Black Gay Pride may be the biggest LGBT event in town over Labor Day weekend, but several other huge events are set to draw queer crowds. From proud gay geeks at Dragon Con to gay authors at the Decatur Book Festival, and from gay tennis players at The Peach tournament to gay DJs at bars around town, the long holiday weekend is packed with a rainbow of options.
Dragon Con, the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy conference, hits Atlanta Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, bringing 50,000 fans to five downtown host hotels. One of the most popular events is the costumed Dragon Con parade; participation is limited to Dragon Con attendees, but many more will pack the streets to watch the show, which steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Dragon Con attracts dozens of high-profile presenters, including several LGBT favorites. Among the best known is George Takei, who came out years after portraying Hikaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek.”
Coco Peru, drag star known for such films as "Trick" and "Girls Will Be Girls," will attend Atlanta's Out on Film 25th film anniversary taking place in October.
Out on Film, Atlanta's LGBT film festival, takes place Oct. 4-11. Peru will participate in a Q & A with "Trick" director Jim Fall on Oct. 10 after the screening of the cult classic. The Q & A will take place at Mixx Atlanta as part of its new live entertainment series "Backstage @ Mixx." Peru, also famous for her one-woman shows, will then perform at Mixx on Oct. 11.