The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Stonewall Weekend brings more to love in the LGBTQ-ATL. Events line up for you to knock down Friday through Sunday, from weekend-long festivals to annual summits, one-off performances and nightly parties.

Friday, June 22

Southern Fried Queer Pride. Multiple events by, for and about queer, trans people of color and their allies. Events include tonight’s Cinequeer Film Night and Hawt Sauce Dance Party @ The Bakery, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Rise of the Rainbow Economy. Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts all-day business summit, followed by a Pride Month networking mixer @ Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, 5 p.m.

The Gospel According to Andre. The compelling, complicated life of Vogue Editor Andre Leon Talley gets the documentary treatment @ Regal Tara 4, all week. Read the Q interview with Talley.

Hearts Beat Loud. A groundbreaking romantic comedy about lesbians of color also stars Parks & Rec’s Nick Offerman @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, all week.

Sarah The Safe Word. Queer activist and musician Sarah Rose leads this act opening for Polkadot Cadaver @ The Masquerade, 7 p.m.

Atlanta Braves LGBT Night. A block of fans, a reception, and a team on fire right now make Stonewall Month grand @ Suntrust Park, 7:35 p.m.

Mamma Mia! An Aurora Theatre staging of the Abba-riffic musical @ Georgia Tech Ferst Center, 8 p.m. Runs through June 24.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens work Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

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

Pump. The weekly man-on-man dance party launches your weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Mr. Richard gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.

Drrty Divas. Boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ Ten, 10 p.m. 

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Ladies Night. Get your LGBTQ 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.


Saturday, June 23

Unity Ball. Billed as “a big ol’ dance party for Stonewall Weekend,” join your queers with DJ Ree de la Vega (middle photo) @ The Deep End, 10 p.m.

Drag Queen Story Time. Edie Cheezburger reads “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” to kids for the entertainment of adults @ Out Front Theatre Company, 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.

Southern Fried Queer Pride. Multiple events by, for and about LGBTQ+ people of color and their allies. Events include today’s DIY Artist Market, Queer Threads Pop-Up Thrift Shop and Sweet Tea Variety Show @ The Bakery, all day.

Hotlanta Softball Beer Bust. The Atlanta Reign D team hosts bottomless brews for your belly @ BJ Roosters, 3 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. 

Roxie Watson. The lesbian alterna-grass band rocks a set @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m.

Hotlanta Squares. Atlatna’s LGBTQ square dancers hoof it @ City of Light, 7 p.m.

Leona Beasley. The writer and a self-described “Southern lesbo warrior king” reads from and discusses “Something Better Than Home” @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Out Loud: Midtown Smackdown. Misti Shores hosts a night of interactive drag game show fun @ Out Front Theatre Company, 8 p.m.

Dueling Pianos. The Andrews Brothers All Request Music & Comedy Show is totally unique and totally fun @ Midtown Tavern, 10 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Latin Saturday. Ahora comenzamos el verano. ¡Empezamos una nueva fiesta @ Mixx, 9 p.m.

Jocks, Bats & Balls. Sport theme, baseball for bonus, clothes check for full credit @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Panther Leather/Levi Bar Night kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

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

After Hours. Soulful house music by resident DJs presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 2 a.m.


Sunday, June 24

Atlanta United Unity Night. The LGBT fan club All Stripes (bottom photo) heads up this day of pro soccer and diversity @ Mercedez-Benz Stadium, 1 p.m. The match is also on TV @ Woofs, 4 p.m.

Southern Fried Queer Pride. Multiple events by, for and about LGBTQ+ people of color and their allies. Events wrap with today’s Frolic! Queer Picnic @ The Bakery, 2 p.m.

Gospel Brunch. Armorette Priscilla O'Kneel stages the singing queens while you eat from an amazing smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.

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.

Midtown Rouge. 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 including Raquell Lorde @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Drench 2018. Nothing says summer for some ATL queers like a gay pool party @ W Atlanta Downtown, 1 p.m.

Trois Summer. Women who love women who love DJs who love drink specials all summer @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 p.m.

Sunday Sabbath. Celeste Holmes stages the queens for your weekend wrap party @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows, now in a new home bar @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes all in @ My Sister’s Room, 9:30 p.m.

After Hours. Urban Hip Hop all night by resident DJs, plus 15 dancers and three levels to party presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.

A version of this feature originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below, and pick up your hard copy around town.



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