LGBTQ Atlanta Best Bets for July 20–Aug 2

Friday, July 20
It could be the concert event of the season — Culture Club, The B-52s, and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey join forces for an amazing evening.
State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Join Charis in celebrating Krystal Smith’s debut collection of speculative fiction, “Two Moons: A Collection of Short Fiction.” A North Carolina native, Smith is a black lesbian writer of poetry and speculative fiction. Her poems have appeared in “Tulips Touching” and recent short stories have appeared in Ladylit Publishing’s “Summer Love: Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance” and “Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction.”
Charis Books and More
Written by out actor/director/playwright Colman Domingo, the play “Dot” — directed by Kenny Leon at his True Colors Theatre Company — is a comedy about aging parents and midlife crises in a Philadelphia neighborhood. 7:30 tonight, running through August 12
Saturday, July 21
It’s the party of the summer. Don’t miss Shine: Joining Hearts 31. When Joining Hearts held its first main event in 1987, there was still a lot to learn about HIV/AIDS. The world began to recognize its grave importance, and so our founders stepped it up to start helping people living with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. And now 31 years later, the metro Atlanta community is once again in an HIV/AIDS crisis. While other cities in the country are seeing virtually no new HIV infections, Atlanta is seeing new infections at numbers we haven’t seen since the 1980’s. Come out tonight, have fun, and help raise needed money to prevent HIV/AIDS.
The Greystone At Piedmont Park
Playoffs begin today for the Atlanta Rollergirls this evening with the 1st and 4th place team playing against each other at 5pm, and the 2nd and 3rd place teams squaring off at 7:30pm
Yaarab Shrine Center
Swank is back for its quarterly event at Henry’s Midtown with DJ FreeCity, who will be spinning all sorts of music all night. Expect to see a great mix of beautiful peeps enjoying the sexy vibes, dancing, and old friends reconnecting. There’s no cover for the night.
Henry’s Midtown
Deep South is proud to welcome back to Atlanta Chelsea Starr and Vicki Powell, with Phoenix Ashe also on tap.
10pm– 3am 
The Music Room
Sunday, July 22
The High Museum of Art has opened the major touring exhibition “Outliers and American Vanguard Art.” The show brings together more than 250 diverse works by more than 80 trained and untrained artists, and includes sections and featured works by artists including Greer Lankton, Zoe Leonard, Forrest Bess, and Henry Darger that examine sexuality and gender. Together, the works on view offer an unprecedented overview of the profound impact of American self-taught artists on the evolution of modern and contemporary art over the past 100 years. They also reveal how these artists galvanized the mainstream art world to embrace difference and diversity across race, region, class, age and gender.
12–5pm, running through September 30 
Need some laughs in these dour times? The nine-time Tony Award winner (including Best Musical) “The Book of Mormon” is back in town, closing its run tonight.
Fox Theatre
Fandom’s Sexcellent Adventure, hosted by The FANDom Nerdlesque and Red Light Cafe, is sure to leave every Fandom fan with nostalgia.
Red Light Cafe
Monday, July 23
The terrific, lesbian-themed “Hearts Beat Loud” continues at the Midtown Art Cinema today, with various showtimes.
Tuesday, July 24
In July, Pride School is hosting Open Houses to visit the new Home School and Tutoring Resource Center, meet educators and tutors, and sign up for classes and/or tutoring. Students can attend Pride School for all or some of their courses, to supplement home or cyberschooling, or they can simply use Pride School as a tutoring resource. Pride School offers semester-long courses based on the Georgia Department of Education Standards, or tutoring for students ages 9–18. Today’s Open House is from 5–8pm, with another to follow on July 31.
3125 Presidential Parkway, 
Suite 335 in Atlanta
Come join other tennis enthusiasts at the BB&T Atlanta Open’s Pride Night. Food and cocktails will be provided courtesy of USTA Diversity & Inclusion Department. Also enjoy 20 percent off Platinum Level tickets to the Tuesday night matches with entry to the Pride Reception. Use code PRIDEBBTAO in the password field. See their Facebook event for more details.
Wednesday, July 25
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.
Thursday, July 26–
Friday, July 27
New Covenant Church of Atlanta is hosting a spirit-filled, Christian conference for LGBTQ believers. There are classes throughout the day on Friday and Saturday and a 7pm service on each day. This year’s Immersed Conference is all about being healed and experiencing miracles through faith. See their Facebook event for more details.
Thursday, July 26
SAGE Atlanta’s bi-monthly meetings occur from 10:30am–1pm on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Phillip Rush Center Annex.
Join Trans Housing Atlanta Program and Atlanta Pride for a free screening of the Film “Happy Birthday, Marsha!” The film is about iconic transgender artist and activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Screening will take place in the Annex Building, located behind the Phillip Rush Center.
Friday, July 27
The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts Fourth Friday Networking Night at Einstein’s.
The John Lewis Fellowship | Humanity in Action Program, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a staged reading of viBeStages’ original show “Through our Eyes: A Black Girl’s Perspective — The Stolen Girls of the Leesburg.” This powerful work is an intimate exploration into the unjust incarceration of African-American teenage girls at the Leesburg, Georgia Stockade. These young activists who would become known as the “Stolen Girls” were arrested in the summer of 1963 for protesting racial segregation in Americus, Georgia. This event will include Dr. Shirley Green-Reese who, at 14, was arrested and taken to the Leesburg, Georgia Stockade. viBe Theater Experience (viBe) works to empower underserved teenage girls to write and perform original theater about the real-life issues they face daily. This event is free and open to the public.
Actor’s Express’ excellent version of the lesbian-themed “The Color Purple,” the musical based on Alice Walker’s book, runs through July 29.
The Atlanta Pride Committee & Genre Monster present the auditions for the new Shooting Stars Cabaret — a new drag show event happening Saturday, Oct 13th during Atlanta Pride featuring the rising stars of local Atlanta drag and performance art. This event will be judged by local show directors and performers.
Saturday, July 28
The Big Queer Sizzle II is the second annual fundraiser for Charis Circle, featuring a smokin’ hot night of performances by queer artist and dance, poetry, porn, and song. Featured performers include Jericho Brown, The Adodi Muse, Ami Mattison, Karen G, Maggie Cee, Theresa Davis, Collin Kelley, Adriana Chiknas, Phoenix YZ, Franklin Abbott, Sid Robinson, X Venus Valentine, and hostess Kathleen Delaney-Adams.
Charis Books and More
Serenbe Playhouse and out director Brian Clowdus present the musical “Titanic” and will actually sink a ship each night.
8pm through August 12
2018 marks Johnny Pine’s 20th year as a performer, bartender, and club personality. This project is the meshing of these three occupations. Written to be performed specifically from the bar at Red Light Café, Johnny is going to perform his best and favorite songs, enthrall you with the truest of tales from his career, and tend bar.
Red Light Cafe
Sunday, July 29
Don’t miss Tossed Salad, hosted by Brigitte Bidet and featuring new
queens weekly.
My Sister’s Room
Monday, July 30
Join CLIMAX Monday tonight from 7pm–3am at the Atlanta Eagle.
Tuesday, July 31
The Atlanta Dream host the Washington Mystic.
McCamish Pavilion
Wednesday, August 1
Chronicling the life of fashion editor Andre Leon Talley, the documentary “The Gospel According to Andre” opens at the UA Tara Cinema 4 today.
Various showtimes.
Thursday, August 2
Building on the activist tradition of consciousness-raising groups, each month Charis Books and More invites community members to join The Personal is Political: Feminist Vent, to talk about personal issues or societal issues they are trying to deconstruct. The group will use intersectional feminist strategies as tools to talk through these issues. 7:30–9pm


Saturday, August 4
Atlanta Prime Timers meets today,
Phillip Rush Center Annex
Monday, August 6
The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today, from 7:30–9pm at the Atlanta International School.
Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender, and aspiring allies, providing a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources, and activism around social issues.
Charis Books and More
Thursday, August 9
Join the Atlanta Pride Committee at the Bi Visibility Night. This event is a space for bisexual and pansexual folks to socialize and get to know one another. Have any questions? Feel free to email
TEN Atlanta