Business Spotlight: Atlanta Eagle remembers one-year anniversary of police raid

No drugs were found. The eight men went on trial in March and seven had their cases dismissed during the trial or were found not guilty. One person didn’t show up and a bench warrant was issued for him.

A federal civil lawsuit filed by many of the patrons against the city of Atlanta and members of the APD is pending.

Thursday, Sept. 9
Rally around the Atlanta Eagle at 10:30 p.m.
306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308

Friday, Sept. 10

Hot muscle men dancing in leather shorts and the return of DJ Brett Long

Saturday, Sept. 11
Customer appreciation cookout, 4 p.m.
Free burgers and hot dogs

Orange Party – The bar will buy you a shot of schnapps if wearing orange, DJ Pat Scott begins spinning at 10 p.m., balloon drop at 1 a.m. with a grand prize of free Eagles tickets

The Atlanta Eagle, an institution in this city for nearly 25 years, is still around and plans to hold a memorial and celebration for the one-year anniversary of the raid.

“We want to remind the community this happened,” says Robby Kelley, co-owner of the gay bar.

Financially, the bar continues to struggle since the raid as well, he said.

“We also want to show people that a year later we’re still here, nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen,” he said.

On Sept. 9, people are invited to come to the bar at 10:30 p.m. and hold hands around the bar; much the same way people did the night after the raid occurred last year.

On Sept. 10, the day of the anniversary, the bar will hold a party with the return of DJ Brett Long and the much-missed dancers will be back.

“They will be wearing custom-made leather shorts … so nobody can say anything inappropriate about their attire,” Kelley added.

The Orange Party is set for Saturday, Sept. 11. And if you wear orange or flag orange — as in wear an orange hanky — to the Orange Party the bar will also buy you a shot.

At 1 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a balloon drop with t-shirts and other giveaways inside. One lucky balloon popper will find a pair of Eagles tickets. The Eagles play at Piedmont Park on Oct. 15.

While there will be fun had, Kelley says the raid still has a deep impact on everyone who was there that night and should not be forgotten.

“We want to keep fighting against what wrong was done to us and done wrong to the entire community,” he said.


Top photo: Atlanta Eagle (by Dyana Bagby)