Another Dragon*Con is in the books, and thousands of gays turned out over Labor Day weekend to watch or join in the spectacle of one of the nation’s largest costumed conventions.
“It’s one of the largest events in the world and so it’s great to come down and see people go crazy in that regard. It’s like Pride and Halloween mixed together,” said Mike Dillers of Cobb County, who came down for the weekend.
The convention draws roughly 50,000 people from across the country for a five-day celebration of everything geeky. From sci-fi to fantasy to horror, actors, authors and producers mingle with fans who often show off costumes or hunt autographs.
Lines formed to get into Mary's in East Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 17, for its annual Madonna-Rama bash, a celebration of the birth of the Queen of Pop that had people squeezing, swaying and sweating to decades of Madonna hits and favorites. DJ Diablo Rojo, wearing a special "Hey Mister DJ" t-shirt (that later came off) was manning the tables as he laid down the beats of the queen who has earned her place forever a gay icon.
She's still speaking out on behalf of LGBT equality and making trouble, currently being sued by Russian activists angered and offended she dared to advocate for gay equality during her tour in St. Petersburg.
People packed the bar and sang loudly to Madonna favorites as videos of the pop legend played on screens throughout the bar. Upstairs in the Boozy Cougar, Lourdes "herself" was serving up cocktails for fans of her mother. The party is considered one of Mary's most popular annual parties.
Dozens of young people who are rising stars in Atlanta's ball scene and their House mothers and fathers gathered at XS Ultra Lounge on Aug. 12 to participate in the second annual Evolution Project's Youth Ballroom Awards.
The Evolution Project, a program of AID Atlanta, is for young gay black gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals and has its own center located on Juniper Street where young people gather for everything from discussion groups to movie-watching and playing cards.
Party-goers gathered at Heretic on Friday, July 20, 2012 to kick the weekend off with the Joining Hearts pre-party featuring DJ Joe Gauthreaux. $1 of everyone's cover went to Joining Hearts, a charity group that raises money for local HIV/AIDS organizations like Jerusalem House and AID Atlanta. Photos by Brent Corcoran / RNZ Photography