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After almost five decades, singer-songwriter Janis Ian continues to challenge

Janis Ian will perform at Eddie's Attic in Dec.

Janis Ian was only 15 when her first hit thrust her not only into fame, but controversy.

“Society’s Child” tackled interracial romance, coming out right in the middle of the turbulent 1960s.

“People got crazy. A radio station in Atlanta dared to put ‘Society’s Child’ in rotation, and someone burned the station down,” Ian recalls in her 2008 autobiography, also titled “Society’s Child.”

“Strangers walked up to me in restaurants and spit in my food. … The mail I got spanned the gap between heaven and hell; one letter would thank me for bravely speaking out, the next would have razor blades taped to the envelope so I’d shred my fingers opening it,” Ian writes.

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Drag queens, kings shine in Starlight Cabaret

2009 Starlight Cabaret

The Starlight Cabaret has long been a staple of Atlanta Pride and the perfect send off to an event-filled weekend. This is the 15th anniversary of the cabaret, so organizers are making it extra special.

Not only is it always entertaining, but it’s a way to show support for and acknowledge the drag community, says JP Sheffield, executive director of Atlanta Pride.

“The drag community was so instrumental during Stonewall,” says Sheffield.

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A day of rest? No way

Still plenty of time to party in gay Atlanta over the long weekend here are some of our best bets