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Atlanta Cotillion cabaret goes all out tonight

Atlanta Cotillion X

Atlanta Cotillion, the AID Atlanta fundraiser featuring men dressing up as female debutantes, hosts its annual cabaret and silent auction tonight.

The event is set for 6 p.m. at Jungle, 215 Faulkner Road. There is a $10 suggested donation or VIP seating is available for $25.

During the Cotillion season, the male "debs" compete to see who can raise the most money. The winner is crowned queen at the gala, formal Cotillon Ball. The 11th annual ball is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Foundry at Puritan Mill. Tickets are $85 for those wearing gowns and $160 for those wearing tuxedos.

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Seasons of Love, Purim Off Ponce offer good fun for good causes

Community benefits pack March calendar

From an all-volunteer cabaret to help kids to a costume party that celebrates a Jewish holiday while supporting LGBT rights, the weekend of March 9-10 will be busy with benefits.

CHRIS Kids, a local provider of housing and services programs for youth, will host its Seasons of Love cabaret benefit March 9-10 at the 14th Street Playhouse.
The annual event, celebrating its 10th year, features cabaret singing and dancing from an all-volunteer cast and crew over two nights.

This year’s event, “Encore! The Best of 10 Years of Seasons of Love,” will relive many of the best moments of the fundraiser’s history. Some 35 numbers will be performed, ranging from pop to Motown to Broadway classics, says JD Kellum, a CHRIS Kids boardmember and performer in the cabaret.

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CHRIS Kids helps LGBT youth find home, support

Moving to a new home is a milestone for any family. For CHRIS Kids, a nonprofit Atlanta agency that provides housing and support to LGBT and other young people, it’s particularly momentous.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal will be on hand Aug. 30 as CHRIS Kids celebrates the grand opening of the CHRIS Counseling Center, Education Center and Summit Trail Apartment Community.

The move unites CHRIS Kids’ administration and other programs with its program to help young adults who were homeless or aging out of foster care that has already moved into the Summit Trail apartments. It also puts the CHRIS Kids administration closer to the agency’s eight group homes for younger children.

“It’s a huge deal because a place that represents home, family, stability and safety for kids needs a permanent home,” says CHRIS Kids CEO Kathy Colbenson. “A home needs a home.”

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First ‘Gaybie Hawkins Dance’ brings LGBT teens together for fun, fellowship

Queer youth in Cobb County are proclaiming their identities proudly and ready to show off on the dance floor with the first “Gaybie Hawkins Dance” — a way for LGBT teens from outside Atlanta to gather with others who are like them.

Planned for Feb. 18 and organized by the Metro Atlanta Queer & Allied Teens (MAQAT), the dance — a gay take on traditional Sadie Hawkins Dances — aims to become an annual party held near Valentine’s Day.

Being open about your sexual orientation and gender identity in the very socially conservative Cobb County (home of Newt Gingrich) is not easy, but is something queer teens want desperately to be able to do.

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Atlanta’s Sisters and Faeries plan benefit for YouthPride

The Flaming Sugarbakers, Atlanta’s chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the Atlanta Radical Faeries have announced the “The Intergalactic Love Affair: A Cosmic Ball” to benefit LGBT youth organization YouthPride.

The fundraiser will be held at Jungle on Saturday, Feb. 12, and will feature a sci-fi / fantasy theme. Participants are encouraged to wear “cosmic” costumes to fit the theme.

Scheduled to perform are Back Pockets and DJ Diablo Rojo. Guest performers and other activities are also planned.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The event will be open to anyone 18 and older (though you need to be 21 to drink). The party will go from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., though Jungle will remain open after the event if you’re still in the mood to dance the night away.

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W3 Lifestyle seeks the best of the best for apartment renters

When David Wolfe launched W3 Lifestyle in December 2009, he had one major goal — help apartment renters find the best place live.

“Our goal is that once a property gets a W3 designation, their renters won’t want to leave,” says Wolfe, who is gay.

With Atlanta being a transient city and people moving here all the time, there was a gap in how newcomers could find a place to live that offers a high quality of life, he explains.

Wolfe and his staff review properties continuously, seeking the best of the best. And he says they don’t hand out their “Best of the Best” designations easily — in the Atlanta market, for example, there are approximately 1,500 apartment complexes, Wolfe says.

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Tupperware and drag

Join Nicole Paige Brooks, Bubba D. Licious, Alexandria Martin and others for a "Drag Queen Tupperware Party" tonight at Jungle