Best Bets: Our Guide to the Best LGBTQ Events in Atlanta for October 9-24

Friday, Oct. 9

Midtown Moon’s Pride Weekend headliner is Kennedy Davenport. Davenport’s special guest Sunny Dee Lite will be appearing tonight at the Madams Show and Saturday night at The Divas Show. More special guests will be announced soon, 11pm – 2am


My Sister’s Room hosts the KIA Comedy Comedy show tonight as well as the Pride Glow Party and Silent Auction


Full of sketch comedy, drag and live singing, Ho Sho: Erection Year

streams online today and tomorrow.

Find tickets and more information at and


Saturday, Oct. 10

This week’s edition of Charis Books’ weekly themed pop-up sale on the front porch is Pride-themed. Masks are a must and six-foot markers are placed for social distancing. Only four people allowed on the porch at a time. Credit card purchases only, Noon – 4pm


The official women’s party of Pride Weekend at My Sister’s Room kicks off 8pm and goes until 3am


Dee Martetto — aka Twisted D — spins at the Heretic tonight at 9pm, with masks required for entrance and strict social distancing enforced


Sunday, Oct. 11

Join Revs. Simon Mainwaring and Natosha Reid Rice in conversation with parishioner and former Acting U.S. Attorney General, Sally Yates, as they explore the theme of Justice and American Identity. Sally served for three decades at the Department of Justice, here in Atlanta and in Washington, with civil rights, criminal justice and prison reform measures among her many achievements. Hosted by All Saints’ Episcopal Church,

9 – 9:45am


Get your dance on the Medusa Productions Tea Dance with DJ Dani Brasil, all the way from Sao Paolo in his Atlanta debut, The Piedmont Room @ Piedmont Park, 3 – 8pm.


X Midtown entertains guests for Pride weekend on its patio, beginning at 4pm


Blake’s on the Park hosts its
Super Sized Sunday Show with host Edie Cheezburger and guests including Shawnna Brooks, Chavon Scott, and Raquel Rae Heart, 8:30pm


Sunday DayDrunk is today, with R&B and pop music videos from the ‘80s and ‘90s, sponsored by Mary’s. Go there in person or visit


Monday, Oct. 12

Out late? Visit Xion with host DJ Joe Gauthreaux, beginning at 3am


Enjoy All Music Monday at Blake’s on the Park, lasting until 3am


Tuesday, Oct. 13

Jam to Retro Video Jukebox at Woofs Atlanta this evening.


Wednesday, Oct. 14

Atlanta’s Political Trailblazers is a conversation among past, current, and upcoming political figures — including Cathy Woolard, Gil Robison, Sam Park, Park Cannon, Alex Wan, and Stephe Koontz — who are leading the way for LGBTQ+ rights and representation in Atlanta. The event is hosted by Rich Eldredge. Atlanta magazine will donate a portion of the proceeds from this conversation series to help support Lost-n-Found Youth, 7:30pm. Register here.


Thursday, Oct. 15

The Alliance Theatre in conjunction with The Counter Narrative Project presents an evening on Black LGBTQ Narratives. This conversation focuses on the intersections of Black, gay, and trans identities and the legacy and work of Black artists within both the Black Lives Matter movement and LGBTQ rights movement. The event features a screening of a short film from the co-directors of “Hands Up,” introduced by playwright Nathan Yungerberg, and a performance from artist E. Patrick Johnson. The event is moderated by Charles Stephens of The Counter Narrative Project;; performer and Professor of African American Studies and author of “Sweet Tea” E. Patrick Johnson; playwright and author of
“Holes in My Identity” Nathan Yungerberg; actor and drag performer Trevor Perry; and writer, actor and comedian
Thandiwe Thomas DeShazor, 7:30pm, Learn more at


Friday, Oct. 16

Edie Cheezburger and a sterling cast of queens headline The Other Show, 9pm, Facebook Live


Saturday, Oct. 17

Beginning today and every third Saturday of each month the Men’s Health and Wellness Center opens its door for a Saturday clinic from 10am to 1pm. While breast cancer is normally found in women, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month it’s recommended that men get checked out as well, 2140 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310


Sunday, Oct. 18

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets virtually tonight from 2 – 4pm, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. For the meeting link, visit


Grab your mask, put on your creepy attire, and get ready to have some spooky fun as PALS Drag Queen Bingo – Rocky Horror Night returns. Erica Lee, PALS queens Patsy Jon Benet and Desiree Storm, and special guest performers (including hostess Bubba D. Licious ) will be serving thrills and chills as they call bingo, put on a show, and help raise money for PALS. Tickets are $20 for 7 games with $550 cash to the winners. New bingo guidelines will be in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The host venue, Lips Atlanta, is complying with public health guidelines from the CDC and City of Brookhaven, and PALS will be taking precautions in order to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers, performers, and staff are operating within new guidelines from the State of Georgia. As a result, there will be fewer tickets available (still at the same price of $20/person) and jackpots are reduced by half. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first game begins at 7:30pm.


Monday, Oct. 19

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender and aspiring allies, providing a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues, 7:30 – 8:30pm, virtually, 


Tuesday, Oct. 20

Grab a beer tonight at the Atlanta Eagle, which has re-opened with social distancing precautions


Wednesday, Oct. 21

Don’t miss A Backstreet Reunion, hosted by Rich Eldredge. Performers, employees, and patrons of the mammoth Midtown disco — including Charlie Brown, Fred Wise, Vicki Vara, Bill Berdeaux — get together and reminisce on its glory days. Performers, employees, and patrons of the mammoth Midtown disco — including Charlie Brown, Fred Wise, Vicki Vara, Bill Berdeaux — get together and reminisce on its glory days. Atlanta magazine will donate a portion of the proceeds from this conversation series to help support Lost-n-Found Youth, 7:30pm. Register here.

Thursday, Oct. 22

The Black Feminist Book Club reads books by amazing Black women writers, centers the discussion from Black feminist perspectives, and celebrates classic and contemporary Black women authors across genres and styles. Charis Circle board chair Susana Morris is the facilitator of this group. All community members are invited to participate with the acknowledgment that this is a space that centers Black women’s thoughts, creativity, and lived experiences. The group is reading short story collections this season and October’s book is “Girl, Woman, Other,” by Bernardine Evaristo This zoom meeting requires a reservation. By joining the Zoom call you agree to abide by the guiding principles of the group and code of conduct, including confidentiality, and will not record audio or video of any portion of the meeting without prior consent of the organizers. Register here.


Friday, Oct. 23

Out Front Theatre Company presents “Diva: Live From Hell.” As president of the drama club and the star of every school play, Desmond Channing spent most of his short life in the spotlight. But when Evan Harris, a hotshot transfer from New York, challenges his throne, Desmond responds, as any diva would, with lethal force. Now, stuck in the Seventh Circle, Hell’s most squalid cabaret venue, Desmond is forced to relive his disturbing tale of woe. As he presents his one-millionth consecutive show, Desmond performs with a desperate vigor in the hopes that he can prove he’s repented and be freed from this eternal, campy torment. “Diva: Live From Hell” had its world premiere at Theater for the New City in 2017, tonight through Oct. 25,


The Indigo Girls play a drive-in tonight at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 8pm


Saturday, Oct. 24

The ATL LGBTQ+ Book Club is a group for Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ folks and allies to read queer-themed books and books by queer authors. The goal is to have diverse thought-provoking discussions about queer identity, history, and topical issues. October’s book is “Ordinary Girls: A Memoir,” by Jaquira Diaz. For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the book club, which normally meets at Charis Books & More, will meet online via Zoom. All are welcome to join. You can find the meetup through the ATL LGBTQ Book Club Facebook page or feel free to reach out to the group facilitator, Shelby, at,
10 – 11:30am