Out in the Stands, Dine with Pride still on tap this week

Stonewall Month winds down


Wednesday, June 27

Dine with Pride at Doc Chey’s (Morningside)
Portion of bills donated to Atlanta Pride
5 – 10 p.m., 1424 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306

Out in the Stands
LGBT Night at Turner Field
Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
VIP meet-and-greet with Ben Cohen
7 p.m. at Turner Field
755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315
Tickets: 404-614-1325 or

Friday, June 29

Author/blogger Sinclair Sexsmith
Discussion on body confidence in queer masculine community
7:30 p.m. at Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Saturday, June 30

Sylvia Rivera Community Event
Trans community member panel
11:30 a.m. at  the Phillip Rush Center
1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Author/blogger Sinclair Sexsmith
‘Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica’
7:30 p.m. at Charis Books and More
1189 Euclud Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Sunday, July 1

KCCA Children’s Story Hour
Kelli’s Childcare Collective of Atlanta
celebrates queer families
“A Tale of Two Daddies”
“Who’s in a Family”
 “In our Mother’s House”
1 p.m. at Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

As cities around the nation celebrate LGBT Pride the last weekend in June, Atlanta’s Stonewall Month winds down with several Pride-themed events. From sports to festivals and even a “Sugarbutch” blogger, there is plenty to do before the month wraps up.

Pride festivals are traditionally held the last weekend in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, fought back against police harassment in what is widely seen as a turning point for gay rights.

But after being celebrated the last weekend in June in Piedmont Park for most of its history, Atlanta Pride was forced to move in 2008 when a record drought booted all large festivals from the park. After an unpopular July 4 festival in 2009, Atlanta Pride organizers announced future festivals would be held in Piedmont Park to coincide with National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11.

That puts this year’s Atlanta Pride on the weekend of Oct. 13-14. Yet the city still celebrates Stonewall Month in June, and several events retain “Pride” in their names.

Another big Stonewall Month event is the second annual “Out in the Stands” night at the Atlanta Braves. The June 27 game is a Wednesday night clash against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Proceeds from special tickets will benefit the StandUp Foundation, an anti-bullying advocacy organization founded by English rugby star Ben Cohen.

Based in Atlanta, the StandUp Foundation works to raise awareness of bullying, with an emphasis on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. It is also dedicated to decreasing homophobia in sports.

Doc Chey’s restaurant chain, which has hosted “Dine with Pride” days all month to benefit the Atlanta Pride Committee, hosts its final event June 27 at the Doc Chey’s in Morningside.