The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Fall in Atlanta is almost like gay Christmas. Out on Film is bustling, and reason-for-the-season Pride hurdles toward you with one-week-out pre-parties galore. Check out this boatload of LGBT events.

Friday, Oct. 3

Out On Film continues. Today’s movies: Noon Shorts, 12 p.m., “Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity,” 3:45 p.m., “Boy Meets Girl,” 5:20 p.m., “Tru Love,” 7:10 p.m., “The 10 Year Plan” starring Jack Turner (top photo), 9:05 p.m., and “Age of Consent,” 11 p.m. All at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Watch trailers from our must-see shortlist, check out our Top 10 Out on Film Hunks, psyche up with the red carpet guest list, and view the whole eight-day lineup.

LGBT Rights Lunch. Get in the mood for Pride with the reason for the season. Panel moderator Cathy Woolard leads a discussion about LGBT issues in the U.S. and across the world. Entry includes lunch and a one-year membership @ Center for Civil & Human Rights, 11 a.m.

“The Doctor, The Devil and My Dad” opens this fantastical story about a woman’s visions of her Muslim father juxtaposed with a convincingly Tenant-esque Doctor Who and Satan himself. Gay Atlanta’s own Topher Payne is part of the cast @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m. Runs through Oct. 26. Watch a video preview. And another.

Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna opens for a limited run @ Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Runs through Nov. 16.

“Lasso of Truth” is exactly what you hope it is. Wonder Woman’s origin story goes live on stage @ Synchronicity Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs Thursdays through Sundays until Oct. 19.

“Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne Closing Weekend. Even before gay marriage became “everything,” this play by gay Atlanta’s own was workshopping locally. After big doings up the coast, it’s back. Follow two 1950s couples who aren’t as they appear – the husbands are a couple, as are the wives. Hilarity and real issues ensue @ Process Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday too.

Guerrilla Queer Bar Atlanta invades a traditionally straight venue and makes it LGBT for the night. This month get ready to throw down @ TBA, 9 p.m.

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

The Other Show serves up the most unique drag cabaret in town. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Ladies Lounge gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ 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.

Men’s Night lets you in on the show and specials that get all the OTP gays rockin @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9 p.m.

Got Leche? amps up the weekly gay Latin night featuring stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.,


Saturday, Oct. 4

Haus of Stiel. It’s the return of DJ Shane Stiel with guest Grace Towers and all the burly man-on-man dancing you can handle, 10 p.m. Atlanta loves him longtime (middle photo). Way long. Super long. And thick.

Out On Film 'Super Saturday.' Today’s movies: “The Foxy Merkins,” 11 a.m., “Drunktown’s Finest,” 11:05 a.m., “Such Good People,” 11:10 a.m., “Women’s Shorts,” 12:40 p.m., “Boys,” 12:50 p.m., Men’s Comedy Shorts, 2:45 p.m., “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” 4:45 p.m., “Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy,”, 7 p.m., “Tiger Orange” (Starring Frankie Valenti aka gay porn star Johnny Hazzard. Read our interview.), 9 p.m., and “Folsom Forever” with “Wham Bam Mr. Pam,” 10:45 p.m. All at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Watch trailers from our must-see shortlist, check out our Top 10 Out on Film Hunks, psyche up with the red carpet guest list, and view the whole eight-day lineup through Oct. 9.

Atlanta Bucks Rugby Match. The first home game of the year for the gay rugby squad pits them against those Morehouse College boys @ SouthBend Park, 1 p.m. Don't miss the Third Half Social @ Frogs, 3 p.m.

Fall Ball. The gay pitchers and catchers of Hotlanta Softball and Southern Softpaw join forces for autumn games @ Southside Softball Complex, 10 a.m. Aftergames Afterparty, this week with the Talons and Tallywackers teams @ Hideaway, 4 p.m.

Dignity in Schools March & Rally. Food, poetry slams, musicians, and other visual artists for fairness, justice and equality in public education. Gwinnett SToPP partners with queer-led groups including Georgia Equality, ACLU of Georgia, Lambda Legal, and Georgia Safe School Coalition @ Pittman Park in Gwinnett County, 2 p.m.

Armorettes Follies turns the camp drag against HIV into a backroom burlesque for this monthly show @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Raw Talent 7. Kings and queens vie for a weekly prize that rolls up toward a grand finale. The show happens smack in the middle of Atlanta's Saturday lesbian danc party @ My Sister's Room, 9 p.m.

Gurlfrandz: Pride Edition turns these far-left-of-center queens loose on a theme and doesn’t stop until you’re dripping in, and spitting out, rainbow glitter @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Trailer Trash Disco pumps feel-good dance beats and a Britney Jean finale over the leather daddies and cubs, with specials, prizes and giveaways all night @ Atlanta Eagle, 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Another Gay Night. Need we say more? Yes! Let your hair down with the high-energy beats of DJ Bill Berdeaux during gay Atlanta’s favorite Saturday dance party. It’s always 18 and up @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District show, 9 p.m.

Marietta Pride. Rather than a one-day superfest, this year’s North Georgia Rainbow Coalition celebration is a two-month fandango of Saturday nights, this week with a Zombie Prom theme and Zombie Fashion Show @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9:30 p.m. They need you. Because homophobia.

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.

DJ Gino Santos 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, Oct. 5

Out On Film continues. Today’s movies: “Free to Be… You and Me,” 11 a.m., “Limited Partnership,” 11 a.m., “Rosie,” 11:05 a.m., “Bad Ass Gays,” 12 noon, “Out in the Night,” 12:35 p.m., “Snails in the Rain,” 1:15 p.m., “The Circle,” 3 p.m., “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” 5 p.m., “The Way He Looks” (bottom photo), which is up for an Oscar next February, 7:15 p.m., and “Gerontophilia,” 9:10 p.m. All at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Watch trailers from our must-see shortlist, check out our Top 10 Out on Film Hunks, psyche up with the red carpet guest list, and view the whole eight-day lineup through Oct. 9.

Victory Fund Atlanta Champagne Brunch brings all the local LGBT politicos together to celebrate the year in gay politics and look forward to the next. Meet former state House candidate Kyle Williams, lesbian state House Rep. Keisha Waites and more @ Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta, 12:30 p.m.

LGBT Wedding Expo. The 9th annual Same Love, Same Rights expo puts all your floral, attire, cake and other vendors in one place with music, great wedding raffles and more @ Crowne Plaza Midtown (formerly Melia Hotel), 12:30 p.m.

Sunday Funday for Jerusalem House with Mary Edith Pitts. The ageless drag doyenne hosts this show, hunk auction and local semi-kinda-celebrities @ Einstein’s, 1 p.m.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious and the gurlz @ Lips, 12:15 doors, 1:30 p.m. show.

Souls to the Polls. This is a voting registration party you can dance to. DJ Ree de la Vega is among the DJs putting your patriotism to a beat @ Noni’s, 3 p.m. – 12 midnight.

Gay Love in the Civil War Panel. Join this panel discussion of same-sex relationships in a time when words like “gay” and “homosexual” didn’t exist in the original historic venue dedicated to preserving memories of the period @ Atlanta Cyclorama, 3 p.m.

Sunday Funday. It's two parties in one with DJ Rob Reum inside and DJ Robert Ansley outside. All kinds of fun as you go back and forth @ Ten Atlanta, 4 p.m. – midnight. They really bring it.

Babes for Boobs puts food and drinks on Atlanta’s lesbian Sunday to raise funds for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Women come together @ Hobnob, 6 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.


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