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Spring Events: LGBT parties from HRC to MondoHomo

Actress Mo'Nique will receive the Ally for Equality Award at this year's HRC Atlanta Gala

An Oscar-winning actress is one of the highlights of a spring full of special events for local LGBT organizations. Grab your calendars, folks — “spring event season” is officially up and running.

The 24th annual Human Rights Campaign dinner, set for May 14, will feature an Oscar winner and an Oscar nominee. Mo’Nique, who won an Oscar for the film “Precious,” and Lee Daniels, the first African-American gay man nominated for a Best Director Oscar for the same movie, will both be on hand for one the spring season’s biggest gay events.

Mo’Nique will receive the Ally for Equality Award, while locals Jeff Cleghorn, an attorney and activist against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” will be given the Humanitarian Award and Paul Plate, executive director and CEO of Positive Impact, will receive the Community Service Award.

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Nightlife round-up

Whether you're looking for dance music, campy drag or anything in-between, Saturday night in Atlanta has you covered

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Atlanta Pride announces full schedule

The Atlanta Pride Committee released this morning the full schedule for the Oct. 8-10 festival, with events ranging from the time-honored marketplace, commitment ceremony and Pride parade to new offering like a kickball tournament.

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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,...