Weekday grind got you down? Atlanta’s LGBT weekend is your just reward. These special events and special guests put the gay in your Friday through Sunday. Go ahead. You earned it.

Friday, July 13
Stacy Layne Matthews (top photo) from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 2 headlines a huge cast raising money to produce the pilot episode of “Canoa Heights,” a black gay TV show @ Jungle, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Fourth Tuesday Happy Hour. No matter what day of the month it is, Fourth Tuesday (second photo) is Atlanta’s oldest lesbian social network. Have some cocktails with them @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

Queen Breakthru Convention celebrates the queer-led heyday of the classic rock group with three days of costumes, music, vendors, auctions and all things Queen @ Westin Airport Atlanta, all weekend.

Sunset Garden for Joining Hearts pumps beats on the patio Friday and Saturday nights this summer to raise money for non-profit organizations, tonight with DJ Christopher Kind and including raffle tickets to Joining Hearts main event @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.

Dance Fever: Love vs. Hate Edition brings the best lesbian Friday night party each and every week with DJ Tina V @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Bastille Day Blowout (third photo) is the annual party celebrating all things French and everybody’s favorite Mary, Marie Antionette. Wear your stripes and berets @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

DJ Lydia Prim brings a dance party each Friday @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Nectar party from the folks at SecretRoom provides all the Bass, eclectic electronica, bodypainting, bellydancers, themed Go-Go dancers, stilters, hoopers, fresh vibes and fancy faces you can handle @ Jungle, 10 p.m.


Saturday, July 14
Frisky Monkey (fourth photo), featuring gay troubadour Juan Cezar, welcomes singing gay and straight friends Guyton Maurice, Meredith MacDonald and Trey Hawkins for a night of music @ Kavarna, 8 p.m.

Hotlanta 7s Rugby Tournament. The mostly lesbian Atlanta Harlequins and male Atlanta Old White host this day of rough-and-tumble action @ the Polo Fields in Cumming, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Maybe Baby with MEGA Family project lays out the options, costs and other ranglings for becoming an LGBT parent @ Rush Center, 9:30 a.m.

Bedlam: WackedOut BlackOut (fifth photo) brings back the party group’s most popular theme with body paint and black lights @ Xcess Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m.

Lost-N-Found Youth Volunteer Training gets you up to speed to help the local organization for homeless LGBT youth @ Positive Impact, 2 p.m.

Sunset Garden pumps beats on the patio Friday and Saturday nights this summer to raise money for non-profit organizations, tonight with DJ Bryan Craft benefiting Hotlanta Softball League teams going to the Gay Softball World Series @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.

DJ Escape (sixth photo) returns to rock Atlanta with his NYC beats @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Raw Talent 5 is getting down to the wire to name a winner on July 28 with “Wild Card” night in this elimination competition for drag kings and queens. Two performances each @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Spark! party returns from the creative minds of DJ Christopher Kind and performer Brent Star. Drag performers, swimsuit fashion show, and much more mayhem. Dress to get wet @ Jungle, 10 p.m.


Sunday, July 15
Hotlanta Softball Commissioner’s Cup (seventh photo) nails down the remaining squads that will head to the Gay Softball World Series next month. Games start at 9 a.m. at West Metro Atlanta Softball Complex. And yes, the Absolutely Last Extra Inning Beer Bust takes place @ Frogs, 4 p.m. Check out photos of the last regular season games with more info on the tournament and league.

Free To Be Ministries launches an LGBT church service @ 3379 Canton Road in Marietta. {encode=[email protected]” title=“E-mail Rev. Nadine Rawls”} for details. Read about the congregation’s efforts being called “garbage.”

Wet Silent Sundays let you laze away the day poolside with the gay and gay-adjacent showing off their swimwear with $25 food and beverage purchase, towel and cocktail service and more @ Wet/W Hotel Midtown, 12 noon - 7 p.m.

Meet & Greet with State Rep. Simone Bell (bottom photo) lets you get to know this lesbian lawmaker running for re-election in District 58, 4 p.m. Why she’s in a tough race.

Empowered LGBT Families Training provides health planning and advance directives for LGBT individuals and families sponsored by the Emory Center for Ethics and the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia @ All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 11:30 a.m.

The Armorettes Show brings their weekly camp drag fundraising performances with a full slate of performers and special guests The Redds—Ruby, Marcella Grrrleen and River Song Redd @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m. And you heard right: The Armorettes are among this year’s Atlanta Pride Parade Grand Marshals.