The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend
What’s that sound growing closer like a freight train? It’s Atlanta’s big gay weekend hurtling toward you. Don’t get out of the way. Jump right in its path with our favorite Friday through Sunday LGBT events.
Friday, June 15
“Stonewall Uprising” (top photo) documentary screening, plus a post-movie discussion with special guest Mary Louise Covington, eyewitness to the Stonewall rebellion. It’s part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month events @ First Existentialist, 7 p.m.
“Rock of Ages” (second photo) movie opens in Atlanta theaters in all its ‘80s rock musical guilty pleasure glory. It’s gayer than you thought: Gay subplot, gay director and big-production sing- and dance-offs. Did we mention Tom Cruise? But consider our review a warning.
“What’s in the Cards” SAGE Game Night raises money for the Atlanta chapter of Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders. Poker, Canasta, Hand and Foot and Bridge @ Rush Center, 7 p.m.
Sunset Garden offers cocktail specials each weekend for charity, tonight DJ Christopher Kind benefits Pets Are Loving Support @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.
Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus “Red, White & You” concert (third photo) brings on the Americana songbook and dramatic readings of luminaries from Abraham Lincoln to Hillary Rodham Clinton to highlight the nation’s civil rights struggles @ Emory’s Glenn Auditorium, 8 p.m. Two Saturday performances too. Read our preview.
“The Normal Heart” begins preview showings this weekend. Larry Kramer’s beloved, emotional play about gay men in the early years of HIV that saw a Broadway revival and Tony Award last year makes an uncensored Atlanta bow with local actors @ Saint Mark UMC, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday performances, too and continuing Thursdays-Sundays through June 30. Read our preview.
Superheroes vs. Zombies Party invites your costumes in either and both genres for dancing with DJs Amber and Catt9tails and Emcee Exclamation Point! for a night you won’t soon forget @ Jungle, 9 p.m.
Sin Morera Peach Party Weekend Kickoff starts two nights of international guest DJ beats at multiple venues. Morera (fourth photo) rocks the dance floor @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Get to know him a little better, then go get your weekend passes.
Got Leche? weekly dance party also features drag performances, special guests and a benefit for AIDS Walk Atlanta during this week’s Latin night @ Club Rush, 10:30 p.m.
Dance Fever: The Heartthrob Tour with DJ M and the gang bringing the grown & sexy to the party with performances by their versions of Sisqo, R. Kelly and Bobby Brown @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 16
National Flag Football League of Atlanta (fifth photo) playoffs continue with Atlanta’s gay league @ Boulevard Crossing, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Poetry Workshop: Examining What We Have and Where It Can Take Us with poet Dustin Brookshire is part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month events @ Rush Center, 2 p.m.
Two Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus “Red, White & You” Concerts combine the Americana songbook with dramatic readings to highlight the nation’s historic civil rights struggles @ Emory’s Glenn Auditorium, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Read our preview.
15th Annual East Point Possums Show (sixth photo) presents summer’s most fun outdoor drag show, this year benefiting the Rush Center. The mayhem goes down @ East Point Commons, 7 p.m.
Sunset Garden offers cocktail specials each weekend for charity, tonight DJ Bryan Craft benefiting Atlanta Rainbow Trout swim team @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.
Dar Williams loves the lady fans with the CD release party and show for “In The Time Of Gods” @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Kathy Griffin (seventh photo) lays it all bare and doesn’t pull punches on her latest comedy tour for her gay and the gay-adjacent fans in two performances @ Fox Theatre, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Flirt! is the new monthly party for lesbians and friends thrown by former Bellissima owner Anna Ragghianti, kicking off with DJ Dee De La Vega @ WestSide Pie, 9 p.m.
Raw Talent competition: Hip Hop/R&B Night brings on the contestants in this week’s drag king and queen elimination competition headed for a grand prize finale. With special guest DJ Rapko from Q100 @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.
Bedlam: H2(h)O (eighth photo) celebrates the monthly partiers’ 2nd Anniversary. Hang out with drag queens, crazies and kickass music to complement your Pool Party Chic Freak attire in the WetBar @ W Atlanta Downtown Hotel, 9 p.m. Check out pics from last year.
Early Country & Late Night Dance starts with all your two-step and linedance favorites with the folks of the former 3 Legged Cowboy and winds up with DJ Mike Pope kicking up the disco beats @ Heretic, 9 p.m. and 12 midnight.
Peach Party Circuit Weekend with international DJs at multiple venues continues with DJs Corey D and Micky Friedmann (Read our interview) @ Opera, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m., DJ Paulo (ninth photo, read our interview) @ Jungle, 9 p.m. and DJ Abel @ Xion, 3 a.m. - 7 a.m. Get your tickets.
Sunday, June 17
No Hotlanta Softball League games today, but of course there’s still an HSL Father’s Day Beer Bust with Atlanta Venom team @ Fifth & Ivory, 4 p.m. View photos from last week’s rowdy beer bash.
PFLAG Atlanta with state Rep. Karla Drenner. Meet Georgia’s first openly gay state legislator and hear the dozen-year veteran lawmaker’s views on what’s up in politics, motherhood and being an author @ First MCC, 2:45 p.m.
The Armorettes cast continues their weekly HIV/AIDS fundraising shows with special guest Envy Van Michaels plus Ruby Redd on the mic @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.
Summer Speak Love: A White Carpet Affair celebrates Brown Sugar Vibe’s 5th anniversary of spoken word and live music with poet Theresa Davis (bottom photo) and DJ E, presented by She Speaks! @ Kat’s Cafe, 7 p.m.
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