The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Holigays, that’s what’s up. Don that red, tune that gaydar to ho ho homo, and let your seasonal flag fly high during local LGBT events with plentiful parties, performances and personalities.

Friday, Dec. 11

Snapping Selfies with Max Emerson (top photo). Nothing says you care about homeless LGBT youth like shots with one of the hottest gays on Instagram. Remember it’s a fundraising drive, so bring non-perishables and toiletries for the kids @ Ten Atlanta, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Emerson is still our hot gay dream boy.

OurSong (Non)Traditional Holiday Concert. Atlanta’s LGBT co-ed chorus amps up your holidays with vocal adrenaline @ First Baptist Church of Decatur, 8 p.m. Saturday too.

“alchemy.” An opening reception with artists Elliston Roshi and Lela Burnet in the gay-owned, gay-curated, gay-fabulous space @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

“Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ hilarious play about a snarky department store elf returns for its 17th season with Harold Leaver in the starring role @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.

 “Let Nothing You Dismay.” Local gay playwright Topher Payne turns the season on its ear in this comedy about a young couple trying unsuccessfully to dodge their families. Eight actors in 22 roles @ Stage Door Players, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 20.

Testosterone Bear. Come together for a new twist on the weekly man-on-man dance party with Montreal DJ Ron Hamelin sponsored by Scruff @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

The Other Show. A weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast tries to keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m

Deadly Vixens puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’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.

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, Dec. 12

Toy Party. It’s that time each year when For The Kid In All Of Us and 3,000 of your closest friends gather to give to the children, drink from the open bar and compare sweaters @ America’s Mart, 6:30 p.m. It’s a see-and-be-seen dream, but it’s not nearly over. Head over to the annual Snow Ball afterparty @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Santa Speedo Run. The annual running of the gays steps off nearly naked to streak through Midtown @ Manuel’s, 2 p.m. It’s for the kids, but it’s all about the mancandy.

Mitchell Anderson “Food & Thought.” The popular gay restaurateur of MetroFresh signs copies of his new book @ Cook’s Warehouse Decatur, 3 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

OurSong (Non)Traditional Holiday Concert. Atlanta’s LGBT co-ed chorus amps up your holidays with vocal adrenaline @ First Baptist Church of Decatur, 8 p.m.

Caroline Aiken, Michelle Malone & DeDe Vogt. Three of lesbian Atlanta’s favorite musicians conduct this songwriting workshop and concert from the stage @ Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth, 5p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots with the C&W gays @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

DJ Tim McCloone’s British Invasion. Pump the chunky, woofy beat with this international bear sensation @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

A Night In White with DJ Paulo. Phoenix hosts this white-attire extravaganza “celebrating pure fierceness,” whatever that means @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m., or get there super, duper early for the Friends Friday Christmas Drag Show benefiting LatinoLinQ and Lost N Found, 7 p.m. With the unveiling of a new sound system, the night will be fierce.

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. 

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.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 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.

DJ Isaac Escalante All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Saturday never really ends @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m. We love Isaac longtime.


Sunday, Dec. 13

“A John Waters Christmas” (bottom photo). You know you’re in for it when this iconic gay bad boy gets the mic and starts dishing on his good-time gays and filmmaking heydays @ Variety Playhouse, , 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday Service: Last Supper with DJ Vicki Powell. The gays who do patio parties bring a year’s worth of events to a close with a holiday party for the alternaqueers @ Sister Lousia’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, 7 p.m.

Flap Jokes. Gay-TL’s own Ian Aber hosts this comedy show with a free pancake supper (while supplies last) and some awesome comics @ The Hangar, 4 p.m.

Tea Dance with DJ David Knapp. A one-off you might not want to miss with the local gay daddy who brings all the boys to the yard. Benefits the Alzheimer's Association @ Amsterdam, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Yoga in the Church of Lavonia Elberton. This bearded camp drag fave leads you through your stretches and poses on your way to a better you @ Nirvana Yoga Studio, 7 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 Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

The Armorettes Trailer Park Christmas. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Holiday Benefit Show. Regina Simms corrals the queens with Piper and other special guests with monetary donations to local charities @ Friends on Ponce, 9 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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