The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You’ve bided your time all week for this. Well, the wait is over. Plan your big gay weekend with our favorite options for LGBT community, arts, sports and nightlife set for Friday through Sunday.

Friday, April 20
“Leave It on the Floor” (top photo), a narrative film about gay ball culture, opens its theatrical run after last year’s highly lauded Out On Film opens @ Plaza Theatre. Read our preview and watch the trailer.

2012 Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March Pre-Party with sign-making and refreshments in preparation for Atlanta’s participation in Saturday’s global event @ Rush Center, 7 p.m.

“Beginners” (second photo), the Academy Award winning film starring Christopher Plummer, screens for the Third Friday LGBT Film Series with discussion after the movie @ First E, 7 p.m. If you haven’t seen it, read our movie review and watch the trailer.

From Where I Stand launch party for this health program for young black gay men @ Evolution Project, 7 p.m.

Queer Poetry Ensemble Reading with Atlanta Queer Literary Festival and Atlanta Pride @ Charis, 7:30 p.m.

Taurus Birthday Bash with Mary’s Zoo Crew @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Raw Talent Season 5 kicks off with 13 king and queen contestants in this bi-monthly elimination competition (third photo) @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Spring Beer Jam invites you to sample some of the best and keep the glass @ Amsterdam, 9 p.m.

Cyberraver 6th Anniversary Party with headliner Bunny and tons of special guests @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
NFFLA Flag Football (fourth photo) pits its nine gay teams in this week’s four gridiron match ups @ Benteen Park, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Pride Expo Atlanta 2012 with LGBT vendor markets and live entertainment @ Atlanta Convention Center, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and don’t miss the Pride Expo Afterparty @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Same expo hours Sunday too.

2012 Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March Atlanta contingent in global event steps off at Woodruff Park, 12 noon.

Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress Run (fifth photo) is a bar crawl not to be missed. Starts @ Mixx, 12 noon. Read our tips on how to work it at the PDR.

1st “Man”niversary Weekend begins @ Cockpit. Begins with HSL Atlanta Ducks/Rubber Ducks Beer Bust, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and continues with DJ Vicki Powell, 10 p.m. – close. Events continue Sunday.

Outer Limits Latin Party @ Hotel Melia, 8 p.m.

UltraViolet Black Light Underwear Party (sixth photo) with DJ Randy Bettis @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Here are seven tips to prep your package for the event.

Armorettes Follies benefits Open Hand @ Heretic, 8 p.m. Followed by Early Country Dance, 10 p.m. then the weekly Late Night Dance Party featuring beats by gay Atlanta’s favorite DJ Mike Pope, midnight.

Sunday, April 22
Hotlanta Softball League games @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., followed by the Extra Inning Beer Bust @ Felix on the Square, 4 p.m.

Atlanta Trout Beer Bust (seventh photo) lets you get to know while you help out the local gay swim team @ Cowtippers, 2 p.m.

Lights, Camera Action Drag Kings& Karaoke raises funds for Queer Bois Talk health program @ My Sister’s Room, doors and kitchen open at noon with events through midnight.

Soakin’ Wet Sunday “Man”niversary continues the 1st anniversary celebration weekend with a wet jock/underwear contest, DJ Diablo Rojo (bottom photo) and Ruby Redd @ Cockpit, 5 p.m.

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus “Encore” Night of Music @ Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 7 p.m.

The Armorettes weekly fundraising show for HIV/AIDS causes @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.


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