The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The LGBT-ATL turns it out all year, but Joining Hearts 27 puts the Gay Agenda on steroids. Brace for a DJ invasion each night, and prepare for plenty more events that make up one mighty weekend.

Friday, July 18

Joining Hearts Weekend Kickoff Party (top photo) with DJ Ralphi Rosario. The first of many Joining Hearts 27 events gets this party started during a ramped up edition of the man-on-man dance party @ Heretic, 10 p.m. The kickoff goes at it hard each year. But wait. Don’t stop the music. Before Saturday's main events, it’s the Joining Hearts DJ Corey David All-Nighter @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.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.

Indigo Girls. Decatur’s own do a hometown set for their loyal fans. Lesbians come out of the woodwork for the second night of sweet, sweet sounds @ Atlanta Botanical Garden, 8 p.m.

“The Rocky Horror Show” 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.

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

Bitch Please! Dance Party revs up the queer East Atlanta party train and takes off with DJ Ree De La Vega and host Violet Chachki @ Mary’s, 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.

DJ Christopher Kind rocks a set @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

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


Saturday, July 19

Joining Hearts 27 (second photo) is finally here. Gay Atlanta’s biggest summer pool party for charity packs in the gays for DJ Manny Lehman, an open bar, and hundreds of gay male bathing beauties for AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House @ Piedmont Park Greystone Pool, 4 p.m. Be ready to devour the epic gay eye candy, and even consider a DJ Rob Reum break @ Ten, all night.

Joining Hearts 27 Afterparty with DJ Aron. The Israeli sex god returns to Atlanta to beef up the JH lineup even more. He’s joined by vocalist Beth Anne Sacks for muscles and music and men for days @ Jungle, 9 p.m. It’s going to be crazy. In a good way.

Joining Hearts 27 All-Nighter with DJ Alyson Calagna. Can’t get enough? You don’t have to! Dancing queens stay up until sun-up @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

“Yves Saint Laurent” recounts the previously untold story of the gay designer from his early years. Young actors embody YSL, Lagerfeld, and more classic fashion-history characters @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, one week only.

Lindsey Hinkle, Stephanie Callahan, and Hannah Thomas. A powerhouse trio of lesbian favorites hit the stage as solos behind Hinkle’s latest work. Expect some in-the-round sharing of the spotlight as well @ Eddie’s Attic, 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.

Traffic Light Party turns things red, yellow or green for lesbian cruising done right. Color-code your night with glow bracelets and a special Bros B4 Hos show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

“The Rocky Horror Show” gets a modern re-imagining, and as of this week, a midnight showing too. The stage show that prompted the movie that prompted a cult following returns to its theatrical roots @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. and 12 midnight. Wednesdays through Saturdays through Aug. 9, now with midnight Saturday shows.

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.


Sunday, July 20

Joining Hearts 27 Closing Tea Party (bottom photo) with DJ Kevin DuRard. The boys who party with a purpose all weekend just can’t stop until they meet again on the dance floor for a last-chance-last-dance for a cause @ Jungle, 7 p.m. 

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. Join them later (bottom photo) for the Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Hideaway, 4 p.m.

AIDS Walk Beer Bust. LGBT Dance Atlanta hosts DJ Neon Glowbear and you to bottomless brew, raffles, shots and you to benefit their walk team @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 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 & 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 presents 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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