The arrival of the weekend means Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride, which got underway on Wednesday, will really heat up with dozens of events.
In the Life Atlanta, the non-profit that organizes cultural and community events during the annual holiday, holds its opening ceremony tonight, as well as the Fire & Desire Mini Ball and the always steamy SpeakFire erotic poetry reading.
Atlanta’s LGBT independent bookstores get in on the action with author readings, and there are multiple nightlife events — from bar nights to a yacht cruise on the lake at Stone Mountain — to get your weekend going.
Here is a list of Friday’s events, organized by promoter.
Charis Books & More Sizzling Summer Poetry Party 7:30 p.m. Featuring Meredith “Miz” Avakian and Tamesha S. Hawkins 1189 Euclid Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307 www.charisbooksandmore.com
Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse 991 Piedmont Ave. Atlanta GA 30309 www.outwritebooks.com Dwayne Vernon signs “Roman,” 7:30 p.m.
Traxx Atlanta ‘Pure Heat’ www.traxxatlanta.com Welcome reception 7-10 p.m. Loews Hotel Buckhead 65 Peachtree Walk NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 Sponsored by Traxx Atlanta, Traxx Girls, In the Life Atlanta and National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities, Inc.
Traxx Atlanta and ITLA’s Black Pride Mini Ball 10 p.m. at Mercer Ballroom Loews Hotel
Traxx Atlanta and Traxx Girls’ Friday Night Live at Atlanta Live 11 p.m.-6 a.m. 3595 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30319 Jazmine Sullivan performing live
Black Pride Marathon Block Party “Keeping the Block Alive” 10 p.m. at Spring 4th Center 728 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30309
Pandora Yacht Party With Party Bus Tour of Atlanta Stone Mountain Lake Pickups start at 6 p.m. Ride from 9 p.m.-midnight Open bar all night on bus and yacht Pickup from host hotels Hosted by Eazy of Tomboy Fresh
Women of Foreplay Fridays present The All Black Affair: The Little Black Dress Part II 10 p.m.-3 a.m. at Compound Performance by Fantasia, Kelly Rowland 1008 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 Black attire recommended
Pride Breakfast 3 a.m.-6 a.m. at Straits 493 Juniper St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309