Of course swinging a stick at all that’s great in hipster Atlanta is going to hit a few gays along the way. But this year, Creative Loafing’s Best Of Atlanta takes the big gay cake. And decorates it. And eats it out on the street and out on the town.
The Loaf is no stranger to gay-inclusive coverage, staff or lust objects, and we haven’t kept count of all the gays on the list in past years, like when Project Q got queer props. But 2013's list feels extra gay. The LGBT winners in categories across the board just keep coming on the paper’s latest list of must-have, must-do and must-see in the ATL.
Make that the gAy-TL. Of all our people and places enjoying the notoriety – or who are notorious, or both (Hey there, Baton Bob, top photo), several of them are winners for the second or even more times. From high-concept art to highly ranked gloryholes, we put them all together below, most with links to what makes them as gay as a rainbow flag on Atlanta Pride Sunday.
Best Gay Bar and Best Lesbian Bar just so happen to be in the coolest neighborhood. So congratulations to swimsuit baring, hanky code sporting Mary’s and its neighbor, the rockin', soakin’ wet My Sister’s Room over in East Atlanta Village. Both return as tops in their categories.
Best Repurposing of a Landmark Venue? That goes to the queer art trio of John Q, who solicited Project Q readers for “The Campaign for Atlanta” before re-envisioning the Cyclorama as a showplace for LGBT migratory patterns. The Loaf list has also honored their 2010 “Memory Flash” project on local gay history.
Best Playwright? The friendly and (multi, multi, multi!) talented Topher Payne. Again. Best Neighborhood Bar? Grant Henry's servicing, celeb-nurturing Church of the Living Room. Again. Best Rec League? Atlanta Rollergirls. Naturally.
Some gay winners come with an extra side of scandal this year. The lying liars at Brushstrokes got Best Gay Themed Bookstore. The reigning gay Cheshire Bridge gloryholes at Inserection are in the Best Adult Store.
And our favorite gay Best Of winner is none other than the always-good-for-a-click Baton Bob. The epic “white lesbian bitch” fit thrower wins Best Gay Street Character. Again. But this year, he also wins Best Bizarro Local News Story – Arrest of Baton Bob, a story that just kept giving and giving. UPDATE: Bob tells us we overlooked his third win – Best Drag Queen.
Did we miss a queer or two? Let us know, and we’ll add the best ones.