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LGBT Atlanta’s Best Bets for Oct. 6 – Oct. 12


Friday, Oct. 6

Out singer/songwriters Anne Steele and Matt Alber play City Winery Atlanta for the first time, helping to kick off Atlanta Pride weekend. Steele comes in from New York City and Alber brings his Portland vibes to the stage. 8 – 10 p.m., City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave. N.E., Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.facebook.com/events/1951842095071973

Saturday, Oct. 7

The first annual Joan P. Garner Walk & Health Fair is today. This special occasion commemorates the life of the late Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner. Organizers want to keep her memory alive through this annual walk and health fair at a facility that was once in her district.  To RSVP, visit fultoncomm5.nationbuilder.com/2017JoanGarnerWalk, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center, 2805 Metropolitan Parkway S.W, Atlanta, GA 30315, www.facebook.com/events/1987572501260331

Come experience the excitement of the Pamplona Running of the Bulls, but without all the goring! The “bulls” in this event are none other than your Atlanta Rollergirls. After a mini processional to the “rollerbull pen” by the Wasted Potential Brass Band, the bulls will be released and will chase participants to the finish line (and the afterparty) at Orpheus Brewing! There will be a DJ, food trucks and other fun activities after the run, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Piedmont Park, www.facebook.com/events/891686314303790

The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival comes to Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark along the Atlanta BeltLine today. Restaurants from all over Atlanta will be serving up bites of melty, cheesy goodness all day long for your tasting pleasure, 12 – 6 p.m., 830 Willoughby Way N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/events/238340033307032

The March for Dignity, Justice and Truth fights back against the Trump administration. 1 – 7 p.m. 461 Edgewood Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30312, www.facebook.com/events/137600763510835

The Still Too Busy to Hate – 10th & Piedmont Building Wrap Unveiling Party is today, hosted by Rainbros, 5 – 7 p.m., 991 Piedmont Ave. N.E,, Atlanta, GA 30309 www.facebook.com/events/1330585970401478

Join The Atlanta Light the Night event, sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event raises funds for treatments that are saving the lives of patients today, 5:30 – 10 p.m., assembling at the Charles Allen gate entrance of Piedmont Park, www.facebook.com/events/708986779296846

Burkhart’s and Better Way to Meet host a free Pre-Pride Speed Dating Event for single guys in Atlanta, 6 – 8 p.m., 1492 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.betterwaytomeet.com/speed-dating/

What does the Black queer community need? How can we build for ourselves? How do we invest and cultivate our own spaces? Let’s talk about it! Join Southern Fried Queer Pride at 368 PONCE for a community discussion on what the black queer community needs and how the community invests in and cultivates their own spaces. This event is for queer and trans black identifying people only. 6 – 9 p.m., 368 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.facebook.com/events/1894637934189663

The fundraiser Velvet: A Night at the Cabaret features individual members of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and the Atlanta Women’s Chorus, 7 – 10 p.m., Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W, Atlanta, GA 30318, www.facebook.com/events/162421134322704

Transgender Housing Atlanta Program is hosting a Missy Elliott video dance party at the Rush Center tonight, 7 – 11 p.m., 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.rushcenteratl.org

Sunday, Oct. 8

Atlanta Pride Festival 2017 is quickly approaching and organizers want to spread the word! Join today at the Krog Street Tunnel for an afternoon of painting the bridge, as well as sign making for the Dyke March and Trans March, 1 – 4 p.m., www.facebook.com/events/2000035633541129

SOJOURN hosts the holiday-themed SOJOURN in the Sukkah – Gesher L’Torah, Congregation Gesher L’Torah, 2 – 4 p.m., 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022, www.facebook.com/events/347390182386495

Monday, Oct. 9

Some of the greatest indie filmmaking minds from the Southeast converge in Atlanta for a week-long celebration of southern cinema at Y’allywood Film Fest 4, 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.facebook.com/events/1895992040720097

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Help celebrate the two-year anniversary of the LGBT Institute. LGBT Advisory Board members will be on hand to discuss their work as well as Dr. Eric Wright, who leads research. Women and Gender Collections Archivist Morna Gerrard will lead guests on an exclusive sneak peek at some of the most fascinating LGBT artifacts and memorabilia. It will be a relaxed night with wine and hors d’oeuvres, great conversation and networking, 6 – 8 p.m., Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library, 100 Decatur St. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30303, www.facebook.com/events/231031474090679

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Randy Rainbow, the comedian and YouTube sensation, appears at Jungle tonight in a benefit for Lost-n-Found Youth. The event, hosted by the incomparable Bubba D. Licious, is sponsored in part by The Rivers Edge campground, Tito’s Vodka, Project Q Atlanta and the Georgian Terrace Hotel. 7 – 10 p.m., Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/116452715735392

Emory University’s Office of LGBT Life celebrates National Coming Out Day with Out On Campus, 12 – 2 p.m., Cox Hall Ballroom, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322, www.lgbt.emory.edu

Thursday, Oct. 12

SAGE Atlanta’s bi-monthly meetings occur from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, Phillip Rush Center Annex, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.rushcenteratl.org

The Heretic hosts Country Pride tonight, 8 p.m. – 3 a.m., 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/events/1356952517685861


Friday, Oct. 13

Atlanta Pride kicks off the celebratory event with its Aquarium Party, before the biggest Pride in the Southeast gets cranked up over the weekend, 7 – 11:30 p.m., 225 Baker St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30313, www.atlantapride.org