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Friday, Sept. 16

The Decatur Women’s Sports League fall softball season continues on Friday evenings through Oct. 28. Games at Kelly C. Cofer Park, 4259 N. Park Drive, Tucker, GA 30084.

“Bullied” screens at the Third Friday Film Series. Suggested donation $1-$10 sliding scale. Films start at 7:30 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Colbie Caillat performs at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Drag Race 2 continues every first and third Friday. Any king or queen can enter; the 10 weekly winners will progress to the finale. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

Go country with Wild Mustang night every Friday at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

DJay McCracken spins for RED Light District, with a special performance from Dax. 10 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

DJ Lydia Prim spins at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

DJ Vicki Powell spins her “Boombox” party. 11 p.m. at The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312.

The Southern Bears host a Mr. Atlanta Bear and Cub contest with $100 cash prizes and 2012 Atlanta Bearfest run packages for each winner. Contest starts around Midnight at the Atlnata Eagle, 306 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Saturday, Sept. 17

With live music (including plenty of queer-inclusive bands), vendors, a 5k run and, of course, a parade, the East Atlanta Strut celebrates the city’s hippest neighborhood. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. with parade at 2 p.m. at East Atlanta Village, at the intersection of Glenwood and Flat Shoals.

Head to Valdosta for South Georgia Pride, featuring entertainment, basketball shootout and the first annual Pride Pet Show, with winners in five categories. Noon to 6 p.m. at John W. Saunders Memorial Park, 1151 River St., Valdosta, Ga., 31601,

Get your game on with College Football Saturdays, followed by Jealouse’s Daring Divas at 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

The gay Atlanta Bucks rugby team plays a match against GA Tech at the Tech campus, then hosts its monthly bar night at 10 p.m. at the Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308,

The Atlanta Cotillion Ball raises funds for AID Atlanta and includes the crowning of the 2011 Cotillion queen, the male debutante who has raised the most funds for the organization. 7-11 p.m. at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318,

Bellissima throws a Glow Party to celebrate winning “Best Place to Meet Women” in the GA Voice Best of Atlanta awards. Green glow sticks mean single; red means taken. Bellissima, 560 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Join the Armorettes for the Heretic Backroom Burlesque Show featuring Gunza Blazin and Vanessa Mykals. Show starts at 8 p.m. and all proceeds benefit AID Gwinnett. Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Get your costume ready as Bedlam presents ‘80s Prom Night. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316,

DJ Phil Romano spins at 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 18

The Atlanta Arts Festival features an artist market, demonstrations, vendors, and live music. Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Piedmont Park.

Sunday, Sept. 18

The National Flag Football League of Atlanta, the city’s gay league, plays fall season games through Oct. 2. 11 a.m. at Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30315,

Equally Wed presents the “Love is Love” Wedding Show, featuring the city’s best gay-friendly wedding vendors. 1-4 p.m. at Altitude at the W Hotel – Midtown, 188 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30361,

Hotlanta Softball League’s Atlanta Titans host a carwash with the hot men of Swinging Richards. 1-5 p.m. at Swinging Richards, 1400 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318.

PFLAG Atlanta holds its monthly Third Sunday meeting. 2:45 – 5 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2308,

The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative hosts its 16th annual Fall Garden Party. 4-8 p.m. at Einstein’s, 1077 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309,

Choose a word and quote that fit your passion, then turn out for the Real Rolemodels Campaign photo shoot at 5 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,