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Welcome:
Atlanta Mayor
Kasim Reed
36 Nightlife:
Where to Party
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Welcome: Atlanta 50 Nightlife Map:
Get your bearings
Web Manager
Ryan Watkins
9 Convention and
Visitors Bureau
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Where to Eat
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12 History: Gay ATL’s
historic moments
Sales Executives
Events: The year’s
64 Retail:
Where to Shop
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18 biggest happenings
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Where to Stay
Robert Pullen
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A quick peek
around town 72
Organizations:
Where to get help
and volunteer
Contributors
Ryan Lee, Mike Ritter 33 Neighhorhoods
Map: Metro
Atlanta at a glance 76 Religious Groups:
Where to worship
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A WORD FROM
OUR MAYOR
Greetings:

As the 59th mayor of Atlanta, it is my


distinct pleasure to welcome you to the
city of Atlanta.
Atlanta is a truly vibrant and diverse
city and we are fortunate to have such a
thriving gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-
gender population. I am proud to be both
a resident and the mayor of a city that
embraces the LGBT community so fully.
Our city stands as a strong beneficiary
of the many outstanding contributions
of Atlanta’s proud gay and lesbian resi-
dents. It’s no wonder that last year The
Advocate designated Atlanta as the
gayest city in the United States. Every Mayor Kasim Reed
year, we attract hundreds of thousands
of visitors from all across the world for
the largest Pride festival in the Park, Woodruff Arts Center, the
Southeast. Atlanta has some of High Museum, Atlanta Botani-
the most progressive and gay- cal Garden, and Piedmont Park.
friendly corporate and philan- I invite you to share in our
thropic organizations in the Southern hospitality, sample
country. And our unique neigh- cuisine at our many fine restau-
borhoods including Midtown, rants and enjoy the rich and di-
East Atlanta and others have verse heritage of our city.
a variety of shops, restaurants, On behalf of the people of Atlanta, I
bars, clubs and cafes which are enjoyed welcome you to the city.
by not just those in the gay community
but by broader Atlanta.
While in our city, I encourage first time Sincerely,
visitors to explore the many attractions
Atlanta has to offer including the Martin
L. King, Jr. Center, Underground Atlanta,
the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-
Cola, CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Kasim Reed

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SOUL OF
THE SOUTH
Centennial Olympic Park houses the
If you haven’t been to Atlanta in
new World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN At-
lanta Studio Tour and the Georgia Aquari- the last few years, you have missed
um. Already internationally known for its
whale sharks, the aquarium has some new a lot. The city is brimming with
inhabitants, dolphins. The multi-million
dollar AT&T Dolphin Tales exhibit opened
growth. Just look at the area
in April, complete with a 25-foot-long un- surrounding Atlanta’s most
derwater viewing window, live theatrical
shows, and an 1,800-person theater. visited attractions.
There’s more development coming. In
2013 the National Center for Civil & Hu-
man Rights and the College Football Hall owned establishments with an emphasis
of Fame open in Centennial Olympic Park, on farm-to-table dining.
building on the city’s already stellar reputa- The city’s nightlife is diverse, with each
tion as a city that educates and entertains. neighborhood offering a different vibe —
Look beyond the gleaming high rises from Virginia-Highland’s laid-back atmo-
to discover the soul of the South. Atlanta’s sphere to the chic style of Buckhead to the
dozen or so inside-the-beltway neighbor- trendy, cosmopolitan scene in Midtown.
hoods build an attractive quality of life Atlanta’s after-hours scene offers some-
that keeps people moving and visiting thing for everyone, whether looking for a
here. These communities blend residential place to dance the night away, kick back
streets with gotta-find-it boutiques and the and relax to some smooth jazz or enjoy a
best chef-owned eateries. late-night coffee and dessert.
If all you do is drive by Atlanta, you That’s just a taste of what Atlanta has
may think the city is all glass, steel, and to offer. Rated as “one of America’s gayest
traffic, but its heart is green, where locals cities” by The Advocate, Atlanta has some-
are more likely to walk and bicycle for a ge- thing for every visitor. We look forward to
lato or coffee than add to traffic. showing you a bit of Southern hospitality
Atlanta’s extensive art scene and rich in the most welcoming city in the world.
history create cultural offerings unmatched Let us help plan your visit:
in the South. Visitors can enjoy art, music, www.gay-atlanta.com
theatre and more at award-winning venues
throughout the city. The Atlanta Symphony Sincerely,
Orchestra, whose recordings have earned
27 Grammy Awards, plays more than 200 William Pate
concerts per year. Atlanta is also home to President and CEO
52 playhouses and theatres, including the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre.
Need a dining recommendation? Just
ask the locals. Dining is one of our favorite
past times. As a result, 45 new restaurants
opened in our downtown area alone since
2008. Atlanta boasts more than 700 Zagat-
rated restaurants from traditional Southern
fare to upscale gourmet cuisine to locally-

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Atlanta:
a birthplace of civil rights
The word gay was not commonly used to Long considered the birthplace of the
describe homosexuals until after the middle
of the twentieth century, but the homosex- African-American Civil Rights
ual society in Georgia’s capital was vibrant
and revolutionary enough to warrant a
Movement, Atlanta has a spirit of
nightlife magazine called Gay Atlanta in opportunity and freedom that has also
the 1930s and establish gay-affirming con-
gregations by the 1950s. made the city a hotbed of gay rights
Gay people existed everywhere in At- progress in the conservative South.
lanta, whether among the black aristocracy
that helped finance the Civil Rights Move-
ment or the women of the Atlanta Tomboys
softball program, the bohemian vanguard
on Baltimore Block or the military vets preme Court justices upheld sodomy laws
returning from World War II. A gay man in Bowers v. Hardwick, a ruling that would
named Bayard Rustin was a key adviser to later be harshly chastised by the majority in
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., counseling him the landmark case Lawrence v. Texas.
on non-violent resistance and co-founding When the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain
the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Lead- fired several Atlanta workers in 1991 for not
ership Conference with King. adhering to its policy that employees practice
Prior to the Stonewall Riots, much of At- “normal heterosexual values” in 1991, Atlan-
lanta’s gay and lesbian culture was limited ta activists engaged in a 12-year boycott that
to restaurants, house parties and nightclubs, drew national attention (including a segment
but the city’s first Gay Pride parade in 1971 on the Oprah Winfrey Show). The organizing
(which included about 150 participants) behind the Cracker Barrel boycott established
signaled the beginning of passionate activ- the mold for pressuring corporations to adopt
ism. In 1971, a group of activists formed an gay-friendly stances, and in 2002 the restau-
Atlanta chapter of the Gay Liberation Front, rant chain rescinded its anti-gay policy.
and a year later the Atlanta Lesbian Femi- Gay and lesbian Atlantans scored an even
nist Alliance was created. more impressive victory in the mid-1990s,
Gay organizing and activism gained sig- winning a gold medal in activism leading-
nificant momentum during the AIDS crisis up to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
in the 1980s, as gay and lesbian Atlantans The controversy centered on the Atlanta
launched rigorous protests to spur the Centers Committee for the Olympic Games’ decision
for Disease Control & Prevention into action. to hold the women’s volleyball tournament
Also during the ’80s, the first U.S. Su- in Cobb County, where the county commis-
preme Court challenge to anti-sodomy laws sion had recently approved a resolution stat-
arose from Atlanta when resident Michael ing that homosexuality was incompatible
Hardwick appealed his arrest for engaging with the community’s standards.
in consensual oral sex with another adult ACOG was initially adamant that the
male in the privacy of his home. The Su- women’s volleyball tournament would
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2008 rally against California’s
Prop 8 decision at the Georgia
Capitol. (Photo by Bo Shell)

not be moved, but after six months of gue- city, county and state offices, and enacting
rilla activism and highly embarrassing epi- domestic partner benefits policies in almost
sodes for Olympic organizers, Cobb County a dozen jurisdictions throughout the state.
was stripped of women’s volleyball for the Challenges and setbacks remain, such as
Olympic Games. in 2004 when 76 percent of Georgia voters
“It says something about resistance and approved a state constitutional amendment
outcome, and how you don’t know what’s go- banning same-sex marriage. However,
ing to happen,” says Pat Hussain, who was one strides toward gay, lesbian and transgender
of the lead organizers of Olympics Out of Cobb. liberation take place everyday throughout
Gay Atlanta continued to achieve remark- Atlanta, where LGBT residents have estab-
able successes toward the end of the century, lished themselves as an integral thread in
electing openly gay and lesbian officials to the city’s fabric.

ATLANTA'S GAY HISTORY TIMELINE 14

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ATLANTA'S GAY HISTORY

TIMELINE
1957
The Southern Christian Leadership
Conference is founded in Atlanta by
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bayard
Rustin, a gay adviser.

1971The Atlanta Gay Liberation Front


is established and hosts the city’s first Bayard Rustin
Gay Pride Parade.

1982-86
Atlanta gay resident Michael Hard-
1997
Cathy Woolard becomes the first
wick is arrested in his home for engag- openly gay or lesbian elected official
ing in consensual oral sex with an- by winning a seat on the Atlanta City
other man. He appeals his conviction Council. More than a dozen openly
all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, gay candidates have won office since.
which upholds anti-sodomy laws in
Bowers v. Hardwick.
1998
1993
The city of Atlanta becomes the first
The Georgia Supreme Court strikes
down the state’s anti-sodomy law that
was upheld in Bowers v. Hardwick. The
municipality in Georgia to approve state court’s decision comes five years
domestic partner benefits for gay and before the landmark U.S. Supreme
lesbian city employees. Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.

1994
An ad hoc group of gay and lesbian
2010
The city of Atlanta pays a $1.025
activists known as Olympics Out of Cobb million settlement to patrons of the
pressures the Atlanta Committee for the Atlanta Eagle who were subjected to
Olympic Games to withdraw competi- harassment during a misguided police
tion from anti-gay Cobb County. raid on the bar in 2009.

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Gay days
Atlanta’s greatest LGBT celebrations
Human Rights Campaign Dinner Atlanta’s LGBT calendar is brimming
May 14, 2011 | www.atlantahrcdinner.org
Raising well over a quarter-million dol- with social, philanthropic, sports
Photo by Dyana Bagby
lars a year for the Human Rights Campaign, and political events year-round. Here
the Atlanta HRC dinner is a standard-bearer
throughout the nation. The annual black- are 10 of the city’s largest and most
tie affair features the leading activists and
entertainers advancing LGBT rights, and popular LGBT events.
honors local LGBT leaders and allies for their
work to make Georgia more accepting.
Photo by Dyana Bagby

Mondo Homo
May 25-30, 2011 | www.mondohomo.com
Summers in the GayTL get a jump start
each Memorial Day weekend with Mondo
Homo, a multi-day festival featuring queer
musicians, spoken-word artists and delight-
fully eclectic bad-asses. Currently in its fifth
year, the Mondo Homo festival is com-
mitted to promoting creative indie energy
among Atlanta’s LGBT residents.

Joining Hearts
July 23, 2011 | www.joininghearts.org Nicki Minaj at Traxx for Black Gay Pride 2010
An extra dose of “fun” is added to “fund-
raising” each summer during the Joining
Hearts party, which donates 100 percent of and community-empowerment seminars.
proceeds to HIV/AIDS services. The annual Atlanta’s reputation as a black gay mecca is
pool party regularly features fireworks, free- magnified during the first weekend of Sep-
flowing drinks and plenty of shirtless boys, tember, especially when thousands gather
and has raised more than $1.15 million to in Piedmont Park on the Sunday of Labor
fight AIDS over the last two decades. Day weekend.

Black Gay Pride Southern Comfort Conference


Sept. 2-4, 2011 | www.inthelifeatl.com Sept. 20-25, 2011 | www. sccatl.org
What began as informal house parties Founded in 1991 in Atlanta, the Southern
has grown into the largest Black Gay Pride Comfort Conference has grown to one of the
celebration in the world. The masses of largest and most diverse transgender gath-
black LGBT individuals who gather in At- erings in the country, drawing hundreds
lanta each Labor Day weekend is incom- for seminars, health services, high-profile
parable, as are the mind-blowing parties speakers and plenty of social events.
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Photo by Dyana Bagby

The Starlight Cabaret at the 2010


Atlanta Pride Festival (Photo by
Laura Douglas-Brown)

AIDS Walk Atlanta


Oct. 16, 2011 | www. aidswalkatlanta.com
The spirit of community and purpose is
always on display at AIDS Walk Atlanta,
when thousands gather in Midtown to
2010 Toy Party remember those lost in the epidemic and
pledge solidarity against the disease. Now
in its third decade, AIDS Walk Atlanta has
raised millions of dollars for local non-prof-
Out on Film | Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2011 its combating HIV/AIDS.
www.outonfilm.org
The most entertaining and provocative Toy Party
selections in LGBT cinema are showcased Dec. 4, 2011 | www.forthekid.org
during the Out on Film festival each fall. One of the most poignant signs of LGBT
Approaching its silver anniversary, Out on Atlantans’ commitment to their city and
Film is one of the oldest LGBT film festivals neighbors is the mound of toys on display
in the country, and strives to bring multi- each December at the annual Toy Party. In
cultural films and other titles that otherwise less than a decade, the event has grown into
would not receive big-screen distribution. one of the largest social events of the year,
and has collected thousands of presents for
Atlanta Pride needy children during the holidays.
Oct. 8-9, 2011 | www.atlantapride.org
There is not a more powerful reminder of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
the progress of LGBT Atlantans than the an- Jan. 16, 2012
nual LGBT Pride festival, which attracts an No city celebrates Dr. King’s birthday
estimated 300,000 attendees each year. Hav- like the great civil rights leader’s home-
ing survived a move from the last weekend town, and Atlanta’s black gay clubs enjoy
in June to the cooler month of October, At- their second-busiest weekend of the year
lanta Pride continues to draw thousands to during MLK weekend. The citywide march
its Piedmont Park marketplace and parade honoring Dr. King also always features an
down Peachtree Street. LGBT speaker.

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Local Life
Gay-friendly areas extend open arms
One of the unique elements of Atlanta It’s easy to feel among family virtu-
is that LGBT life is not restricted to a single
neighborhood, but rather found in the gay- ally anywhere in Atlanta, which is
affirming churches of Decatur, the gay and why so many thousands of LGBT
lesbian businesses in East Atlanta and the
gay clubs in Mechanicsville. Vibrant gay residents call the GAY-T-L home.
populations can be found in every corner
of the city, from redeveloped areas like
West Midtown and Glenwood Park to es-
tablished communities like Buckhead and
Sylvan Hills.
Atlanta’s reputation as a gay mecca was
cemented during the 1970s and ‘80s with
the rebirth of the Midtown neighborhood.
Thousands of LGBT residents who were of-
ten outcasts from their families and com-
munities flocked to Atlanta and found a
welcoming environment in the heart of the
city, even if the neighborhood was widely
Photo by Bo Shell

dilapidated and abandoned.


Dozens of gay bars — including the once
legendary 24-hour nightclub Backstreet —
Brushstrokes in Ansley Mall
transformed the neighborhood into one
of the most exciting areas in the South for
LGBT individuals, and eventually the com-
munity’s libertine freedoms were com- Ansley Mall/Cheshire Bridge
plimented by a decidedly queer affinity
for civic beautification. By the 1990s and As Midtown has gentrified, the area that
2000s, LGBT residents and business owners includes Ansley Mall and Cheshire Bridge
had lifted Midtown from its downtrodden Road has emerged as one of the most popu-
blight and made it into the crown jewel of lar neighborhoods for LGBT residents and
Atlanta neighborhoods. partygoers. While technically part of Mid-
Midtown’s residential, commercial and town, the Ansley Mall and Cheshire Bridge
cultural resurgence has made it a desirable area continues to have an abundance of
location for an array of diverse residents and affordable housing options for young gay
businesses, sometimes at the expense of gay people and singles, as well as nightlife and
traditions and institutions. Although Mid- entertainment options.
town continues to be the center of gay life The Ansley Square shopping complex is a
in Atlanta and one of the most renowned virtual gay courtyard, featuring the popular
gayborhoods in the South, LGBT residents gay variety store Brushstrokes, the adult book-
are now visibly dispersed throughout the store Capulets, and the gay bars Burkhart’s,
entire city. Felix’s, Mixx and Oscar’s all sharing the same
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Mixx Atlanta in Ansley Mall
(Photo by Bo Shell)

parking lot. While neighboring Ansley Mall Another highlight of gay dining in this
has more mainstream shopping venues, the neighborhood is located across the street
queer presence is so strong that the Starbucks from Ansley Mall, as Cowtippers provides
is lovingly referred to as Bearbucks, the Kroger quality steaks and burgers, while its patio
has been renamed Krogay, and the LA Fitness in known to sizzle with sexy LGBT diners
is known for its buffet of gay eye candy. during warmer months.
Cheshire Bridge holds the crown as At-
lanta’s reigning gay party district, with Buckhead/West Midtown
dance clubs such as Jungle and the Heretic
located along the strip. The go-go dancers at Considered one of Atlanta’s wealthiest
BJ Roosters are indicative of the overall spirit neighborhoods, Buckhead has veered toward
of the Cheshire Bridge strip, which has an in- a more staid persona after a decade of being
nocent red-light reputation with gay Atlan- known as Atlanta’s party district. It remains
ta. The two-mile road is peppered with adult the city’s busiest shopping district, anchored
bookstores and novelty shops, bong depots, by the upscale Phipps Plaza and neighboring
strip clubs and members-only gay gentle- Lenox Mall. One of the most vivid examples
men’s spas such as Eros and Manifest. of Atlanta’s organic gayness occurs each Sat-
The Cheshire Bridge strip is also known urday afternoon in Lenox, when hundreds
for its variety of dining options, includ- of LGBT residents and visitors descend on the
ing numerous ethnic restaurants and gay- mall to flirt and show off their fashions (and
owned joints. Among the gay-popular estab- presumably do some shopping).
lishments along the strip are Latin-themed
Las Margaritas and Taco Cabana, and Roxx Neighborhoods 24
Tavern, which serves up American classics.
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Buckhead/West Midtown (cont.)
One of the few nightlife establishments
to survive in Buckhead is the city’s only gay
sports bar, Woofs, which continues to draw
crowds for poker nights and viewing parties.
While Buckhead has a reputation for
million-dollar homes, there are also count-

Courtesy photo
less reasonably priced apartment com-
plexes and communities that have sizeable
LGBT populations. The neighborhood also Christmas in Atlantic Station
has the honor of being the part-time home
of Sir Elton John, who has owned a condo
on Peachtree Road since 1990, and named Cunningham, an African-American lesbian,
his 2004 album after the famous street. has served as a Decatur City Commissioner.
West Midtown is one of the freshest As the hometown of the Indigo Girls,
neighborhoods in Atlanta, with its recent re- Agnes Scott College, the Feminist Women’s
vitalization highlighted by the development Health Center and dozens of quaint neigh-
of Atlantic Station. The mixed-use Atlantic borhoods, Decatur and Dekalb County have
Station combines metropolitan living with long been known as one of the top destina-
big-city shopping, and has quickly become tions for lesbian residents. Although Deca-
one of the most popular venues in Atlanta. tur has experienced an exodus of its top two
Atlantic Station has become a cultural lesbian clubs, DeKalb County continues
hub with programming that includes Dia- to have a vibrant nightlife with spots like
logue in the Dark, Bodies: The Exhibit and Phase 1, crème and Scores.
Cirque du Soleil, but the development has The area is also home to an incredibly di-
also been criticized for being commercially verse spectrum of LGBT-owned businesses
generic. The complex was recently pur- and enterprises, from law firms and real es-
chased by new owners who promised to tate companies, to pet crematories and even
replace some of the chain franchises that an LGBT organic gardening club.
predominate Atlantic Station with locally
owned businesses in order to infuse the es- Downtown
sence of Atlanta into the neighborhood.
Among the locations in West Midtown Downtown Atlanta and surrounding
where LGBT people gather en masse are neighborhoods such as Old Fourth Ward, Me-
Ikea and LA Fitness in Atlantic Station, and chanicsville and Castleberry Hills are in the
Swinging Richards, a male strip club on midst of a turnaround, and as usual, LGBT res-
Northside Drive. idents are helping lead the way to neighbor-
hood revitalization. Young LGBT profession-
Decatur and DeKalb County als are seizing deals to become homeowners,
creating new gayborhoods in the process.
LGBT life in metro Atlanta extends far be- The overall nightlife scene in downtown
yond the city limits. In fact, the city of Decatur has waned over the years, but a handful
might be considered an even gayer city than of clubs such as Rain, Django and the new
Atlanta since it is among the top 10 cities with Xcess Ultra Lounge draw massive black gay
the highest percentage of same-sex couples, crowds each weekend.
based on analysis of U.S. Census data. The downtown culture is centered
Decatur is considered the most politically around tourism and the events that take
progressive area in Georgia, and enjoys a place at Philips Arena, the Georgia Dome
reputation for tolerance. The city and county and the Tabernacle. In less than a decade,
government have consistently promoted the Georgia Aquarium has become the city’s
gay rights initiatives, and since 1999, Kecia top tourist destination, and boasts the larg-
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Mary’s in East Atlanta
(Courtesy photo)

est collection of marine life in the country. and feminist bookstore that has persevered
Other popular downtown destinations for decades and continues to draw bestsell-
include the rechristened World of Coke, ing authors for readings and signings.
Underground Atlanta, the nearby Martin Gay establishments are an even greater
Luther King Center, Centennial Olympic part of the scene in the revitalized East At-
Park and the CNN headquarters. lanta Village, with LGBT-owned bars, home
décor stores and hair salons helping energize
East Atlanta/Little Five Points the area. My Sisters’ Room, one of the most
popular lesbian bars in the city, moved to
The east side of Atlanta is known for its the East Atlanta Village a few years ago and
alternative sensibilities, and LGBT hipsters continues to draw big weekend crowds.
are a vital part of trendy neighborhoods A few doors down from My Sisters’ Room
such as Little Five Points and East Atlanta is Mary’s, an offbeat gay bar that features
Village. A mix of eclectic stores and restau- legendary karaoke and themed-parties,
rants, charming houses and duplexes, and and which was selected as the best gay bar
nightlife options create a vintage vibe in in America a few years ago. The unpreten-
this area of town. tious attitude among the crowd and friend-
Little Five Points is particularly known as ly staff makes Mary’s one of the coziest
a hippie ‘hood, and is home to notable record places to enjoy a night out on the town.
stores, a community-owned natural foods The bohemian spirit of the East At-
store, and thriving indie music and theater
scenes. Adding to the neighborhood’s indie
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street cred is Charis Books & More, a lesbian
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Photo by Bo Shell
East Atlanta/Little Five Points (cont.)

lanta Village is also captured in the collec-


tions found in Traders, a gay-owned home
furnishing store that features classic pieces
and quirky knick-knacks.
The East Atlanta Village and Little Five
Points are both leaders in an overall revi-
talization of the east side of Atlanta that
includes the gentrifying neighborhoods of
Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown, Inman Park
and Candler Park — all of which have sig-
nificant LGBT populations. A pair of LGBT-
owned breakfast spots — Ria’s Bluebird in
Cabbagetown and Radial Cafe in Candler
Park — have attracted loyal followings due
to their creative cuisine and commitment
to their surrounding communities.

Midtown
The city’s original gayborhood, Midtown is
still the core of LGBT life in Atlanta. The inter- Lake Clara Meer in Piedmont Park
section of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue
is considered the crossroad of gay Atlanta,
with the venerable Outwrite Bookstore & Cof-
feehouse serving as an informal gay commu-
nity center for Atlantans, and a starting point
Photo courtesy projectqatlanta.com

for many LGBT visitors to the city.


Nearby Piedmont Park, one of the mar-
quee recreational venues in Atlanta, is
brimming with gay patrons, sports leagues
and special events year-round. The almost
200-acre park is the site of large annual
gatherings such as Atlanta Pride, Black
Gay Pride and AIDS Walk Atlanta, as well
as popular fundraising parties like Joining Joining Hearts at the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center
Hearts (a pool party that raises money for
HIV/AIDS organizations) and Backpack in
the Park (which collects school supplies Other Midtown favorites are Blake’s
for underprivileged children at the start of on the Park, which features the city’s top
each school year). drag queens seven nights a week, and Am-
While the neighborhood has gotten more sterdam Atlanta, a video bar and cafe that
conservative in recent years due to the in- features creative drink and menu specials.
flux of affluent residents and families, it re- LGBT foodies have plenty of opportunities
mains a concentrated gay party district, with to enjoy delicious meals while supporting
almost a dozen bars and nightclubs calling gay and lesbian-owned businesses, includ-
Midtown home. The neighborhood’s night- ing the popular Joe’s on Juniper; the up-
life options epitomize the diversity of LGBT scale Aurum, Einstein’s and Steel; the Med-
Atlanta, with Bulldogs drawing the hip-hop
crowd, Bellissima serving lesbians and the Neighborhoods 28
Eagle entertaining leather enthusiasts.
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The Fabulous Fox Theatre
(Courtesy photo)

Midtown (cont.) and street life to the historic neighborhood,


including the trendy bars, restaurants and
iterranean cuisine at Gilbert’s Cafe; and the boutiques located on Edgewood Avenue.
healthy variety at Metrofresh. Food aficionado Matt Ruppert, one of the
Another sign of Midtown’s staying power original founders of the Big Gay Supper Club,
as the LGBT base of Atlanta is that for almost turned his love of grub into one of the best
15 years, the neighborhood has been repre- Italian restaurants in Atlanta. The delicious
sented by the only openly gay member of the food and ambiance of Noni’s has quickly
Atlanta City Council. Lesbian Cathy Wool- turned it into a neighborhood gem, and on
ard first claimed the District 6 city council weekends the spot transitions into a late-
seat in 1997, and was succeeded by lesbian night party with a widely diverse crowd.
Anne Fauver in 2001. After Fauver retired in Also along Edgewood Avenue are The
2009, openly gay candidate Alex Wan bested Sound Table, a mixed club that hosts lesbian
a field of six to win the council seat. parties and regularly attracts lots of ladies,
Midtown also remains the cultural cen- and Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living
ter of all of Atlanta, with thousands flock- Room and Ping Pong Emporium, a delight-
ing to the neighborhood to attend shows at ful spirtually-themed bar more commonly
the Fox Theatre, enjoy the symphony at The known as Church.
Woodruff Arts Center and view exhibits at Old Fourth Ward is also home to Central
the High Museum of Art. Park, a somewhat sketchy park that neverthe-
less draws large numbers of gay tennis play-
Old Fourth Ward ers. The gay bar Cockpit, a neighborhood bar
off Boulevard, recently celebrated its grand
Neighboring downtown, the Old Fourth opening, offering another queer outlet for this
Ward is another neighborhood that has expe- bustling part of town.
rienced a great turnaround in recent years and
attracted an influx of LGBT residents. A couple
Neighborhoods 30
of commercial strips are bringing new energy
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Ria’s Bluebird Cafe
(Photo by Dyana Bagby)

verse and affordable housing options that


Reynoldstown/Cabbagetown has drawn many LGBT residents, many of
whom can be seen at the Edgewood Shop-
Just south of Old Fourth Ward is Cab- ping Plaza on any given day.
bagetown, an eclectic neighborhood where
old factories were converted to hip lofts and The ‘Burbs
businesses, where a historic cemetery hosts
offbeat events, and where LGBT residents LGBT life in metro Atlanta extends far
and businesses are helping the area carve a beyond the city limits. In addition to Deca-
new identity. The area’s main commercial tur, other cities in metro Atlanta have made
strip, Memorial Drive, is lined with busi- similar accomplishments in gay progress
nesses and restaurants that pay homage to and acceptance, whether elected officials
the neighborhood’s industrial roots with in East Point and Doraville, or gay bars in
their facades. more conservative areas such as Marietta.
Among the places to eat on Memorial Lithonia is home to one the largest black,
Drive is the lesbian-owned Ria’s Bluebird gay-affirming churches in metro Atlanta,
Cafe, a breakfast joint with a loyal follow- and Riverdale was the first city in the South
ing, and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, which always to elect an openly transgender candidate to
attracts LGBT crowds with its food and its city council.
drinks. Another gay-popular eatery worth The energy that spurred LGBT advance-
checking out is Agave on Boulevard Av- ment and a better quality of everyday life in
enue, which is considered one of the best Midtown has consistently gained momen-
places in the city for southwest cuisine. tum and spread in all directions of metro
Adjacent to Cabbagetown is Reynold- Atlanta, and allows gay culture to thrive in
stown, another neighborhood with di- the conservative South.
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NEIGHBORHOODS

Ansley Mall/ Decatur Inman Park


Cheshire Bridge Known for shops, restau- Historic neighborhood of
One of the most popular areas rants and large population restored Victorian homes
for LGBT shoppers and bars of LGBT residents
Little Five Points
Atlantic Station Downtown Hippie vibe and home to
Mixed-use development Epicenter for tourist feminist bookstore Charis
home to IKEA and other attractions like Georgia
retail and restaurants Aquarium centered on Midtown
Centennial Park ATL’s original gayborhood,
Buckhead still the core of LGBT life
Lenox Mall and upscale East Atlanta
Phipps Plaza are key shop- Alternative LGBT crowd North Druid Hills
ping destinations with bars including Mary’s Dekalb County neighborhood
and My Sisters’ Room close to Emory University
Cabbagetown /
Reynoldstown East Lake
Eclectic neighborhood of East Lake Golf Club is Old Fourth Ward
old factories converted to Atlanta’s oldest, home to Trendy bars, restaurants
hip lofts and businesses famed golfer Bobby Jones and boutiques located on
Edgewood Avenue

DISCOVER MORE: Virginia-Highland


Excellent restaurants and
Visit www.gay-atlanta.com shopping

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Bellissima

Atlanta’s diverse collec-


tion of hot spots boasts
a variety of nightlife op-
tions seven days a week.
No matter your tastes
– ladies, leather, hip-
hop or dance floors–you
name it, we’ve got it.

AMSTERDAM

560 Amsterdam Ave.


502-A Amsterdam Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30306
Atlanta, GA 30306 404-917-0220
404-892-2227 myspace.com/bellissima_lounge
www.amsterdamatlanta.com
Bellissima continually attracts
Mostly a guys’ spot, you’ll prob- the most beautiful women,
ably find a few women mixed in and some men, in the city
with this typically middle-aged while holding some of the most
to older crowd. See sports, music unique parties gay Atlanta has
videos and gay TV faves on the to offer. Expect anything from
many flat screens around the bar. comedy and live music to dance
The Fishbowl Fridays are a great parties and performance art. The
way to start your weekend, just eclectic programming appeals to Best of Atlanta:
as the Sunday afternoon brunch many tastes, so there’s always a Best Place to Meet Women
is a great way to wrap it up. woman who fits your style.
Atlanta Eagle
306 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-873-2453
www.atlantaeagle.com

Home of Atlanta’s leather


community. Masters, Slaves,
Daddies, Bears and Cubs all
dancing in the den. Great
patio and weekly theme nights.
Leather shop on site for all of
your naughty needs. Pool table.
Great patio that’s always ripe
with burly men, especially on
Saturday nights.
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PARTY

Burkhart's

893 Peachtree St. NE


Blake's on the Park Atlanta, GA 30309
227 10th St. | Atlanta, GA 30309 404-872-3025
404-892-5786 | www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com www.burkharts.com
A nightlife institution for more than 20 years, Blake’s on the
Equally appealing to scene
Park is a must-do for most gay male travelers. There’s not
queens and the casual crowd,
much of a dance floor, but Blake’s attracts a beautiful mix of
Burkhart’s has something for
men of all ages, as well as some of the city’s most legend-
everyone: a wide range of glam
ary drag queens. Conveniently located in the middle of the
and camp drag keeps the energy
Midtown “gayborhood,” there’s no denying the neighbor-
going in the main area, an up-
hood vibe Blake’s always boasts.
stairs with pool tables and balco-
ny overlooking the performance
Best of Atlanta: Best Place to Meet Men, area and perhaps the best patio
Best Neighborhood Pub in Midtown. Head there after
work and you’ll even find a
dinner crowd filling up from
BJ Roosters Burkhart’s full menu of tavern
favorites. In total, there are four
2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE bars manned by friendly staff
Atlanta, GA 30324 serving affordable cocktails.
404-634-5895 Cowtippers (Photo by Bo Shell)
myspace.com/bjroostersatl Best of Atlanta:
Neighborhood go-go boy bar Best Drag Show
with pool, videos and more.

Bulldogs Chaparral
893 Peachtree St. NE 2715 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30309 Atlanta, GA 30324
404-872-3025 678-568-9657
An ATL destination since 1978, www.chaparralatlanta.com
Bulldogs is located in the heart Very popular mixed, Latin, Carib-
of Midtown. Great DJs spinning bean, and Hip-Hop dance club
house and hip-hop; heavy-
handed bartenders assure you WHERE TO PARTY 38
get your money’s worth. Patio.

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Felix's on the Square
1510 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30324
404-249-7899
A friendly small gay neighbor-
hood bar in the Ansley Square
strip mall. Fun for early eve-
ning drinks and hanging out
with friends.
Friends on Ponce
Cockpit
465 Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30312
thecockpit-atlanta.blogspot.com
New speakeasy bar in East
Atlanta for men who seek men
for scruffy good times.  Smoke-
free interior with a large covered
patio. Full kitchen.  Free Pool. 
736 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
404-817-3820
www.friendsonponce-atl.com Jungle

A super-friendly neighborhood 2115 Faulkner Road


bar, Friends is a no-attitude bar Atlanta, GA 30324
with inexpensive drinks and 404-844-8800
pool tables that has become a www.jungleclubatlanta.com
first-choice for the alt-gay dive Huge dance club that hosts a
bar crowd. Quiet, easygoing spot variety of events, most notably
with large patio, and a great Monday’s “Stars of the Cen-
choice if you’re new in town tury” drag show that appeals
looking for a bar off the beaten largely to an African Ameri-
path. Free wi-fi, too! can audience and Saturday’s
dance night with big-name DJs
Heretic and a younger crowd. One of
Atlanta’s few 18 to party, 21 to
2069 Cheshire Bridge Road drink clubs.
Atlanta, GA 30324
404-325-3061
LeBuzz
www.hereticatlanta.com
If you’re looking to dance 585 Franklin Road
with a mix of the shirtless Marietta, GA 30067
and light leather crowds, the 770-424-1337
Heretic is definitely the place www.thenewlebuzz.com
to go. You’ll find a diverse mix LGBT people outside the Perim-
on weekends, but don’t miss eter know how to party every
Wednesday’s Dress Code Night, day of the week thanks to the
when leather, military gear, Marietta bar, LeBuzz, which
latex/rubber or going shirtless is holds regular drag queen and
required to hit the dance floor. king shows.
It’s a butch bunch, but you’ll
find all types scattered about Best of Atlanta:
Best Bar Outside Atlanta WHERE TO PARTY 42
the Heretic’s labyrinth layout.
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Mixx

Photos via mysistersroom.com


My Sister's Room
1271 Glenwood Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30316
678-705-4585
www.mysistersroom.com
Lesbian bar My Sister’s Room is
located in the heart of thriving
East Atlanta Village with an in- Ansley Square
door space made for dancing and 1492 Piedmont Ave. #B
a stage for live music and enter- Atlanta, GA 
tainment. The spacious back deck 404-228-4372
allows for mixing and mingling www.mixxatlanta.com
and is one of the top hot spots for
young women seeking fun and Atlanta’s premiere video venue
excitement in Atlanta. hosts three different lounges
for socializing with friends or
hosting a party or an event.
Main bar and lounge area are
Inset courtesy photos
smoke free; outdoor patio smok-
ing lounge. High energy and
videos plus dance floor.
Photo via Facebook

Model T

699 Ponce de Leon Ave.


Atlanta, GA 30308
404-872-2209
www.modeltatlanta.com
Quintessential neighborhood
bar with nightly events includ-
ing Keno and Lotto. Pool, juke-
Mary's box, video games and wi-fi. 
1287 Glenwood Ave. | Atlanta, GA 30316
404-624-4411 | www.marysatlanta.com Opus 1
Mary’s has been the hip bar of choice for alt-gays for years. 1086 Alco St.
Proudly called East Atlanta’s gay dive bar, don’t miss Mary- Atlanta, GA 30324
oke held every Tuesday. Large weekend crowds and kitschy 404-634-6478
theme parties are tradition. The bar has won acclaim from
LOGO TV and OUT Magazine. Neighborhood bar with a
devoted local following; no
Best of Atlanta: Best Karaoke pretention here. Plus, it’s right
across the street from the gayest
Waffle House in town!
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Oscar's Martini Bar PARTY
1510 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30324
404-874-7748
www.oscarsatlanta.com
Recently reopened with a new
look and feel in the same loca-
tion. Don’t miss show tunes
on Tuesday nights. Video on
demand. Closed Sundays.

Swinging Richards
1400 Northside Drive
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-352-0532
www.swingingrichards.com
Legendary men’s strip

Courtesy photos
club acclaimed for its huge
stable of totally nude hunky
dancers. A particularly fun
adventure for a group of
friends looking to celebrate
and cut loose.
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The Hideaway   PARTY

 1544 Piedmont Ave


Atlanta, GA 30324
404-874-8247
TRAXX ATLANTA
Midtown’s oldest neighbor- 253 Auburn Ave. | Atlanta, GA 30303
hood gay bar. Free Pool and Wi- 1-866-602-5553 | www.traxxatlanta.com
Fi. Opens 2 p.m. daily.  Located
behind Cook’s Warehouse at Urban Hip Hop and House Music parties since 1988. 
Ansley Mall. Saturday night only. A legendary spot known for
packing in thousands for Black Gay Pride, but popular
Tripp's Bar throughout the year. Stars such as Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim,
Danity Kane and the cast of Noah’s Arc are just a few of
the big names to hit the club.

1931 Piedmont Circle


Atlanta, GA 30324
404-724-0067
Cozy unassuming bar with
karaoke, darts and free Wi-Fi.

Xs UltraLounge WOOFS
2425 Piedmont Road
708 Spring St. Atlanta, GA 30324
Atlanta, GA 30308 404-869-9422
678-705-5537 www.woofsatlanta.com
www.xcessultralounge.com
Atlanta’s only gay
One of the city’s newest bars,
Photo courtesy projecqatlanta.com

sports bar, Woofs hosts


but from experienced leaders in a pretty regular bear
Atlanta’s black LGBT nightlife crowd with little elbow
scene. Located in a recently room on game days.
renovated space with ample The weekly line-up
seating and VIP sections. De- includes trivia, poker,
signed for the “grown and sexy” sports on 21 screens,
crowd. The perfect place for an pool, darts and a popu-
after work drink and dance. The lar menu of bar grub.
“sexxy” go-go dancers make it
all the better.

PREPARE TO PARTY: Karaoke? Drink specials? Find


out what’s happening tonight at www.theGAVoice.com
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Nightlife Map
Find your new favorite party space
1. Amsterdam 9. Cockpit 18. My Sister’s Room
502-A Amsterdam Ave. NE 465 Boulevard 1271 Glenwood Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306 Atlanta, GA 30312 Atlanta, GA 30316
404-892-2227 thecockpit-atlanta.blogspot.com 678-705-4585
www.amsterdamatlanta.com 10. Felix’s on the Square www.mysistersroom.com
1510 Piedmont Ave. 19. Opus 1
2. Atlanta Eagle Atlanta, GA 30324 1086 Alco St.
306 Ponce de Leon Ave 404-249-7899 Atlanta, GA 30324
Atlanta, GA 30308 404-634-6478
404-873-2453 11. Friends on Ponce
www.atlantaeagle.com 736 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE 20. Oscar’s Martini Bar
Atlanta, GA 30306 1510 Piedmont Ave.
3. Bellissima 404-817-3820 Atlanta, GA 30324
560 Amsterdam Ave. www.friendsonponce-atl.com 404-874-7748
Atlanta, GA 30306 12. Heretic www.oscarsatlanta.com
404-917-0220 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road 21. Swinging Richards
myspace.com/bellissima_lounge Atlanta, GA 30324 1400 Northside Drive
404-325-3061 Atlanta, GA 30318
4. BJ Roosters www.hereticatlanta.com 404-352-0532
2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE 13. Jungle www.swingingrichards.com
Atlanta, GA 30324 2115 Faulkner Road 22. The Hideaway  
404-634-5895 Atlanta, GA 30324 Ansley Mall
myspace.com/bjroostersatl 404-844-8800 1544 Piedmont Ave
www.jungleclubatlanta.com Atlanta, GA 30324
5. Blake’s on the Park
14. LeBuzz 404-874-8247
227 10th St.
585 Franklin Road 23. Traxx Atlanta
Atlanta, GA 30309
Marietta, GA 30067 253 Auburn Ave.
404-892-5786
770-424-1337 Atlanta GA 30303
blakesontheparkatlanta.com
www.thenewlebuzz.com 1-866-602-5553
6. Bulldogs 15. Mary’s www.traxxatlanta.com
893 Peachtree St. NE 1287 Glenwood Ave. 24. Tripp’s Bar
Atlanta, GA 30309 Atlanta, GA 30316 1931 Piedmont Circle
404-872-3025 404-624-4411 Atlanta, GA 30324
www.marysatlanta.com 404-724-0067
7. Burkhart’s Pub
16. Mixx 25. Woofs
1492 Piedmont Ave. NE
1492 Piedmont Avenue, #B 2425 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
Atlanta, GA  Atlanta, GA 30324
404-872-4403
404-228-4372 404-869-9422
www.burkharts.com
www.mixxatlanta.com www.woofsatlanta.com
8. Chaparral 17. Model T 26. XS Ultra Lounge & Bistro
2715 Buford Hwy 699 Ponce de Leon Ave. 708 Spring St.
Atlanta, GA 30324 Atlanta, GA 30308 Atlanta, GA
678-568-9657 404-872-2209 888-633-8982
www.chaparralatlanta.com www.modeltatlanta.com www.xcessultralounge.com
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Take a break from the
usual with Atlanta’s
famous local grub.
The South is known for
its BBQ, burgers and
country cooking, and all
our favorite places come
with a side of gay.
Apres Diem
931 Monroe Dr. | Atlanta, GA 30308
4th & Swift 404-872-3333 | www.apresdiem.com
621 North Ave. For a romantic night out, you can’t beat Apres Diem. Among
Atlanta, GA 30308 the bistro’s perks are its candlelit ambience, expansive patio,
678-904-0160 great wine choices and wait staff who never seem in a hurry to
www.4thandswift.com bustle customers out the door. The roasted lamb and Moroccan
salmon are great, but save room for the decadent desserts.
Located in the trendy Old
Fourth Ward in a chic industrial Best of Atlanta: Most Romantic
setting, 4th & Swift offers New
American comfort food with a
farm-to-table menu of seasonal Bakeshop CafE` Sunflower
delights. Don’t pass up the sticky
toffee pudding. 903 Peachtree St. 2140 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30308 Atlanta, GA 30309
Atlanta Diner 404-892-9322 404-352-8859
www.bakeshopatl.com 5975 Roswell Road
2071 N. Druid Hills Road
Atlanta, GA 30329 Atlanta, GA 30328
A working bakery in the heart of 404-256-1675
404-633-0024 Midtown providing a fresh and
www.atlantadiner24hours.com www.cafesunflower.com
diverse menu in an impressive
industrial space. Food for the vegetarian
Food, food and more food. Every
kind at any time of the day or connoisseur.
night. Open 24/7. CAFE` INTERMEZZO

Babette’s CaFE` 1845 Peachtree Road


Atlanta, GA 30309
573 North Highland Ave. 404-355-0411
Atlanta, GA 30307 www.cafeintermezzo.com
404-523-9121
www.babettescafe.com It may have a full menu, but the
desserts make it a top-flight des-
Rustic European fare at its finest. tination. It’s your favorite place
Chef Marla knows not only how to go with a sweet tooth – tarts,
to cook but how to make you tortes and oodles more beckon.
come back time after time. The Free wi-fi, too. Second location
restored 1916 bungalow is part in Dunwoody.
of the appeal along with veal
picatta for dinner and shrimp Best of Atlanta: Best Dessert
and grits for Sunday brunch.
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Caramba CafE` Photo by Bo Shell EAT
349-E Decatur St.
Atlanta, GA 30312
404-525-0525
www.carambacafe.com

Daily specials (try the Poblano


Verde), incredible margaritas
and a relaxed welcoming
atmosphere since 1988.

The colonnade COWTIPPERS


1600 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30324
404-874-3751 DOC CHEY'S NOODLE HOUSE
cowtippersatlanta.com
Multiple locations
Bar food with a South- www.doccheys.com
western flair done right: Pick up spring rolls, dumplings,
steaks, burgers, nachos and curries and stir fries — or stay in
1879 Cheshire Bridge Road
margaritas to live for. Part of and have them delivered. Three
Atlanta, GA 30324
the super-gay area locations (Midtown, Decatur
404-874-5642
Metrotainment family of and Grant Park) make it easily ac-
www.colonnadeatl.com
restaurants. The spacious cessible. Peace. Love. Noodles.
The gays mingle with the grays patio practically spills gay
Best of Atlanta:
at this Atlanta landmark of clientele on to Piedmont Best Takeout/Delivery
southern food served up the Avenue. People watching at
way you want it. This place its finest!
WHERE TO EAT 58
gives tomato aspic a good name.

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www.metrocafes.com

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EATS
600 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
404-888-9149
www.eatsonponce.net
Quick, conveniently located and
won’t put a dent in your finances.
Pasta dishes and good ole jerk Flying Biscuit
chicken, plus the likes of green 1655 McLendon Ave. | Atlanta, GA 30307 | 404-687-8888
beans and baked sweet potatoes. 1001 Piedmont Ave. | Atlanta, GA 30309 | 404-874-8887
www.flyingbiscuit.com
Best of Atlanta:
Best Meal Under $10 Founded in Atlanta and now a franchise, breakfast is served all
day (with lip-smacking omelets) and there are salads, sandwiches,
desserts and entrees for everyone. Expect weekend lines, but the
Einstein's wait is worth it. Head to the original location in Candler Park, or
the Midtown location near the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont
Avenue, perhaps the gayest intersection in Atlanta.
Best of Atlanta: Best Breakfast/Brunch

Flip Burger Boutique HOBNOB


1587 Howell Mill Road 1551 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30318 Atlanta, GA 30324
404-352-3547 404-968-2288
www.hobnobatlanta.com
3655 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342 Southern twist on tavern food.
404-549-3298 The likes of fried green tomatoes
1077 Juniper St. www.flipburgerboutique.com and collard greens go toe-to-toe
Atlanta, GA 30309 with hamburgers and other
404-876-7925 Bravo TV’s Richard Blais ac- traditional/classic dinner ideas.
www.einsteinsatlanta.com curately describes his burger Beer pairings bring a unique flair
concept as “fine dining between to the diverse menu. Great patio at
Still going strong at its Midtown two buns.” Don’t leave without a
spot after oh so many years, the busy intersection of Piedmont
Krispy Kreme milkshake. and Monroe.
Einstein’s is a terrific place for a
quick bite to eat while meeting F.r.o.g.s. Cantina Best of Atlanta:
with clients/colleagues, or for Best New Restaurant
a lovely brunch or dinner with 931 Monroe Drive
friends, with a menu that never Atlatnta, GA 30308
seems static. 404-607-9967 Irwin Street Market
www.frogsmidtown.com 660 Irwin St.
Best of Atlanta:
Best Business Lunch Inexpensive, build-your-own Atlanta Ga 30312
Tex-Mex just steps away from 678-705-7945
Piedmont Park. www.theirwinstreetmarket.com
El Azteca Various vendors offer every-
Gilbert's thing from delicious breakfast
939 Ponce de Leon Ave. 219 10th St. at Candi’s for Breakfast, to robust
Atlanta, GA 30306 Atlanta, GA 30309 coffees, to wonderful soups,
404-881-6040 404-872-8012 salads and sandwiches and the
www.elaztecaponce.com www.gilbertscafe.com world’s best ice cream at Jake’s.
When locals look for order-by- Cozy atmosphere with authentic Tastes for every palette here.
numbers Mexican, they head to Mediterranean fare in the heart of
El Azteca. The patio is perfect for Midtown’s gayest section. WHERE TO EAT 61
cheese dip and margaritas. Try the Zorba sampler!
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HOLY TACO EAT
1314 Glenwood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
404-230-6177
Unique taqueria focused on
sustainable local ingredients. Best
chips for cheese dip and salsa on
the planet and you’d best have a
glass of white wine sangria.

Landmark Diner
www.landmarkdiner.com
Four locations–Buckhead, Joe's on Juniper
Cheshire Bridge, Georgia State 1049 Juniper St.
University and Virginia Avenue Atlanta, GA 30309
Airport — all serving up major 404-875-6634
comfort diner fare. joesatlanta.com/juniper Metrofresh
Joe’s is the must-stop restau- 931 Monroe Drive, Suite A-106
Las Margaritas rant of choice for travelers Atlanta, GA 30308
looking for a gay dining 404-724-0151
1842 Cheshire Bridge Road experience: sassy waiters, www.metrofreshatl.com
Atlanta, GA 30324 popular music and a wide
404-873-4464 variety beyond bar food. A “world food” restaurant that
www.lasmargaritasatlanta.com It’s THE patio to see and be delivers fresh fare fast and gives
Two generations of Latin families seen on good weather days. back to its community. Fundrais-
serve up margaritas, food, fun and Variety of programming ers for AID Atlanta and PALS are
a way gay-friendly atmosphere. including trivia and BINGO just a few of its generous gestures.
Great for celebrations of any kind. during the week.
Miller Union
Make one up so you can go.
Best of Atlanta: 999 Brady Ave.
Best Patio
Atlanta, GA 30318
Little Bangkok 678-733-8550
2225 Cheshire Bridge Road www.millerunion.com
Atlanta, GA 30324 Majestic Diner Rustic Southern fare made with
404-315-1530 1031 Ponce de Leon Ave. local organic ingredients. Har-
www.littlebangkokatlanta.com Atlanta, GA 30306 vest Dinner is especially
Asian fare, with tangy Thai and 404-875-0276 lip-smacking and fun.
Chinese food. This perennially www.majesticdiner.com
well-populated restaurant has “Food That Pleases Since 1929”
Nancy's Pizza
an almost endless array of ap- and the most colorful clientele 265 Ponce de Leon Ave.
petizers and entrees. Don’t miss one can find, Majestic is open 24/7 Atlanta, GA 30308
the lunch specials: affordable, with good, Southern food that 404-885-9199
delicious and fast. makes late-night eating an even www.nancyspizza.com
guiltier pleasure.
Best of Atlanta: Asian Born in Chicago, the “Home of
the Original Stuffed Pizza.”
Mary Mac's
224 Ponce de Leon Ave. No Mas! Cantina
THE LIVINGSTON Atlanta, GA 30308 180 Walker St
659 Peachtree St. 404-876-1800 Atlanta, GA 30313
Atlanta, GA 30308 www.marymacs.com 404-574-5678
404-897-5000 Established in 1945 and only gets www.nomasatlanta.com
www.livingstonatlanta.com better. Business folk, celebrities Classic Mexican favorites and
The perfect place for cocktails and families of every stripe love more than 60 tequilas to try. And
before catching a show or for the Tea Room. With chicken and you can shop at their furnishings
dinner afterwards. Located in dumplings, collard greens with gallery after you eat!
the Georgian Terrace Hotel just crackling bread and Georgia
across the street from the Fabu- peach cobbler on the menu, it’s WHERE TO EAT 62
lous Fox Theatre. understandable.
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Noni's BAR & DELI
357 Edgewood Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30312
404-343-1808
www.nonisdeli.com
Some say it’s hard to find good
Italian in town, but between the
risotto of the day and lasagna `
Radial CafE
bolognese, Noni’s takes the cake. 1530 Dekalb Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Best of Atlanta: 404-659-6594
Italian, Best Bar with Food www.radial.us Taqueria Del Sol
One of the most environ- Multiple locations
One Midtown Kitchen mentally responsible joints www.taqueriadelsol.com
around, its creative menu Local fave for tacos, burritos
559 Dutch Valley Road includes the likes of veggie
Atlanta, GA 30324 and enchiladas. Locations near
sausage, vegan gravy and Cheshire Bridge, Decatur and
404-892-4111 apple pie vegan pancakes.
www.concentricshospitality.com Westside. Best queso, too.
A perfect place to spend an eve- Best of Atlanta: Best of Atlanta: Mexican
ning noshing on fine food. The Vegetarian/Organic
appetizers, wine and desserts
don’t disappoint either. The Varsity
Best of Atlanta: Overall Sauced 61 North Ave.
753 Edgewood Ave. Atlanta, GA 30308
Atlanta, GA 30307 404-881-1706
Parker's on Ponce 404-688-6554 www.thevarsity.com
www.saucedatlanta.com Get wasted on greasey classics
116 East Ponce de Leon Ave. at the the largest drive-in in the
Decatur, GA 30030 Chef Ria Pell offers Southern with
a twist, like blackeye pea fritters, country. Be wary of game-day
404-924-2230 traffic: sports fans by the busload.
www.parkersonponce.com sticky fingers and sweet tea ice
cream milkshakes. The VORTEX
Located in the heart of historic
downtown Decatur, Parker’s calls Sotto Sotto 438 Moreland Ave. NE
itself a steakhouse, but it is much Atlanta, GA 30307
more. It’s hard to pass on the 313 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307 404-688-1828
salmon, sea scallops and calamari.
404-523-6678 878 Peachtree St.
Ria's Bluebird www.sottosottorestaurant.com Atlanta, GA 30309
Authentic Italian place with www.thevortexbarandgrill.com
421 Memorial Drive
Atlanta, GA 30312 dishes like Tortelli di Michelange- The Holy Grail of hamburgers,
404-521-3737 lo and Naked Ravioli. Heavenly. Vortex is known for its no-non-
www.riasbluebird.com 100 percent Italian wine list, too. sense attitude and intense grill
selections. Dont’ forget the tots!
Retro and tiny with an all-day Southern Sweets
breakfast menu chocked full of Watershed
killer huevos and pancakes. 186 Rio Circle
Decatur, GA 30030 406 West Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-373-8752 Decatur, GA 30030
Roxx Tavern
www.southernsweets.com 404-378-4900
1824 Cheshire Bridge Road www.watershedrestaurant.com
You can find Southern Sweets’
Atlanta, GA 30324 Owned by Indigo Girl Emily Sa-
desserts in numerous Atlanta
404-892-4541 liers, this Decatur icon specializes
restaurants. They also offer a
Known for its burgers, gay male lunch menu along with award- in Southern seasonal fare made
crowd and friendly atmostphere. winning sweets. with local, organic ingredients.
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From massive malls to
quirky independent shops,
Atlanta has plenty to offer
for shoppers with budgets
large and small. For high-
end retail stores in a posh
mall setting, visit Phipps
Boy Next Door
Plaza in Buckhead. Lenox 1447 Piedmont Ave. | Atlanta, GA 30309
Mall, also in Buckhead, 404-873-2664 | www.boynextdoor.biz
offers major department Boy Next Door near Piedmont Park recently celebrated its 30th
stores and smaller shops. anniversary. Boy Next Door carries a full line of men’s clothing
from socks, underwear, jeans, and swimwear to dress slacks,
Atlantic Station, a mixed- dress shirts and designer blazers.
use development on the Best of Atlanta: Best Clothing Store for Men
site of an old steel mill
near Midtown, offers an
excellent mix of shopping BRUSHTROKES and Capulets
plus the city’s IKEA store. 1510 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30324
404-876-6567
www.brushstrokesatlanta.com
Atlanta Known for offering anything
Water Gardens and everything gay-related,
Brushstrokes has gained a
sterling reputation as a longtime
community business, and offers
apparel, DVDs, books, collectibles
and calendars. Just two doors
down and run by the same gay
owners, Capulets caters specifi-
cally to the adult audience with
toys, media and much more. Best of Atlanta: Best Gift Shop

CHARIS BOOKS & MORE


1189 Euclid Ave.
2165 Cheshire Bridge Road Atlanta, GA 30307
Atlanta, GA 30324 404-524-0304
404-235-0739 www.charisboooksandmore.com
www.atlantawatergardens.com 
At 36, Charis is both the old-
Providing “serenity to the est and the largest feminist
city,” Atlanta Water Gardens bookstore in the Southeast and
offers fountains of every size, carries a wide range of titles from
sculpture, statuary, and garden feminist, to queer to transgender.
accessories. A stroll through the Writing groups, author visits and
outdoor showroom alone will signings, book discussions and
relax you for the rest of the day. more. Plans are underway for a
Great gifts, too. feminist center in 2012.
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Heliotrope SHOP
248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030 Poster hut
404-371-0100
www.heliotropehome.com

More than shopping, a visit to He-


liotrope is an eclectic adventure.
Packed to the ceiling with unique
home accessories, gifts and cards
— you absolutely cannot leave
without something for yourself
and someone special. This quaint
boutique in downtown decatur
was voted best gift store by At-
lanta Magazine in 2010.
2175 Cheshire Bridge Road
Atlanta, GA 30324
Nandina HOME Melrose on Ponce 404-633-7491
245 N. Highland Ave., #120 345 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307 Decatur, GA 30030 An Atlanta institution for more
404-521-9303 404-378-1013 than 40 years, Poster Hut offers
www.nandinahome.com www.melroseonponce.com way more than posters. Adult
items, novelties, cards, clothing
Fine home furnishings, rugs, If cute is your thing you will find and more to be found at this
lighting, accessories, art and gifts. nirvana at Melrose. The most pre- “unique boutique.”
Custom draperies, upholstery cious birthday, wedding, baby
and bedding. Interior design and seasonal gifts in the city. WHERE TO SHOP 66
service available. Monogramming is a specialty.

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Rawhide Leather
Inside the Atlanta Eagle
306 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-881-0031
Get all your leather needs met
here and go show them off
upstairs at Atlanta Eagle.

The Pet Set


Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse
976 Piedmont Ave. 991 Piedmont Ave. | Atlanta, GA 30309
(near Piedmont Park) 404-607-0082 | www.outwritebooks.com
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-249-6668 Opening in 1993, Outwrite has served the LGBT community as
the unofficial center of gay Atlanta for nearly 20 years. Outwrite
2480 Briarcliff Road was the 2010 GA Voice “Best of Atlanta” winner for best book-
Atlanta, GA 30329 store, as well as the best place to take out of town guests. If you
404-633-8755 want an inside look at gay Atlanta, Outwrite is the place to start.
www.thepetset.com
Don’t go home without some- Best of Atlanta: Best Bookstore,
thing for Fido! Pet Set carries an Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests
extensive line of pet toys and
accessories. If Fido is traveling
with you, take him in for a day
spa or grooming. Pampering Traders Neighborhood Store
from a very pet-loving staff at
485-B Flat Shoals Ave.
two locations.
Atlanta, GA 30316
Tower Beer, 404-522-3006
Wine & Spirits www.tradersatlanta.com
Located in the East Atlanta Vil-
lage, Trader’s offers an eclectic
collection of home furnishings
and décor from upscale to fun
and naughty.

Trilogy Bookstore Worthmore Jewelers


2161 Piedmont Ave. 126 N. Avondale Road 500 L-3 Amsterdam Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30324 Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Atlanta, GA 30306
404-881-0902 404-228-3828 404-892-8294
www.towerwinespirits.com www.trilogybookstore.com 
117 E. Court Square
Tower is not just a package store. Books and more for inspiration, Decatur, GA 30030
The Greenbaum family has been spiritual growth and the healing 404-378-1013
in the business since the 1930s of mind, body and spirit. Tarot www.worthmorejewelers.com 
and has learned much about Tuesdays and Pyschic Wednes-
spirits and customer service days might help you with With a slogan like “enlarging
as well. In spite of being #1 in decision-making as well. your family jewels since 1994,”
volume sales for the entire state you know to expect more than
of Georgia, Tower offers personal- Learn more: just your average jewelry store.
ized service to each customer to Explore Atlanta in A wide array of wedding and
help you find just the right drink video and photos: commitment rings, watches,
for every occasion. Wine consul- www.gay-atlanta.com necklaces and custom work at
tants are always on hand. two locations.
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We've got the rings,
give us the finger!
Rings, bracelets,
necklaces, earrings,
watches and accessories
of gleaming brushed
stainless steel accented
by precious stones, fine
woods, sleek rubber
and more.

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of
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gay a
Amsterdam Walk + 500 Amsterdam Ave. + Atlanta + 404/892-8294
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Visit www.worthmorejewelers.com for our stores' hours.
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Atlanta is the hub of the
South, and when it comes
to luxury accommoda-
tions, we’ve got the perfect
place for your pillow. From
big hotels to bed and
breakfasts, Atlanta is your
home away from home.

Artmore Hotel

Georgian Terrace
659 Peachtree St. | Atlanta, GA 30308
800-651-2316 | www.thegeorgianterrace.com
Across the street from the Fox Theatre, the Georgian Terrace is
more than a century old and was added to the National Regis-
ter of Historic Places in 1986. The Georgian Terrace hosted the
premier gala for “Gone With the Wind” and can claim count-
less celebrities as its guests. Very LGBT-friendly.

Glenn Hotel
1302 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309 110 Marietta St.
800-548-5631 / 404-876-6100 Atlanta, GA 30303
www.artmorehotel.com 866-40GLENN / 404-521-2250
www.glennhotel.com
In the heart of Midtown’s
arts district, this independent 110 rooms of intimacy, comfort
boutique hotel boasts a lovely and personalized service in
renovation of a 1924 architectur- downtown Atlanta. Luxurious
al landmark building. MARTA and organic guest amenities.
and the High Museum of Art Unique series of meeting suites
are across the street. and neat roof-top lounge.

Four Seasons Hotel Grand HyatT


75 14th St. 3300 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309 Atlanta, GA 30305
404-881-9898 404-237-1234
www.fourseasons.com/atlanta www.grandatlanta.hyatt.com

The only 5-star 5-diamond Located in Buckhead with


hotel in the city. Chic urban easy access to luxury shopping
meets Southern tradition in this at Lenox Square and Phipps
neoclassical wonder of polished Plaza. Views of Stone Mountain,
marble and sweeping staircases. Downtown and a Japanese Zen
High Museum and Margaret Garden. Elegant Southern cui-
Mitchell House only a short sine. International Gay & Lesbian
walk away. Travel Association approved.

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Hilton Atlanta STAY
Airport
1031 Virginia Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30344
404-745-5000
www.hilton.com/atlantaairport
Perfect for the busy business
traveler with tons of business
amenities and a barber shop,
beauty salon, laundry and valet,
pool and fitness room.
Hotel Indigo

INN AT THE
PEACHTREES
330 W. Peachtree St.
683 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30308
Atlanta, GA 30308 800-242-4642
Renaissance MIDTOWN
877-270-1392 innatthepeachtrees.com
www.hotelindigo.com 866 West Peachtree St.
An affordable yet modern Atlanta, GA 30308
Midtown boutique hotel with alternative to big down- 678 412-2400
free wireless throughout the town hotels. Complimen- renaissanceatlantamidtown.com
property. Close to the Fox The- tary breakfast and buffet;
atre and very pet-friendly. free wireless internet A way gay-friendly boutique
and meeting rooms. Very hotel in the heart of Midtown.
Hyatt Regency LGBT-friendly. Close to MARTA and all Mid-
town attractions.
265 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
404-577-1234 King-Keith House B&B
www.atlantaregency.hyatt.com 181 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Downtown location with easy 404-659-0400
access to Georgia World Congress www.ritzcarlton.com
Center, CNN Center and the
Georgia Aquarium. The world’s Luxury, first-rate service and an
first contemporary atrium hotel, excellent location for business
built in 1967, has undergone a and downtown tourist fun.
recent major renovation.
Ritz-Carlton
Inman ParK B&B 889 Edgewood Ave. Buckhead
100 Waverly Way Atlanta, GA 30307 3434 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30307 800-728-3897 / 404-688-7330 Atlanta, GA 30326
404-688-9498 www.kingkeith.com 404-237-2700
www.inmanparkbandb.com This 1890 Victorian charmer is www.ritzcarlton.com
Built in 1912 as a residence one of the most photographed A second Ritz-Carlton in upscale
of Coca-Cola magnate Robert houses in the city. Located in Buckhead is the perfect getaway
Woodruff, this lovely B&B has Inman Park, Atlanta’s oldest for luxury shopping at nearby
been lovingly restored and is on neighborhood, it offers compli- Phipps Plaza.
the National Register for Histor- mentary breakfast and free wi-fi.
ic Places. All rooms have private Close to MARTA and Georgia WHERE TO STAY 70
baths. Very LGBT-friendly. State University.
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STONEHURST PLACE B&B

923 Piedmont Ave.


Atlanta, GA 30309
404-881-0722
www.stonehurstplace.com
A very romantic B&B with the
comforts of a small inn and the
amenities of a large hotel. Very
eco-friendly and LGBT-friendly. Twelve Hotel &
Residences
The Ellis Hotel
Centennial Park
400 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
W ATLANTA 404-418-1212
Buckhead
Atlantic Station
3377 Peachtree Road
361 17th St.
Atlanta, GA 30326
Atlanta, GA 30363
678-500-3100
404-961-1212
watlantabuckhead.com
www.twelvehotels.com
W Atlanta Downtown Condo-style lodging with two
45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd locations, Atlantic Station in
176 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30308 Midtown and Centennial Park
Atlanta, GA 30303 404-582-5800 Downtown.
877-702-1085 / 404-602-0563 watlantadowntown.com
www.ellishotel.com Westin Buckhead
W Atlanta Midtown 3391 Peachtree Road
Superb service and an excellent
188 14th St. Atlanta, GA 30326
location. Rated #1 business hotel
Atlanta, GA 30361 866-716-8128 / 404-365-0065
in Atlanta by TripAdvisor.
404-892-6000
watlantamidtown.com Sweeping skyline views and
The Mansion on close to upscale shopping
Peachtree Three excellent locations
in Atlanta each with its Westin Peachtree
3376 Peachtree Road own charm and the W
Atlanta, GA 30326 Plaza
stamp of quality. The
800-238-0767 / 404-995-7500 W Atlanta Midtown 210 Peachtree St.
rwmansiononpeachtree.com is walking distance to Atlanta, GA 30303
Over the top luxury and pam- Piedmont Park, where 404-659-1400
pering at the exclusive 29 Spa Atlanta Pride is held www.westin.com
at this boutique hotel close to each October. A business traveler’s
Lenox and Phipps Plaza. dream location
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Let the Artmore
take care of you.
The Artmore Hotel is an LGBT
friendly hotel in midtown Atlanta,
conveniently located near Piedmont
Park, fantastic restaurants, and the
best gay nighlife Atlanta has to offer.
The Artmore is also TAG approved.

1302 WEST PEACHTREE STREET


ATLANTA, GA 30309
www.artmorehotel.com
BUSINESS Our Song
Mixed gay and lesbian chorus.
Atlanta Executive 575 Pelham Road
Network (AEN) Atlanta, GA 30324
P.O. Box 78821, Atlanta GA 404-487-8717
30357-2821, www.aen.org www.oursongatlanta.com
Atlanta is home to
Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Out on Film
dozens of organizations Chamber of Commerce Plans annual fall LGBT film festival.
serving lesbian, gay, bi- 2107 N. Decatur Road, Suite 190 456 Kensington Parc Drive
Decatur, GA 30033 Avondale Estates, GA 30002
sexual and transgender 404-377-4258 404-671-9446, www.outonfilm.org
www.atlantagaychamber.org
residents and visitors.
FAMILY / YOUTH
Here is a sampling. For CULTURE / ARTS
Evolution Center
extensive listings, visit Atlanta Freedom Bands
1579-F Monroe Dr. #173
Safe space for young gay, bi and
trans men of color, ages 16-28, a
thegavoice.com, pull Atlanta, GA 30324 project of AID Atlanta.
www.atlantafreedombands.com
down the “Community” 583 Juniper St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus
menu and click 1379 Tullie Road, Suite 200
404-524-5441,
www.evolutionprojectatl.org
“Organizations.” Atlanta, GA 30329
www.agmchorus.org MEGA Family Project
Support and events for LGBT
Atlanta Philharmonic parents and prospective parents.
ADVOCACY / POLITICAL Orchestra 1530 Dekalb Ave, Suite A,
PO Box 11508 Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-808-3350,
Atlanta Stonewall Atlanta, GA 30355 www.megafamilyproject.org
Democrats www.atlantaphilharmonic.org
Search “Atlanta Stonewall
PFLAG Atlanta
Democrats” on Facebook.com Atlanta Pride Committee Support for parents, families and
Georgia Equality Plans Stonewall Week in June friends of LGBT people. 1379 Tul-
State’s largest LGBT and annual October festival. lie Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329,
advocacy group. 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Suite A, 770-662-6475, www.pflagatl.org
1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-382-7588
Atlanta, GA 30307 www.atlantapride.org YouthPride
404-523-3070 Center for LGBT and questioning
Atlanta Queer young people ages 13-24. 1017
www.georgiaequality.org
Literary Festival Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA
GA Log Cabin Republicans Plans annual festival, set for
P.O. Box 78835, Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-521-9711,
June in 2011, other readings and www.youthpride.org
30357, www.lcrga.com performances during year.
Human Rights Campaign atlqueerlitfest.blogspot.com
Atlanta Steering Committee HEALTH
www.atlanta.hrc.org Charis Circle
Alcoholics Anonymous
Hosts feminist events and
Lambda Legal Southern And other 12 step groups.
educational programming.
Regional Office The Galano Club Inc.
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
730 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1070, 585 Dutch Valley Road
Atlanta, GA 30307
Atlanta, GA 30308 Atlanta, GA 30324
404-522-9912,
404-897-1880 404-881-9188
www.chariscircle.org
www.lambdalegal.org/sro www.galanoatlanta.org
GetEQUAL GA In the Life Atlanta
Sponsors Black Gay Pride over AID Atlanta
Local chapter of national HIV testing with same-day
direct action group. Labor Day weekend.
678-824-ITLA results, education, support,
404-939-0627 groups targeting gay men and
www.getequal.org www.inthelifeatl.com
gay men of color.
Queer Justice Mondo Homo 1605 Peachtree St. NE
League of Atlanta Plans Memorial Day weekend Atlanta, GA 30309
Local grassroots activism. alternative queer festival. 404-870-7754
www.queerjusticeleague.net www.mondohomo.com www.aidatlanta.org
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AIDS Research SPORTS Fourth Tuesday
Consortium of Atlanta Lesbian networking and events.
Free HIV and STD testing; Atlanta Bucks Rugby Club www.thehealthinitiative.org/
HIV research trials. www.atlantabucksrugby.org 4thTuesday.php
131 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Suite 130, Atlanta, GA 30308 Atlanta Front Runners Rainbow Center at Jewish
404-876-2317 www.eteamz.com/ Family & Career Services
www.arcatlanta.org frontrunnersatlanta 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA, 30338
Atlanta Lesbian Atlanta Gay Bowling 770-677-9471
Health Initiative Various local leagues listed at www.therainbowcenter.org
Support groups, Weight Watch- www.igbo.org/news/
ers, events, health fund and report_region8.cfm Southerners on
physician directory. New Ground (SONG)
1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Suite A Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance Working class, people of color,
Atlanta, GA 30307 www.atlantagaysports.com immigrants, rural LGBTQ people.
404-688-2524 Atlanta Rainbow Trout 250 Georgia Ave., Suite 201
www.thehealthinitiative.org www.atlantarainbowtrout.com Atlanta, GA 30312, 404-549-8628
southernersonnewground.org
Emory Hope Clinic
Atlanta Team
HIV vaccine trials. Trikone
Tennis Association
603 Church St. For LGBTQ South Asians.
www.atta.org
Decatur, GA 30030 P.O. Box 18638, Atlanta, GA
877-424-HOPE Decatur Women’s 31126, www.trikoneatlanta.org
medicine.emory.edu/id/hopeclinic Sports League
decaturwomenssportsleague.info United 4 Safety
Feminist Women’s Domestic violence support.
Health Center Georgia Dyno’Mos P.O. Box 29458
Supportive and affordable gyne- Queer rock-climbing. Atlanta, GA 30359
cological, trans health services. www.queerclimbing.com Help line 404-200-5957,
1924 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta, www.united4safety.org
GA 30329, 404-728-7900 Hotlanta Soccer
www.feministcenter.org www.hotlantasoccer.com ZAMI NOBLA
National AIDS Black lesbians 40 and older.
Hotlanta Softball League www.zami.org or on Facebook.
Education & Services www.hotlantasoftball.org
for Minorities, Inc.
Focuses on HIV services and out- Hotlanta Volleyball TRANSGENDER
reach in communities of color. www.hotlantavolleyball.org Atlanta FTM
2140 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive groups.yahoo.com/group/
National Flag Football
Atlanta, GA 30310 Atlanta_FTM/
League of Atlanta
404-691-8880
www.nffla.com Atlanta Gender
www.naesm.org
Southern Softpaw Explorations
Open Hand
Softball League Open gender support group.
Meals for homebound people
www.southernsoftpaw.com www.atlantagender.org
with HIV and critical illnesses.
176 Ottley Drive, NE Wilderness Juxtaposed Center for
Atlanta, GA 30324 Network of Georgia Transformation
404-419-3301 www.wildnetga.org Advocates for equal rights for
www.projectopenhand.org transgender and non-gender
Pets Are Loving Support Women’s Outdoor Network conforming people.
Pet care for people with HIV. www.wonatlanta.com www.thejct.org
2115 Liddell Drive NE Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA 30324 SUPPORT / SOCIAL / www.someonecaresreal.org
404-876-PALS Community SERVICE
www.palsatlanta.org Southern Comfort
American Veterans for Equal Conference
Positive Impact / MISTER Rights – Georgia chapter Plans annual transgender
HIV and STD testing, discussion P.O. Box 2115, conference, held in September.
groups, education and mental Decatur, GA 30031 www.sccatl.org
health services. www.avergeorgia.org
139 Ralph McGill Blvd. Suite 301 T.I.L.T.T, Inc. (Transgender
Atlanta, GA 30308 Asians & Friends Individuals Living
404-589-9040 Atlanta, LYC Their Truth)
www.positiveimpact-atl.org www.anfatlanta.com www.tiltt.org
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What is
Out on Film?
Out on Film is Atlanta’s
own LGBT film festival.
We’re in our 24th season.
Out on Film was created in
1987 to inform, entertain,
educate and enrich the
regional LGBT community
by recognizing the creative
work of LGBT artists and
professionals.

When is the event?


September 29 –
October 6, 2011 Atlanta’s 24th Annual
What films will be
shown?
Out on Film selects
LGBT Film Festival
a variety of films for
our LGBT audiences, September 29 - October 6, 2011
including comedies,
dramas, romances
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
and documentaries. In
addition, we screen multi-
racial and multi-cultural
films.

Where is the event?


The majority of films are
shown at the Landmark
Midtown Art Cinema, 931
Monroe Drive, Atlanta
GA 30308. Additional
screenings will be held at
other local venues.

How do I buy

eComedy
tickets?

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Tickets can be purchased

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at www.outonfilm.org,
the Landmark theater, and
online at the Landmark’s

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website. Please visit

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www.outonfilm.org for

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more ticket information.

Are there other

eDrama
activities?

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Yes. Out on Film schedules

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opening and closing
night parties plus events
before and after select

eDesire
films, including Q&As with

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filmmakers.

How can I learn


more?
www.outonfilm.org has
complete details about
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films and schedules,
including trailers, special
events, and volunteering. www.outonfilm.org
Celebrating Pride at the Movies
Circle of Grace Saint Mark United
Meets at Philip Rush Center Methodist Church
1530 Dekalb Ave. Suite A 781 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307 Atlanta, GA 30308
www.circleofgraceatlanta.org 404-873-2636
www.stmarkumc.org
Dozens of Atlanta Congregation Bet Haverim
St. Bartholomew’s
congregations are gay- Meets at Central Congregational
Episcopal Church
United Church of Christ
led or welcome LGBT 2676 Clairmont Road NE
1790 LaVista Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Atlanta, GA 30329
worshippers. Here are 404-315-6446
404-634-3336
www.stbartsatlanta.org
a few to consider. For congregationbethaverim.org
St. John’s Lutheran Church
extensive listings, visit Decatur United 1410 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Church of Christ Atlanta, GA 30307, 404-378-4243
www.thegavoice.com, 109 Hibernia Ave. www.stjohnsatlanta.org.
pull down the “Commu- Decatur, GA 30030
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
404-373-2933
nity” menu, click www.decaturucc.org
435 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
“Organizations” and First Existentialist
404-873-7600
www.stlukesatlanta.org
choose “Religious.” Congregation of Atlanta
470 Candler Park Drive NE Tabernacle Baptist Church
Atlanta, GA 30307 475 Boulevard NE
All Saints Episcopal Church 404-378-5570 Atlanta GA 30308
www.firstexistentialist.org 404-876-3777
634 W Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308 tbcatlanta.squarespace.com
First MCC of Atlanta
404-881-0835 The Power Center
1379 Tullie Road
www.allsaintsatlanta.org 156 Selig Dr., Atlanta, GA 30336
Atlanta, GA 30329
404-549-6611
Cathedral of St. Philip 404-325-4143
www.thepowercenter.org
2744 Peachtree Road NW www.firstmcc.com
Atlanta, GA 30305 Unitarian Universalist
404-365-1000 Gentle Spirit Congregation of Atlanta
www.stphilipscathedral.org Christian Church 1911 Cliff Valley Way
Worships in Candler Park (off I-85 N Access Road)
Catholic Shrine of the Mailing address: 404-634-5134
Immaculate Conception 601 West Ponce de Leon Ave. www.uuca.org
48 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW Decatur, GA 30030
404-604-8124 Unity Fellowship Church
Atlanta, GA 30304 9 Gammon St.
404-521-1866 www.gentlespirit.org
Atlanta, GA 30315
www.catholicshrineatlanta.org 404-798-1725
Oakhurst Baptist Church
unityfellowshipchurchatl.org
Central Congregational 222 East Lake Drive
Church of Christ Decatur, GA 30030 Victory for the
2676 Clairmont Road NE 404-378-3677 World Church
Atlanta, GA 30329 www.oakhurstbaptist.org 1170 N. Hairston Road
404-633-4505 Stone Mountain, GA 30083
www.central-ucc.org Ormewood Park 678-476-6000
Presbyterian Church www.victoryfortheworld.org
Central Presbyterian Church 1071 Delaware Ave. SE
201 Washington St. SW Atlanta, GA 30316 Virginia-Highland Church
404-627-2216 743 Virginia Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
www.ormewoodparkpres.org Atlanta, GA 30306
404-659-0274
404-348-4830
www.cpcatlanta.org
New Covenant www.vhchurch.org
Church in the Now Church of Atlanta Vision Church of Atlanta
1877 Iris Drive SE 2091 Faulkner Road 704 Ormewood Drive
Conyers, GA 30013 Atlanta, GA 30324 Atlanta, GA 30312
770-922-5334 404-929-1400 404-622-9470
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