The best gay things to do in Atlanta MLK weekend

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Whether it’s “Winter Pride” for black LGBT-ATL, holiday guest stars and DJs, Armorettes Anniversary Weekend, or you’re just off work on Monday, there’s no shortage of events to keep you busy.

Friday, Jan. 16

Freedom 2015: LGBT MLK Weekend. Parties (top photo) dot the gay landscape all weekend to supplement the days of service and reverence that honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Black gay Atlanta does up “Winter Pride” via the party promoters at Traxx, WassupNATL, TraxxGirls, and LadiesAtPlay.

“Film Love: New England Home Movie Tour.” The gay-run group for cinephiles brings these 16 mm arthouse experiments to the screen @ Eyedrum, 8 p.m.

The Other Show: And Then Some serves the weekly cast and special guests who make up the most unique drag cabaret in town, this week with a supersized guest list including Lateasha Shuntel, Chelsea Daggers and Bitch Puddin @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: Grown Folks MLK gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women, this week with DJ Mary Mac  @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Daring Divas lays it on thick. Lena Lust, Shawnna Brooks, Lateasha Shuntel, Chavon Scott and Niesha Dupree. The crowd goes wild @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Chaparral Nights amps up a weekly gay Latin night with stage shows, dancing and more with a special Wet Package contest this week hosted by La Panocha @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.


Saturday, Jan. 17

DJ Abel. The legendary mix master hits Atlanta and hits the decks for a dance set to blow your man-loving mind with the night crawlers of GA Boy Productions @ Heretic, 9 p.m. Abel always wows the crowd (second photo).

HRC MLK Day of Service. The local branch of the national group takes over organizing and backroom chores with the local LGBT youth  @ Lost N Found Thrift, 11:30 a.m. There is also a Bake Sale and Raffle on site, 11:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Moving Beyond Color: A Discussion Through Art. The gay-owned art spaces open upfor a second discussion of race, racism and ethnic identification in conjuction with artist Margaret Bowland’s exhibit “The Say It’s Wonderful” @ Alan Avery Art Company, 1 p.m.

Saturday #Daydrunk. Senor Giggles plays the hits for an afternoon of booze, boys, babes and beats. Drink specials put you to bed early to make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember the regulary scheduled Saturday night shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Dine Out for Pride School Atlanta. A portion of your bill goes to help launch an LGBT school. Commit to eat @ Jason’s Deli, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Become Legendary Fashion Show. Reco Chapple and Claudia Jordan join “RHOA” cast members, Braxton family members, and other notables for this charity MLK Weekend event featuring clothes by “Project Runway” alums Mychael Knight, Korto Momolu and more @ Georgia Freight Depot, 6 p.m.

Ian Aber Back Bar Show. Get a tasty treat while you eat with one of gay Atlanta’s favorite comedians doing his thing at this delicious free show @ Manuel’s, 10 p.m.

Black Gay MLK Freedom Weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for those parties with Traxx, WassupNATL, TraxxGirls, and LadiesAtPlay.

UV Party with DJ Seth Breezy. Glow-in-the-dark returns to gay Atlanta’s favorite dance party with black lights and you in your bright whites and neon colors @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 p.m.

The Armorettes 36th Anniversary Show. The venerable camp queens celebrate a lifetime $2.1 million raised against AIDS. Get with the queens at the first of two anniversary shows this weekend @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Jocks & Socks. Clothes check available for this fetish-wear fun with DJ Keoki S. @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. It’s also Atlanta Bucks Bar Night.

All Femme Revue. The lesbian dance party that rocks the ladies gets supersized for the holiday weekend. Femmes show off @ My Sister’s Room, 11 p.m. Get there early for Julie Osbourne’s It’s That Time of the Month comedy show, 9 p.m.

Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Genre, a cast of premiere queens and special guests. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ David Knapp All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.


Sunday, Jan. 18

The Armorettes 36th Anniversary Show. The camp crazies (third photo) throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, this time with the second of two supersized shows this weekend to share their three-and-a-half decade accomplishment of $2.1 million @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:15 doors, 1:30 p.m. show. 

Sunday Funday Holiday Weekend. DJ Rob Reum gives you the weekend closer you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 4 p.m. – midnight.

Improv Comedy Night offers taco, wings and drink specials, plus this hilarious show @ My Sister’s Room, 7 p.m.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Lateasha Shuntel, Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

Sex Kitten Sunday with Angelica D’Paige corralling the queens @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet delivers “fresh queens, mixed weekly” in this drag show, followed by the Tossed Salad dance party with DJ King Atlas @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m. The kickoff was epic.

Musical Freedom 2015. DJ Ron Pullman pulls out the classic  Soul House to ease you into the day off @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 19

LGBT-MLK Rustin-Lorde Breakfast (bottom photo). The annual event that puts the gay in your MLK Day returns with food and fellowship before the citywide march and rally. Get with your people @ Loudermilk Center, 8 a.m. Read our preview.


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