The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Whether you’re tipping strippers for equality, serving face for NOH8, closing out an era or ringing in a new one, it’s an extra-gay weekend in Atlanta. Get in on these LGBT events.

Friday, Sept. 26

Pride Underwear Auction (top photo). Bid the Boy Next Door underwear right off of your favorite Swinging Richards dancers to benefit Atlanta Pride. You buy ‘em, they peel ‘em @ Swinging Richards, 9 p.m. These strippers are always hot for Pride.

AGLCC Fourth Friday invites you to wind down from the workweek cocktailing with the LGBT professionals of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce @ Lab Monkey Communications, 5:30 p.m.

“Lasso of Truth” is exactly what you hope it is. Wonder Woman’s origin story goes live on stage @ Synchronicity Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs Thursdays through Sundays until Oct. 19.

Serengetti A-Go-Go with DJs Vicki Powell and Fred Schneider. The lesbian legend and the B52s frontman spin wild tunes and savage beats to benefit Extinction Sucks against elephant and rhino poachers. 652 raffles and more @ Mary’s, 7 p.m. Stick around, because it’s a big night. Swap Meet continues the mayhem as Powell welcomes DJ Mark Loque (Ptown, FagBash) downstairs with the RadFae upstairs, 10 p.m.

Encore 2014. Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus celebrate the opening of their seasons with food, entertainment, cocktails and a silent auction @ Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

Party on the Patio. Embrace the weather with patio dining, guests Chelsea Shag and Jake Goldwasser, and all your friends @ Richie’s WineBar at MetroFresh, 7 p.m.

“Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne. Even before gay marriage became “everything,” this play by gay Atlanta’s own was workshopping locally. After big doings up the coast, it’s back. Follow two 1950s couples who aren’t as they appear – the husbands are married to each other, as are the wives. Hilarity and real issues ensue @ Process Theatre. Runs Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Oct. 4.

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

“Love is Strange” continues with the tale of an elderly gay couple played by Hollywood heavy hitters John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. Get to this highly acclaimed movie on a limited local run @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, through Oct. 2.

The Other Show serves up the most unique drag cabaret in town @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Swank lays down its monthly women’s jam at the hotspot on the corner of Gay and Lesbian. Ladies fandango with VJ beats and tons of surprises @ 10th & Piedmont, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: Grown Folks Libra Bash gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 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.

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

Men’s Night lets you in on the show and specials that get all the OTP gays rockin @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9 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, Sept. 27

NOH8 Photo Shoot & HRC Open House (middle photo) takes your pic for the cause. You come in white, they provide the masking tape and temporary tattoos for equality. Your fee buys or extends your HRC membership @ Jungle, 11 a.m. Are you ready for your closeup?

Tailgate at the ‘Tic. Get the party started early with cookout and bar specials, pre-game ESPN on the big screen, followed by college football kickoffs all day @ Heretic, 10 a.m.

East Atlanta Strut. You know it’s autumn when it’s time to strut around the neighborhood daydrinking. Make your homebase at Mary’s and get around @ East Atlanta Village, all day. Yes, girl. It includes the Strut Parade, 2 p.m. The reigning drag Queen of the Strut is ready.

Voices Carry. The queer-inclusive annual poetry reading puts new and favorite works on the mic for the 10th year @ Java Monkey, 7:30 p.m.

Bearracuda Anniversary Bash. DJ Louis Lennon flies in from London to celebrate four years of hairy hunks rubbing up against each other to a beat @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Raw Talent 7: Heartthrob Challenge. It’s JT and Drake vs. Nicki and Pink in this king-and-queen contest for the best. The show goes down during Atlanta’s favorite lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

NOH8 Photoshoot Afterparty with Mimi Imfurst. The RuGirl is on the turntables as well as the stage, and your energy is up for gay Atlanta’s favorite Saturday dance party @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District show, 9 p.m.

Trashed #9: The Death of Summer rocks your alternaqueer world with special guest DJ Scooter McCreight drawing all the cubs to the floor @ MJQ, 11 p.m. Scooter told us his secrets, but we already had his number.

Marietta Pride. Rather than a one-day superfest, this year’s North Georgia Rainbow Coalition celebration is a two-month fandango of Saturday nights @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9:30 p.m. Because homophobia.

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.

DJ Alex Cohen 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. 28

The Armorettes Farewell to Burkhart’s. The weekly show from the camp crazies (bottom photo) continues its mission to drag for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, but for the last time at their traditional home @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m. They hit the Hideaway as their new home next week. Parting is such bitter-sweet sorrow.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious and the gurlz @ Lips, 12:15 doors, 1:30 p.m. show.

Sunday Funday. It's two parties in one with DJ Rob Reum inside and DJ Roberty Ansley outside. All kinds of fun as you go back and forth @ Ten Atlanta, 4 p.m. – midnight. They really bring it.

Lambda Legal Mixer. The gay attorneys who oversee much of the marriage equality courtroom dramas across the nation hit town to celebrate accomplishments in Georgia, strategize for the future, and drink @ City Club of Buckhead, 3 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.


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