The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You’ve been waiting all week, you thought it would never get here, but the weekend doesn’t disappoint. Weigh your options to put some LGBT in gay Atlanta’s Friday through Sunday events. Click the ones that catch your eye for more details.

Friday, June 8
Southeast Leatherfest (top photo) continues with a weekend full of contests, intensives, dungeon play and vendors @ Holiday Inn Select Downtown, 8 p.m.

OurSong’s “And Nature Smiled” Concert by Atlanta’s co-ed LGBT chorus (second photo) celebrates the creative beauty of nature in song @ St. Bartholomew’s Church, 8 p.m. Saturday performance at Spivey Hall, too. And don’t forget OurSong’s new CD.

Sunset Garden party offers cocktail specials on weekend nights for charity, tonight with DJ Christopher Kind benefiting the MISTER Center @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.

Fourth Tuesday Happy Hour brings together members of this longtime lesbian social group for a monthly cocktail klatch @ Mixx Atlanta, 8 p.m.

DJ Mike Pope (third photo), one of gay Atlanta’s favorite DJs, brings an encore performance to pump beats onto the dance floor @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

El Papi del Dio 2012 competition determines the hot male winner during Friday’s Got Leche Latin Night, which also includes a performance by Isabella Caliente @ Club Rush, 10 p.m.

Dance Fever: House Party Edition rocks the house with DJ M and the good times of Bobby Brown, McLyte, Kid N Play and Salt N Pepa @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 9
NFFLA Flag Football Playoffs (fourth photo) open with five match ups for the gay league @ Boulevard Crossing, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. View pics from last week’s final regular-season games.

Author Elliott Mackle reading from his work is the first guest of SAGE Atlanta’s “Coffee, Bagels and…” event for LGBT elders. Mackle is a former AJC food critic, Creative Loafing columnist and novelist of “It Takes Two” and “Captain Harding’s Six Day War” @ Rush Center, 11 a.m.

Fourth Tuesday Singles Brunch invites all single lesbians to mix, munch and mingle with members of this venerable women’s social group @ Radial Cafe, 11:30 a.m.

AbFab Funky Town Carwash benefits the MISTER Center with drinks, food, boys and service by the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (fifth photo) while your car gets scrubbed @ Heretic, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Southeast Leatherfest continues with a weekend full of contests, intensives, dungeon play and vendors @ Holiday Inn Select Downtown, all day and all night

Lost N Found Youth Volunteer Training teaches you how to help homeless LGBT youth @ Positive Impact, 2 p.m. It’s just one of the ways you can give back to LGBT Atlanta for no money.

Bats N Rouge (sixth photo) annual charity softball game puts jocks and special guests in drag for this fun, crazy exhibition match with Hotlanta Softball’s Cadets ladies to benefit breast cancer charities and the LGBT Health Initiative @ Piedmont Park, 12 noon – 5 p.m. Read our preview, and check out photos from last year.

“The Park: Visions of Piedmont Park” photography exhibit opens with this reception for the collected park shots of shutterbug Bob Burkhardt @ pb&j gallery, 7 p.m.

Roxie Watson, the alternagrass lesbian band, performs two honky-tonkin’ shows in Decatur @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Premiere Party (seventh photo) is the annual white-attire affair to benefit the LGBT youth clients of CHRIS Kids with an open bar and DJ Vicki Powell @ Mason Murer Fine Art, 6 p.m. Read our preview and view photos from last year.

Sunset Garden party offers cocktail specials each weekend night for charity, tonight with DJ Bryan Craft benefiting Lost N Found Youth @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.

NFFLA Ladies of the League Pageant/Hot Legs & Buns Contest puts some of the boys of Atlanta’s gay flag football league in dresses and tresses to see if they make for messes and others to see who has the best beefcake — all to benefit the Armorettes PWA Fund @ Jungle, 8 p.m.

“Unmasked: Phantom of the Flopera” (eighth photo) sends up the classic with original music as well as queens, frenemies, lesbians, a dominatrix in a politically incorrect parody to hilariously offend all parties via the Spirit of Broadway troupe @ First MCC, 8 p.m. Read and watch our preview.

OurSong’s “And Nature Smiled” Concert by Atlanta’s co-ed LGBT chorus celebrates the creative beauty of nature in song @ Spivey Hall on Clayton State campus, 8:15 p.m.

Spark party returns with high-energy performances, DJ Christopher Kind, Brent Star and tons of surprises and barely controlled mayhem to “put the ‘Spark’ back in the Atlanta” @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Read our preview.

Absolutely DJ Phil B (ninth photo) does its damnedest to make sure you wake up spent the next morning with driving beats by the San Francisco mix master @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Gamma Female Boxing is ready to rumble as it brings women’s amateur boxing to East Atlanta’s lesbian bar, followed by dancing with DJ Tina V @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 10
Hotlanta Softball League games @ West Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., followed by Extra Innings Beer Bust with HSL’s Cadets @ Frogs, 4 p.m.

Southeast Leatherfest wraps its weekend full of intensives, dungeon play and vendors @ Holiday Inn Select Downtown, through 5 p.m.

Cupcake’s Cotillion Kickoff starts the fundraising for Atlanta Cotillion 2012 deb Jose Guillen – aka Maria Francesca Della Catessen “Cupcake” Gonzaga – who is vying to raise the most money this year for AID Atlanta. Expect booze, boys and rowdiness @ 3 p.m.

The Armorettes (bottom photo) infamous camp drag queens of the South bring their weekly HIV/AIDS fundraising show and special guests to Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

DJ Vicki Powell’s Sunday Service returns to the patio @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium bar, 7 p.m.


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