Friday, June 24-Saturday, June 25
The 2011 Atlanta Queer Literary Festival launched Thursday and continues this weekend at venues in both Atlanta and Decatur. Keynote speakers are Sibling Rivalry Press founder and poet Bryan Borland and Women of the World Poetry Slam champion Theresa Davis. For detailed schedule, visit www.atlqueerlitfest.blogspot.com.
Friday, June 24
“The Evolution of HIV Testing: Then, Now and Beyond” is part of the CDC’s “HIV/AIDS: 30 Years of Leadership and Lessons” series. 2-3:30 p.m. at CDC/ Global Communication Center, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Bldg 19, Atlanta, GA 30329, www.cdc.gov.
The Pride Seder, part of Stonewall Week, is a spiritual celebration of the LGBTQ liberation movement with Congregation Bet Haverim. 6:30 p.m. at Central Congregational UCC, 2676 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta GA 30329, www.congregationbethaverim.org.
Eve Michaels invades My Sister’s Room, hosted by Drue Lingue and also featuring Jordan West and Ditto. 9:30 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.
Catch the last performance of “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” at 9 p.m., then stay to party as Perv! presents Prom from Hell, with a crown and $100 prize for the queen and king. Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
Eden presents the All White Party with DJ Liz Owen and MC Chase Daniels, plus special guest DJ Michelle. 9 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.amsterdamatlanta.com.
Mary’s celebrates Stonewall Week with Jock Night with the Hotlanta Softball League. Drink specials for wearing sports gear; athletic games and more. 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com, www.hotlantasoftball.org.
Saturday, June 25
Augusta Pride features a parade, merchants, community groups and stage acts including headliners Kristine W and Niki Harris. Parade at 10 a.m., festival at 11 a.m. at Augusta Commons, downtown between 8th and 9th Streets. www.prideaugusta.org.
Jungle hosts the Official Stonewall Celebration Party. Doors open at 6 p.m.; DJ Oren Nizri spins at 10 p.m. at 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,
Front Runners Atlanta’s 21st Atlanta Pride Run steps off at 8 a.m. at Piedmont Park near the Aquatic Center. www.eteamz.com/frontrunnersatlanta.
More Stonewall Week enlightenment: The second annual Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Event features a series of workshops and panel discussions with transgender community members. Noon at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.atlantapride.org.
The gay Wilderness Network of Georgia has two events today: go on a real, ten-mile rafting trip on the Ocoee River, or visit the Six Flags Whitewater water park. www.wildnetga.org.
Drench, the W Downtown’s weekly summer Saturday pool party, continues 1-6 p.m. at the W Atlanta Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313, www.chriscolemanenterprises.com.
For the Kid in All of Us hosts a Beer Bust with DJ Mike Pope and information about Backpack in the Park, the July 30 party that collects school supplies for needy kids. 2-5 p.m. at Joe’s on Juniper, 1049 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.forthekid.org.
East Side Pride features DJ Duck, LGBT friendly vendors and groups, and a potluck meal, so bring something to grill and a side dish to share. 3-8 p.m. at Milam Park, 3867 Norman Road, Clarkston, GA 30021, http://eastsidepridenews.blogspot.com.
The Women’s Outdoor Network hosts its summer party from 7-10 p.m. at Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/bellissima.atlanta.
Hot men in military and fetish gear, bare furry chests, and more: the ManShaft brings its Military “Private” Edition party. “Basic training happy hour” from 7-10 p.m., DJ Diablo Rojo at 10 p.m. at Cockpit, 465 Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30312, http://thecockpit-atlanta.blogspot.com.
DJ Lydia Prim spins at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
DJ Pat Scott presents Foreplay at 10 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com.
“Who Do Voodoo: the New Orleans Experience” features DJ Sonja Lofton. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.
Saturday, June 25 – Sunday, June 26
Towonda Kilpatrick presents the musical “Cheezecake Boiz & The Diva.” Attendees are also encouraged to dress as stylish Boiz or Divas and walk the red carpet before the shows; the best will win a gift bag and get to be extras in the show. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. both days at 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.cheezecakeboizandthediva.com.
Sunday, June 26
Atlanta’s official Stonewall Week events conclude with brunch and a screening of “March On!” — a documentary about the 2009 Equality March. Noon at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.outonfilm.org.
The gay Hotlanta Softball League wraps up its spring season at Southside Park, 3460 Jonesboro Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30354, www.hotlantasoftball.org.
Enjoy a cookout and tea dance starting at 2 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com.
DJ Bill Berdeaux spins at 3 p.m. and DJ Darrly Cox at 7 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.
MixHer Sundays celebrate the ladies. 6 p.m. to midnight at Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/bellissima.atlanta.
Monday, June 27
Writing With Intent is open to writers of fiction and creative non-fiction. 6:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org.
Life Forward: Vaccine 101 is an educational forum about HIV vaccine studies. With information from the Hope Clinic of Emory University. Free event with dinner provided. RSVP required. 6-7 p.m. at the MISTER Community Center, 139 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.positiveimpact-atl.org.
Monday means Drag on the Edge, starring Lady Shabazz, Martina Diamante, Phoenix, LaTeasha Shante Shuntel and special guests. 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com.
Tuesday, June 28
Jay Brannan might sing about boys, but please don’t call him a “gay musician” or ask him to play at your gay event. You can find out why in the FAQ at www.jaybrannan.com, and catch his show at 8 p.m. at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030, www.eddiesattic.com.
Sing your heart out at the infamous Mary-oke. 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com.
Wednesday, June 29
MEGA Family Project hosts a special seminar with the experts at Georgia Reproductive Specialists for women over 30 who are interested in getting pregnant. 7-8:30 p.m. at he Phillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.megafamilyproject.org.
The Dixie Dyno’mos, Atlanta’s LGBT rock climbing club, meets at 7 p.m. at Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center, 3701 Presidential Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30340, www.dixieclimbers.com.
Terrance Dean, author of “Hiding in Hip Hop,” signs his novel “Mogul” and hosts a panel discussion on “Young, Black, Gifted and Gay: Powerful Men in the Entertainment Industry and Our Allies in Partnership” with panelists Drama Dupree, Michelle Brown, Adrian J. Daniel, George H. Smith, Lonnell Williams, LT Dinwiddie, and Maurice Jamal. 7 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.outwritebooks.com.
Thursday, June 30
DJ Karlitos spins Latin beats for Azuca Thursdays at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Positive Impact holds a Team Impact AIDS Walk Kick-Off party to kick start the agency’s team for AIDS Walk Atlanta, held in October. Event features drinks, appetizers and fashion show; RSVP as attendance limited to 50 guests. 7-9 p.m. at Spire Midtown, 860 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.positiveimpact-atl.org.
LGBT Dance Atlanta hosts Throwdown Thursdays, with line dance lessons at 8 p.m. followed by open dance to country hits all night at Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.facebook.com/bellissima.atlanta, www.lgbtdanceatlanta.com.
Catch the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at Screen on the Green. 8:30 p.m. at Piedmont Park. www.piedmontpark.org.
Atlantic Station’s ongoing Thursday night outdoor film series features a sing-a-long of “Grease” tonight; film starts at dusk, around 8:45-9 p.m. www.atlanticstation.com.
Friday, July 1
Got Leche presents Mexican recording artist Dulce Maria bringing her gay club tour to Atlanta. 10 p.m. at Chaparral, 2715 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30324.
Friday, July 1- Monday, July 4
Atlanta Bear Fest features the prison theme “Break Out” and promises “fun, fur and fantasy” with more than 200 men. Host hotel is Courtyard Marriott Northlake, 4084 Lavista Road, Tucker, GA 30084. Full schedule at www.atlantabearfest.com.
Saturday, July 2
Carioca Productions presents DJ Alexander. 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com.
Saturday, July 2- Sunday, July 3
The Hotlanta Softball League hosts the annual Big Peach Softball Tournament, featuring dozens of teams in three divisions of competition, plus social events. Games are played at Southside Sports Complex; host hotel is the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. For details, visit www.hslbigpeach.com.
Sunday, July 3
The Frankly Open AA/NA Support Group, which is mostly LGBT, meets 4–5 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, www.stbartsatlanta.org.
The Ol Skool House Music Party & Reunion features DJ Ron Pullman, plus DJs Brooks, Kim Knuckles and Rod C, and recalls the days of partying at Traxx, Friends, Loretta’s Foster, N-Between and Alexander’s. Doors open 6 p.m., free barbecue before 9 p.m. at XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.xsultralounge.com.
DJ/Producer Manny Lehman returns to Atlanta for the big holiday weekend. 9 p.m. at Opera. Earlier that day, AID Atlanta and Cotillion host their summer event, “Fiesta,” on Opera’s outdoor patio from 3-9 p.m.
The Beach Blast benefit for Joining Hearts was so much fun over Memorial Day, the Heretic is doing it again for Independence Weekend. Fun starts at 4 p.m. on the patio with DJ Mike Pope, emcee Angelica D’Paige, swimsuit and frozen t-shirt contests, and more. Tonight, Berlin’s DJ Micky Friedmann spins inside. Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com.
Monday, July 4
DJ Vicki Powell spins at the rooftop pool party, set for 2-10 p.m., at the Melia Hotel. 590 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.solmelia.com.
PFLAG Atlanta holds its First Monday support meeting. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Tuesday, July 5
Tuesdays heat up as Princess Charles presents the Sophisticated Ladies of Atlanta Cabaret Show. 10:30 p.m. upstairs at Shout, 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361, www.h2sr.com.
Wednesday, July 6
Del Shores, creator of the gay-favorite TV series “Sordid Lives,” returns to Jungle to performs his one-man show “(More) Sordid Confessions.” 8 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com, tickets: http://tiny.cc/arh4o.
DJ Butterscotch spins smooth grooves for Melloween. 10 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com.
Thursday, July 7
Atlantic Station’s Thursday night outdoor film series features “Wizard of Oz.” Film starts at dusk, around 8:45-9 p.m. www.atlanticstation.com.