The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Even on a short workweek, local LGBT weekend events are no less sweet. Taste the rainbow of fruit-flavored parties, performances and playtime options that put the gays in your days.

Friday, Sept. 11

Ready 4 Hope: Ignite with DJ Shane Stiel. A whole R4H Weekend of fundraising and hellraising for AID Atlanta kicks off with this popular touring DJ and an opening set by local hunk DJ Seth Breezy (top photo, right) @ Heretic, 9 p.m. These guys know how to party.

“Sinister Wisdom: Landdykes of the South.” This new anthology memoirs, interviews, essays, and artifacts from the Southern Lesbian Feminist Activist Herstory Project gets its hard-earned release party @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Club. Meet the guys with this particular fetish as they slick up and rub down to serve you drinks and fundraising Jell-O shots @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Roosters Pride Night. The boys on the bar are dancing for something more than your entertainment this time. Atlanta Pride is in the house @ BJ Roosters, 10 p.m.

Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

The Other Show. A unique weekly drag cabaret boasts the cast and special guests who keep you guessing. She's so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz entertain with dinner and a show amid the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar. Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.

Deadly Vixens drag show puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.

Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Chaparral Night turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.


Saturday, Sept. 12

Ready 4 Hope: Red Party with DJ Roland Belmares. The name says it all. Wear red and party at one of the weekend’s keystone R4H events. More hell raising and fundraising with this DJ circuit legend (middle photo) @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Roland will beat you down. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Athens Pride. Daytrip! Head up the road a piece to Pride it out with our Georgia neighbors. Saturday’s Wig-Out Dance party kicks it off @ Little Kings Shuffle Club, 10 p.m. Stay the night for Sunday events, too.

When Dogs Heal. A fundraising project for poz guys and their dogs. HIV-positive men get portraits done with the dog who healed them spiritually. You must register in advance for a portrait @ 667 11th Street, 12 noon.

Southern Fried Queer Pride. An organizing meeting for this group of activism-minded alterna-Pridesters @ Java Monkey, 4 p.m.

Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade. Light up the night in this spectacle of hundreds walking the BeltLine parade-style. You know the gays have the best lanterns when it steps off @ Irwin Street between Sampson/Auburn and Krog, 7 p.m. It’s a keystone event of the new Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival. And when it's over, head to the Lantern Parade After Party @ Ten with DJs Rob Reum and Daryl Cox.

Swerve Dance Party. The venerable lesbian social group called Fourth Tuesday gets its Second Saturday groove on @ Mixx, 7 p.m.

Second Saturday Social. Win a pair of tickets to the upcoming Music Midtown as you hang with your gays @ Henry’s, 9 p.m.

Toga Party. This annual benefit for the Armorettes fund wraps you in a bedsheet while you drink @ Opus 1, 9 p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots with the line-dancing, two-stepping gays @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s drag restaurant and bar. Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m. 

Ladies Night. Atlanta’s lesbian dance party puts on a show to supplement its weekly womyn ways in a new Midtown location @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Ready 4 Hope: Heat with DJ Robert Ansley. moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Sept. 13

Athens Pride. Head up the road a piece to Pride it out with our Georgia neighbors. A full day of events includes Pride Church @ Our Hope MCC, 11 a.m. and the Athens Pride Festival @ Washington Street downtown, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., including show-closer Divas Under the Lights, 6:45 p.m.

Ready 4 Hope: Hydrate with DJ Dee Martello. The local lady wraps a full weekend of parties for AID Atlanta with the help of a Scruff sponsorship @ Park Tavern, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley give you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Lateasha Shuntel, Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

The Armorettes. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas rock this weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.

“Vicious.” The second season of the renowned comedy continues the hilarious mishaps, break-ups and make-ups with elderly gay couple Freddie and Stuart starring blue-chip actors Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi @ GPB, 10:30 p.m.


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