The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The buildup to Pride continues with pre-parties, performances, and of course the people. The flurry of Atlanta’s LGBT events really kicks into high gear with the movies of Out on Film.

Friday, Oct. 2

Out on Film. Atlanta’s eight-day LGBT film festival has begun. Programming daily through Oct. 8 includes tonight’s “Addicted to Fresno,” 7:30 p.m., “Those People” (top photo) 9:15 p.m., and “Everlasting Love,” 11 p.m. Watch trailers on our must-see short list, and check out the festival’s hottest hunks. All week @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

FTM Fitness World Annual Conference. The contestants come from all over to show off their female-to-male trans physiques and crown a winner during this three-day event @ Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park Hotel, all day. Saturday too.

Brett Young. The dreamy former jock with the golden voice serenades his fans @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m.

“Jar the Floor” Closing Weekend. This lesbian comedy is shaking up audiences @ Southwest Arts Center Theater, 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday.

“Unfathomable.” A new exhibit by artist Carol Prusa featuring Zachari Logan debuts with a reception @ Alan Avery Art, 7 p.m.

Powder Room. They’re baa-aaaack! Legendary Children and Wussy Mag bring the first installment of their new monthly party with guest DJs, queens and queers with Cayenne Rouge and Ree de la Vega @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

“Looking for Normal.” A religious couple in America’s heartland gets every notion challenged about family and love when the husband comes out as transgender. The gay-led Process Theatre produces @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs Fridays to Sundays through Oct. 10.

“The Titans.” Art exhibit explores works on paper by some toweringly popular artists. Gay Atlanta artists like Larry Jens Anderson are in the mix @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m. Exhibit runs through Oct. 30.

The Other Show. A unique weekly drag cabaret boasts an eclectic cast that always keeps you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 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 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, Oct. 3

Red Dress Party (middle photo). Those busy gay male nuns in Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence don their drag in bright crimson and so do their guests. Fun, games and a red-carpet runway are on tap to raise funds against HIV @ Heretic, 6 p.m.

Out on Film Super Saturday. Atlanta’s eight-day LGBT film festival continues with daily programming through Oct. 8. Today’s all-day lineup includes Men’s and Women’s Shorts, Web is the New Black,  “Tab Hunter Confidential,” 6:10 p.m., “54: The Director’s Cut,” 8 p.m., and “You’re Killing Me,” 10 p.m., to name a few. Watch trailers on our must-see short list, and check out the festival’s hottest hunks. All week @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Kelvin Bailey Memorial Softball Tournament. The day of scrimmaging pitchers and catchers is dedicated to this lost member of Atlanta’s gay softball community @ Heritage Park, 9 a.m.

SSL Fall Softball. The pitchers and catchers of Southern Softpaw play in their weekly matchups @ Southside Park, 10 a.m.

Men’s Roller Derby. The guys take to the rink to roll around together and rough each other up while you cheer @ Yaarab Shriners, 1 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the Gurlfrandz: Her-steria show, 9 p.m.

Miss Joining Hearts. The reigning Miss JH Peaches throws a fundraising pageant to crown a new queen @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

Encore 2015. Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus host their annual gala and silent auction, including ensemble performances @ the Georgia Tech Historic Academy of Medicine, 7 p.m.

Roxie Watson. The lesbian quintet rocks a toe-tapping alterna-grass set with Paul Sanchez @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m. You’re gonna love it.

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

DJ Chad Jack. This New York DJ knows what you need, and he’s going to give it to you @ Jungle, 10: 30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Stoplight Party. DJ Neon the Glowgobear helms this color-code party. Glow bracelets tell the guys if you’re single, taken or mysterious @ 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 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 Miguel Alanis 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, Oct. 4

NOH8 Photo Shoot (bottom photo). Photographer Adam Bouska returns with his camera, cheek tattoos and duct tape. You arrive in white as individuals, couples and groups @ W Atlanta Midtown, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Brunch for Pride. The Atlanta Pride Committee benefits from your eats and drinks during this rowdy food fandango @ Las Margaritas, 12 noon.

Margarita Bust, where the Atlanta Heat and Storm teams raise bottomless glasses toward their missions to win the 2015 Gaybowl A and B divisions in San Diego @ Zocalo, 2 p.m.

Out on Film Super Saturday. Atlanta’s eight-day LGBT film festival continues with daily programming through Oct. 8. Today’s all-day lineup includes Atlanta-bred World Premiere “Queer Moxie,” 3 p.m., gay athletes in “Out To Win,” 5 p.m., and Ellen Page-Julianne Moore drama “Freeheld,” 7:15 p.m. Watch trailers on our must-see short list, and check out the festival’s hottest hunks. All week @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

MetroFresh Anniversary Party. Hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years since gay actor and gadabout Mitchell Anderson opened this sandwich place. Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres and celebrate his first cookbook @ MetroFresh, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday Funday. 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.

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.

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.

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