The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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It’s been a hard-fought week, but your sweet reward is here. Run your fingers through this long and lustrous Queer Agenda of Atlanta’s best bets for LGBTQ events. 

Friday, Nov. 16

Gays for Plays: Reykjavik (top photo). Theater queens gather before and after this sexy thriller by local gay playwright Steve Yockey @ Actor’s Express, 6:45 p.m. Show runs through Nov. 18.

Radiate. The 10th Anniversary exibit debuts with a reception on the walls of this gay-owned gallery @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m. 

Divertidos! Catch this new circuit weekend of dance parties billed as ATL Latinx Pride all weekend at multiple venues, starting with DJ Ivan Gomez tonight @ Heretic, 10 p.m. and an all-night afterparty with DJ Karlitos @ Xion, 3 a.m. Preview the whole weekend in this issue of Q.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens work Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 

Matangi/Maya/MIA Afterparty. Movie opens at the Plaza, then party with the cool kids in East Atlanta and DJ Ree de la Vega @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Nonsense ATL. DJ Kimber and her boy crew oversee the dance floor @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

Celestial Friday with Celeste Holmes puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars. Don’t forget Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. Early drag to wrap your week, 8 p.m. and drag eleganza fabulosity with Shavonna B. Brooks and Raquel Lord to kick off the weekend, 11 p.m. There's also a movie on the patio bar @ Midtown Moon, 7 p.m.

Drrty Divas. Hit them up for boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ Ten, 10 p.m

Ladies Night. Get your LGBTQ 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.

Trans Celebration Night at Rocky Horror. Come early to the weekly screening of the camp classic for a special presentation @ Plaza Theatre, 11:30 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 17

ManShaft (middle photo). Dress for the Levi-Leather edition of DJ Diablo Rojo’s quarterly dance party @ Heretic, 9 p.m. They have a long, sweaty history bringing guys together like this and, well, even this.

Trans Pwr Fest. Southern Fried Queer Pride presents this one-day, all-trans, music, art, discussion and community festival @The Bakery, all day. 

College Football Saturday. All the games and matchups on the screens, and all the gay guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

AQLF: ‘The Color Purple.’ Atlanta Queer Literary Festival hosts a discussion of the legendary tome @ Ponce de Leon Branch Library, 3 p.m.

Lez Bomb. This Out on Film festival darling returns with the writer-director-star at the first screening of this laugh-riot comedy about coming out during Thanksgiving @ Plaza Theatre, 5 p.m. The movie screens all week after that.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girlsentertain 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. 

ASO: LGBTQ Night. Your discount ticket to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Thrill Ridebenefits HRC and gets you into the post-concert reception @ Woodruff Arts Center, 8 p.m.

Pop Karaoke with Princess Charles. Sing your heart out with your host plus DJ Suzanne @ Midtown Tavern, 9 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Divertidos! Main Event. Catch this new circuit weekend of dance parties billed as ATL Latinx Pride all weekend at multiple venues, continues with DJ Nacho Chapado tonight @ Westside Cultural Arts Center, 10 p.m. and an all-night afterparty with DJ Alex Acosta @ Xion, 3 a.m. Preview the whole weekend in this issue of Q.

DJ Moose kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Love Bazaar. DJ Vicki Powell’s loyal followers gather for another Chaka Khan Hacienda set, this time with her opening for DJ Eli Escobar @ Music Room, 10 p.m.

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

After Hours. Soulful house music by resident DJs presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 2 a.m.


Sunday, Nov. 18

Heifer Review. With a One Hit Wonders theme this week, drag queens peform while you eat @ Cowtippers, 1 p.m.

Divertidos! Brunch. Catch this new circuit weekend of dance parties billed as ATL Latinx Pride all weekend at multiple venues, continues with a special brunch @ Las Margaritas, 11 a.m., and the Divertidos Closing Party with DJ Allysson Luis @ District Atlanta, 7 p.m. Preview the whole weekend in this issue of Q.

Gospel Brunch. Singing queens while you eat from a smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.

NFL Sunday Funday. All the football games and other competitions on the screens, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. 

Midtown Rouge. First it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast including Raquell Lorde @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 p.m.

Sunday Sabbath. Celeste Holmes stages the queens for your weekend wrap party @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.

Armorettes: Turnabout. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m.

Queer AF. Drew Friday and Candida Valentina host this show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

After Hours. Urban Hip Hop all night by resident DJs, plus 15 dancers and three levels to party presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.

A version of this feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below for even more.



Check back here every Thursday for the full weekend roundup.


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