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Black Gay Pride community events calendar

In the Life Atlanta www.inthelifeatl.comAll events at host hotel unless otherwise noted: Loews Hotel1065 Peachtree RoadAtlanta, GA 30309 Wednesday, Sept. 1 • Candlelight Vigil, 7-10 p.m. @ First MCC of Atlanta,...
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Black Gay Pride nightlife calendar

Traxx Atlanta 'Pure Heat' www.traxxatlanta.com Thursday, Sept. 2 Pride Kick Off Party and Uncle Durand’s Big Birthday Bash10 p.m.-4 a.m. at Obsessions4525 Glenwood Road, Decatur, GA 30032 Friday, Sept. 3 Welcom...
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Stars set to shine for Black Gay Pride nightlife

Black Gay Pride weekend always draws star power to Atlanta, and this year is no exception.

Atlanta is packed with black LGBT party promoters who put on popular events throughout the year, but go all out for Labor Day Weekend when tens of thousands pack the city for the world’s largest African-American LGBT celebration.

This year, you can celebrate “Pure Heat” with Traxx and Traxx Girls, “Peach Fever” with Xplosion Entertainment, “Manual Labor” with Wassup N Atl, “Femme-Nomen-Non” with Girls in the Night, and “Southern Xplosion” with The Lion’s Den.

Celebrities are definitely in the mix: Wassup N Atl features a live performance by legendary singer and actress Melba Moore among its offerings, while Traxx also offers plenty of star wattage.

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‘Genderblind’ screens at Black Gay Pride

Lanita Joseph

The story of a young, African-American Christian woman who grapples with her identity and eventually falls in love with another woman is the basic premise for the movie “Genderblind,” showing at this year’s Black Gay Pride.

But what filmmaker, artist and dancer LaNita Joseph, 27, didn’t know when she made “Genderblind” is the somewhat large controversy that would surround her small-budget movie.

“It’s become so controversial. I didn’t realize it would be that way,” says Joseph, who wrote, produced and directed the film.

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Black Gay Pride empowers over Labor Day weekend

American Idol star Frenchie Davis

Atlanta earns its reputation as a black gay mecca year-round, but the city really pulls out all the stops over Labor Day Weekend for what is billed as the world’s largest Black Gay Pride celebration.

The celebration will draw tens of thousands to Atlanta for a long weekend of community empowerment and, yes, plenty of partying.

The non-profit In the Life Atlanta formed in 1996 to bring a cultural and educational component to Black Gay Pride, which began as an informal network of house parties, nightlife and other gatherings.