Our guide to the best LGBT events in At­lanta for July 8-21

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Ge­or­gia Voice’s 2016 Best of At­lanta Awards pre­sen­ta­tion party is this evening. En­joy com­pli­men­tary ap­pe­tiz­ers from Henry’s Mid­town, DaVinci’s Pizza, Green Ginger De­catur, and Cam­pag­nolo Restau­rant + Bar while sip­ping com­pli­men­tary Por­tal del Alto wine and Tito’s Vodka sig­na­ture cock­tails. 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Ge­or­gian Ter­race Ho­tel, www.face­ events/286243361765723 (Photo by Jean Bartlett)


They do magic, and they are bare-assed! Two Aus­tralian ma­gi­cians per­form “The Naked Magic Show” tonight at 8 p.m. and Satur­day 5 and 9 p.m., The Buck­head The­atre, www.the­buck­headthe­


At­lanta Ea­gle hosts the Hot­lanta Rub­ber & Gear Club, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.,­lantaea­


At­lanta Pride’s an­nual Trans March is do­ing some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this year. An open call is be­ing held for trans­gen­der and gen­der non-con­form­ing dancers who know how to shake their thing. Fem­i­nine? Get in Trans-For­ma­tion! Mas­cu­line? Get in Trans-For­ma­tion! In Be­tween or Nei- ther? Get in Trans-For­ma­tion!!! Any ques­tions? Email Laura@at­, 12 – 2 p.m., Rush Cen­ter An­nex, www.rush­cen­ter­


DJ Mora­bito spins at 3 a.m. at Xion At­lanta, www.face­ events/240924132918113/ Come out to 10th and Pied­mont tonight for some out­stand­ing food and drinks and to sup­port a great cause. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from from the night’s checks will be do­nated back to Out Front The­atre Com­pany, which starts pro­duc­ing this fall with gay-themed work, 6 – 11 p.m., www.face­ events/1789419574623274/


Dine out to­day at Agave from 5 –10 p.m. and help raise money for At­lanta Pride, Agave At­lanta, 242, Boule­vard E, At­lanta, GA 30312 Play black­jack with Miss Lau­ren at 7 p.m. at Woofs At­lanta, www.woof­sat­


Charis wel­comes James Ma­gruder, au­thor of crit­i­cally ac­claimed nov­els, “Su­gar­less” and “Let Me See It” to read from his new­est novel, “Love Slaves of He­len Hadley Hall.” Every Septem­ber since 1958, a fresh batch of res­i­dents ar­rives at the Yale grad­u­ate dor­mi­tory that bears the name of one Miss He­len Hadley, a nine­teenth-cen­tury ec­to­plas­mic em­a­na­tion still re­sid­ing at 420 Tem­ple Street, New Haven, Con­necti­cut. Every year she se­lects her fa­vorites, fol­lows their ad­ven­tures, cheers on their ro­man­tic shifts

and strat­a­gems, and picks up their lingo. With the univer­sity threat­en­ing to bull­doze her home, she de­cides to chronicle her fa­vorite year, the nine months in 1983–84 when Si­las Huth, Becky En­gelk­ing, Nixie Bol­ger, Carolann Chudek, and Ran­dall Flinn took up the man­a­cles of erotic at­tach­ment and parsed mean­ing from every lit­tle move­ment of their ra­pa­cious, beat­ing hearts. 7:30 – 9 p.m., www.charis­book­sand­

J’s Lounge is the home for Rain­bow Tues­days, with Dy­mond Ona­sis and Ni­cole Paige Brooks lead­ing the fun and DJ Destin pro­vid­ing house mu­sic, 1995 Windy Hill Road #1, Smyrna, GA 30080


With its huge an­nual Pride fes­ti­val and vi­brant LGBTQ nightlife scenes, At­lanta is re­garded as an LGBTQ haven. Yet when it comes to the over­all safety of the city’s di­verse pop­u­lace, se­ri­ous ques­tions have gone unan­swered. So­cial Stud­ies: Is At­lanta RE­ALLY an LGBTQ haven? will ad­dress the con­cerns and real-time strug­gles — from MARTA to pub­lic health to ed­u­ca­tion — of all the queers and oth­ers who call At­lanta home. 6 - 8:30 p.m., Cen­ter for Civic In­no­va­tion, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. D, SW, At­lanta, GA 30303 At­lanta Pride, SO­JOURN and Out On Film present a free screen­ing of the film “Ori­ented,” look­ing at the new gen­er­a­tion of Pales­tini­ans, tonight at 7 p.m. Rush Cen­ter An­nex, www.face­ events/164333017298363/ Are you DRAGnif­i­cent? This elim­i­na­tion se­ries seeks out the best up-and-com­ing drag tal­ent. Doors open at 8 p.m., Jun­gle At­lanta, www.jun­ DJ Stan Jack­son spins for the Pig Dance Black­out party tonight at the Heretic, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., www.hereti­cat­


SAGE At­lanta’s so­cial hour be­gins at 10 a.m., fol­lowed by a pro­gram/meet­ing at 11 a.m., Phillip Rush Cen­ter An­nex, www.rush­cen­ter­ Trivia Night is every Thurs­day at My Sis­ter’s Room, with doors open­ing at 6 p.m., bingo from 8 –10 p.m. and trivia to fol­low, as well as food and beer spe­cials,­sis­ter­


DJ Laura Gen­tle plays all the hits and your re­quests, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., The Hide­away At­lanta,­lantahide­ DJ Tommy spins at 9 p.m. at BJ Roost­ers, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, At­lanta, GA 30324


The sum­mer’s best pool party and fundraiser is back – Join­ing Hearts 29: A Brand New Day. The event, held to raise aware­ness and funds to pro­vide care and hous­ing as­sis­tance to peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/AIDS in At­lanta, will fea­ture live en­ter­tain­ers through­out the evening and mu­sic by DJs Luis Perez and Aus­tralia’s Dan Slater with three lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ences: Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion, VIP and Ul­tra VIP, 4-10:30 p.m., at the Pied­mont Park Pool, www.join­ing­ Kick back un­der the stars in the Ivester Am­phithe­ater in Gainesville and en­joy the amaz­ing sounds of the Indigo Girls dur­ing the At­lanta Botan­i­cal Gar­den’s Con­certs in the Gar­den, 8 p.m., 1911 Sweet­bay Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501, at­ indigo-girls


Wake up and make joy­ful noise with the Sis­ters of Se­quin – Bubba D. Li­cious and Jus­tice Counce – at Gospel Brunch, Lips At­lanta, www.atl­ To­day’s PFLAG meet­ing will in­clude a panel fea­tur­ing a Lutheran pas­tor, a Catholic priest, and a Pres­by­te­rian pas­tor. A leader from the Catholic group For­tu­nate and Faith­ful Fam­i­lies will also be present. 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Spir­i­tual Liv­ing Cen­ter of At­lanta, 1730 North­east Ex­press­way NE, At­lanta, GA 30329 WNBA sea­son is in full gear. The At­lanta Dream host the Los An­ge­les Sparks at a 3 p.m. game to­day Philips Arena, www.philip­


Trans and Friends is a youth fo­cused group for trans peo­ple, peo­ple ques­tion­ing their own gen­der, and as­pir­ing al­lies. Charis pro­vides a fa­cil­i­tated space to dis­cuss gen­der, rel­e­vant re­sources and ac­tivism around so­cial is­sues. Whether silently or aloud, please come ready to con­sider your own gen­der in a tran­sient world. This is a project of the Fem­i­nist Out­lawz and is co-spon­sored by Charis Cir­cle’s Strong Fam­i­lies, Whole Chil­dren, 7 – 8:30 p.m., www.charis­book­sand­ Come hang out with the Pride kick­ball play­ers tonight at Blake’s. www.blakeson­thep­arkat­


In a mood for games? “Let’s Make a Deal” with Ken from 6 - 10 p.m., might hit the spot, Friends on Ponce, www.friend­son­


Learn about the Al­liance The­atre world pre­miere pro­duc­tion of “The Prom” at a spe­cial Q&A mod­er­ated by Al­liance The­atre Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Su­san V. Booth. You’ll hear straight from openly gay di­rec­tor/cho- re­og­ra­pher Casey Ni­cholaw, com­poser Matthew Sk­lar, li­bret­tist Bob Martin, and lyri­cist/li­bret­tist Chad Beguelin about how this show hap­pened and why you should be look­ing for­ward to it. Then stick around for the Love Wins Prom — it will be the prom you al­ways wanted to at­tend. Yes, you should dress ac­cord­ingly.The event is free, 7 p.m.,­liancethe­ Awarded ‘Best Open Mic 2015’ by At­lanta Mag­a­zine, “Duets” is a monthly singer­song­writer and artist show­case, hosted and run by Kyle Kirkland, fea­tur­ing lo­cal live orig­i­nal mu­sic and cover songs as well as works from lo­cal artists, pho­tog­ra­phers, jewel­ers, au­thors & many oth­ers. Tonight fea­tures Chelsea Shag, J. Tyler, Indee Killed the Pop Star, Princess Charles, Stephanie Lloyd, and the Crafty Virgo, 9 p.m., www.face­book. com/events/287551581584397 En­joy free pool at Bull­dogs, 893 Peachtree Street, At­lanta, GA 30309


The Pretty Girl Hide­out Thurs­days is tonight, hosted by Mook Da­host, Soul Bar at Pal’s Lounge, 254 Auburn Ave., At­lanta, GA 30303,



At­lanta Pride in­vites LGBTQ fam­i­lies and kids of all ages to en­joy a day of pic­nic, games, kids’ yoga, paint­ing, and more! This event is free and open to the pub­lic Do­na­tions are wel­come. Glen­lake Park, 1121 Church St., De­catur GA, 30030. Please call 404-377-7231 with ques­tions

The Hu­man Rights Cam­paign in­vites you to their in­au­gu­ral ten­nis so­cial – Serv­ing for Equal­ity. Play­ers of all skill lev­els are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate in this dou­bles event, and will re­ceive a gift bag with a re­tail value of over $40. Don’t have a dou­bles part­ner? HRC will pair you up with other play­ers and you can make some new friends along the way. Each ticket pur­chased goes to­wards HRC’s im­por­tant mis­sion of LBGTQ equal­ity in At­lanta and across the coun­try. The event will have a DJ, food, cock­tails, a silent auc­tion, and a photo booth to en­joy while you cheer on your friends as they serve aces for equal­ity. 6 – 10 p.m., Sharon Lester Ten­nis Cen­ter,­lanta

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