The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Sunshine and crisp air leaves you free to get up, get out and do something. Don’t let the gays of your life pass you by when there are so many low-hanging LGBT events ripe for picking.

Friday, Nov. 20

“Santaland Diaries” Opening Weekend (top photo). David Sedaris’ hilarious play about a snarky department store elf returns for its 17th season with Harold Leaver in the starring role @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil. Atlanta joins the global commemoration to remember the T in LGBT. Focus on lives lost and saving those still with us. This year's theme “We Will Not Be Denied” @ Saint Mark UMC, 7 p.m.

“Yard Work/House Work.” A gay-inclusive cadre of dancers, musicians, visual artists and more create work live inside the mansion and outside on the grounds – hence the titular “yard work/house work” – while you meander @ Callanwolde Fine Art Center, 6:30 p.m.

“The Thrush & the Woodpecker” Closing Weekend. A suspenseful mystery thriller by local gay playwright Steve Yockey runs in rep with Yockey’s “Blackberry Winter” through Nov. 22 @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m.

Chi Chi LaRue’s Mo Circus of Stars. The gay porn diva and her boy Boomer Banks hit Atlanta for this party that also features Brent Star, Angelica D’Paige, Wild Cherry Sucret and more. Benefits Movember ATL team against male cancers @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Mary’s 17th Birthday Party. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door, this week with birthday specials and even free commemorative t-shirts while they last @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

The Other Show. A weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast that tries to keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

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

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, Nov. 21

DJ Ralphi Rosario. This Grammy-nominated producer hits the decks to bounce your pecs. He usually sells out the place (middle photo), so arrive early @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Deep South LGBTQ Education Summit. Teach For America offers this professional development intensive on community engagement @ the LGBT Institute, 9 a.m. Sunday too.

Taylor Bennett LGBT Meet N Greet. Georgia’s gay-friendly District 80 representatve in the state House won a special election and overtook a Republican seat. Help him keep it @ Manuel’s Tavern, 11 a.m.

Latino LinQ Yard Sale. Tons of brand-new stuff for sale at rock-bottom prices to benefit this inclusive network of support services. In the parking lot @ Metro Uniform & Supply, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bondage for the Holidays. Yup. A quarterly BDSM intensive class with the guys from SouteastBlack & Blue and Onyx. This edition focuses on “creative mummification.” Join Sir Alan @ Atlanta Eagle, 4 p.m.

#Psychadelic Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Throwback Party. All the hits that got you where you are today with one of the DJs who was there with you, Rob Reum @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Gear Night. Cheshire Bridge's gay sex club invites your leather, rubber, sports or other kink gear for a theme night @ Manifest 4 U, 9 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. 

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.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 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.

DJ Twisted Dee All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Saturday never really ends @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Nov. 22

Sunday Funday (bottom photo). 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.

Deep South LGBTQ Education Summit. Teach For America continues this professional development intensive on community engagement @ the LGBT Institute, 9 a.m.

Reclaiming Mikvah. Join gay Rabbi Joshua Lesser and Rabbi Malka Packer to learn about the Jewish rituals of the Mikvah (immersion) and how LGBT people can integrate it into contemporary and meaningful practice @ SOJOURN, 2 p.m.

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 Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, with a special start time of 7 p.m. Expect tears, donations and outpourings over Lateasha Shante Shuntel’s death.

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.



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