A new beginning
Waking up to the allure of spring events
Winter Storm Remus ushered out February with a bit of whimper but the chilly March weather has all of us seeking those early hints of spring.
Atlanta wakes back up after a long winter with festivals and parties, especially those catered to the LGBT crowd.
From Atlanta Leather Pride to the annual HRC Dinner Gala & Auction, there is something for everyone.
This year, the first-ever Ladyfest Atlanta plants its seeds in the city later this month to celebrate all things women and gender nonconforming, while the Atlanta Leather Festival returns to the Atlanta Eagle April 10-12 to embrace kink and fetish and also crown a new Mr. and Ms. Atlanta Eagle and new Mr. SE Rubber.
For John Paquette (aka JP), who identifies as a “versatile, aggressive, leather otter,” retiring as the 2014 Mr. Atlanta Eagle is a dream come true.
“After six years of being the otter behind the curtain I was challenged by all the contenders to get out there. With the contest being opened up [in 2014] to represent the entire patron base and not just the leather aspect, I thought it more than perfect timing,” he says.
Clockwise from above left: The Armorettes’ Easter Drag Races are one of the biggest spring events for LGBT folks who love to sinfully celebrate the holiday. (File photo); JP is ready to retire his 2014 Mr. Atlanta Eagle title when Atlanta Leather Pride hits the Atlanta Eagle April 10-12 (Photo by Dyana Bagby); lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer comes to Atlanta May 1 for a fundraiser to benefit the fledgling Pride School Atlanta. (Publicity photo)