Spring Events: LGBT parties from HRC to MondoHomo The GA Voice Editors April 15, 2011 Features MondoHomo, established in 2007, promises to be a queer mecca over Memorial Day Weekend with its usual assortment of artists, music, movies, burlesque and more. An April 17 fundraiser for the five-day event — WigOut — will bring out wigs aplenty. This all-day outdoor event will feature drag and burlesque with performers such as Ruby Redd, Dax, Little Foot Jones and Devin Liquor. DJ Vicki Powell will be on hand, while the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Atlanta Radical Fairies will provide carnival games and a makeup table. Also on the festival schedule, LGBT sci-fi and fantasy fans will gather May 13-15 for the national Gaylaxicon 2011 hosted by OutlantaCon. The guest of honor for this year’s event is Amber Benson from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Helping fight HIV Several signature spring events benefit HIV research, prevention and treatment. Benefitting the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta, the 21st Annual Uncork a Cure event on April 28 will feature wine tastings, dishes from 25 Atlanta restaurants and a silent auction. Two days later, another important local HIV organization, Positive Impact, holds its spring fundraiser. According to Michael Baker, director of advancement for the group, Party With Impact for Positive Impact will be a catered event at a private home celebrating the organization’s 18th year of service. “It should be a great event at a beautiful home,” he says of the April 30 party. Another hot ticket will be YouthPride’s Night on the Boulevard, which will feature a night of classic movies — “Sunset Boulevard” and “Mildred Pierce” — as well as local celebs and a red carpet. Proceeds from the May 20 event go toward YouthPride’s HIV prevention program. More for your gay agenda If you see folks running in purple attire later this month, don’t be alarmed. The Purple Dress Run on April 30 will benefit the Atlanta Bucks Rugby team. From May 19-21, the Bucks host the “Acceptance Tour” by professional rugby player Ben Cohen, an outspoken gay rights supporter. PFLAG Atlanta’s Out in the Garden fundraiser May 14 will raise money and amplify the group’s local presence, according to co-president Conal Charles. This is PFLAG Atlanta’s first event of such a large scale. A DJ will be on hand, as will hors d’oeuvres and mixed drinks. Other notable events this spring include the Joining Hearts’ Change of Seasons Tea Dance (April 17), benefiting AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House, with DJ Mike Pope and DJ David Knapp; and PALS Pet Cotillion (May 1), hosted by radio personality Vikki Locke, where a new spokespet will be crowned. Bowlers of all skill sets will be participating in (and watching) the Dixie Invitational Bowling Tournament (April 21-24) as well. Finally, it’s not an official lesbian event, but the Atlanta Dream women’s basketball team kicks off its season in early June. The Dream got to the WNBA championships in 2010 before losing to the Seattle Storm. The Dream has developed a local following and will kick off the season with a June 5 home game against the New York Liberty. Spring events APRIL Joining Hearts Change of Seasons Tea DanceApril 17, 4-9 p.m. at Georgian Terrace Hotel659 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308www.joininghearts.org WigOut with MondoHomoApril 17, 2 p.m.-midnight at Friends on Ponce736 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306www.mondohomo.com Dixie Invitational Bowling TournamentApril 21 – 24 at Brunswick Zone – Norcross6345 Spalding Drive, Norcross, GA 30092www.dixiebowl.org Uncork a Cure for ARCAApril 28, 6-9 p.m. at The Foundry at Puritan Mill916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30318www.uncorkacure.org Party With Impact for Positive ImpactApril 30, 7 p.m.Home of Randy New, Esq. & Dr. Russell Tippins 4 Polo Drive, Atlanta, GA 30309www.positiveimpact-atl.org Purple Dress Run for Atlanta BucksApril 30, 1 p.m., Route begins at Mixx1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309www.purpledressrun.org MAY PALS Pet CotillionMay 1, 3-6 p.m. at Piedmont Bark501 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306www.palsatlanta.org OutlantaCon 2011-Gaylaxicon 2011May 13-15 at Holiday Inn Select-Perimeter4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody RoadAtlanta, GA 30341www.outlantacon.org Out in the Garden fundraiser for PFLAG AtlantaMay 14, 7 p.m. at Private residence in Grant Parkwww.pflagatl.org Atlanta HRC DinnerMay 14, 5 p.m. at Marriott Marquis265 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30303www.atlantahrcdinner.org Rugby superstar Ben Cohen’s ‘Acceptance Tour’May 19-May 21www.atlantabucksrugby.org Night on the Boulevard for YouthPrideMay 20, 8 p.m. at Ansley Park Playhouse1545 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308www.youthpride.org MondoHomoMay 26 – 30 at Various area locationswww.mondohomo.com JUNE Atlanta Dream season openerJune 5, 3 p.m.Philips Arena225 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30303www.atlantadream.net Top photo: Mo’Nique, who won an Oscar for the film ‘Precious,’ will receive the Ally for Equality award at the Atlanta HRC Dinner on May 14. The gala is one of the largest LGBT events of the spring season. (courtesy HRC) SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website 2 + = seven Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.