Outwrite Bookstore soon leaves its iconic location at the corner of Gay & Lesbian in Midtown, a sign that the struggle to stay afloat isn’t going well. So we took some time to reflect on our favorite moments at the gay hotspot.
Winnowing the list to 12 wasn’t easy. Click on the headline to read the full post and view the photos.
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NeNe hits Outwrite to pitch new book
NeNe Leakes stormed into Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse in August 2009, bringing with her the outspoken style that has earned her legions of gay fans on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” “I think gay men relate to me because I’m tall, I’m outspoken and I look like a drag queen!” Leakes says. Indeed!
Life U’s rugby team pitches new calendar
The rugby team from Life University, which picked up the USA Rugby Men’s Division I National Championship, then strutted its stuff on the pages of a new calendar for 2009. They popped into Outwrite, signed calendars and stripped down.
Roseanne Barr delights in Atlanta
Author, award-winning actress and ground-breaking “domestic goddess” Roseanne Barr delighted fans during a stop in Atlanta in January, dishing about going green, hemp, her gay siblings and menopause.
Jake Shears works his leather in Atlanta
Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, playing on his sex appeal with a snug leather outfit, talked strippers, writing, musicals and “light bulb moments” during an appearance in April ahead of the group’s Atlanta concert.
RuPaul works it during Atlanta stop
Sub-freezing temperatures didn’t keep more than 400 people from crowding Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse in February 2010 night to catch a glimpse of RuPaul and have the drag superstar autograph his new book.
Atlanta police focus on tattered gay image
Top commanders from the Atlanta Police Department and the agency’s two gay liaisons faced questions from LGBT citizens in early April as they continue to repair an image tarnished from the botched Eagle raid.
CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘It’s just time to be real’
CNN anchor Don Lemon peeled back the veneer of his television personality in June to dish on his new book, his flamboyant gay friends and his struggle to overcome being molested and growing up gay.
Chelsea Handler’s gay fans represent
Gay fans flock to wherever best-selling author and TV personality Chelsea Handler lands, and it was no different in late July. Or in March 2010, when she really packed the house at Outwrite.
Star Jones brings the drama to Outwrite
Those who thought they were serving diva realness got schooled by a pro in late May when TV maven, attorney and author Star Jones glided into Outwrite with her daytime talk show insider novel “Satan’s Sisters.”
Jensen Atwood delights his Atlanta fans
Actor Jensen Atwood spent time with fans and signed copies of his sizzling new calendar during an appearance in early September 2010 at Outwrite Bookstore, one of a series of events the “Noah’s Arc” favorite joined during Atlanta’s Black Pride celebration.
Tabatha Coffey’s Atlanta takeover
The hairstylist, reality TV star and lesbian salon owner who “embraces my inner bitch” enrapt a packed house at Outwrite in March with frank talk, big laughs and a heaping helping of her memoir.
Pam Grier brings her badass to Atlanta
“Foxy Brown” Pam Grier rolled into Atlanta in June 2010 to pitch her new book and show that playing gay is just one piece of an eclectic career that spans four decades.
Photos: Star Jones by Brent Corcoran, RNZ Photography, Tabatha Coffey by Sher Pruitt, Pam Grier by Omar Vega, all others by Project Q Atlanta