Queer Atlanta virtual events blossom in wake of coronavirus

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LGBTQ Atlanta DJs, non-profit leaders, gamers and theater companies have lined up a slew of live-streamed events to stay connected with people during the coronavirus pandemic.

DJ Neon the Glowgobear (photo left) did his first live set on Facebook Live and Zoom on March 27. About 150 people watched on Facebook Live and 25 people joined the party on Zoom.

“Everybody was dressed up and they had their disco lights on,” he told Project Q Atlanta. “It was really great to see people dancing around and forgetting about things for a while.”

Participants also donated $550 through Glowgobear’s Venmo account for Atlanta Eagle employees who’ve lost work due to the coronavirus. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms temporarilyshut down all bars, clubs and other businesses on March 19.

Glowgobear will have live sets, which he’s named “Antivirus,” on Zoom every Wednesday and Friday night.

“I think it’s a way to bring us together without bringing us together,” he said. “We have a long road ahead and the only way we’re going to get through this is to have a little fun and blow off some steam.”

DJ Moose and DJ Chris Griswold are also doing live sets on Facebook (see event listing below). After-hours event series Xion is hosting a virtual tea dance on Sunday. And Mary’s has also posted “virtual happy hours” on Twitch.

Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals will have its first virtual networking event on April 3 on Google Meet, according to President & CEO August Wogsland(photo right).

“We’ve done our best to set it up so it’s as similar as we can get to an actual in-person event,” he said. “I’m excited. It’s a brand new possibility for us, and maybe if this goes well we’ll do more virtual networking in the future after this whole thing blows over.”

“The world is changing and we need to make sure that we provide the same services to our community that we’ve always provided, even if we provide it in a different format,” he added.

Atlanta drag performers have also embraced livestreaming and online payment services to keep the shows going and the tips coming.

Read our full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.

Here’s a list of upcoming LGBTQ Atlanta online events:

Nightly

3 Bears Gayming. Gamemaster Herb and his husbands battle it out @ Twitch, 10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1

Antivirus with DJ Neon the Glowgobear. Set up your disco space, dress up and help Atlanta Eagle employees @ Facebook, Periscope and Zoom, 6 p.m. A link to the Zoom room will be added to the Facebook event page around 5:30 p.m.

Out Front Theater Company’s Season 5 Announcement. The show must go on in one way or another @ Facebook, 6:30 p.m. The group is also selling a digital video of “The Ethel Merman Disco Spectacular” on its website.

DJ Chris Griswold. The gay Atlanta DJ gets the party started @ Facebook, 9 p.m.

Friday, April 3

MAAP’s Mix, Mingle & Network Virtually. There will be structured networking, roundtable discussions and a Q&A @ Google Meet, 5:50 p.m. Registration closes at 3 p.m. Friday.

Antivirus with DJ Neon the Glowgobear. He’s back for his Friday set to raise money for Atlanta Eagle employees @ Facebook, Periscope and Zoom, 6 p.m. A link to the Zoom room will be added to the Facebook event page around 5:30 p.m.

Mary's Stay at Home Happy Hour & Queer Bait Twitch Party.Have a drink or five and enjoy the music video selections. You can also buy gift certificates and merch to support Mary's staff who can't work, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday, April 4

Saturday Night Retromix with DJ Moose. Go back to the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s @ Facebook, 8 p.m. Moose will also be collecting donations for Atlanta Eagle employees through Venmo.

Sunday, April 5

Xion’s Virtual Tea Dance. DJ Ed Wood and EJ Paulo Fragoso keep the beats going @ Zoom, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 11

Big Ass Telethon to End Metronormativity. Wussy, Queer Appalachia and Southern Fried Queer Pride host this event to raise money for the Appalachian/Southern Queer Artist Fund @ Twitch, time TBD.

Photo left by Russ Bowen-Youngblood, photo right by Kira Davis

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