Check your weekday troubles at the door. Time to let loose and blow off steam with a packed calendar of LGBT Atlanta events set to decompress your mess this Friday through Sunday. Click your faves for full details.

Friday, Sept. 21
Beth Orton (top photo)  brings her smooth grooves to the stage with opening act Sam Amidon @ Variety Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show

Southern Comfort Conference (second photo) continues. Atlanta’s annual national gathering of workshops, plenaries, discussions and social activities for transgender people @ Crown Plaza Perimeter Rivinia, all day each day through Sunday.

Coffee Talk with GO Atlanta, AID Atlanta’s Gay Outreach program, buys your first cup and hangs for a coffee klatch @ Starbucks at Peachtree Battle, 4 p.m.

Decatur Women’s Softball continues its fall season with games every Friday through October @ Kelly C. Cofer Park in Tucker, 6:30 p.m.

The Line Up dance party presents trillitary masters Eddie Gold (third photo), McBeezy, Ployd and Must Die and other special guests in a a sound session to blow your dancing mind @ Asylum, 9 p.m.

Dance Fever: Flip Cup Challenge Edition brings the ladies back for another beat-rrific Friday with DJs M & Twee plus a Flip Cup tournament with $100 for the winning team @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

D-Con-pression Party is a combined post-Dragon*Con, post-Burning Man wind-down with the gang from the Secret Room. Costume Contest, a Star Wars Wedding, and beats by three DJs @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

DJ Lydia Prim gets your dance on every single Friday @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Culo Shaking Contest. That’s your booty, baby. Shake it for prizes in the hot ass contest during the weekly Got Leche? gay Latin night party @ Club Rush, 10 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 22
Southern Softpaw League (fourth photo) pits Atlanta’s fall softball teams in games each Saturday through Oct. 6 @ Southside Softball Complex, 10 a.m., followed by the Third Half Beer Bust with the Atlanta Phoenix team and great raffle prizes @ No Mas Cantina, 4 p.m. View SSL Opening Day photos.

Southern Comfort Conference continues. Atlanta’s annual national gathering of workshops, plenaries, discussions and social activities for transgender people @ Crown Plaza Perimeter Rivinia, all day and Sunday, too.

Atlanta Bucks vs. GSU. The local gay rugby club takes on the college boys @ GSU’s Panthersville Recreation Complex, 1:30 p.m.

The Sports Page Reunion (fifth photo) invites all the women who remember the days and the bar of old to remember and drink to it with raffles, karaoke, and other fun activities @ Heretic, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m., followed by Early Country & Late Night Dance until 3 a.m.

ESPN College Game Day invites the women who love women who love football out for beer and the Big 10, SEC and PAC games on mulitple screens @ My Sister’s Room, 12 noon. The gay guys are watching, too @ Woofs, 12 noon.

DADT Repeal Day Party with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network invites the public to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of lifting the U.S. military ban on openly gay troops, 6:30 p.m.

That Time of The Month Comedy Show makes you laugh your ass off with LGBT comics led by Julie Osbourne @ My Sisters Room, 8 p.m., followed by Lesbian Speed Dating & Virgo Dance Party, 10 p.m @ My Sister’s Room.

Divine Rules Pageant seeks “Atlanta’s Filthiest Drag Queen” in a unique contest with judges “RuPaul’s Drag Race’s” Michelle Visage (sixth photo) and B52’s Fred Schneider benefiting PALS @ Jungle, 8 p.m. Read our revealing Michelle Visage interview.

Flirt! is the montly lesbian cocktail party with DJ Ree De La Vega and pizza to boot @ Slice Westside (aka Westside Pie), 9 p.m.

Sports Gear Fetish Night with the Southeast Black & Blue organizers also serves as an American Brotherhood Weekend competition sendoff for Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2012 @ the Eagle, 10 p.m.

DJ Alyson Calagna (seventh photo) brings her current raging tour to the turntables for a dance-stravganza that also serves as the afterparty for the Divine Rules Pageant @ Jungle, 10 p.m.


Sunday, Sept. 23
NFFLA Flag Football pits the teams of the gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta in their first fall day of grid-iron matchups each week through Oct. 28, except Pride Weekend @ Boulevard Crossing, 11 a.m.

Armorettes Red Ribbon Festival of Giving (eighth photo) is a full day of midway-style games, a dunk tank, cake walk and other fun celebrating Atlanta’s do-gooding camp drag crazies reaching the $2 million mark of HIV/AIDS donations, ending with a special edition of their weekly show @ Burkhart’s, 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Southern Comfort Conference concludes. Atlanta’s annual national gathering of workshops, plenaries, discussions and social activities for transgender people @ Crown Plaza Perimeter Rivinia, all day.

NFL Game Day with the female fans @ My Sister’s Room, 1 p.m. and the burly male fans  @ Woofs, 12:30 p.m.

17th Annual Fall Garden Party (bottom photo) is the event of the season for the Health Initiative, celebrating its programs and services to better LGBT Atlanta health and show appreciation to this year’s Healing Angel Award winner with cocktails, food and more @ Einstein’s, 4 p.m.

Lambda Legal Party with the local LGBT legal eagles who lawyer up and attorney-fy. It’s the annual gathering of cocktails, appetizers, and conversation about accomplishments as well as legal challenges we all still face @ Ansley Park private home, 4 p.m.

Party for Hope benefiting the AIDS Walk presents a Gap fashion show, live music and specialty drinks with AID Atlanta and its supporters @ Atlantic Station’s Central Park, 7 p.m.