Monday: Eight gay things to do today

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imageMIDTOWN RALLY: Crime is the focus for a rally in the heart of the gayborhood tonight from Atlantans Together Against Crime & Cutbacks. The rally kicks off at 5 p.m. at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue. ATAC was organized late last year by Kyle Keyser, a gay man who was robbed at gunpoint. Jeff Graham (photo), executive director of Georgia Equality, is scheduled to speak at the rally about the need for hate crimes legislation in the state.

WRITING WOMEN: It’s a night for writers at Charis Books & More as two of its writing groups host their monthly meeting. Up at 5 p.m. is Young Women Writers, a trans-inclusive group for ages 14 to 19. At 6:30 p.m. it’s Writing With Intent, a group for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction.

BUSY YOUTH: YouthPride, a group for gay youth ages 13 to 24, offers several events today. Free HIV testing opens at 5 p.m. Empowered Men, a group for black gay men ages 13 to 24, meets at 6:30 p.m. and Trans and Friends, a discussion group for transgender youth and their allies ages 13 to 24, also meets at 6:30 p.m.

PURPLE DRESS: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club continues its recruitment efforts for the upcoming Purple Dress Run. Today, they will set up at Frog’s Cantina on Monroe Drive in Midtown from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Purple Dress Run, which benefits the Bucks and YouthPride, is set for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Registration is 25.

WHACK IT: Those sporty lesbians of the Decatur Women’s Sports League are at it again tonight. This time they are grabbing their paddles for badminton. Catch the action at the Decatur Recreation Center. 7:30 p.m.

MOVIE NIGHT: Joe’s on Juniper kicks off its Movies on the Patio with “9 to 5.” The flick is scheduled for dusk, which means about 8 or so.

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