The best queer things to do in Atlanta over Labor Gay Weekend

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Gigantic annual events. Special editions of monthly crowd-pleasers. Weekly wonder of queer awesomeness. Welcome to Atlanta’s holigay weekend Queer Agenda calendar of LGBTQ events.

Friday, Aug. 30

Black Gay Pride Atlanta (top photo). Official happenings and unofficial parties through Monday. Official events include a NOH8 photo shoot and Respect the Legacy Fashion Show on Saturday, among a full slate of In The Life Atlanta events @ Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center.

Special one-off events include Saturday’s Trans Men of Excellence Gala @ Bio Bio, the Working Cross Differences Symposium @ ArtsXchange and the Pure Heat Festival in Piedmont Park on Sunday.

Visit and for “official” events. For parties, check out Rockstars Production, Traxx Girls, WassupNatl, as well as LGBTQ bars with BGP celebrations, including Atlanta Eagle, My Sister’s Room, Bulldogs Bar and Midtown Moon.

Decatur Book Festival. This year’s LGBTQ Track includes more than a dozen events like Real Talk About LGBTQIAP, as well as authors like presidential poet Richard Blanco, Real Queer Americaauthor Samantha Allen, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Ross Gay, Jacob Tobia, Fariha Roisin, E Patrick Johnson and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan @ Decatur Square and surrounding areas, all weekend.

Country Night. LGBTQ Boot scootin’ and line dancin’ with no cover @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish and the cast bring their brand of drag to their new home @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m. 

Queer Bait. Party with the East Atlanta cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Happy Birthday Summer. It’s a drag show and party for queen Summer Solstice with an eclectic cast @ Mother Bar + Kitchen, 9 p.m.

Onyx Southeast Black Pride. DJ Ron Pullmankicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

TGIF. DJ Sean Michael brings the beats @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Celestial Friday with Celeste Holmes puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars. Don’t forget Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. The new faces of Fresh Fish drag show wrap your week, then the drag eleganza of Moonlight Cabaret starts the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Her Pride. Get Black Pride weekend started with DJ beats, performances and scores of women in Midtown’s home for Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Friday includes Kia Comedy's “Lez Laugh” plus Andro models, bottle blackout, drag king show and dance party with three DJs.


Saturday, Aug. 31

DragonCon: Spectrum Rainbow Flag Party. LGBTQ and allied geeks party with DJ Neon the Glowgobear (second photo) during Atlanta’s biggest sci-fi/fantasy weekend @ Westin Peachtree, 10 p.m.

DragonCon Parade. The costumes. The people. The fun. Getting up early is totally worth it @ Peachtree Street, 10 a.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 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. 

Her Pride. Keep Black Pride weekend going with DJ beats, performances and scores of women in Midtown’s home for Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room. Saturday includes Kia Comedy's “Lesbian Luau” with flip-cup tournament, 4 p.m. “Speakout Speakeasy” seminar, 8 p.m. and “Traffic Light” party, 10 p.m.

Trans Military. Out on Film hosts a screening of this compelling documentary about transgender members of the armed services as part of the Decatur Book Festival with a panel discussion to follow @ Downtown Decatur, 7 p.m.

Ruby’s Redd Light District & Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11p.m.

DJ Eric James bumps beats to the rhythm of boy booties @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Moose Beer Bust leaves you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

Midtown Saturday Night lays beats on both decks with you in the spotlight @ Ten, 10 p.m

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Xion Afterhours. Ed Wood moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Sept. 1

Pure Heat Community Festival (third photo). A day in the park for Black Gay Pride Atlanta includes all the happy faces you can handle plus award presentations for Pose actress Angelica Ross and singer Tweet @ Piedmont Park, all day.

Super-Sized Sunday. First, it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Sporty Sunday Funday. Games and matches on screen, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch Theatre. 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.

Heifer Review. Ruby Redd corrals the queens on the patio, this week with the bonus of being HSL’s Extra Inning Beer Bust @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m.

Drag Me to Brunch. Good grub and cool queens serve Sunday vibes @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Revival. Gospel Brunch has a whole new look, benefiting Rainbow House @ Midtown Moon, 3 p.m.

Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs, drinks and sometimes drag @ Ten, 4 p.m.

Her Pride: All Black Dance Party with Freshie, DJ Amethyst and Storm Conquer @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 41st year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.

Queer AF. Drew Friday hosts this raucous drag and variety show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Alexander knows you have Monday off, so dance bitches @ Heretic, 10 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 2

Rainbow Days at Six Flags (bottom photo). The 10th Anniversary of LGBT day at the park celebrates diversity while you ride and play @ Six Flags Over Georgia, all day.

Chaka Khan Pond. HRC Atlanta benefits from this pool party with the CK Hacienda crew including Ree de la Vega and NYC guest Amber Valentine @ W Hotel Midtown, 3 p.m.

Steven Universe The Movie. The TV show hits the big screen with Wussy queens helming the party @ Plaza Theatre, 6 p.m.

A version of this calendar originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue online here:

Pick up a new edition of Q each week at queer and LGBTQ-friendly venues around town.


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