LGBTQ events in Atlanta
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Atlanta gay pride is alive and kicking, as you can see from our annual events. Our gay Atlanta events calendar spills over with social, philanthropic, political and sports events year-round. From the entertaining and provocative selections in LGBTQ cinema showcased during the “Out on Film” festival to the Atlanta Pride Festival drawing thousands to Piedmont Park each year, some of the biggest and most popular Atlanta gay pride events in the country happen here.
Check out Atlanta’s largest and most popular LGBTQ events or search the Atlanta events calendar for a complete lineup of both straight and gay Atlanta events and festivals.
Top Gay Atlanta events
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
Jan. 20, 2020
No city celebrates Dr. King’s birthday like the civil rights leader’s hometown of Atlanta, and the city’s black gay clubs enjoy their second-busiest weekend of the year during MLK weekend. The citywide march honoring Dr. King also always features an LGBTQ speaker.
Human Rights Campaign Dinner
Raising well over a quarter-million dollars a year for the Human Rights Campaign, the Atlanta HRC dinner is a standard-bearer throughout the nation. The annual black-tie affair features the leading activists and entertainers advancing LGBTQ rights and honors local LGBTQ leaders and allies for their work to make Georgia more accepting.
An extra dose of “fun” is added to “fund-raising” each summer during the Joining Hearts party, which donates 100 percent of proceeds to HIV/AIDS services. The annual pool party regularly features fireworks, free-flowing drinks and plenty of shirtless men, and has raised more than $1.3 million to fight AIDS over the last two decades.
Black Gay Pride Celebration
Labor Day Weekend
What began as informal house parties has grown into the largest Black Gay Pride celebration in the world. The masses of Black LGBTQ people who gather in Atlanta each Labor Day weekend is incomparable, as are the mind-blowing parties and community-empowerment seminars. Atlanta’s reputation as a Black gay destination is magnified during the first weekend of September, especially when thousands gather in Piedmont Park on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
Out on Film
The most entertaining and provocative selections in LGBTQ cinema are showcased during the “Out on Film” festival each fall. Approaching its silver anniversary, Out on Film is one of the oldest LGBTQ film festivals in the country and strives to bring multicultural films and other titles that otherwise would not receive big-screen distribution.
Atlanta Pride Festival
There is not a more powerful reminder of the progress of LGBTQ Atlantans than the annual LGBTQ Pride Festival, which attracts an estimated 300,000 festival-goers each year. Having survived a move from the last weekend in June to the cooler month of October, Atlanta Pride continues to draw thousands to its Piedmont Park marketplace and parade down Peachtree Street.
AIDS Walk Atlanta
The spirit of community and purpose is always on display at AIDS Walk Atlanta, when thousands gather in Midtown to 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 nonprofits combating HIV/AIDS.
One of the most moving signs of LGBTQ Atlantans’ commitment to their city and neighbors is the mound of toys on display each December at the annual Toy Party. In less than a decade, the event has grown into one of the largest social events of the year and has collected thousands of presents for needy children during the holidays.
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