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National HIV Testing Day 2014


By D. David Kinney

Friday is National HIV Testing Day and organizations throughout America are calling on individuals to learn their status by getting tested for HIV. Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, a contributor for the AIDS.gov blog, explained on the site yesterday that National HIV Test Day is “a day on which we join with partners from all walks of life to promote HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States, and remind every American that HIV testing saves lives.”

If you live in Atlanta there are several great doctor’s offices, organizations and clinics where you can get tested. Some also offer free testing. Additionally, you may need an appointment at some locations. Here are a few along with links to their websites:

AID Atlanta

Positive Impact

Someone Cares of Atlanta

AbsoluteCARE

Piedmont Avenue Health & Wellness

Dr. T. Douglas Gurley

Select Walgreens locations in the Atlanta metro area are also offering free HIV testing on Friday and Saturday in honor of National HIV Testing Day. You can receive a free HIV test on Friday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at these Georgia stores:

2711 Metropolitan Parkway Southwest Atlanta, GA 30315

3740 Cascade Road Southwest Atlanta, GA 30331

2035 Candler Road Decatur, GA 30032

631 Professional Drive, #100, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

4120 Austell Road Austell, GA 30106

2351 Dawson Road Albany, GA 31707

7935 Tara Boulevard Jonesboro, GA 30236

 

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Poppycock, Dragons & Liquid Sky. Atlanta Cotillion Kicks Off Summer.


By D. David Kinney

There is nothing better than having a good time for a good cause, and Atlanta Cotillion set the bar this past weekend with a fantastic event. Atlanta Cotillion’s “Cirque de Nuit en Rouge” took place at the beautiful new Delta Flight Museum on the first day of summer, June 21st. The museum first opened last week on June 17 and Atlanta Cotillion was the venue’s first outside event.

Guests were of course fabulously dressed in outfits ranging from relaxed tuxedos and cocktail wear to uber creative and larger-than-life costumes. Wearing one the fiercest looks of the night, Prince Poppycock delighted the crowd with two songs. You may remember him as the powerful voice that graced the “America’s Got Talent” stage in 2010. He quickly captured America’s attention on the show and went on to eventually come in fourth place. Joining Prince Poppycock with standout performances was the Dragon House Dance Crew from “So You Think You Can Dance” and Atlanta’s very own Liquid Sky.

Here are some photos that we snapped at the event!

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Atlanta Cotillion Broadens Horizons


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The annual Atlanta Cotillion has, since its inception in 1997, raised an impressive $1.3 million for AID Atlanta. However, event organizers are steering the event in a new and exciting direction this year. The night’s fundraising goals will be no different, but the event itself is changing to represent a new wave of cotillion — which this year is themed Cirque de Nuit en Rouge.

Not only does Atlanta Cotillion raise vital funds that are needed for AID Atlanta’s work throughout the year, but it is one of the best parties in the Atlanta gay community. In fact, the Atlanta Cotillion is one of this city’s largest early summertime events (this year it will take place on June 21,the first day of summer).

Originally, the Cotillion was centered around a debutante ball featuring a pageant as a nod to Atlanta’s rich Southern traditions. Each contestant would raise funds individually and everyone would come together at the end for the ball. However, the last queen was crowned in 2012. Since then the cotillion has changed its focus to be more about the fashion-forward event itself. It’s a change growing to new dimensions with this year’s Cotillion that’s even evident in the name: Atlanta Cotillion Presents. This year they’re bringing us the theme Cirque de Nuit en Rouge – circus of the night in red.

“This will be a new wave of Cotillion,” David Janke, chairperson of the 2014 Atlanta Cotillion Presents, explains. Janke, who was also crowned queen at the 2012 Cotillion and therefore still reigns, is very excited about this year’s party. “By transforming the event into Cirque de Nuit en Rouge, we want to make the event more inclusive and at the same time bigger, bolder and better,” Janke says.

The wonderful evening will take place at the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum. Renovations are actually scheduled to conclude right before the cotillion party begins. Cirque de Nuit en Rouge will be the updated venue’s maiden event.

With all of the changes what should guests wear to this year’s event? “We wanted to get a wider range in the community and make this a fun, fashion-forward inspired event where there really are no limits to what you wear,” Janke tells FENUXE and continues, “That also translates into if you don’t want to wear a big costume, you can wear your tuxedo or show up in a fabulous cocktail dress. We want to reach not only the gay community but wider than that. We want to be all-inclusive and let everybody be part of this fresh, fun phase of the Cotillion – a fashion-forward avant-garde bang of an evening!” So dress up in your most outrageously creative costume or show up in your black-tie best – there really is no limit to what you can imagine, create and wear to the event.

Guests can also look forward to a night filled with amazing and talented performers. Both on-stage and happening right in the crowd there will be performances that are sure to wow and thrill guests. Additionally, Janke teases that a very well-known DJ will be setting the musical backdrop for the night. Mix in complimentary cocktails from Svedka Vodka and Trianon Tequila with a delicious selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres and this party is sounding tasty.

This fabulous ball will also feature a silent auction with fantastic and unique items that will appeal to bidders on all levels and exclusive areas for VIP and Host level ticket holders. This night will no doubt be one remembered for years to come so start planning your avant-garde outfit (and remember group themed costumes are encouraged), and don’t forget to visit atlantacotillon.com for your ticket to the Atlanta Cotillion – now bigger, better and bolder than ever!

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta


By D. David Kinney 

All week it’s been work, work, work… but now it’s the weekend! Let down your hair and enjoy all of the awesome events and parties happening in Atlanta. The weather may be a bit temperamental on Friday and Sunday, but Saturday looks like a keeper! Highlights for this weekend include the Atlanta Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre and Joining Hearts’ Change of Seasons Tea Dance on Sunday.

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

7:00 p.m. – Glitter Pop Drag Show 2014 at Georgia Tech

8:00 p.m. – Archer Live! at the Tabernacle

8:00 p.m. - Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

8:00 p.m. – “Young Frankenstein” at the Dramatech Theatre

8:00 p.m. - Atlanta Bucks Round Robin Meet-N-Greet at Heretic Atlanta

9:30 p.m. - The Other Show at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. – Got Leche? at Club Rush

10:00 p.m. – Fundraiser For Mr. SECC 2014 Travel Fund at the Atlanta Eagle

11:00 p.m. - FEMME FATALE at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. – Boys Room at Mary’s

11:00 p.m. – Daring Divas at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. - Fur with DJ Mike Pope at Heretic Atlanta

11:55 p.m. - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) at the Plaza Theatre

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Spring Festival on Ponce at Olmsted Linear Park

11:00 a.m. - The Beltline Boil at Fourth Ward Skate Park

12:00 p.m. - “My feminism is…” Photo Shoot at Charis Books and More

12:00 p.m. - Atlanta Bucks Round Robin at Benjamin S. Carson High School

1:00 p.m. - AV200 & AID Atlanta Margarita Bust at Zocalo Atlanta

7:00 p.m. - Pure Imagination Artist Reception at PB&J Gallery

8:00 p.m. - Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

9:00 p.m. - Ruby’s Redd Light District: Spring Has Sprung! at Jungle Atlanta

9:00 p.m. - Jockstrap Sister Twister at Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. - GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. - SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. - DJ ABEL at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. - Gurlfrandz: He Is Risen! at Mary’s

11:00 p.m. - Drag Race at My Sister’s Room

11:00 p.m. - The Raid 2 (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) the Plaza Theatre

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

11:00 a.m. - Atlanta Bucks Brunch at Joe’s on Juniper

12:00 p.m. - Respect The Brunch at TEN Atlanta

2:00 p.m. - “Standing On The Side Of Love” at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta

3:00 p.m. - Designing Women Live 8 at The Process Theatre Co.

4 p.m. – 9 p.m. - Joining Hearts’ Change of Seasons Tea Dance at the Loews Atlanta Hotel

3:30 p.m. - Push Ups For P.A.L.S. at TEN Atlanta

4:00 p.m. - Hotlanta Softball League’s Extra Innings at My Sister’s Room

4:30 p.m. - Starz Presents: Da Vinci’s Demons (part of the Atlanta Film Festival) at the Plaza Theatre

7:00 p.m. - Comedian Cameron Esposito at the Laughing Skull Lounge

7:00 p.m. - Miss Gay Georgia USofA at Jungle Atlanta

7:00 p.m. - Designing Women Live 8 at The Process Theatre Co.

8:00 p.m. - The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. - Cell Block Sunday at Blake’s on the Park

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Aid Atlanta Names New Board Members


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

 In a statement released yesterday (2.28.14) AID Atlanta announced that they are adding new board members to the organization. 

“We are enthusiastic about our young new leaders and the strength of the companies they represent,” said Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Diaz, CEO of AID Atlanta. “We have exciting things planned for the Atlanta region’s response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and HIV and we are confident that our board will be integral in helping us realize those goals.” 

D. Chip Newton of Deloitte Consulting, LLP will assume the role of Chairman of the Board, taking over from Mark B. Rinder, who has acted as AID Atlanta’s Chairman since 2009. Mary Harrison of Attune Inc. is the new Vice Chair; Dr. Collette Hopkins of Families First is an At-Large Executive Committee Member and Governance & Nominations Chair; and Tiffany Roan of Viiv Healthcare is the new Development Chair.

New board members include Bill Warren, Director of Forensic Services – PricewaterhouseCoopers; Alicia Thompson, Senior Vice President of Consumer Brands – Edelman; Charlie Pappas, Vice President of Alliances – Delta Air Lines; and Dr. Kenneth Samuel, Senior Pastor – Victory for the World Church.

AID Atlanta saves and transforms lives with a continuum of care that provides Access, Linkage, and Retention to HIV care.  AID Atlanta programs are proven effective at improving health outcomes as measured by reduced viral loads and higher CD4 counts, the two key indicators of health for those who are HIV-positive.  For more information, visit aidatlanta.org.

Source: Liz Lapidus PR

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Leslie Jordan Talks “Sordid Soiree” And “American Horror Story”


By D. David Kinney

Leslie Jordan and Del Shores are teaming up for a special night of comedy called “A Sordid Soiree” benefiting AID Atlanta at the 14th Street Playhouse. Jordan is no stranger to Atlanta and has a large gay following here. Whether you’ve seen him in “Southern Baptist Sissies,” which was part of this year’s Out On Film and won “Best Men’s Feature,” or his recurring guest roles on TV shows like “Will & Grace,” you’re probably already familiar with the hilarious comedian and storyteller extraordinaire.

FENUXE caught up with Jordan to get a sneak peek at what to expect from the show later this month. “Both of us on stage? We don’t do this very often. I don’t think we’ve ever done it. It’s pretty historic,” Jordan said, “You shouldn’t miss it.” So, why are Jordan and Shores getting together? “I was in New Orleans doing ‘American Horror Story’ and the head of AID Atlanta came and took me to dinner and sold me on it,” he explained.

Jordan is a busy entertainer, but the timing of AID Atlanta’s event allowed everything to work out perfectly. “I do about forty-four venues a year and I get so many requests, but it worked out beautifully because that’s the week before Thanksgiving and it’s kind of like a free trip hometo be a little selfish,” Jordan quipped, “I’m from Chattanooga and I’m going to go home and spend three days. Then my twin sisters, who are two years younger than me, and I are flying to Miami and getting on a cruise.”

It may sound like the perfect time for a fun beach getaway, but Jordan is going on the cruise to work. “It sounds like a lot of fun and I’m sure it will be, but it’s exhausting at my age. I’m sort of traveled out right now,” Jordan joked, “I just got back from London to do an appearance and that’s really difficult with that eleven hour flight. But you’ll get no sympathy. I called my friend up last summer and I said, ‘Oh, I’m just exhausted. I had to go to Brazil and do a gay cruise, then I went to New York, and now I’ve got to go up to San Luis Obispo.’ He said ‘f*** you’ and hung up the phone. I called him back and I asked, ‘Why did you hang up on me?’ He said, ‘I can’t even get a job here in LA and you’re complaining about all this,” Jordan laughed.

Jordan is quick to joke about this hectic schedule, but it’s the life he’s always wanted. “I can remember sitting in Chattanooga, Tennessee just knowing that I was bound for bigger and better things. Even as a kid. The only time I would ever get out of Tennessee was when we would go to Panama City, Florida when I was real little. Then as I got older we swapped over to Daytona Beach. I would get in the back of the station wagon and stare out the window as we left Dayton to come home and just cry. I didn’t want to go back. I just knew there was a bigger world out there,” Jordan remembered.

Did Jordan expect to be famous one day? You bet he did! And he worked for years to get where he is. “My success has not really surprised me because it’s not like I was some overnight success. I’ve worked really, really hard. I watch TV and there are all these new reality shows now and kids just want to be famous, you know? They just want to go to the clubs, show off, and be famous. They have no idea what it really entailsthe hard work,” Jordan pointed out.

Luckily, hard work isn’t something that Jordan is afraid of in life. “When I was in New Orleans about a month ago we were doing fourteen hour days because on ‘American Horror Story’ FX only gives them eight days to shoot each episode. And each episode is like a feature film,” Jordan said. You may hear grumbling from other actors about long days on the set, but Jordan lives for the opportunity to entertain. This became obvious as he explained more about working on “American Horror Story.” He couldn’t hide the pure excitement in his voice as he recounted stories from the set. “It’s pretty amazing with Jessica Lange and my favorite new actress whose name is Frances Conroy. She was the mother on ‘Six Feet Under’ and I’m telling you the three of us shot a scene that took almost fourteen hours,” Jordan gleefully detailed.

That’s fourteen hours after the screenwriters whittled it down. “It was nine pages of dialogue and Ms. Lange came in, she’s so smart and she’s done it for so long, and she said: ‘Guys this is nine pages of dialogue that you could get down to four. I’m just not going to memorize all of this. I’m sorry. It’s just not necessary.’ Sure enough we came back after lunch and it was down to four pages of dialogue. But even with that, you put Frances Conroy and Jessica Lange… boy I had to step up to the plate. I was just ducking Emmys. Emmys were just flying everywhere,” Jordan chuckled.

Jordan is obviously thrilled to be working on great shows like “American Horror Story,” but he has his sights set on landing the gig that’s always eluded him. “What I really, really want is a steady gig. I’m so envious of all of the kids on ‘American Horror Story’ that work every week. I was guaranteed three [episodes] with a possibility of four and I’ve been doing that for years. That’s even how it was on ‘Will & Grace.’ I never made a salary. It was always at my availability and they would just call me. Any time my manager would say, “Well, why don’t you guarantee him seven out of thirteen?’ they would say, ‘No, no, we’re paying the kids way too much. We can’t afford all that. We’ll just use him at his availability.’ And that’s when you don’t make a lot of money,” Jordan said in a somber tone.

Jordan’s been very close to getting a steady gig in Hollywood, but the rug always gets pulled out from under him at the last minute. “I had a pilot this year that was written for me. CBS brought over Rupert Grint, the red-haired kid from ‘Harry Potter,’ and all of the sudden they didn’t think I was a good fit. I didn’t even get in my own pilot that was written for me. I kind of thought that I was just going to give up on TV. I’d had it,” Jordan said in a soft voice. But Jordan has been knocked down before and he always finds a way to keep fighting. “Then I got this great gig with ‘American Horror Story’ so you just keep plugging. But I really wish I could get a steady gig. I have not had a steady job since 1992. That was my last series regular role twenty-one years ago,” Jordan said.

 Helping Jordan fight his way higher in the entertainment industry is his unique background which includes his time living in Atlanta. “I was kind of the black sheep in my family–the little gay boy who ran off to Atlanta. I’ve been arrested five times and I’ve been sober for seventeen years. There were some rough years there,” Jordan explained. By turning his life around he found the strength to turn his career around as well. “A year after winning my Emmy I called my agent and said, “Honey, I can’t eat this Emmy.” I thought that when you won an Emmy everything was set from there on out. But it didn’t happen for me. It just didn’t happen. So I had to reinvent myself. I called a friend of mine who does marketingbig marketing like ‘Harry Potter’ openingsand I said, ‘Bitch, market me!’ And that’s how all of this travelling stated. I do stand up comedy and I’m listed with some speaking agencies where i go into a company and give a talk at breakfast about diversity in the workplace. It’s all the same act! You know what I mean? I fell out of the womb, landed in my mother’s high heels, and honey here I am gay, la la la. It’s all the same, we just give it different names,” Jordan explained.

Despite the bright lights and fans, Jordan still loves Atlanta. “When you go out in LA or West Hollywood everyone has an agenda. Everybody is an actor. Everybody is looking for a break. Everybody wants to hand you a script. If you go to Atlanta and go to Blake’s it’s just boys in flip-flops and shorts and they’re just out to have a good time. I love that about Atlanta. The gay community is so unlike the gay community here where I am,” Jordan said.

You can see Leslie Jordan and Del Shores live at the 14th Street Playhouse on November 23rd at 7 p.m for their “Sordid Soiree.” For tickets and additional information visit 14thstplayhouse.org. You can also join them for a Gospel Brunch at LIPS on Sunday, November 23rd at 12:30 p.m. 

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AIDS Walk Atlanta 2013


By D. David Kinney

The 23rd annual AIDS Walk Atlanta was this past Sunday and thousands of Atlantans showed up to walk and run. The 5K started at 1 p.m. and was followed by the walk at 2 p.m. AIDS Walk Atlanta hit their goal of $1 million before the walk began this year. 

There were so many people participating in the walk this year that Peachtree Street completely disappeared in a sea of walkers. It was a great sight to see. Everyone was in great spirits and eager to help raise money for the benefiting AIDS service organizations. If you missed the event this weekend you can still donate until November 30th. If you’d like to make an online donation click here

Here are some pictures from the event:

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Walkers and runners checked out the sponsors’ booths before the kick-off:

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AID Atlanta’s Sponsor Booth:

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Even the Delta mascot was getting in some yoga before the 5K and walk:

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Walkers lined up to exit Piedmont Park for the start of AIDS Walk Atlanta 2013:

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After leaving Piedmont Park at Charles Allen Drive the walkers headed up 10th Street:

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The Atlanta Freedom Bands were on 10th Street with notes of encouragement:

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Everyone was in great spirits listening to the music:

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Peachtree Street literally disappeared beneath a sea of walkers:

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These guys took a break from the walk to snap a quick picture:

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Ultimately, the walk ended back at Piedmont Park:

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AIDS Walk Atlanta 2013


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The 23rd annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run arrives in Midtown this weekend and organizers are expecting approximately 10,000 participating runners and walkers. The event may be large in scale, but the reason for the walk is even greater. Each and every participant this weekend is raising money in the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the Southeast benefiting AIDS service organizations in the metro-Atlanta area. So, come out this Sunday and WALK!

Even if you don’t want to run or walk there are still plenty of fun things you can do. For starters you can show up at the meadow in Piedmont Park and cheer on all the walkers and runners and afterward there are lots of great activities in the park.

You can also donate money without having to walk or run at Piedmont Park on Sunday or online here. Please note that only money orders or cashier’s checks are accepted as valid donations at the park. All of the money raised will benefit people living with HIV/AIDS and helps prevent new HIV infections. In addition to direct help to people living with HIV, AIDS Atlanta and the other benefiting organizations also reach over 85,000 people through education programs right here in Atlanta.

If you want to sign up to partake in the AIDS Walk by either walking or running, it is still possible — you can even sign up on race day. FENUXE will of course be strutting our stuff in the 5K (3.1 miles) and if you wish to donate to our team click here.

What: AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run

When: Sunday October 20th from 11:00 am

Where: The walk starts and ends at the meadow in Piedmont Park.

Event Schedule:

     

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

5K Run Day of Event Registration (closes at 12:30 pm)

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

 

Check In (Walker & Extra Mile Club)

1:00 PM

 

5K Run Begins

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

 

Pre-Ceremony Concert & Warm Up

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

 

Opening Ceremony

2:00 PM

 

5K Walk Begins

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Late Check-In (Walker & EMC)

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Post Walk/Run Activities

For more information visit aidswalkatlanta.com.

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Local Organizations Prepare For Pride


By D. David Kinney

Atlanta Pride is this weekend and our local gay groups and organizations are busy planning to make this the best Pride yet. So, what is your favorite organization planning for Pride? We asked and we’ve got the answers below. Some groups are still formulating their plans and we’ll update this post with the information as it becomes available.

CHRIS Kids:

What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is a wonderful celebration of diversity, acceptance and inclusion. It is a time to step forward, claim our place and celebrate acceptance. At CHRIS Kids, our mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community…We believe that it is through love, acceptance and mutual respect that we can build and unite our community.

Where can we find you and CHRIS Kids this weekend?
The CHRIS Kids Booth is located in Green Zone – G35. Our parade float is in Row D. You won’t want to miss our fabulous float and booth. They were created in partnership with Ernst & Young. Make sure to stop by for a fabulous Pride greeting!

A special note from CHRIS Kids’ communication officer Sally Larsgaard:
You definitely can’t miss our float! It’s a culmination of our values (Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety) and our Family of Services (Behavioral Health, Safe Homes & Environments, Strong Communities, and Education & Training). It is CHRIS Kids. We partnered with Ernst & Young for the second year in a row and they always bring a spirit that can’t be ignored!

What is Larsgaard’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
My favorite part of Atlanta Pride is seeing the numbers grow every year. I love the feeling I get when everyone comes together – our community, our schools, our restaurants, our youth, all validating and supporting each other.

Jerusalem House:

What does Pride mean to you?
Atlanta Pride is a celebration of our LGBT community, past, present and future. The celebration, like our community, encompasses many components including the famous Parade and Festival Marketplace.

Jerusalem House loves every opportunity to reach out to new friends and connect with our community. We welcome any chance to talk about our housing programs, and to let people know that housing truly is healthcare.

Where can we find Jerusalem House this weekend?
Booth B49, right near Greystone (the poolhouse). Look for our Bright blue banner with ‘Fairytales and Magic’ (our upcoming Halloween Party and fundraiser on October 26th) on it.

A special note from Jerusalem House’s Jon Santos:
Come talk to us about Jerusalem House and spin our prize wheel for a chance to win treats like tickets to Fairytales and Magic on October 26, shirts, candy and more. Every spin wins!

What is Jon Santos’ favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
How can you not love a parade! There is celebration. There is a call to action. It’s a great chance to honor LGBT leaders and thank community servants.

HRC Atlanta:

What does Pride mean to you?
For HRC in Atlanta, this year means celebrating the victories that is bringing full equality closer for all LGBT Americans. And it also means renewing our focus and energy to continue to fight for full rights, most notably the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Where can we find Atlanta HRC this weekend?
HRC will once again host a great viewing area on the corner of Peachtree and 10th at Empire State South. We’ll have a brunch and beverages and welcome all to join us. We’ll also be participating in the parade and have a booth in the park!

A special note from HRC Atlanta’s Ed Patterson:
“Please stop by our booth in the park. Attendees and your readers can learn all about HRC and sign-up to volunteer with us throughout the year. And, they can get info on our planning for the 2014 Dinner Gala and Silent Auction.”

What is Patterson’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
The entire weekend is such a wonderful experience. But nothing is more inspiring than walking the parade route with our HRC flag and hearing the shouts of encouragement from the tens of thousands of onlookers.

Georgia Equality:

What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is the one time of year when the entire community can come together to celebrate our own diversity, publicly share our victories and talents and remind the broader community that we are here.

Where can we find Georgia Equality this weekend?
You can find Georgia Equality’s booth in the yellow section next to our friends at The Health Initiative. Anyone who wishes to march with us should join us in section C of the parade staging area at the corner of Ralph McGill and West Peachtree.

A special note from Georgia Equality’s executive director Jeff Graham:
People who are interested in supporting advocating for workplace fairness, creating safer schools for LGBTQ youth, addressing health disparities or advancing the freedom to marry should come by our booth to fill out an equality pledge card!

What is Graham’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
Definitely the parade. The powerful statement of thousands of people marching together is always empowering. It’s also the clearest example of where we are as a community. We’re diverse in so many ways and have so many interests. It’s also encouraging to see the number of straight allies who come out and march with us each year. It’s also important for them to make a public display of their support for the cause of LGBT equality.

Lost-N-Found Youth:

What does Pride mean to you?
As the Executive Director of Lost-N-Found, Pride reaffirms my belief in our community – it’s an incredible way to show our youth how big, vibrant, and caring our community is.

Where can we find Lost-N-Found Youth this weekend?
Lost-N-Found will be in the parade and we have a booth at Y29 right – next to the Atlanta sisters.

A special note from Lost-N-Found Youth’s Rick Westbrook:
“Certainly stop by the booth and let us educate you concerning the chronic ever-expanding problem of homelessness OUR youth face.”

What is Westbrook’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
I love all of pride but the parade on Sunday has a special place in my heart.

PALS:

What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our community as a whole and to show all those who misunderstand or choose to be blinded by the hatred for something they do not understand that we are no different than anyone one else, we have families, pay taxes, we celebrate and we suffer with day to day conquest and struggles just as every living being on this earth,” PALS told FENUXE.

What is PALS’ favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
The gathering of those friends that we see so very little of during the year.

Where can we find PALS this weekend?
We will be in the Parade on Sunday.

AID Atlanta:

What does Pride mean to you?

Pride is all about celebrating the rich diversity of our LGBTQQIA communities, as well as a time to remember the historical movers and shakers who’ve earned us the rights we have today. We’re living in an exciting time for our community, so we have a lot to celebrate. Still, though, we have a lot to push forward to as well – so it’s a time for us to focus on where we want to be in the future. For us at AID Atlanta, that includes an HIV/AIDS free community!

Where can we find AID Atlanta this weekend?

AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run will be visible throughout the weekend. We’ll be giving out information about the Walk at the AID Atlanta booths in the vendor market. We’ll also be walking in the parade on Sunday – encouraging everyone to come join us for the Walk on October 20th. In addition, many of our Walk teams will be hosting fundraising events all over the city during PRIDE weekend. There will be plenty of opportunities to see us out and about.

A special note from AID Atlanta’s Kimberly Holland:

We’re excited to be just a week out from the AIDS Atlanta Walk! We hope everyone will enjoy Pride, but also that you’ll rest up to join us in the Park on October 20th for AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run. We’ve got Miss USA 2012 as our Spokesperson, RJ Helton from American Idol will be performing and a few other surprises! You definitely won’t want to miss it!

What is Holland’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?

My favorite part of PRIDE is of course the parade on Sunday! AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is the weekend after PRIDE, so this is a final push for us to get the word out and encourage some of our walkers and runners to do some final fundraising! Walking in the parade, we are surrounded by individuals, companies, community groups and churches that all support us and our efforts in the community. It’s a very powerful feeling and it certainly makes us feel PROUD.

Joining Hearts:

What does Pride mean to Joining Hearts’ president Wes Berry?

For me Pride is a time to enjoy friends and the community – it is a time to celebrate being who I am and the ability for me to do so in a supportive environment of love and great energy. I love Atlanta and its a time for me to celebrate that as well with people in the city as well as visitors, friends, and strangers.

What is Berry’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?

Honestly I just love walking around, feeling the energy and love and excitement, and people watching. Being in the middle of the crowds and excitement is my element. The Pride Parade is probably my favorite event.

Where can we find Joining Hearts this weekend?

While we aren’t participating in the Pride Parade this year, we do have two events going on that will benefit Joining Hearts: Keller William’s KW Intown Charity Concert Fundraiser “Love Is All You Need in the Red Submarine” at Park Tavern and Baraonda’s “Peaches Wine Tasting,” a wine tasting session with “Peaches” aka manager Travis Denison (aka Miss Joining Hearts).

Georgia Log Cabin Republicans:

What does Pride mean to you?
We are who we are, and we are proud to show who we are. It’s also a time to thank and remember those who made all our current advances in equality possible.

Where can we find Georgia Log Cabin Republicans this weekend?
We’ve decided not to do a booth this year, instead we’ll be around helping elect and re-elect our endorsed candidates: Doraville City Councilman Brian Bates, the first openly gay Republican elected in the Deep South, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan, Matt Rinker- Candidate for Atlanta City Council District 5, Mary Norwood-Candidate for Atlanta City Council Post 2 Citywide, and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

A special note from the Georgia Log Cabin Republican president Jamie Ensley:
“We’re more of the golf clap, wine and cheese crowd, so I doubt any of our folks will be causing a noticeable disturbance.”

What is Ensley’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
The Atlanta Pride Parade on Sunday.

Our Song:

What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is our time to celebrate all the gains we have made as a LGBTQ community! It is also a time to reflect to remember where we’ve come from and where we need to go. It’s also a great time where we get to see and meet so many people.

Where can we find Our Song this weekend?
We will be at our booth, helping with the bucket brigade, at parties, at the parade, at concerts, and enjoying all the activities.

A special note from Out Song:
“We’ll be performing a concert for GALA Choruses Symposium at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church at 7:15 PM. We’ll be performing with the other local GALA Choruses. Come hear us sing!”

What is Our Song’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
Seeing old friends, making new friends, and knowing how important our community is to our daily lives!

Stonewall Bar Association:

What does Pride mean to you?
Freedom, Equality, Justice, and the ability to be yourself.

Where can we find the Stonewall Bar Association this weekend?
Marching in the Parade and staffing our Booth in the Pride Market.

What is the Stonewall Bar Association’s Rebecca Glatzer’s favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
The Atlanta Pride Parade.

Lambda Legal:

What does Pride mean to you?

A time to share aspects of our work, outreach to more people in need, and to celebrate our beautiful existence as lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people living with HIV.

Where can we find Lambda Legal this weekend?
We’ll be at booth B48. That’s the Blue section, then #48.

A special note from Lambda Legal’s national community educator Holiday Simmons:
Lambda Legal turned 40 years old this year, so we have a commemorative petition where we are asking people to tell us “who inspires them”. We’ll have a photo booth open for people to take a picture holding a sign of the name of the person who inspires them.

What is Simmons’ favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
Meeting people that come from all over the world to attend the biggest Pride in the south.

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Positive Impact:

What does Pride mean to you?
Positive Impact believes that Pride is when individuals value themselves enough to express their individuality, knowing that they are worthy of compassion, love and support.

What is your favorite part of Atlanta Pride?
We love seeing the diversity that Pride brings to the Atlanta community, as well as meeting the thousands of attendees who stop by the Positive Impact – AID Gwinnett HIV Testing Booth!

Where can we find you and Positive Impact this weekend?
You can find us at the Positive Impact – AID Gwinnett HIV Testing Booth directly across from the pool house and children’s play area.

A special note from Positive Impact’s director of advancement Michael Baker:
Positive Impact will be teaming with AID Gwinnett, for the third year, to provide free, rapid HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can also stop by the Positive Impact booth (located at the end of the testing booth row) to try out our trivia games and learn important information about taking better care of yourself.

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“Bones, Balls & Drag Queens”


A new reality TV show premieres tonight on Lifetime and Atlanta’s gay community is smack dab in the middle of the first episode. “Catering Wars,” which airs tonight at 10 p.m., features four local catering companies fighting to become Atlanta’s “King of Catering.”

Tonight’s premiere episode is called “Bones, Balls & Drag Queens” and was filmed at Atlanta Cotillion, one of gay Atlanta’s premier events, which benefited AID Atlanta. You can expect to see some familiar faces and some good ol’ Southern drama.

Ocean Catering Company, one of the four local caterers on the show, and the crew featured in tonight’s episode took a few minutes out of their busy schedule today to give FENUXE the inside scoop on how they’re feeling about the new show.

Sage Stewart, general manager at Ocean Catering Company, told FENUXE, “We are so excited. It has been going on for about a year, but we’ve had to keep everything hush hush. Now we’re able to talk about it and we couldn’t be more excited. Tonight’s show is called ‘Bones, Balls & Drag Queens’ and it was filmed at Atlanta Cotillion. Our gay employees are super excited for the show.”

You can catch a sneak peek of the new show here:

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