The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Nothing says weekend like a fresh batch of our top picks for Friday through Sunday LGBT events. These hot, steamy morsels have been baking all week. Take ’em out of the oven and smell the downtime goodness.

Friday, April 27
Fourth Friday Networking with Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (top photo) @ No Mas Cantina, 5:30 p.m. Like Thursday’s Spring Fling, take our 10 You Betta Network tips with you.

Charis Circle Wine Tasting Fundraiser benefits Atlanta’s venerable lesbian feminist literati (second photo) with adult juice and nibbles @ Highland Bakery, 7 p.m.

Spring in the South: Restraint with Atlanta S/M Solidarity welcomes leather aficionados from across the region @ Dungeon 1763, 6 p.m. Click for Saturday and Sunday events too.

Funny Friday features local queer comedians that’ll keep you laughing well into the night @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Men In Skirts Party. Whether it’s kilty, frilly, pleated, A-line or floor-length, you’re invited to “Take off your shirts and put on your skirts!” (third photo) @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

The Chamber Reunion Party celebrates Atlanta’s legendary gone-but-not-forgotten S/m club @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 28
NFFLA Flag Football (fourth photo) pits its gay teams in this week’s four gridiron match ups @ Candler Park, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and join them for NFFLA Friends & Family Cookout @ Candler Park, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., including the Punt Pass & Kick Competition, 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Spring LGBT Health Fair with The Health Initiative includes wellness screenings, QueerFit Workout, yoga and more @ Rush Center, 12 noon – 4 p.m. Read our preview.

Inman Park Festival. OK, it’s not specifically gay, but the queers will be all up in this arts, music and beer-chugging fandango, all day. Let your freak flag fly on Sunday, too, including the annual parade.

Poet Stephen Mills (fifth photo) with “He Do The Gay Man in Different Voices” as part of Sibling Rivalry Press Day with gay Atlanta’s Megan Volpert and other poets @ Georgia Center for the Book at Decatur Library, 3 p.m. Read our interview.

Mudcats Beer Bust includes The Thirsty Games and rounds of DivaBall with the members of this Hotlanta Softball League team @ F.R.O.G.S., 3 p.m.

Sporty Spring Soiree dance with the Women’s Outdoor Network and Fourth Tuesday @ Rush Center, 7 p.m.

Ronnda Cadle CD Release Party & Show (sixth photo) for this lesbian songstress’ new disc “Will’s Embrace” @ Eddie’s Attic, 8 p.m.

Clipper Party with barbers and masseurs benefits Lost N Found Youth and includes the No Nunsense Ball with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as well as The Tidal Wave Party @ Atlanta Eagle, 8 p.m. – close.

Mr. & Miss Kingdom Come Pageant of drag kings and femmes competing for in three categories for the titles @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Chad Jack’s “Atlanta Gets Jacked” Party (seventh photo) comes all the way from NYC to get the boys bopping @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Special performances by Phoenix are on tap as well. Read Five things to know about DJ Chad Jack.

Sunday, April 29
Hotlanta Softball League fields scores of gay pitchers and catchers for its season of weekly Sunday match-ups on the softball diamonds @ West Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Women’s Division hosts this week’s Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Harbour Bar & Fish House in Decatur, 4 p.m. Check out photos from last week’s Extra Innings Bash.

Brainstorming Lab Brunch with For The Kid In All of Us invites your opinions to discuss Backpack in the Park, Toy Party and possible new events @ Fifth & Ivory, 1:30 p.m,

The Armorettes (bottom photo) weekly camp drag HIV/AIDS fundraising show @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m. Start signing up now for the upcoming annual Miss Barfly 2012 Pageant taking place on May 20 with this year’s theme “Miss Pest Control.”

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