The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Don’t think for a minute that local LGBT holiday events are slowing down. With the biggest gay traditions out of the way, bitches get creative. Even downright nasty. And you love it. It’s December and all, but it’s still been a long week. Let off steam to keep the season bright.

Friday, Dec. 14
The Other Show brings the Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. necessary to be the most different drag show in town each week. Join Edie Cheezburger (top photo) and her girls @ Jungle in the Jungle Room, 9 p.m.

OurSong’s “Twisted Holiday” Concert is the annual performance by Atlanta’s gay and lesbian co-ed chorus (second photo). Get ready for unique and refreshing arrangements of familiar holiday tunes from solemn to celebratory @ Emory’s Cannon Chapel, 8 p.m. Saturday too @ Clayton State’s Spivey Hall.

Fourth Tuesday Holiday Happy Hour. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s the second Friday and it’s still time to get your cocktail on with the venerable Atlanta lesbian social group @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

Southern Bears Christmas Potluck brings together the men of Atlanta’s bear group for grub and good cheer @ Rush Center, 7 p.m.

“Illuminate” art opening opens the annual exhibit of original works with the holidays in mind. Look for “spectacularly epic, festively joyful” pieces that inspire, according to the gay gallery owner. You could even say it glows (third photo) @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

Hanukkah Festival of Lights brings this year’s eight-day commemoration to a close with Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta’s gay-led, LGBT inclusive synagogue. Shabbat, latke dinner, Hanukkah songs, community menorah lighting and much more @ Central Congregational UCC, 6 p.m.

Gay Winter Prom offers no cover charge to those in evening wear to recreate the prom you loved or the one you wish you had. Head OTP to Marietta’s gay bar for a best dressed contest, photo shoots, the Divas Cabaret and DJ Birdman @ LeBuzz, 9 p.m.

Jenny Rivera Dance Rememberance honors the tragically lost Latina legend (fourth photo) with all her gay fans and “Homenaje a la Reina Jenny Rivera” tribute performances all night during the weekly Got Leche? gay Latin night @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

XXX-Mess ain’t the Christmas party to bring your grandma to. Naughty or nice with a preference for the former, deck the halls with some sleazy gifts for early arrivals, pictures with Dirty St. Nick, weird Christmas videos and your “trashiest holiday attire” @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Banjee Girl Friday: Holiday Food Drive Edition encourages lovers of Atlanta’s Friday TraxxGirls dance party to get in the seasonal spirit and bring a perishable food item for the Atlanta Food Bank before you groove the night away @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

XS Holiday Party welcomes all comers to Atlanta’s black gay mecca to drink, dine and dance into the holidays and the weekend. Free cover all night and $3 drinks ‘til midnight get you in the spirit @ XS Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15
Miss Ruck-N-Maul: The Next Generation pits the burly lovelies (?) of the Atlanta Bucks Rugby squad against each other in an annual drag pageant like no other (fifth photo). This year’s beneficiary is Lost N Found Youth @ Jungle, 6:30 p.m.

Twisted Toyland lays out its wares for the 11th annual fetish shopping experience for that discerning gift giver. Buy your bedroom toys, have photos taken with Sadistic Santa and his Erotic Elf and enjoy food, drink, demos and prizes all day @ Jungle, 12 noon – 6 p.m.

OurSong’s “Twisted Holiday” Concert is the annual performance by Atlanta’s gay and lesbian co-ed chorus. Get ready for unique and refreshing arrangements of familiar holiday tunes from solemn to celebratory @ Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, 8:15 p.m.

“Tall Tales & Real Man Adventures” ft. Amy Ray, T. Cooper & Scott Turner Schofield (sixth photos, left-right). It’s a lesbian stud and FTM celebration of Cooper’s new book with a full night of masculine-minded music, words and performance benefiting Charis Circle @ Star Bar, 8 p.m.

Gilda Golden with “One Night Only” welcomes the local legend and celebrated transgender author signing her new book and greeting fans @ Oscars, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

“Women of Rock” brings together lesbian and lesbian-adjacent singers Marshall Chapman, Caroline Aiken, Donna Hopkins and Diane Durrett for a show just like they used to do at Eddie’s, but now for Eddie and his new venue @ Red Clay Theatre, Duluth.

Atlanta Freedom Bands Holiday Fantasy is the annual concert with the local LGBT musicians consortium (seventh photo). The AFB Concert Band and MetroGnomes Stage Band join forces on holiday favorites that mix it up like only the gays can, a swing-along singalong, plus a special North Pole visitor to boot @ North Decatur Presbyterian, 8 p.m.

Drag Races 3: Holiday Edition continues the weekly madness of kings, queens, singers and dancers vying for the nightly prize and a chance at the finale, followed by Atlanta’s Saturday lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m.

“L” Lounge Red & White Holiday Soiree with DJ Yvonne Monet invites all the ladies to wallow in the drinking, dancing and dolls that get together every year with promoter Anna Ragghianti to celebrate women who love women who love a wear-red holiday event @ W Midtown, 10 p.m.

Bear Invasion Atlanta with DJ Shane Stiel brings back the b.i.g. productions event to town with hairy hunky dance beats (eighth photo) and an opening set by local favorite DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

GIRL Re-Launch Party with DJ Corey David brings all the boys to the yard and will be broadcast live on GIRL (Gay Internet Radio Live). The night includes a performance by house diva Phoenix @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

DJ Abel All Nighter brings the sexy beats of the international superstar back to Atlanta to rock your pants off until sunrise @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16
Hotlanta Softball New Players Party invites you to hang with the league, find a team, sign up for spring, drink some beer and watch some football in the comfortable gay sports bar surrounds @ Woofs, 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Armorettes Trailer Park Christmas Show (bottom photo) is the annual event that fans of the camp drag crazies do not want to miss. Take the tacky weekly show, add Christmas sparkles and prepare for the return of special guest Alexandria Martin @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

LGBT: A PFLAG Panel Discussion ramps up the third Sunday meeting of PFLAG Atlanta with a gathered panel of parents @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 2:45 p.m.


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