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Thank you to everyone who came out last night to our annual Best of Atlanta awards ceremony! You can find photos of this year’s winners in the winners lists here!

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Here at the Georgia Voice, we love celebrating the BEST that Atlanta has to offer, especially when it comes to servicing our LGBTQ community!

The more than 70 categories highlight what makes Atlanta the top LGBTQ-friendly city in the country with food, nightlife, services, events, and pet care that cater to our community.

Long have we searched for a city where inclusion is part of everyday life, and no matter where we frequent, we’re given the same respect as our hetero counterparts!

We give a big thank you and congratulations to the winners and runners-up in this year’s awards line-up for emphasizing equality for our Atlanta LGBTQ siblings!

VET: ANSLEY ANIMAL CLINIC

It’s the second consecutive win for this family-owned and operated neighborhood veterinary clinic which offers full-service care including medical and surgical services, dental care, and bathing. Ansley Animal Clinic prioritizes relieving your furry friend’s pain and discomfort while calming them and minimizing time away from the people they love.

 

Runners-up are VCA Pets are People Too and Village Vets 

 

PET SUPPLY AND GROOMING: PIEDMONT BARK

Piedmont Bark provides your dog with a clean, safe, stress-free, and fun environment while they’re away from home. Piedmont Bark was designed and built based on the values of dogs and those who love and care for them to ensure your pup is comfortable, clean, and happy.

Runners-up are Pet Set Supply and Inman Park Pet Works 

 

PET DAYCARE: PIEDMONT BARK

Piedmont Bark is also your choice for best pet daycare in Atlanta and for the third year in a row! Pups are assigned to one of six indoor park-like playrooms based on size and temperament, meaning your dog will be comfortable and have fun. With ample room to play, lots of human attention, and plenty of canine companionship, Piedmont Bark is the choice for doggy daycare.

 

Runners-up are Barking Hound Village and Dog Days 

 

PET ADOPTION:

ATLANTA HUMANE SOCIETY

The AHS steps back into the top spot after taking 2017’s Best Of award for pet adoption. It serves about 30,000 animals each year and places about 9,000 dogs and cats into loving forever homes. Atlanta Humane Society puts the animals first: they do not euthanize adoptable animals and have no time limits for animals once they’re in their care. This organization is proud to be working to end pet homelessness and overpopulation in Atlanta.

 

Runners-up are PAWS Atlanta and Lifeline Animal Project

 

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Here at the Georgia Voice, we love celebrating the BEST that Atlanta has to offer, especially when it comes to servicing our LGBTQ community!

The more than 70 categories below highlight what makes Atlanta the top LGBTQ-friendly city in the country with food, nightlife, services, events, and pet care that cater to our community.

Long have we searched for a city where inclusion is part of everyday life, and no matter where we frequent, we’re given the same respect as our hetero counterparts!

We give a big thank you and congratulations to the winners and runners-up in this year’s awards line-up for emphasizing equality for our Atlanta LGBTQ siblings!

PHARMACY: ALLIANCE COMMUNITY PHARMACY

Alliance takes home the Best Of award for the second year in a row, making it the go-to spot for pharmaceutical services, Medicare counseling, and immunizations. The Midtown pharmacy has been serving the Atlanta LGBTQ community since 2013 and has since partnered with MISTER and Positive Impact Health Center to provide free, confidential HIV-testing services to members of the community. Look for counseling services as well for those in need!

Runners-up are CVS at Ansley Mall and Avita Pharmacy

 

LGBTQ CARE: POSITIVE IMPACT

Positive Impact Health Centers provides HIV specialty care and support services, behavioral health including substance abuse treatment, HIV testing, and prevention services. In addition, the center puts on the Atlanta AIDS Walk annually to raise money for its locations in Decatur, Duluth, and Marietta. Positive Impact is not a stranger to Best Of awards, winning in 2017’s Best Of for HIV/AIDS non-profit!

Runners-up are Absolute Care and AIDS Healthcare Foundation

 

GYM: LA FITNESS AT ANSLEY MALL

One of the gayest gyms in the Southeast according to some locals, and it’s why LA Fitness at Ansley Mall has won Best Of for a consecutive four years! Muscle men, short shorts, and tight tank tops give you a lot to gaze at while working on your fitness. There are more than a dozen locations across the Atlanta metro with a large number of LGBTQ clientele. From heated pools and basketball courts to aerobics and spin classes, this gym franchise gives you the best bang for your buck!

Runners-up are Gravity Fitness and Urban Body Fitness

 

HAIR SALON: HELMET HAIRWORX

Located just feet from 10th Street and Piedmont Road, and Piedmont Park, Helmet Hairworx is the go-to spot for many in the LGBTQ community! With more than a dozen hair stylists, there’s never a long wait to get a fresh, new ’do! Owner and local photographer, Randy Addison, opened up shop in 2003. Since then, he’s grown his brand in two locations (Midtown and Virginia Highlands) and continues to create client confidence with every haircut his stylists give!

Runners-up are Blo Salon and Company T Barbershop

 

SPA: JEJU KOREAN SPA

A popular spot for tourists and locals who want to spend the day relaxing with a book in hand or meditating. The spa includes separate nude wet areas for men and women, and a coed space with a handful of different saunas including salt, gold and silver, cool, charcoal, and more. Guests are also able to schedule massages, use the facilities small fitness center, and dine at JeJu’s authentic Korean restaurant inside. A full-day pass costs only $30, with additional services at an extra price.

 

Runners-up are Natural Body Spa & Shop, and Blue MedCenter

 

HOTEL: LOEWS HOTELS

This upscale Midtown hotel rises into the Atlanta skyline with beautiful views and a pool/lounge area with luxurious amenities. There’s a stylish restaurant and bar, plus an upscale market. A gym, spa, 24-hour business center, and 40,000 sq ft. conference space makes this hotel the perfect spot for corporate events or just a quick getaway from reality!

 

Runners-up are W Midtown and Georgian Terrace

 

EVENT SPACE: THE GEORGIAN TERRACE

The Midtown icon is famous for its Beaux-Arts architectural style and luxury accommodations. To add to its elegant draw, the hotel has a long legacy of film connections. Films like 1974’s “Cockfighter,” “Identity Thief,” “The Change-Up,” and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” all used the hotel as a filming location. The hotel also offers everything from modern suites and versatile event spaces to an award-winning restaurant sure to liven up your tastebuds.

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Here at the Georgia Voice, we love celebrating the BEST that Atlanta has to offer, especially when it comes to servicing our LGBTQ community!

The more than 70 categories highlight what makes Atlanta the top LGBTQ-friendly city in the country with food, nightlife, services, events, and pet care that cater to our community.

Long have we searched for a city where inclusion is part of everyday life, and no matter where we frequent, we’re given the same respect as our hetero counterparts!

We give a big thank you and congratulations to the winners and runners-up in this year’s awards line-up for emphasizing equality for our Atlanta LGBTQ siblings!

THEATER: OUT FRONT THEATRE COMPANY

Out Front takes the three-peat win for best theater! Established in 2016 to tell stories of the LGBTQ experience and community, Out Front gives voice to LGBTQ artists through theatre. Out Front is committed to inclusivity by implementing internal policies of color-conscious casting, including female playwrights and playwrights of color in programming, and employing minority creative teams.

Runners-up are Actor’s Express and Serenbe Playhouse

 

LGBTQ NON-PROFIT: RAINBOW HOUSE

Rainbow House works to eliminate homelessness in the LGBTQ community by providing new and innovative affordable housing for those experiencing homelessness. They believe that safe affordable housing is a right, not a privilege – and they’re dedicated to fulfilling that right by whatever means possible.

Runners-up are Sister Love and Jerusalem House 

 

HIV/AIDS NON-PROFIT: THE ARMORETTES

This legendary camp drag organization has raised over $2.2 million for those living with HIV/AIDS since its inception 40 years ago. The Armorettes have been stepping up to do what’s right since the height of the AIDS epidemic during the late ’70s and early ’80s, and will continue to do so until a cure has been found.

Runners-up are Positive Impact and Open Hand

 

LGBTQ EVENT: THE ARMORETTES EASTER DRAG RACE

There’s a new winner in town for Atlanta’s top LGBTQ event! It’s a celebration of Easter with performances from Armorettes queens, an Easter Bonnet contest, cocktails, games like Drag Race, Tops N Bottoms, Musical Chairs, Snap Your Weiner, an egg hunt, and more! Proceeds from the event benefit those living with HIV/AIDS.

 

Runners-up are Atlanta Pride and Out on Film

 

SPORTS TEAM/LEAGUE: ATLANTA BUCKS RUGBY

Atlanta’s only inclusive gay rugby team whose mission is to provide a fraternal, discrimination-free environment for gay and diverse communities through the sport of rugby. Most recently, the Bucks won the 2017 Independence Cup at the IGR NA East Championship.

Runners-up are National Flag Football League of America and Hotlanta Volleyball Association

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP: ST. MARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

It’s the third consecutive win for this diverse congregation of believers who welcomes all, no matter who they are or where they’ve been. The church takes pride in opening their doors to all ages, races, and life situations, a dedication obviously seen in their motto: “Love, Accepting, and Serving.”

Runners-up are New Covenant Church of Atlanta and Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta 

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Here at the Georgia Voice, we love celebrating the BEST that Atlanta has to offer, especially when it comes to servicing our LGBTQ community!

The more than 70 categories below highlight what makes Atlanta the top LGBTQ-friendly city in the country with food, nightlife, services, events, and pet care that cater to our community.

Long have we searched for a city where inclusion is part of everyday life, and no matter where we frequent, we’re given the same respect as our hetero counterparts!

We give a big thank you and congratulations to the winners and runners-up in this year’s awards line-up for emphasizing equality for our Atlanta LGBTQ siblings!

BOOKSTORE: CHARIS BOOKS & MORE

This independently-owned feminist bookstore takes home the award for the fifth consecutive year in a row! It’s not only known for its left-of-center titles, but also its central role within the local progressive community. In addition to hosting special monthly events including book signings and readings, their selection of top-selling LGBTQ literature is out of this world! Check out their new location in the heart of Decatur steps from Agnes Scott College.

Runners-up are Barnes and Noble and Half Price Books

 

ADULT NOVELTY STORE: BRUSHSTROKES PLEASURES

Who says toy stores are just for kids? Brushstrokes Pleasures wins for the fifth year in a row as Atlanta’s go-to shop for all things sexy! Located in the heart of the Ansley gayborhood, Brushstrokes Pleasure stocks it all: Fetish gear, sexual supplements, vacuum pumps, condoms, lubricants and more.

 

Runners-up are Tokyo Valentino and Barking Leather

 

TATTOO PARLOR: ONLY YOU TATTOO

The first win for this ink shop located in the Grant Park neighborhood. With five tattoo artists on staff open seven days a week, the level of tattooing and customer service is written in the ink!

 

Runners-up are Timeless Tattoo and Kingdom Tattoo

 

LEATHER GEAR: BARKING LEATHER

In the market for a new harness or something leather? Barking Leather not only has a stand-alone store located off Cheshire Bridge Road but a specialty store in the bottom floor of the Atlanta Eagle! From custom made leather pieces made to order to novelty items like floggers, whips, cock rings, restraints and much more, this is the place to go if you’re looking to let your fantasies take over!

Runners-up are Brushstrokes Pleasures and Bulldog Leather

 

GAY APPAREL: BOY NEXT DOOR MENSWEAR

It’s the third consecutive win for BND and their merchandise speaks to why Atlanta voted them number one! Whether you want to be seen or do a little peeking yourself, head into this apparel shop for the latest fashions including brands like PUMP, Nasty Pig, and more! Looking for swimwear? There’s a wide selection of speedos, trunk shorts, jockstraps, and thongs!

Runners-up are Brushstrokes Pleasures and ABETTERBUZZ Brand Goods

 

FLORIST: FOXGLOVES & IVY FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO

Flowers are the way to every person’s heart, and at Foxgloves, their focus is the customer’s smile! For the fourth consecutive year, this Little 5 Points florist serves up a wide variety of floral options for all occasions.

 

Runners-up are Twelve Boutique & Flowers and Adaptation Floral Design

 

GIFT SHOP: BRUSHSTROKES PLEASURES

Brushstrokes Pleasures takes another win, this time for gift shop with a huge selection of novelty gives, sexual and non-sexual, for everyone! From socks, shirts, toys, gag gifts, and more, this shop knows how to celebrate all occasions of the year! Their merchandise is always changing, so swing in and see what new items they have to offer!

 

Runners-up are Barking Leather and The Merchant

 

FURNITURE STORE: ITAGLIA HOME DESIGN

There’s no room for tacky furniture in this city, and that’s why Intalgia takes home this award for the third year in a row! From couches, chairs, coffee tables, and lamps, the modern yet classic feel of each piece will add a special touch to any room of your home! Located at Ansley Mall, it’s a prime spot for members of the LGBTQ community looking to do a little home decorating in style!

Runners-up are Kaboodle Home and Horizon Home Furniture

 

THRIFT STORE: LOST-N-FOUND YOUTH

Five years and counting! It’s why LNF is the go-to spot for items donated back to the community, and all for a good cause! The thrift store is set up to help fund Lost-N-Found Youth, and everything they sell goes directly back into the non-profit organization supporting homeless LGBTQ youth.

Runners-up are Out of the Closet and Second Life

 

JEWELRY STORE: WORTHMORE JEWELERS

Winner of the best jewelry store for the fourth year in a row, it’s where the LGBTQ community goes for those special gifts of love and gratitude! Known as the coolest store in America by InStore Magazine, Worthmore Jewelers arrived on the jewelry scene opening in the early 1990s in Midtown Atlanta. The store is known for its fine jewelry, watches, custom designs, and art.

Runners-up are Tiffany’s and Jonathan Buckhead

 

LIQUOR & WINE STORE: TOWER BEER, WINE & SPIRITS

The place to go to for the best in alcohol for any party or event! Tower wins the BEST OF award for the second year in a row, but their legacy in the community goes way back! Over the last several decades, so many epic benders began with a simple run to a Tower liquor store for a six-pack and a bag of ice that it boggles the imagination. When you absolutely, positively have to find your favorite obscure stout from Lichtenstein or a good Bordeaux approved by the right French wine-control authorities — but at a reasonable price — you probably have one within a couple of miles of your residence.

 

Runners-up are Greens and Ansley Wine Merchants

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Criminal charges against gay actor Kevin Spacey have been dropped by Massachusetts prosecutors after the accuser pled the Fifth, reported LGBTQ Nation.

Spacey was accused of sexual assault in 2017 after journalist Heather Unruh tweeted that he had assaulted her loved one.

The #weinsteinscandal has emboldened me– #truth time. I was a Kevin Spacey fan until he assaulted a loved one. Time the dominoes fell pic.twitter.com/C0eiWEfHSO

— Heather Unruh (@HeatherUnruh) October 13, 2017

The loved one turned out to be her 18-year-old son, who claimed Spacey bought him eight to ten drinks at a bar in Nantucket and groped his genitals under the table. Spacey was charged in 2018 with one count of indecent assault and battery.

However, the charge was dropped on Tuesday (June 16) by Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe because of “the unavailability of the complaining witness.”

Spacey’s accuser appeared in court last week and was questioned about text messages sent in 2016. The accuser contended that he had lost the phone and didn’t delete or alter any messages.

“I did not delete any information,” he said. “I have tried to go back and find the conversations, and for a variety of circumstances they were not there.”

The alleged victim later invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silence and not incriminate himself of evidence tampering.

“The complaining witness was informed that if he chose to continue to invoke his Fifth Amendment right, the case would not be able to go forward,” O’Keefe said. “After a further period of reflection privately with his lawyer, the complaining witness elected not to waive his right under the Fifth Amendment.”

This is not the first sexual assault accusation made against Spacey. The actor came out as gay on Twitter in 2017 after being accused by Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp of sexual abuse. Rapp claimed he was 14 when a 26-year-old Spacey made an inappropriate sexual advance on him.

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Gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has received hefty contributions from more than 50 well-known celebrity donors, according to PinkNews.

Celebrities that donated to Buttigieg’s campaign include George Takei ($1,200), Barbara Streisand ($1,000), Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi ($2,800), John Stamos ($1,000), Gwyneth Paltrow ($2,800), Kevin Bacon ($2,800) and Michael J. Fox ($2,800), among others.

These donations pushed Buttigieg to the $24.8 million he received during his second fundraising quarter.

Rufus Gifford, the finance director of former President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, talked to AP about why the mayor from South Bend, Indiana has had so much success raising funds.

“He did exactly what you are supposed to do,” he said. “They are seizing opportunities, they are building infrastructure, hiring staff and working their butts off.”

Gifford attributed his popularity among both the general public, LGBTQ community, and celebrity donors, to the historic nature of his campaign.

“The LGBT community is very enthusiastic about supporting him,” Gifford continued. “That does not mean they are going to vote for him, but they want to support the candidacy because it’s historically important.”

Buttigieg started his campaign as the underdog, with no experience as a federal legislator. However, he has quickly risen in the ranks, recently placing third in a national poll among Democratic primary voters.

A list of all donations to presidential candidates are available to the public via the Federal Election Commission. $2,800 is the maximum amount an individual donor can give a single candidate.

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Pete Buttigieg’s nerdiness
may be a bigger liability than his sexual orientation as he attempts to become the first openly gay president of the United States. As admirable as his mind, words and biography are, his youthful studiousness and ambition risk reminding some of our peers of another political prodigy from our shared teenage years: Tracy Flick from “Election.”
Buttigieg seems to have mastered overachieving without becoming intolerable, but there’s a cap on how much perfectionism many folks will tolerate. Which is why there’s another Reese Witherspoon film from the ’90s that Buttigieg must avoid embodying even more: “Pleasantville.”
Buttigieg is a storybook candidate. He is charismatic but unimposing, ambitious but humble, young but wise, and a war veteran with a caring heart. His performance thus far in the campaign has been remarkable, both the promise of millennial leadership and how he has treated his homosexuality as an asset.
However, as in “Pleasantville,” a narrative can become so aspirational that it loses its authenticity. Buttigieg remains among my top tier of contenders in the Democratic primary, but my early enthusiasm for his candidacy was tempered when he and his husband were featured on the cover of Time magazine looking like the First Couple of Gay Mayberry.
I wasn’t disappointed they weren’t wearing leather or sequins, but I was startled by how “straight” they appeared — and I use that term in its historic, pejorative sense rather than to suggest sexual orientation. They were a visual manifestation of the lie that has been the LGBTQ movement’s most effective political strategy: that we and our relationships are just like heterosexuals.
Gay writer Dale Peck recently sparked outrage with a piece for The New Republic in which he wrote, “Mary Pete and I are just not the same type of gay.” Peck’s online column was pulled due to its vulgarity and cattiness, but his essay raised points that would fuel a delightful, tipsy conversation out of earshot, and without the input, of heterosexuals.
There is no right or wrong way to be homosexual, but there are different ways of being gay and there is little in Buttigieg’s story that echoes my experience and outlook as a homosexual. Indeed, the union between Buttigieg and Chasten Glezman — started on the fringe dating app Hinge — marks a radical departure from almost every gay man in history in that, as Peck notes, Buttigieg “married the first guy he dated.”
While that may sound like a heteronormative fairy tale, I read it as a red flag. Marriage equality did not retroactively equip gay men older than 30 with the same adolescent rites and lessons as their heterosexual peers, and I expect many to experience the frustration of trying to fit into a (faulty) relationship model for which we were never prepared.
Of course, many LGBTQ people throughout history were unable to pass a note to a middle-school crush, or attend prom with the date of their desire, or talk with their friends and family about their dreams of love, and they developed into fine human beings and romantic partners. I don’t know how many of them committed their lives to their first lover.
I don’t rule out Buttigieg blazing a new trail for gay relationships just as he has done for gay politics, but the former is decidedly less inspiring than his campaign pitch.

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Everybody farts. Whether we admit to it or not, we are built to pass gas when necessary. For some, those moments can come at the most inopportune time.
I grew up in a family that had the freedom to express themselves as they needed, with the understanding it was still a private matter and not to be expressed if others were in close proximity. However, my older brother and sister at times took the opportunity to purposely enter my personal space with their airy messages. The Carters called them frogs, and these invisible amphibians showed up everywhere around the house.
I had a couple of embarrassing moments because of a fart. The first was at my first big slumber party in elementary school. We were playing some 1970’s version of a pass-out game, where we had to spin in circles until dizzy then a friend would lift us up from behind. I suppose it was an effort to feel drunk or like passing out but when I was suddenly lifted in the air by my classmate I ripped one that could be heard throughout the basement we were playing in. The girl who provided the lift fell along with me to the carpeted floor, crippled with laughter. The rest of the crowd laughed as well so I had no choice but to be more tickled than ashamed. Good thing they didn’t see how red my face was.
The second also occurred in elementary school when my sister was getting married. I was a 10-year-old bridesmaid and the entire bridal party was gathered in a small enclosure leading to my church’s sanctuary, waiting for our cue. I could feel the pressure in my gut as I became nervous to walk down the aisle. In my mind, I thought if I just quietly let some air loose I’d feel so much better. So I did, but the aroma that soon dominated that small room prompted a reaction from the other women that made me regret my decision. As cool as I tried to be in my reaction, I was convinced they knew it was the young kid who dealt the stinky blow.
It’s not just bridesmaids who can sniff out the culprit. Recently in Missouri, police had a similar clue help them catch a criminal. Officers with the Liberty Police Department, along with a K-9 unit, had been searching for a man wanted on a warrant charging possession of a controlled substance. It seems that the suspect may have gotten away except for, you guessed it, his loud fart. Sure enough the unmanned man passed gas so loudly that police were easily able to locate his hiding spot and arrest him.
There does seem to be a stigma associated with flatulence that is more severe than with other bodily functions yet it is still a normal process. I’ve known intimate couples who didn’t fart in front of each other, even though they’ve shared everything else physical, and women who work to hold their farts in while using a bathroom stall. Now that I’m approaching the age where a normal cough can trigger one, I say so be it, and while you’re at it pull my finger.

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Friday, July 19

Winner of eight Tony Awards, “Spring Awakening” is a provocative exploration of the journey from adolescence to adulthood told through an electrifying contemporary musical with a pop/rock score. Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play of the same name, it follows the interweaving lives of a group of German teenagers as they navigate issues of sexuality, morality, and adulthood. Although set in late-19th century Germany, the angst, emotion, desire, and romance still ring true today. Onstage Atlanta’s version of it opens tonight.
Don’t miss the Boys of BJs strut their stuff.
BJ Roosters
Get ready to celebrate Joining Hearts 32 with two super-star DJ’s, Joe Gauthreaux and Leanh, on-stage creating music magic at the official kickoff party. For ticket information, visit gaboyevents.com.
Heretic Atlanta 

Saturday, July 20

The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum will host renowned photographer Adreinne Waheed, who will discuss her book of photography “Black Joy & Resistance.” What can be deemed as a visual representation of Maya Angelou’s “And Still We Rise” through her camera lens, Adreinne Waheed’s “Black Joy & Resistance” masterfully captures “The Souls of Black Folks.”
3pm 
Come get wet for Joining Hearts 32 to help raise awareness and funds to provide care and housing assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. Since 1987 Joining Hearts has donated more than $2.5 million to various local beneficiaries. Enjoy superstar Rick Braile and an opening set by Andres Vergel. Patrons will all enjoy food by Sun In My Belly and end with a fabulous fireworks display.
Greystone at Piedmont Park
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the “pleasantly plump” teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire: to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” She’s a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart who sets out to follow her extraordinary dreams and win the boy she loves. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Hairspray” is piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.
City Springs Theatre Company/Byers Theatre
Atlanta house legend DJ Ron Pullman returns to town, spinning tonight.
Mixx Atlanta
The only hoedown in Atlanta! All night dancing to a mix of country, swing, and pop! There’s line dancing, two-step, west coast swing, east coast swing, and more! No cover!
Heretic Atlanta
Don’t miss Valley of the Dills with Miz Cracker from “Rupaul’s Drag Race.” This is the Official Season 11 tour afterparty, with performances by Brigitte Bidet, Dotte Com, Iv Fischer, Molly Rimswell, Royal Tee, SHI, Taylor Alxndr, and TJ Maxx.
My Sister’s Room
Michelle Malone’s performances can go from contemplative coffeehouse quiet to rowdy and “Deluxe reverb on 10” at the turn of a dime. Her passionate, uncompromising style has won her loyal following worldwide. Michelle’s new record “Slings and Arrows” is upbeat, defiant, and jubilant, flush with the raw energy, emotion, and slide guitar that’s always been a part of her signature sound all while nudging her deeper into some personal new territory. Malone teams with Linda Bolley for a gig tonight.
Eddie’s Attic
DJ Daniel Weaver returns to the Atlanta Eagle for an electrifying night of dancing. Come party with us and support the Atlanta Bucks Rugby team as the club night Sponsor.
Atlanta Eagle
Keep the party going with the official Joining Hearts Saturday night party with international DJ Micky Friedmann spinning the beats all night long. Opening set by DJ Mike Pope and a special performance by Phoenix. For ticket information, visit gaboyevents.com.
Buckhead Theatre

Sunday, July 21

DJ Pagano returns to Xion after hours to celebrate Joining Hearts weekend.
BJ Roosters
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! As part of the Coca Cola Film Festival at the Fox Theatre, “Mary Poppins” screens today — and it’s the Sing-along version.
After an impactful launch in Miami this spring, the Sweet Spot crew is spreading the love this summer with their new Sweet Spot event. Sweet Spot resident joy-makers Deane and DJ Pride are bringing a different flavor and will be joined by Atlanta’s own Brian Rojas. The trio will be pumping a surprising, unpredictable and joy-inducing blend of modern and classic house, soul-stirring and vintage jams, connected by a yummy base of percussive fierceness.
District Atlanta
The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children opens its doors tonight.
Atlanta International School 

Monday, July 22

It’s All Music Monday with DJ Bill Berdeaux.
Blakes on the Park 

Tuesday, July 23

Up for some basketball? The Los Angeles Sparks visit the Atlanta Dream tonight.
State Farm Arena
Enjoy good vibes and great music with
DJ Schilla tonight.
Bulldogs 

Wednesday, July 24

Campy, outrageous and full of showtunes, Twisted Broadway is tonight, hosted by Edie Cheezburger.
Lips Atlanta

Thursday, July 25

Do you want to read books by amazing Black women writers? Do you want to discuss works from a Black feminist perspective(s)? Do you want to do all of this in an awesome gem of a feminist bookstore? Then the Black Feminist Book Club is for you. Charis Circle board chair Susana Morris is the facilitator of this group. This spring and summer Black Feminist contemporary memoirs are on tap and tonight it’s “The Light of the World” by Elizabeth Alexander. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center literary event and the suggested donation is $5.
Charis Books and More
Let the sunshine in! It was one of the company’s biggest hits ever and now the musical “Hair” is back. Running through August 18, the musical plays tonight.
Wild Flower Meadow at 
Serenbe Playhouse

Friday, July 26

Mix and mingle with LGBTQ+ business professionals, allies, non-profit leaders, and more at the AGLCC (Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Fourth Friday gathering, sponsored by AARP.
Urban Foodie Feed Store
Direct from Broadway! If you want to be part of the party of the summer, get thee to Actor’s Express for the hilarious, sexy Broadway hit “Head Over Heels,” featuring the music of the iconic ’80s band The Go-Go’s. Full of campy fun and romantic entanglements, this wildly entertaining musical romp follows the royal family of mythical Arcadia on a madcap journey to save their kingdom and follow their hearts. Featuring such beloved Go-Go’s hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You,” “Head Over Heels” will leave you laughing out loud and humming along.
LADIES OF THE G8YTIES edition! Because “Girl just want to have fun”. Come join us as we celebrate some of the greatest women in music from the ’80s including Madonna, Cher, Whitney Houston, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Bananarama, The Bangles, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Jody Watley, Kim Wilde and more. Dj Mike Pope will be spinning all your favorite songs from the divas of the ‘80s. $10 cover all night long.
Heretic Atlanta

Saturday, July 27

HRC invites you to their fourth annual tennis social, Serving for Equality. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in this fun doubles event and will receive a commemorative event t-shirt and gift bag. Don’t have a doubles partner? Organizers will pair you up with other players and you can make some new friends along the way. Not a tennis player? That’s okay. Join as a spectator. Players and spectators will enjoy complimentary food, cocktails, a complimentary pop from King of Pops, a silent auction, music and more.
Sharon E. Lester Tennis Center
ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.”
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The Legendary Children: Royal Court Reunion features the likes of Violet Chachki (Queen), Lavonia Elberton (Royal Mage), Ellisorous Rex (Queen Mother), Brigitte Bidet (Guard of the Royal Stool), Mo’Dest Volgare (Royal Mistress), Hydrangea Heath (Royal Cupbearer), Kryean Kally (Princess), Iv Fischer (Duchess), JayBella Banks (Mistress of Coin), Davey Swinton (Troubador), Molly Rimswell (Court Marshall) and Mystery Meat (Court Jester), with music by Zaida (Pied Piper)
The Star Community Bar
DJ Eric James is bringing HEAT to the dance floor. Hot men — cold cocktails to get the summer party going. No Cover!
Atlanta Eagle

Sunday, July 28

Carly Rae Jensen brings her Dedicated Tour to town tonight.
Tabernacle Atlanta 

Monday, July 29

T-Time Atlanta Trans Youth holds its weekly meeting.
St. Annes Episcopal Church

Tuesday, July 30

It’s Trivia Tuesday night at the Hideaway Atlanta with host DeWayne Morgan.

Wednesday, July 31

Enjoy two rowdy events at the Heretic AtlantaWarp Zone begins at 9pm and then Boys’ Night Out dance party kicks off at 10pm.

Thursday, Aug. 1

Alex Suarez hosts FEMME tonight. FEMME is dedicated to providing a safe space for queer folks, allies, and a range of entertainers to come to together under one roof for a night of performance, drag, and one big ass dance party. Performers include Reptilian Anderson, Calcutta and TJ Maxxx.
Sister Louisa’s Church
UPCOMING

Friday, Aug. 2

Join MAAP for its monthly It’s Friday — Mix, Mingle and Network session. This month’s event will be at the Living Room (Lobby Bar) of the W Atlanta – Midtown. W Atlanta Midtown will graciously be providing drink specials for your enjoyment, light bites, and a DJ to spin some tunes. Grab a friend and a business contact or two and meet us there. Leave the work week behind, start your weekend right, and connect with other like-minded LGBT and straight professionals over drinks, laughter, and good professional conversation. Pre-register now at https://maap080219.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, August 4

DJ Ana Paula returns to Xion after hours to keep the party going into the early morning!
BJ Roosters
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.
Charis Books and More
Before the film version comes out later this year, enjoy the national touring version of “Cats” tonight.

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