Best Bets: Our Guide to the Best LGBTQ Events in Atlanta for February 1-14

Friday, Feb. 1

The groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.” This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band “The Angry Inch,” using songs and monologues. The show is directed by Grant McGowen and stars Chad Darnell.

8pm, through Feb. 2

Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre


Every Friday night at Mary’s Atlanta, come enjoy Queer Bait, featuring videos with DJ Headmaster.


The hottest daddy party returns to ATL for a night of fun and cruising old-school style. DILF Atlanta “Do Me Harder”
by Joe Whitaker Presents, brings international DJ Jack Chang all the way from Germany. Tickets available at or at the door.

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Saturday, Feb. 2

Atlanta Prime Timers meets today.


Phillip Rush Center Annex


Celebrate the ZMA’s Spring exhibitions: “Louder than Words” and “Sahwa/Resurgence: Works by Hicham Berrada” today. “Louder than Words” features artists who privilege silence (non-linguistic sounds, symbols, or gestures) over words as their method of communication The reception will include performances in conjunction with “Louder than Words.” Katelyn Rose King will recreate John Cage’s “Water Walk” and Vanessa Yvonne Jagodinsky will perform her work, “Candidate 23.”

3 – 5pm

Zuckerman Museum of Art


A true story that spawned a best-selling book and an Academy Award-winning movie, Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” tells of Sister Helen Prejean and her time as spiritual advisor to Joseph de Rocher, a murderer on death row. The most performed new American opera in the world, with book by Terrence McNally, “Dead Man Walking” opens tonight courtesy of Atlanta Opera.

8pm, through Feb. 10

Cobb Energy Centre


Socks and Jocks is your chance to strip down into your Nasty Pig and Cellblock 13 gear with Atlanta’s leather community. DJ Neon the Glowgobear takes you to the dark side of the locker room with beats all night long!

10pm – 3am

Atlanta Eagle


Queerly Beloved Revue is back at My Sister’s Room with all the sexy queerness you can handle but don’t forget to tip your performers! Celebrate Cardi B and Bruno Mars with performances by La Reina, Zodie Yak, Drew Friday and Candida Valentina.



Sunday, Feb. 3

While Matt Ryan counts his millions and looks at his empty mantel, two other NFL teams – the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams – play in Super Bowl 53 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.



Join football fans across the city for Super Bowl 53 at a handful of viewing parties at local bars and restaurants.

See Page 8 for details.


Monday, Feb. 4

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets tonight at the Atlanta International School.

7:30 – 9pm


Tuesday, Feb. 5

Join a special panel discussion,
“How Parents Can Discuss Healthy LGBTQ Sexuality with Their Teens.”

7 – 8:30pm

B’nai Torch Atlanta


Wednesday, Feb. 6

The 19th annual edition of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival kicks off with the Atlanta premiere of the Israeli dramedy “Shoelaces.” The festival runs through Feb. 26 at various venues and includes some LGBTQ fare.


Cobb Energy Centre


Twisted Broadway is a hilarious take on your favorite Broadway shows and tunes every Wednesday night.

Lips Atlanta


Thursday, Feb. 7

People living with HIV live, work and thrive in every legislative district across our state, but many state lawmakers are unaware of the issues that affect our diverse community. This event will provide free training on how to educate state legislators at the Capitol on HIV policy. Following the training, attendees will stand united under the Gold Dome to put the training into action and will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with their representative in the House and Senate.

8:30am – Noon

Atlanta City Hall


Join the Auburn Avenue Research Library and The Counter Narrative Project for a celebration of the life and legacy of poet, community organizer, and cultural worker Tony Daniels tonight. The collection of personal papers includes Daniels’ works, encompassing personal journals, as well as the records of ADODI Muse. This event will mark the opening of the collection for research. Papers from the Tony Daniels archive will also be on display. RSVP here:


Auburn Avenue Research Library


Immigration has become an urgent topic in the U.S and around the world. How do the Great Migration and immigration resemble each other, today? Where do they intersect and how do they differ? What can we learn from the cautionary tale of six million Americans fleeing oppression within the borders of their own country? In the SUMMIT Signature series at Agnes Scott College, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Isabel Wilkerson outlines why The Great Migration is ultimately the story of millions of Americans who became immigrants in their own country all to be recognized as citizens. A book signing will follow the talk in the Gaines Chapel at Presser Hall.


Agnes Scott College


Out Front Theatre Company presents the Southeastern premiere of the play “Porcelain.” John is a 19-year-old gay Chinese-British man in London who works for his immigrant father’s restaurant and whose performance on his “A” levels exams have won him acceptance for an upcoming term at Cambridge University. But he is restless, lonely and unsure of identity. So he takes temporary solace in hooking up with strange men in public bathrooms. “Porcelain” is a suspenseful examination of an alienated young man’s life filled with mystery and murder.

8pm, through Feb. 23


Friday, Feb. 8

Join MAAP the second Friday of each month for its Mix, Mingle, and Network session. This is your chance to leave the work week behind and connect with other like-minded professionals over drinks, laughter, and conversation.

6 – 8pm

TEN Atlanta


Revered as both a torchbearer and a storyteller, jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin possesses a voice hailed for crystalline clarity, hearth-like warmth, and playful lioness sass. Joining Vanessa at Emory’s Jazz Fest 2019 will be drummer Winard Harper, bassist Kenny Davis, and pianist Gary Motley.


Emerson Concert Hall at Emory University


Hannah Thomas is bringing her own style of music to the roots rock world with a voice reminiscent of young Bonnie Raitt, grit and bravado that draws comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, and the southern rock soul of Chris Robinson. Tonight, the Georgia native and out artist has her Birthday Bash performance.


Eddie’s Attic


Saturday, Feb. 9

Join in for a heartfelt, joyous afternoon

of diverse voices and ages at the In

My Shoes Spoken Word Brunch, a storytelling event with true stories, stand-up, and sketches. Some artists joining the line-up are Cathy Reinking, Darryl Dillard, Jake Roberson, Emma Coulter, Kendra Woodard, Stella Doyle, Miriam Kulick, Jillian Walzer, Omer Mughal, Ryan Clark, and Ruben White.

Noon– 3pm

Apres Diem


Join Charis and The Friends School of Atlanta in welcoming Angie Thomas to celebrate her new novel “On the Come Up” with a special conversation with Nic Stone (“Dear,” “Martin,” “Odd Man Out”) and introduced by author and publisher Denene Millner. If you loved “The Hate u Give,” you’ll love “On the Come Up.” Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral for all the wrong reasons.

6:30 – 9pm

The Friends School of Atlanta


See the musical “Ever After” tonight at the renovated Alliance Theatre Coca Cola Stage.



RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar, Aja, takes on Atlanta to celebrate her new album BOX OFFICE. Music by Zaida Sanchez and AASHA. Kissing booth presented by Savana Ogburn. Limited Meet and Greet tickets available on Heretic Atlanta’s Facebook page.

10pm – 3am


Sunday, Feb. 10

My Sister’s Room’s new show Queer AF continues tonight, starring Candida Valentina, Drew Friday and more, as well as a trio of DJs.



Come out, drink beer, and support our Atlanta Team (More to Love) at Woofs for our Valentine’s Beer Bust, as we raise money to do volunteer work this year! $10 beer bust, pictures with Dirty Cupid, and a raffle. More info at Woofs ‘Naughty Cupid and Beer’ Facebook event page.

2pm – 6pm

Woofs on Piedmont


Monday, Feb. 11

T-Time Atlanta Trans Youth holds their weekly meeting tonight.


St. Annes Episcopal Church

Play Texas Hold’Em tonight at Friends Neighborhood Bar.



Tuesday, Feb. 12

Join the Atlanta Pride Committee & Touching Up Our Roots tonight for the fifth annual Our Founding Valentines, an event honoring the leaders and change-makers in the LGBTQ community. This year’s event focuses on HIV/AIDS activism through the years. The event will feature a panel discussion with this year’s honorees, as well as a performance from trailblazing camp drag troupe, The Armorettes.


Out Front Theatre


Wednesday, Feb.13

TEN Atlanta will once again transform from a crowded dance club into a cozy NYC Cabaret for consecutive Wednesday nights tonight with Boys Night “OUT” on Broadway, a one-hour musical and comedy revue written by Broadway veteran performer Robert Ray.

7 and 9pm


Thursday, Feb. 14

Love sucks, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a party! Tip on out to AMEN: The Valentines Show at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium tonight for the best drag show in Downtown ATL, as well as host Taylor Alxndr’s birthday. The night will feature the talents of Dotte Com, Ivana Fischer, JayBella Banks, Molly Rimswell and Daniel Lomax.




Saturday, Feb. 16

The 2019 Georgia LGBTQ Youth Summit, hosted by the Georgia Safe Schools Association, is a time to meet youth from around the state to be encouraged, inspired, and motivated for action. It will offer education, entertainment, breakout sessions, advocacy, and new friendships, as well as a social/talent show.

9am – 6:15pm

ASC Ascend


Sunday, Feb. 17

Joining Hearts is kicking off its 32nd year with “Love on the Rocks” – its annual fundraising Valentine’s cocktail party. Join in for a fun evening of drinks, food, music and an amazing silent auction to raise funds for the HIV and AIDS community in Atlanta.

5 – 8pm

The Wimbish House


Get your boogie on as Xion, Joe Gauthreaux, and GA Boy Productions presents the Love Trumps Hate Dance Party.

7pm – 12am

District Atlanta


Tuesday, Feb. 19

Get an understanding of Navigating Transgender Legal Issues with guest speaker Taylor Brown of Lambda Legal tonight.

7 – 8:30pm

Johns Creek United Methodist Church


Friday, Feb. 22

The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its Membership Drive & Networking Night tonight.

5:30 – 7:30pm

TWELVE at Atlantic Station