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Our guide to the best LGBT events in At­lanta for June 12-21.

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The East Point Pos­sums Shows is the Southeast’s largest drag ex­trav­a­ganza, with free ad­mis­sions, 20+ acts, food, drinks and fun, 7 – 11 p.m., www.east­point­pos­­dex.php (File photo)


The Ref­or­ma­tion Project At­lanta Area Train­ing Con­fer­ence con­tin­ues Fri­day and Satur­day. The con­fer­ence will pro­vide train­ing and re­sources on how to talk about the Bi­ble and LGBT is­sues in con­struc­tive ways with non-LGBT-af­firm­ing Chris­tians. The Ref­or­ma­tion Project aims to connect LGBT-af­firm­ing Chris­tians with like-minded peo­ple through­out the re­gion to work to­wards a more in­clu­sive and af­firm­ing church. Sher­a­ton At­lanta Down­town. Reg­is­ter at: re­for­ma­tion­pro­ OurSong, the At­lanta gay and les­bian cho­rus, presents its spring con­cert, “Stars,” in which the cho­rus pays trib­ute to in­di­vid­u­als who have fur­thered hu­man rights and hon­ors the stars who are no longer living but con­tinue to shine brightly in the sky. This fi­nal con­cert for the sea­son will in­clude a guest cham­ber orches­tra and fea­ture Dan Forrest’s “Re­quiem for the Living.” Fri­day at 8 p.m. at the Druid Hills United Methodist Church and Satur­day at 8 p.m. at Clay­ton State Uni­ver­sity’s Spivey Hall, www.our­songat­


Des­tiny Brooks and Shavonna Brooks em­cee Femme Fa­tale, tonight at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s, Come en­joy good com­pany and free pool tonight at Bull­dogs, 893 Peachtree Street, At­lanta, GA 30308


Join Team LGBT Dance At­lanta at Joe’s on Ju­niper to raise money for AIDS Walk At­lanta & 5K Run 2015. There will be $10 beer, $2 jello shoot­ers, and spe­cial guest DJ Neon the Glow­gob­ear! 12 p.m., Joe’s on Ju­niper, www.joeson­ju­ Join Charis Books for a spe­cial book sign­ing with Ann J. Temkin, au­thor of “Sight In The Sand­storm,” a book of sto­ries about the au­thor her­self and about the Jewish Je­sus living in his own time. Ann J. Temkin is half Jewish, half Gen­tile, an ex­nun and or­dained min­is­ter with a story that is some­times funny, some­times sus­pense­ful and al­ways mov­ing. 1:30 – 3 p.m., www.charis­book­sand­ Are you good Brit­ney or bad Brit­ney? DJ Pat Scott presents Brit­ney Bash 2015/At­lanta Pride Night at the Ea­gle. Come out to the At­lanta Ea­gle, rep­re­sent your good or bad side and en­joy non-stop Brit­ney Spears mu­sic from mid­night to 2 a.m., with drink spe­cials and no cover! It’s also a chance to bid farewell to At­lanta Pride Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Buck Cooke be­fore he moves to Lon­don. Doors open at 10 p.m.,­lantaea­ It’s two par­ties in one. DJ Rob Reum spins in­side while DJ Daryl Cox turns up the mu­sic out­side at TEN At­lanta, www.tenat­


DJ Mora­bito spins for the late nighters at Xion, 3 a.m.,­i­o­capro­duc­

The At­lanta Rad­i­cal Faeries will be hold­ing the fifth an­nual Mid­sum­mer’s Night event

to­day. This year’s theme is “A Mid­sum­mer’s Wet Dream.” The event will be held at the Arts Ex­change in Grant Park; the fes­tiv­i­ties will go on from noon to morn­ing. (File photo) Dine out for Pride at Ria’s Blue­bird is to­day. One of the best restau­rants in At­lanta is do­nat­ing 20 per­cent of all sales to At­lanta Pride all day long, so come out, sup­port a wor­thy cause, and treat your­self to some truly ex­cel­lent food! 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.,­ Regina Simms em­cees the New Faces event with singers, dancers, mu­si­cians, drag kings and queens and more, 9 p.m., Friends on Ponce, www.friend­son­


Trans and Friends: a Project of the Fem­i­nist Outlawz is a youth fo­cused group for trans peo­ple, peo­ple ques­tion­ing their own gen­der, and as­pir­ing al­lies. A space is pro­vided to dis­cuss gen­der, rel­e­vant re­sources, and ac­tivism around so­cial is­sues. This is a project of the Fem­i­nist Outlawz, co-spon­sored by Charis Cir­cle’s Strong Fam­i­lies, Whole Chil­dren Pro­gram. There is no sug­gested do­na­tion for youth par­tic­i­pants of this pro­gram but adults and al­lies may make a do­na­tion in sup­port of this pro­gram, 7 - 8:30 p.m., www.charis­book­sand­


SO­JOURN, At­lanta Pride, and The Health Ini­tia­tive will draw on all of their re­sources and re­la­tion­ships to in­vite re­li­gious lead­ers from mul­ti­ple faiths to par­tic­i­pate in a panel dis­cus­sion—What place does faith have in re­cov­ery? Each re­li­gious leader will be asked to make a brief pre­sen­ta­tion on the meth­ods their spe­cific faith tra­di­tion in­cor­po­rates when deal­ing with re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tion. 7 – 9 p.m., Phillip Rush Cen­ter An­nex, www.rush­cen­ter­


As a part of GLAAD’s South­ern Sto­ries pro­gram, GLAAD has been vis­it­ing Ge­or­gia, talk­ing with LGBT peo­ple to hear more about their lives and their ex­pe­ri­ences. Th­ese sto­ries are now pre­sented in “GLAAD Presents: State of Change— Ge­or­gia,” a mini-doc­u­men­tary about LGBT life in the Peach State. Fol­low­ing the screen­ing of the mini-doc­u­men­tary will be a Q and A with some of those fea­tured in the film, as well as cock­tails and hors d’oeu­vres .The event is free and open to all. 6 p.m., Turner Broad­cast­ing, RSVP re­quired: Charis is ex­cited to wel­come four unique au­thors who all share one thing in com­mon: they have all pub­lished books through the new in­de­pen­dent woman-owned pub­lish­ing com­pany, She Writes Press. Au­thors Jo Ivester, “The Out­skirts of Hope”; Shary Hauer, “In­sa­tiable”; Gina Folk, “Peo­ple Lead­er­ship”; and Kel­ley Clink, “A Dif­fer­ent Kind of Same” will read and par­tic­i­pate in aQ & A about their work and how they came to pub­lish with She Writes Press. 7:30 – 9 p.m., www.charis­book­sand­ Ruby Redd’s Bird­cage Bingo starts at 8:30 p.m., with $3 well drinks all night, The Hide­away,­lantahide­


Sage At­lanta hosts a so­cial hour and games at 10 a.m. and then a gen­eral meet­ing at 11 a.m., Phillip Rush Cen­ter An­nex, www.rush­cen­ter­ New­nan Theatre Com­pany’s “Bare: A Pop Opera” re­volves around a group of high school se­niors at a Catholic board­ing school fac­ing is­sues of sex­u­al­ity and per­sonal iden­tity, run­ning through June 28 with an 8 p.m. cur­tain tonight,­nanthe­


Christo­pher Du­rang’s Tony Award-win­ning “Vanya and So­nia and Masha and Spike” has a lead gay char­ac­ter, run­ning tonight at 8 p.m., through June 28, Hori­zon Theatre, www.hor­i­zonthe­ DJ Shane Stiel spins at the Heretic as part of this week­end’s Peach Party At­lanta, www.hereti­cat­


Cel­e­brat­ing Ge­or­gia Equal­ity’s 20th year, Evening for Equal­ity is ex­pected to draw some 300 of Ge­or­gia’s most im­por­tant com­mu­nity lead­ers tonight for Ge­or­gia Equal­ity’s Equal­ity Awards. Guests will gather for a din­ner re­cep­tion to cel­e­brate the suc­cesses of the past year and con­tri­bu­tions of sev­eral lead­ers in the move­ment to ad­vance fair­ness, safety and op­por­tu­nity for Ge­or­gia’s gay, les­bian, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der and al­lied com­mu­ni­ties. The VIP Re­cep­tion be­gins at 6 p.m. and the event be­gins at 7:30 p.m., In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Buck­head, www.geor­giae­qual­ An­der­son Cooper and Andy Co­hen join forces for an un­scripted, un­cen­sored and un­for­get­table night of con­ver­sa­tion. 8 p.m., Cobb En­ergy Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, www.cobben­er­gy­cen­ Gay and Les­bian com­posers fill the pro­gram dur­ing “Glit­ter & Be Gay!” At­lanta Free­dom Bands’ con­cert cel­e­bra­tion of Stonewall Week. The con­cert pro­gram fea­tures orches­tral master­works by com­posers with a se­cret past paired with works with works by con­tem­po­rary com­posers living openly. 8 p.m., North At­lanta High School,­lantafree­dom­ Dawn & Kyle’s 80s & Be­yond Retro Theme Birth­day Bash/Cos­tume Party starts at 8 p.m., At­lanta Heretic, www.hereti­cat­ DJ Stan Jack­in­sky and per­former Phoenix join forces at Jun­gle At­lanta as part of Peach Party At­lanta, 10 p.m., www.jun­


Wake up and make joy­ful noise with the Sis­ters of Se­quin at Gospel Brunch with per­form­ers Bubba D. Li­cious and Jus­tice Counce, 12:30 p.m. fol­lowed by a 1:30 p.m. show, Lips At­lanta, www.lip­ Kevin Du­rand works the crowd as part of Peach Party At­lanta to­day from 3 – 7 p.m. at BJ Roost­ers, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, At­lanta, GA 30324 Alyson Calagna is the guest at­trac­tion at Jun­gle as part of Peach Party At­lanta be­gin­ning at 7 p.m., www.jun­ Abel fin­ishes Peach Party At­lanta week­end late tonight at Xion,­i­o­carpro­duc­

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