The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You’d think that as summer wears on, LGBT-ATL events would wane. Nope. Gay Atlanta keeps up the pace and shifts into overdrive with parties, performances, games and gatherings. Get into it.

Friday, July 11

“The Rocky Horror Show” (top photo) gets a modern re-imagining. The stage show that prompted the movie that prompted a cult following returns to its theatrical roots @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Aug. 9, including midnight Saturday shows starting July 19.

National Gay Blood Drive gets blood, gives gay-straight pairs t-shirts and commemorates their story with a photo. The straight ally gives blood in the gay man’s place to point up the archaic ban on gay men giving blood @ Ten Atlanta, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Meet the gay man behind Atlanta's event.

Fourth Tuesday Happy Hour. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s second Friday, and it’s Atlanta’s venerable lesbian social group doing monthly cocktails @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

Decatur Women’s Softball fields teams of Atlanta’s lesbians who pitch, catch and run the bases @ Kelley C. Cofer Park, Tucker, 6:30 p.m.

David Atlanta TGIF Happy Hour. The magazine hosts drink specials, including your first Ketel One, Tanqueray or Crown Royal cocktail free, and a salute to the anniversary of a special friend’s birthday @ Ten, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Queen of Queens pits the drag glamazons against each other for a crown. Reigning Angelica D’Paige and host Ruby Redd corral the queens @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m. Afterward, Femme Fatale does you right with Justice Taylor’s birthday show, 11 p.m.

Time Lord Party with OutlantaCon. Atlanta’s LGBT sci-fi/fantasy/gaming group teams up with other local nerds for a night of Dr. Who fab. Costume contests, performers, DJs, vendors and more @ Masquerade, 9 p.m.

The Other Show serves up the most unique drag cabaret in town with its singularly creative cast and special guests who always blast your expectations. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: Foam Party gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and scores of women, this week with extra suds @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Bastille Day Blowout. East Atlanta’s gay bar throws its 10th annual salute to the biggest Mary of them all, Marie Antoinette. This means you do French – stripes, berets, whatevs –  and they do the rest, including a Gurlfrandz Oh La La Cabaret @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor with DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

AUMA LGBT Music Night is the first event of its kind from Meak Productions and the Atlanta Underground Music Awards. Independent gay music artists hit the stage with host Zabrina Jones for your entertainment @ Connect Lounge, 9 p.m.

Men’s Night draws all the suburban gays to the yard for sexy OTP fun. It’s also customer appreciation night @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

Daring Divas lays it on thick. Lena Lust, Sawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. The crowd goes wild @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Got Leche? Nuestra Belleza Gay Latina amps up the weekly gay Latin night featuring stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.


Saturday, July 12

DJ Bruno Pacheco (middle photo) sexes up gay Atlanta’s favorite Saturday dance party with his Brazilian beats @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. The fact that he's packing this much abs and booty won’t hurt you one bit. Get started early with Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 p.m.

Atlanta Roller Girls host two bouts of badass roller derby madness. Cheer the rough and tumble ladies @ Yaraab Shrine Temple, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Early Country & Late Night Dance offers line dancing and two stepping after the sun goes down, then DJ Mike Pope picks up the pace until close @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 12 midnight.

Under-Bear. Just like it sounds, your briefs, jock straps or boxers are invited to this bear party with DJ Sean Mac @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Blacklight Paint Party lets the good times glow for East Atlanta’s weekly lesbian dance party. Turn down the lights, dress to mess, get painted and go go go @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Victor Calderone returns to Atlanta after a long hiatus. The legend continues with Chris Coleman Productions @ Opera, 10 p.m.

Synergy with Shawnna Brooks is the Saturday night show to rock your world @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

Midnight Madness drags out the dinner hour into party time with Angelica D’Paige @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 p.m.

Sinful Saturday includes the Divas Cabaret and all kinds of other bar night fun for our suburban gays outside the perimeter @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

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


Sunday, July 13

Sunday Service with DJ Vicki Powell (bottom photo). The throbbing beat of second Sundays continues as the popular gay DJ and the popular gay-owned bar welcome all comers for dance-party shenanigans @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room, 7 p.m It’s rowdy and awesome.

Hotlanta Softball League continues its spring-summer season for all the gay pitchers and catchers @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can also join them later for the Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Frogs, 4 p.m.

World Cup Party includes game specials, live broadcast of all the matches on nine flat screens and a 10-foot projector, and all the delicious food and drinks you expect @ Las Margaritas, all day.

(PrEP)aration for Life. AID Atlanta and NAESM present this educational forum on the prevention drug strategy for HIV-negative men. This event targets black gay and bisexual men @ The Evolution Project, 3 p.m. Here's what the raging gay debate is all about.

AV200 Closing Party celebrates the success of the 2014 AIDS Vaccine 200 ride. Cocktails, big reveal of the final donation amount and check presentations to beneficiaries @ Bill Lowe Gallery, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. These jocks rode hard for the money.

Joining Hearts Lawn Party toasts the sponsors and patrons of the upcoming annual gay pool blowout. Grab your shades, some eats and a cocktail while playing lawn games, silent-auctioning and grooving to DJs Kevin Durard and Mike Pope @ Margaret Mitchell House, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Babes for Boobs puts food and drinks on Atlanta’s lesbian Sunday to raise funds for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Women come together @ Hobnob, 6 p.m.

High Energy Funday & 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.

The Armorettes: Holidays in July presents a special rendition of the troupe’s weekly show on its continuing mission to bring campy bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.


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