Friends celebrate life of late entertainer Regina Simms

Add this share
Regina Simms left a lasting legacy at Friends Neighborhood Bar. A year after she passed away, that’s where friends, family and fans finally raised a toast on Sunday to honor the drag mother, transgender bar manager and longtime Atlanta entertainer.

Pandemic restrictions meant shuttered doors at the bar Simms called home when she died on April 26, 2020 after a battle with cancer, just four days before her 62nd birthday. Simms often held court at the bar on Ponce de Leon Avenue as both entertainer and manager.

Self-described as introverted, Simms was known for mentoring other queens in their careers and advocating for fellow trans women on their journeys.

The bar on Sunday was decorated with flower arrangements and a veiled photo of Simms. Patrons enjoyed drag tributes, songs and words of memory from people close to Simms.

Photos by Russ Bowen-Youngblood

THE LATEST

Georgia Tech to pay family of slain LGBTQ student $1 million

The family of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance president Scout Schultz, slain by campus police in 2017, settled with the university this week. Tech officials...

The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

How do you homo holiday? With concerts, toys, college football and DILFS? Check, check, check and um… check! Gay Atlanta rolls out its first...

Bakhtiari, Waites, Kamau wins make LGBTQ Atlanta history

Atlanta gets three openly LGBTQ City Council members in the New Year after Liliana Bakhtiari and Keisha Waites won their Tuesday runoffs. In South...

15 local LGBTQ nonprofits need the gift that keeps giving all year

While you’re busy making a list and checking it twice, remember queer causes making life better year-round for local LGBTQs, and they need your gift that actually keeps giving.

Swinging Richards to close permanently in January

After a three-decade run and a legendary international reputation, gay Atlanta's only all-male all-nude bar announced Monday that its doors will shutter permanently on...
17,446FansLike
7,001FollowersFollow
7,682FollowersFollow

PHOTO GALLERIES