The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Whether you’re up for chill-out downtime, meaningful exchange or pulse-quickening fun, our top picks of LGBT events Friday through Sunday have just what it takes to put the gay in your day.

Friday, May 18
PALS Doggies on the Catwalk (top photo) pairs hot models and local celebs with pups to strut down the runway in the latest fashions to benefit Pets Are Loving Support @ Room & Board, 7 p.m. Read our preview.

Atlanta’s International Day Against Homophobia (second photo) for the first time hosts the Northeast Georgia Progressive Forum @ The New Day Worship Center in Toccoa, Ga., 7 p.m. Read our preview.

“Illustrative” Art Opening presents the latest exhibit @ the gay-owned Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

Caio Fonseca/ Donald Sultan Art Opening at the gay-owned Alan Avery Art Company, 7 p.m.

Panther L/L 24th Anniversary Bar Night (third photo) celebrates this leather/levi club and raises money for the MISTER Center and Saint Lost & Found @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Tops & Bottoms Party with cocktails, noshes and raffle hosted by Emory’s Life Forward AIDS vaccine study @ Amsterdam, 8 p.m.

“The Wizard of Oz” brings the outcasts to life on stage @ 14th Street Playhouse, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows, too.

America’s Next Top Model Dominique hosts Lesbian Speed Dating, followed by 80s/90s dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
AIDS Vaccine 200 (fourth photo) bike ride for Emory’s Vaccine Center pedals off toward Camp Eagle Rock in this two-day marathon fundraiser @ Emory School of Medicine, 7 a.m.

NFFLA Flag Football pits its gay teams in this week’s four gridiron match ups @ Candler Park, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atlanta Harlequins Golf Classic is the 12th annual fundraiser for this lesbian-heavy women’s rugby team @ Browns Mill Golf Course, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

For the Kid in All of Us Beer Bust (fifth photo) kicks off the fundraising season from the folks who bring us Backpack in the Park and Toy Party @ Joe’s on Juniper, 12 noon.

Out of Our Closets… Into Our History delves into the local LGBT past to preserve it for future generations with the Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project @ Rush Center, 2 p.m.

Bitch Please: All Day Sucker party opens early and goes all night to “give summer fun a bad name” during the East Atlanta Beer Fest @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The ManShaft: Sports/Jock Edition (sixth photo) party is helmed by DJ Diablo Rojo. Wear what you dare @ Cockpit, 8 p.m.

Miss HSL Pageant crowns this year’s burly drag best of the Hotlanta Softball League @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

Atlanta Sisters Giving Back Party with the ATL Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence honors community contributors @ First E, 5 p.m. Afterparty at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, 7:30 p.m.

DJ Victor Calderone (seventh photo) brings his legendary beats via Chris Coleman Enterprises with opening sets by DJs Ari El and Scorpio @ Club Reign, 10 p.m.

“South of the Border” concert with the LGBT Atlanta Freedom Bands presents Pan American music with a full LGBT concert band and six chamber ensembles @ Saint Mark UMC, 8 p.m.

Julie Osborne Comedy Show, followed by Raw Talent competition continues for Insane Saturday @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Martin Fry serves up the dance floor magic with a special performance by Phoenix @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

Masterbeat DJ Brett Henrichsen (eighth photo) brings on the sexy as he brings on the beats @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 20
Hotlanta Softball League games @ West Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., followed by the Extra Innings Beer Bust hosted this week by the Atlanta Titans @ Joe’s, 4 p.m.

Joining Hearts Pool Party (bottom photo) kicks off the 20th Anniversary year of fundraising and hot guys in swimsuits @ private residence, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

AIDS Quilt Panel Making workshop provides the basics, and you provide the personalization to create and add a panel to the AIDS Memorial Quilt @ Positive Impact, 2 p.m.

“The Devil Wears Prada” screens at Queens on the Green, a new outdoor movie series @ the Evolution Project, 7:30 p.m.

Miss Barfly 2012: Pest Control pageant. The Armorettes give the title to the best drag representation of the pesty theme @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

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