for Pride. Part of this week’s breakfast in this queer-run mainstay goes to benefit Atlanta Pride. Eat up @ Ria’s Bluebird, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball League continues its spring-summer season for gay pitchers and catchers @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can also join this week’s Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Joe’s, 4 p.m.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJ Rob Reum and DJ Robert Ansley give you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Lateasha Shuntel, Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

Sex Kitten Sunday with Angelica D’Paige corralling the queens @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

The Armorettes. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta  @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas rock this weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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