The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Well hello, long weekend. Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes all decked out in your LGBT Atlanta events, festivals, shows and Black Gay Pride gatherings? Come lay some three-day sugar on us.

Friday, Sept. 4

Black Gay Pride (top photo). Thousands of people hit the town for reverence and revelry during this signature gay Atlanta event series with promised appearances by Lil Kim, Chris Brown, Monica, Porsha Williams and many more @ Venues Citywide through Monday. Check out Friday's Faith & Equality Forum @ Georgian Terrace, 2 p.m. and a slew of parties from promoters including In The Life Atlanta, Pure Heat & Traxx, Rockstars Production, Southern Xplosion, and Wassup N ATL, to name just a few.

The Peach International Tennis Championships. The gay Atlanta Team Tennis Association hosts a full weekend of competition with the visiting and homebase LGBTs who serve and volley during the annual @ DeKalb Tennis Center, all weekend.

Dragon*Con. The nationally revered, gay-led, four-day annual sci-fi/fantasy geek fest with cosplayers galore seizes its spot on the Labor Day calendar @ downtown hotels, all weekend. Here’s how it’s Gay Nerd-vana again this year.

Decatur Book Festival. The annual gay-led lit fest for all comers hits like a freight train with authors and events centered @ Downtown Decatur, through Sunday. Check out our preview of LGBT tracks and features.

Skwhirlhaus Modern Dance Recital. Come to East Lake for the queer-inclusive art in motion by three local coreographers, including Corian Ellisor. Optional donations go directly to the artists @ Skwhirlhuas, 8 p.m.

Guerilla Queer Bar. The Welcoming Committee continues its mission to invade straight bars guerilla-style. This month, serve them a tall glass of your fabulous LGBT-ness with a shot of Beyonce’s birthday @ Mother (447 Edgewood Ave SE), 9 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend Kickoff Dance Party. DJ Mike Pope pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Onyx Party. The local leather-levi men of color do up Black Gay Pride with the guys of gay leather homebase @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

The Other Show. A unique weekly drag cabaret boasts the cast and special guests who keep you guessing. She's so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 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 Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.

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

Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ 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, Sept. 5

Dragon*Con Spectrum Party. This party welcomes LGBT and allied attendees with DJ Neon the GlowGoBear (second photo) @ Westin’s Augusta Ballroom, 10 p.m. And of course the main-event mayhem continues all weekend, including today’s free, open-to-the-public cosplay parade downtown, 10 a.m.

“Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical.” Relive the magic and heartache of the original LGBT disco queen in this one-night-only, not-to-be-missed stage musical to benefit Georgia Equality. Songs includehis biggest hits “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” “Dance (Disco Heat),” “Do Ya Wanna Funk” and “Can't Stop Dancing” @ Variety Playhouse, 7 p.m.

Black Gay Pride (top photo). Thousands of people hit the town for reverence and revelry during this signature gay Atlanta event series with promised appearances by Lil Kim, Chris Brown, Monica, Porsha Williams and many more @ Venues Citywide centered downtown, through Monday from promoters including In The Life AtlantaPure Heat & TraxxRockstars ProductionSouthern Xplosion, and Wassup N ATL, to name just a few.

Decatur Book Festival. The annual gay-led lit fest for all comers hits like a freight train with authors and events centered @ Downtown Decatur, through Sunday. Look for booths and sponsorships throughout with local lesbian-feminist Charis Books, and check out our preview of all the LGBT tracks and features.

DJ Tracy Young. Queen of the gay circuit returns to the scene of her last slaying to pump Atlanta’s dancing queens into submission @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Gurlfrandz: Dungeons & Drag Queens. The left-of-center queens of East Atlanta celebrate the weekend with a Dragon*Con-themed show @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots with the line-dancing, two-stepping gays @ Heretic, 8 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 self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s drag restaurant and bar. Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m. 

Ladies Night. Atlanta’s lesbian dance party puts on a show to supplement its weekly womyn ways in a new Midtown location @ 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 Mike Pope 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.m.


Sunday, Sept. 6

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

Labor Day Weekend with DJ Alexander. There’s no sense in having Monday off if you can’t sleep in after a long, hard dance party @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

Outworlders Drinks @ DragonCon. The local LGBT sci-fi-fantasy group gathers its gays for cocktails. Of course they do. You’re invited @ Fandango’s bar inside the Downtown Sheraton, 8 p.m.

Black Gay Pride Pure Heat Festival. Don’t miss Sunday’s signature Black Gay Pride event, when thousands of people take their Pride outside @ Piedmont Park. It is this much fabulous, and of course, the plethora of parties continues before and afterwards @ Venues Citywide, through Monday..

“Vicious.” The second season of the renowned comedy continues the hilarious mishaps, break-ups and make-ups with elderly gay couple Freddie and Stuart starring blue-chip actors Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi @ GPB, 10:30 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. Here’s how much we love Bubba.

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. 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.


Monday, Sept. 7

Black Gay Pride Stand Up & Represent March (bottom photo). Wrapping the big weekend with a unity march through West End to rally under the theme “Stand Up Black LGBT Lives Now” @ West End, 10 a.m. Meet at 850 Oak Street SW.

Stars of the Century. Hands down one of the best drag shows in town features gorgeous glamazons and illustrious illusionists for an extra pumped up crowd for Black Gay Pride @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m.


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