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Out Photos: PRIDE Kickball In Piedmont Park


By D. David Kinney

The sporty folks over at Go Kickball debuted PRIDE Kickball on Monday in Piedmont Park and it appears to be a hit. We stopped by to snap some photos of the fun. Enjoy!

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Music Midtown Announces 2014 Artist Lineup


By D. David Kinney

Music Midtown revealed their 2014 lineup on Tuesday and social media in Atlanta has been buzzing about #MM2014 ever since. Artists taking the stage in Piedmont Park this year will include: Eminem, Jack White, Zac Brown Band, John Mayer, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Run DMC, Gregg Allman and lots more.

So what does Atlanta think of the lineup? We scanned social media and found that most people who are commenting appear to be psyched about the artist announcement:

And, like always, there were a few people happily raining on the parade:

 

To make Tuesday’s big announcement, Music Midtown partnered with Cartoon Network’s “Squidbillies” for a funny video pitching the event:

So what do you think about the lineup? Ready to buy your tickets for the festival? Click here for additional information and to purchase tickets.

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Opposite-Sex Couples Flaunt Lifestyle Choice


By D. David Kinney

Micheal Sam is a football player. He achieved a major life goal and he kissed his boyfriend in celebration. Forgive me… but I don’t see what all of the hoopla is about. Athletes have been kissing their girlfriends (and nearby cheerleaders) on national TV for years. Yet, that didn’t stop a chorus of horrified homophobes from flocking to social media sites to express their outrage.

The comments ranged from silly and juvenile to down right hateful and demeaning. However, there was a particular complaint that seemed to come up more than anything else. It was about children. Scores of bigots took to social media to complain about seeing a gay kiss on TV because there were children watching.

I bet Derrick Ward freaked out when he watched the Super Bowl last year and saw this commercial:

Man… there were little kids watching that game! How could CBS have even allowed that to happen! CBS must have thought it wasn’t a big deal because… heck… look what they’re teaching athletes to do in high school:

Hold up. Wait a minute. That happened in a high school? I feel like there are some conflicting messages going on here.

If male athletes are locking lips all over the place why is Micheal Sam any different? Oh… he’s gay. I forgot that the standards for acceptable public displays of affection are incredibly different for opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples. That must explain why this athlete is dry humping a reporter…

I really wish straight people would stop shoving their lifestyle in my face. Go to Trader Joe’s and the straight people are holding hands. Go to Piedmont Park and they’re flagrantly and unabashedly smooching by the ball fields. Don’t even think about going to the movie theatre or you’ll get sick to your stomach from the sheer number of lip-locking amorous young couples. I have nothing against straight people… but I wish they wouldn’t parade their perversions about in front of children.

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C’mon y’all. There are kids watching in the bleachers!

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This is completely unnatural and sick. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and trophy.

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Even the Duck Dynasty loons can’t help but thrust their tonsil hockey in our face. Disgusting.

Now… isn’t that just plain silly? Yeah, I agree. So stop mistreating gay people who are in love.

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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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Atlanta Pride 2013 FENUXE Guide


By D. David Kinney

Atlanta is gay and we really like it that way! We’re the capital of gay life in the south and our LGBT community is strong and diverse. From politicians to drag performers and business leaders to nonprofit heroes, our community is what makes Atlanta a great place to live.

After several marriage equality triumphs this year our community is eager to celebrate pride and we’re looking toward to the future when everyone has equal rights here in Georgia.

If you’re visiting us from out of town everyone here at FENUXE Magazine would like to personally welcome you to Atlanta! To our wonderful neighbors, friends, and family here in the area: Thanks for continually inspiring us to do what we do every day!

Our Atlanta Pride guide is a concise, cohesive guide to everything you want to know about Atlanta and the Pride festivities. To help you find exactly what you’re looking for we’ve color coded our content with the original eight colors of the gay pride flag. Did you know the rainbow flag is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year? Whether your Pride celebration starts at Hartsfield- Jackson international Airport, braving the traffic on the interstate, or simply rolling out of bed and walking across the street—we wish you a happy pride 2013.

Events
Saturday October 12, 2013:
YoGaga:
Assemble your best Gaga-themed outfit and chill out with Lady Gaga inspired yoga in the Piedmont Park Athletic Fields from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Master yoga positions like downward facing Monsters and get in touch with your inner ARTPOP diva before checking out the festival.

Car and Motorcycle Show:
Queers and gears collide at the annual Atlanta Pride Car and Motorcycle Show starting at 10:45 a.m in Piedmont Park. The cars will be between the 12th Street and 14th Street park gates. The show goes until 4 p.m.

Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony:
Ready to tie the knot? Georgia may not have gay marriage yet, but that doesn’t mean that you and your partner can’t pledge your love for each other before friends and family. Atlanta Pride has arranged a non-denominational commitment ceremony at the W Atlanta Midtown Hotel from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Couples must register in advance online.

Atlanta Pride Trans March:
This year’s annual Trans March starts at 1:45 p.m. at the Piedmont Park Visitor’s Center near the 12th Street park gate. The march celebrates the trans community and includes trans people and trans allies.

Campus Pride LGBT College Fair:
PNC Bank presents this year’s Campus Pride LGBT College Fair at the Atlanta Pride Festival. Campus Pride is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for student leaders and on-campus groups promoting LGBT safety at college. The college fair will start at 2 p.m. near the Greystone Pool House and ends at 5 p.m.

Military Veterans Taps and Wreath Placing Ceremony:
OutServe, American Veterans for Equal Rights, the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Military Partners and Families Coalition, POZ VETS USA, and the Atlanta Freedom Bands are joining forces for this year’s Military Veterans Taps and Wreath Placing Ceremony. Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan and active duty military personnel will retire the flag that flies over the Veterans Marker, place a ceremonial wreath, and play taps starting at 5 p.m.

Atlanta Pride Dyke March:
This year’s annual Dyke March starts at 6 p.m. at the Charles Allen gate at Piedmont Park. Festival organizers say, “the march is open to all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith, or age.” If you want to join the parade you don’t have to sign up. Just show up at 5:30 p.m. and be ready to go.

Color Our World Concert:
The Atlanta Freedom Bands has assembled over 32 different LGBT bands (that’s more than 200 musicians) at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech for “Color Our World: Life, Spirit, & Magic!” Tonight’s music was inspired by the colors on the rainbow flag, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Sunday October 13, 2013:
Official Atlanta Pride Brunch:
Watch the Atlanta Pride Parade with the Atlanta Human Rights Campaign and enjoy bottomless mimosas, bloody Marys, and tasty brunch items from Empire State South. The Pride Brunch starts at 11:30 a.m., but food and beverage service doesn’t start until 12:30 p.m.

Atlanta Pride Parade:
Watch Atlanta’s largest parade march down Peachtree this year starting at the intersection with Ralph McGill Boulevard. The parade continues until it hits 10th Street, which it follows until Charles Allen Drive NE. Get there early for a good viewing spot because tens of thousands of people line the streets to celebrate and cheer on the parade.

Starlight Cabaret:
Every year the biggest names in Atlanta drag put on a show like no other to signal the end of Pride. This year the two hour show starts at 7 p.m. at the Coca-Cola Stage and it promises to be a set of showstopping performances.

Parties

OFFICIAL PRIDE PARTIES:
Friday October 11, 2013:
Atlanta Pride Kick-off Party:
Join the wonderful sea creatures at The Georgia Aquarium and 4,000 of your closest gay friends for this epic party. Atlanta’s DJ Vicki Powell will be spinning in the main room and DJ Chris Griswold will be spinning in the VIP Lounge. Don’t forget to hit up the ATM before you arrive because the bars are cash-only!

Atlanta Pride Kick-off After Party:
The party moves to Jungle Atlanta after the event at The Georgia Aquarium wraps up. Check out Jungle’s large dance floor with that cute guy you met at the aquarium and enjoy the beats of DJ Ed Bailey. You can also catch a special edition of “The Other Show” with Edie Cheezburger at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday October 12, 2013:
Pre-Trans March Social and Sign-Making Party:
Trans people and their allies are meeting in Piedmont Park near the VIP hospitality tent to make signs and sashes to use during the Trans March.

Pre-dyke March Social and Sign-Making Party:
Atlanta’s LGBT women are meeting in Piedmont Park near the VIP hospitality tent this afternoon to make signs for the Dyke March.

Queer Your Gender Dance Party:
If Atlanta’s new dance party TomorrowWorld got you in the mood for more dance music, don’t miss Atlanta Pride’s dance party Saturday evening with DJ Ree de la Vega.

Atlanta Pride Women’s Party: Crush:
Whitney Mixter and Sara Bettencourt from “The Real L world” are hosting Atlanta Pride’s Crush party this year with DJ Liz Owen and DJ Tina V. Don’t miss Halcyon’s special performance at 9 p.m.

Sunday October 13, 2013:
Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party:
Jungle Atlanta is bringing in DJ Alyson Calagna from Denver for the Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party this year. Getting the party started with be Atlanta’s DJ Corey David who will be spinning all of your favorite dance music and current hits.

UNOFFICIAL PRIDE PARTIES:
Friday October 11, 2013:
RuPride Weekend With The Fab Five:
Burkhart’s Pub is going all out for pride this year and they’re bringing in your favorite drag divas from RuPaul’s popular Logo reality TV shows. Tonight you can see Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Morgan, Phoenix, Angelica D’Paige, Gia Sunflowers, and Regina Ryan.

Ladies’ Night Upstairs:
Blake’s on the Park is celebrating the first night of pride weekend with a ladies’ night upstairs. They’re celebrating in style with guest DJ Liz Owen and Blake’s legendarily strong cocktails.

DJ Tony Moran with Phoenix:
Feel the bass in your bones and twerk it to the beat as DJ Tony Moran mixes hard-hitting tribal dance music with the latest EDM sounds.

Tab Pride After-Hours Party:
Join Jujubee, Chad Michaels, Mariah Balenciaga, and Nina Flowers (who will be spinning in the DJ booth) from RuPaul’s Drag Race for this exciting new Pride after-hours party at the Tabernacle. Admission also includes access to the Sky View Ferris wheel next door.

Saturday October 12, 2013:
RuPride Weekend EXTRAVAGANZA:
Burkhart’s continues its RuPride celebration tonight with Mariah Balenciaga and Nicole Paige Brooks performing with the fabulous cast of EXTRAVAGANZA.

Tommy Defendi Meet and Greet:
The guys at TEN Atlanta are having a special meet and greet with adult film star Tommy Defendi during their pride celebration on Saturday night.

DJ Shane Stiel:
Heretic is flying in DJ Shane Stiel from the “Haus of Stiel” for Saturday’s pride party. Stiel recently won the “Best Up and Coming DJ” award at the Just Circuit Awards.

Sunday October 13, 2013:
Pride Sunday Party:
The crew at Blake’s are wrapping up Atlanta Pride weekend with a party featuring guest DJs, shot boys, and their signature strong drinks. The party goes until 2:30 a.m. so you take your pride celebration into the wee hours of Monday morning.

Bear Invasion:
Tonight’s party at the Heretic is an full-scale bear invasion that raises money to help the Atlanta Bucks travel to Australia this year for a competition. Groove to beats from Boston’s DJ Bryan Reyes and local DJ Sean Mac.

DJs All day and All Night:
Starting at 10 a.m. TEN Atlanta will have DJs spinning all day and all night while Atlanta celebrates the final day of pride. Stop by after the parade for a refreshing cocktail.

Lock Down Party:
Atlanta Eagle is having a lock down party to celebrate the end of pride this year starting at 7 p.m. The Atlanta Eagle was recently named the “Best Bar For Bears” and the “Best Bar To Sport Your Leather Gear” in FENUXE’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

RuPride Weekend Starlight After-Show:
Join Shavonna B. Brooks, host of the EXTRAVAGANZA Show, as she celebrates her birthday and the end of pride during the last night of Burkhart’s RuPride Weekend.

Atlanta Pride Map

Places
1 – Amsterdam:
This huge gay video bar has it all: an awesome space to dance, a spacious patio, and a beautiful skyline view. This is an excellent spot to party the night away and its conveniently located next to Piedmont Park.

2 – Atlanta Eagle:
If you can’t have fun at the Atlanta Eagle, then you don’t know how to have fun. Jocks, bears, twinks, leather daddies, and everything in between mix and mingle at this popular gay club on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The Atlanta Eagle was recently voted the “Best Bar For Bears” and the “Best Bar To Sport Your Leather Gear” in this year’s FENUXE Best of Atlanta.

3 – Heretic:
The Heretic has it all—it’s a leather bar, it that attracts friendly guys, and it has an area the locals call the “Hall of Hands.” Awesome! Don’t miss their sexy selection of touring DJs and the even sexier guys on the dance floor. Sound like heresy? Exactly.

4 – Jungle:
Miss raves? Don’t. Jungle’s huge dance floor and notoriety for high energy DJs keep Atlanta’s gay community dancing into the night. You can also get delicious food from their new state-of-the-art kitchen as well.

5 – Mixx:
An upscale, intimate, nonsmoking bar and video lounge, Mixx is a fun place for drinks during pride weekend with great parties at night too. The guys are always friendly and the drinks are always strong.

6 – Blake’s on the Park:
This is probably the best-known gay bar in Atlanta. With its convenient location across from Piedmont Park, at the corner of Gay and Gayer, Blake’s is always a popular nightlife spot during Pride.

7 – 10th & Piedmont:
Located on Atlanta’s gayest intersection this is a restaurant and bar that is great for groups. Their menu is perfect for sharing and their vodka list is quite impressive. The decor inside is beautiful and the guys and gals are too. 10th & Piedmont was recently named “Best Place To See And Be Seen” in FENUXE’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

8 – TEN Atlanta:
TEN Atlanta is a restaurant during the day and after 10 p.m. it turns into an Atlanta gay nightlife hot spot. The crowd is usually in their late 20s through 30s and there is a friendly and welcoming vibe.

9 – Burkhart’s Pub:
It’s like Cheers for gays. You’ll see everyone and anyone at Burkhart’s Pub. In addition to a great crowd they’ve also got billiards, a beautiful outdoor space, and lots of intimate spaces for conversation. Burkhart’s is also known for their epic drag shows.

10 – Gilbert’s:
The folks at Gilbert’s wear many hats: A Mediterranean restaurant, a lounge, a karaoke bar, and a wine bar. Suffice it to say, they’re eager to please and now that their sister restaurant and bar, 10th & Piedmont, is open next door the fun times just keep coming.

11 – Mary’s:
Mary’s has a large group of die-hard fans and it is easy to see why. They host incredibly fun themed parties, karaoke nights, and special events that resonate with the hipster EAV crowd. If you’re trying to get into an indie-gay, go here.

12 – My Sister’s Room:
My Sister’s Room is an awesome lesbian bar in the heart of East Atlanta. If you’re visiting for Pride and you haven’t checked out My Sister’s Room… what are you waiting for? It’s a great night of fun—guaranteed.

13 – Oscar’s:
Our local gay martini bar, Oscars has a fun crowd, sociable bartenders, and all the videos and musical clips your heart desires.

14 – Sister Louisa’s Church:
A chill crowd of “parishioners,” free ping pong, kitschy décor, and an art selection that heretics, sinners, and hipsters alike can enjoy—Sister Louisa’s has it all. Tell your grandmaw that you’re going to Church and you met the man of your dreams over a delightfully sinful cocktail.

15 – Felix’s:
With a crowd of regular karaoke enthusiasts that will blow your mind, this intimate neighborhood bar is a great place to check out if you’ve got a song in your heart.

16 – Cockpit:
With dim red lighting and delicious cocktails this bar is a fun experience that sits just outside of Midtown. The vibe is relaxed and there is a welcoming feeling throughout the bar.

17 – Woofs:
Atlanta’s first gay sports bar, this is the place to go to if “butch,” “football,” and “woof” are part of your daily vocabulary. The guys at Woofs are super chill and always friendly.

18 – Bulldogs:
Bulldogs is the oldest gay bar in Atlanta. It first opened in 1978 and it’s still going strong. With its convenient location on Peachtree, just a few blocks away from Piedmont Park and popular area restaurants, Bulldogs is always a great choice.

19 – LeBuzz:
Want to go out in Marietta? LeBuzz has got you covered! With drag kings and queens LeBuzz proves that great gay nightlife can be found all over metro Atlanta.

20 – Model-T:
Reasonable prices, a chill crowd, and poker—this cozy gay bar has only one purpose: To have a good time. Join the fun group at Model-T for a great Pride weekend.

21 – Friend’s on Ponce:
With the coldest beer in town and hits from Madonna and Cher in the jukebox, this is a great bar to check out during pride. It’s location on Ponce de Leon Avenue makes it easy to get to no matter where you’re at in Atlanta.

22 – The Hideaway:
The Hideaway was recently remodeled and it looks fabulous. The guys are great, the drinks are strong, and you can count on having a great time here. Make sure to check it out over Pride weekend!

23 – OPUS 1:
Located in the same building as Bliss this is a great bar to check out whether you’re visiting from out of town or if you’re a native Atlantan.

24 – Traxx Atlanta:
Known for their signature parties this is one spot that you don’t want to miss.

25 – Swinging Richard’s:
There’s no shortage of hot shooter boys and buff bodies abound here. There’s a reason its called Swinging Richards and these guy’s have a lot to swing hiding in their baskets. Check out the VIP rooms for a more intimate experience with your favorite dancer. (All Nude)

26 – Bliss:
Looking for that boy-next-door type? A true “pole dancer?” Check out this “blissful” strip club. With great performances, “shower shows,” and hot guys, Bliss has an excellent selection vices for your indulgent pleasure. (All Nude)

27 – BJ Roosters:
Go-Go dancers, pool tables, and fun bartenders make the environment fun and lively at this Atlanta bar. Private dances encouraged. (Semi-nude)

28 – Flex:
Literally right off of the interstate, Flex is the only bathhouse of its kind in Atlanta. It features a sundeck, pool, sauna, various rooms, and lots of additional services and features. Looking to do some cardio? Flex your might, right here…

29 – Manifest 4 U:
Looking for an upscale spot to take that hunk or twink you met at Jungle, but can’t wait to get back to your hotel or home? Luckily Manifest is right next door and its in a league of its own. Check out their various spaces in the labyrinth of rooms and theater—as well as a wicked hot sling. Condoms and lube available throughout.

30 – The Den:
The Den is a private club for men of color and their admirers who want to participate in the swinger lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a raucous good time or just want to make news friends, you’ll find it here.

31 – Eros:
Check out eros’ private booths and blackout rooms for a ‘physical’ experience in the heart of Atlanta.

Transportation

MARTA:
MARTA can’t get you everywhere you want to go, but it can be super convenient for getting to Atlanta Pride. If you live near or are staying at a hotel near a MARTA station it is highly recommended that you use MARTA to get to Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Pride festival. It’s also affordable, reliable, and it beats dealing with the hassle of finding a parking space.

From the airport, follow the MARTA signs to the MARTA station (it’s near baggage claim). Buy a Breeze Card and for a meager $2.50, you’ll be on your way to Pride. Take MARTA until you get to the Midtown Station and then… welcome to Pride!

ZipCar:
You’ve probably already heard of ZipCar, but did you know they’ve massively expanded the amount of cars and locations they have available in Atlanta? This innovative car-sharing system is much easier than renting a car and odds are there is a ZipCar already near you. Apply online at zipcar.com. If your driving history is clear you’ll get your own ZipCard that unlocks ZipCars all over the city. The car can’t be started without the card. The great thing about ZipCar is that you can reserve a car minutes or months in advance. Additionally, you can search for cars by neighborhood, price, time, or model. When you’re finished, drop the car off at a reserved location and lock it up with your card. The details of your trip will be available to you online.

Uber:
Are you and your friends looking for a nice town car or SUV to get you around town during Atlanta Pride? Don’t forget to check out the Uber app. It’s available in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play. It’s a little more expensive than a cab, but the experience is worlds better than a taxi. If you want a more affordable option check out Uber. It’s about the same price as a traditional taxi, but instead of a town car or SUV you’ll probably be riding around in a Volvo sedan.

Atlanta Checker Cab:
There’s a reason locals have used these guys faithfully since 1947. Atlanta Checker Cab is reliable, highly-recognizable, and has cabs all over the city. It also has security cameras, handicap accessible vans, and a fleet that includes alternative fuel vehicles. There are scores of other cab companies in Atlanta, but you know you can count on Atlanta Checker Cab.

Safe Ride:
Drinking and driving is never okay. If you’ve had a few too many, and both you and your car need a ride home, check out Safe Ride. No longer do you have to catch a cab and leave your car at the bar all night. Safe Ride will arrange for a designated driver to chauffeur you back home. You can call Safe Ride anytime between 6 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Taxi Magic App:
Need a taxi? Of course there is an app for that. With Taxi Magic, a free app available in iTunes App Store and on Google Play, you can hail a cab directly from your smartphone. The app uses your phone’s location to find a nearby taxi and direct them to you. Want to schedule a taxi for tonight before you go out? The app will conveniently let you do that as well. Register your credit card with their system and you don’t even have to worry whether the taxi accepts credit cards or not.

A Word About Atlanta Traffic:
Atlanta traffic can be gnarly. It’s best to avoid the major roads in the morning from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and during the late afternoon from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Parking Advice:
Don’t count on parking close to Piedmont Park—you were warned! With that said, the sAGE parking deck, located next to Piedmont Park, has some parking spaces available. Just make sure you arrive early!

Additionally, a decently-sized daily rate parking lot is across the street from the loews Hotel near Joe’s on Juniper (1049 Juniper St. NE), but it fills up fast.

If you’re really lucky, you can score a sweet parking spot on one of Midtown’s side streets. try 11th, 12th, and 13th streets between Piedmont Avenue and Juniper street. But be careful where you park because parking enforcement can be strict.

Eats
MIDTOWN RESTAURANTS:
Two Urban Licks:
Two Urban Licks is among the most delicious and unique restaurants in the city featuring wood-fired meats, delicate smoked fish, and a diverse menu of fiery American cooking. This Atlanta favorite is known for their smoked salmon chips appetizer that comes from their giant glass smoker in the middle of the restaurant. Pair the salmon chips with a delicious cocktail while you enjoy the breathtaking skyline from their patio.

Einstein’s:
This jewel is a Midtown Atlanta staple and combines a popular outdoor patio with a sophisticated bar and interior space. Einstein’s features a unique menu of Southern comfort classics with creative twists that will satisfy any appetite. Brunch at Einstein’s patio is popular year round, but its location near Piedmont Park makes it a great choice during Pride.

Loca Luna:
This vibrant tapas restaurant has Latin flavor, live music, and delicious cocktails. Be sure to try their classic mojito — rum never tasted so good.

Steel Restaurant & Lounge:
Looking for brilliant bento boxes, ultra-fresh sashimi, and sizzling stir-fry? Try Steel: A great indochine restaurant just blocks from Piedmont Park. It features an impressive menu and beautiful contemporary Asian decor. Steel also won “Best Sushi” in FENUXE’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

Campagnolo:
This Italian eatery and wine bar has a classic Italian ambiance and great food. Their patio is also situated right on the corner of Gay and Gayer (aka Piedmont and 10th). Shall we suggest outdoor seating? Also, check out their brunch!

Escorpion:
This is absolutely the type of restaurant where you’d expect to see the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In The World” beer guy telling tales of his adventures. With tasty Mexican fusion, great tequila slingers, and a wraparound patio, Escorpion is an excellent choice day or night.

One Midtown Kitchen:
A hidden gem, this gourmet restaurant is practically inside Piedmont Park. It has an incredible ambiance, delicious food, and fantastic service. One Midtown Kitchen is undisputedly one of Midtown’s best restaurants.

MetroFresh:
An urban oasis with affordable organic bites, it is situated right across the street from Piedmont Park. Their menu changes regularly so there’s always a new treat to try.

Joe’s on Juniper:
Welcome to a classic American (gay) pub with a packed patio and bar that offers tasty tavern fare. Their large outdoor patio with ample seating makes this a great choice for drinks and food before or after checking out the Atlanta Pride festival in the park. Their patio is also dog-friendly!

Zocalo:
This open-air Mexican joint has been a part of the Atlanta gay scene for quite some time. With great crowds and exotic tequilas, who wouldn’t want to drop in for a margarita and fajitas? If you’re planning on going out after dinner this is a great choice because several great gay bars are nearby.

Gilbert’s:
Although they offer Mediterranean fare and scrumptious brunch choices, this Midtown spot is best known for its rocking bar and karaoke. It’s also connected to 10th and Piedmont next door.

10th & Piedmont:
Got a group that wants to get drinks and tasty food? Don’t miss 10th & Piedmont’s menu that features great cocktails and dishes that are perfect for sharing. The decor inside is beautiful and the guys and gals are too. 10th & Piedmont was recently named “Best Place To See And Be Seen” in FENUXE’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

TEN Atlanta:
TEN Atlanta offers tasty contemporary Asian food and cocktails by day and at night (after 10 p.m.) it turns into one of gay Atlanta’s popular nightlife spots. Don’t forget to take advantage of their convenient valet parking.

Après Diem:
A popular ‘first date’ space, Après Diem is a European style café with outstanding pastries, a great wine selection, and excellent nibbles. It’s also just a couple blocks away from the park making this a great place to take that nice guy you just met. They also offer a great brunch for the morning after!

HOBNOB:
Like good food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere? Then check out HobNob. This tavern features delicious and creamy shakes, tasty bites, and a fun brunch. If you’re visiting from out of town and want to try a real Southern treat order the chipotle cornmeal crusted fried green tomatoes. Yum.

The Fifth Ivory:
Located in a cleverly renovated Victorian house this charming restaurant is nestled in the heart of Midtown. It’s a truly lovely spot that offers Southern cuisine, live piano entertainment, and a relaxing environment to enjoy a martini or brunch.

Eats:
An authentic Atlanta mainstay, this eatery is affordable and lip-smackingly good. Be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a quick, cheap bite.

Henry’s Midtown Tavern:
Henry’s is one of Midtown’s newest additions. With its great selection of shareable appetizers, delectable entrees, and scrumptuous desserts along with great signature drinks (may we recommend the kicking Henry’s margarita) this spot has quickly become a local favorite. Add to that the spacious wooden deck and you have nothing short of a prime location with front row seats for this years’ parade.

F.R.O.G.S. Cantina:
Tex Mex. Tacos. Friends. Margaritas. What else do you want? Oh, and it’s located right across the street from the Piedmont Park. Drop in, hang out, sip on a drink, and enjoy the fun atmosphere at F.R.O.G.S Cantina after you leave the Atlanta Pride Festival.

EAST ATLANTA:
The Earl:
A fun alternative pub in the EAV (East Atlanta Village) with a great black bean burger, sweet potato fries, and boiled peanuts with beer.

The Glenwood:
This is a great gastro-pub in the EAV that is sure to please with tasty food, extensive beer and wine lists, games, TVs and more.

The Graveyard:
This incredible bar in East Atlanta has it all—from lobster & shrimp queso to buffalo wings. Take a moment and try some of their great food and wash it down with a thirst-quenching cocktail.

BUCKHEAD:
Bistro Niko:
Parisian excellence at its best. This modern French restaurant is simple, delicious, and romantic. It’s a bit pricey though.

Lips Atlanta:
Lip’s Atlanta recently celebrated its grand opening just in time for Atlanta Pride this year. The food is really tasty and the drag performances are fantastic! You haven’t made a reservation for you and your group yet? Stop what you’re doing and call because this is going to be a jumping joint during Pride this year.

LITTLE 5 POINTS:
The Vortex:
This raw, slightly crude, and crazy fun bar is nothing but delicious, greasy fun. As noted on their menu, if you’re a b**ch they’ll kick you out. And they aren’t playing around either. They’re just as serious about their chill vibes as they are with their great burgers. The Vortex’s awesomely tatted staff and strong drinks make this a wonderfully unique Atlanta restaurant.

CABBAGETOWN:
Agave:
This eclectic Southwestern eatery and tequila bar is a favorite in Atlanta. Agave’s delicious food, incredible staff, and amazing tequila selection will blow you away. If you’re visiting from out of town this would be a great time to use Uber or catch a taxi.

Serpas:
Handcrafted, delicious cuisine is the star at this trendy restaurant with a loft-inspired interior. They feature an excellent selection of diverse foods from the original chef of Two Urban Licks. Be sure to check out this great spot if you have a hankering for some unique food.

MARIETTA:
Shillings on the Square:
This historic building with hardwood, a great grill, and stained glass is a classy spot to have a bite and a pint.

Vatica:
Indian cuisine with vegetarian options that truly satisfy. Check out this authentic restaurant on your way to LeBuzz!

Lodging
The Artmore Hotel – $129
Spanish Mediterranean-inspired architecture dominates the feel of this gorgeous Midtown hotel. The Artmore’s location in the middle of our city’s Cultural Arts District, complete with a cocktail bar and lounge, makes for a unique place to relax and recharge before hitting one of Atlanta’s great nightlife spots.

W Atlanta Midtown – $265
Decked out with a full gym, an outdoor pool, and Spice Market (a Southeast Asian themed restaurant and cocktail bar), W Atlanta Midtown is a luxurious way to pretty much guarantee you’ll seal the deal with that gym bunny you met during Atlanta Pride.

Loews Hotel – $199
Multiple on-site dining spots, live music, and a 24-hour concierge are a few of the amenities that make Loew’s a highly desirable venue for Atlanta Pride weekend. Their luxurious spa includes a wide range of amenities and services like facials and acupuncture. A spa break during Pride can provide the recharge you’ll need to keep going all weekend. But their award-winning yoga and spin classes aren’t the only thing guaranteed to make you sweat. The Loews’ spacious rooms and floor to- ceiling windows create the perfect mood for an after Pride roll in the hay.

Meliã – $119
Convenient to MARTA and straddling Midtown and Downtown Atlanta, Meliã’s suites provide gasp-worthy views of the Atlanta skyline. Plus, our city’s finest eateries are just a stone’s throw away in case you work up a fierce appetite.

Stonehurts Place Bed & Breakfast – $159
Appeal to your inner Downton Abbey self at this elegant bed & breakfast with suites that could’ve been plucked from a movie set. If you’re looking to woo the pressed Dolce trousers off that dapper gentleman you met this weekend this is the bed & breakfast for you.

WHERE TO BOARD YOUR BARK:
Piedmont Bark:
Let Fido go crazy while you’re away at this canine heaven on earth. An indoor park where dogs can happily romp for hours on end provides the perfect guilt dissolver for puppy parents wanting to party. The wonderful staff at Piedmont Bark are committed to giving your pet love and attention while you’re away. The daily agenda includes naps, feeding time, water, potty breaks, and play time.

Airport Park’N Bark:
Are you and your pet flying into Atlanta for Pride this year? Rover’s jet-lagged, isn’t he? Not to worry: Park’N Bark’s got his back. Located just minutes from the airport you can make sure your little guy is safe without driving all over the city. Dealing with the baggage under your eyes after four cocktails on your three hour flight? Completely different story.

The Pet Set:
Atlanta’s jet set take their pups to The Pet Set for fun play dates and award-winning pet grooming. They’ll have your tail wagging pal washed, groomed, and styled to the hilt just in time for Pride. Additionally, they’re located near several restaurants and boutiques allowing you to get some shopping done while your furry BFF gets the royal treatment.

Alternative Attractions
Stone Mountain:
Also known as “Our Granite Mother,” Stone Mountain is best known for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, which is the largest in the world. The carving on Stone Mountain depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America and is perfectly framed by the park that surrounds this huge granite dome. $22/person.

CNN Center:
Ever wonder what it’s like inside a busy media outlet? Just come by the FENUXE offices… Or you could tour the CNN Center. With studio, VIP, and special tours, there is always something to see at the world headquarters of the Cable News Network. $35/person.

Fox Theatre:
Nationally recognized for its fantastic shows and breathtaking interior, the Fox Theatre is among the most notable attractions in the city. If you’re looking for a show during Pride, check out the Hunter Hayes’ concert on Thursday the 17th.

World of Coca-Cola Atlanta:
One of Atlanta’s top attractions and newly redesigned, the World of Coke is a fun place to learn about all the flavors and the history of Coca-Cola. Word to the wise: Bring a flask of rum to spike your unlimited mixers… $16/person.

Six Flags:
This 100-acre park has awesome rides, great shows, and mainstream attractions. If you’re looking for a ride that doesn’t have a pulse, try visiting Six Flags. From $36.99/person.

Southeastern Railway Museum:
The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth has more than 90 iron-wheeled locomotive antiquities including historic Pullman cars and classic steam trains. Expand your railway horizons with a ride in a restored train car. Peruse the business car that brought the Olympics to Atlanta and kick it on the rail car that bused President Warren G. Harding around.

Georgia Aquarium:
Atlanta Pride has its Official Kickoff Party at the Georgia Aquarium on October 11th, but check it out during the day for a completely different experience. Don’t miss their new dolphin show or the aquarium’s massive main tank with unbelievably large sea creatures.

 

If you would like FENUXE to add your Pride plans or information please e-mail [email protected].

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Muddy Music Midtown


By D. David Kinney

Over 100,000 people flocked to Piedmont Park this year for Music Midtown 2013, Atlanta’s annual two-day outdoor music fest. Music Midtown returned in 2011 after shutting down for five years and ever since it continues to get bigger and better each year. This year festival organizers added a third stage and planned for larger crowds. 

The music started up on Friday night at 4:15 p.m. and went until 11 p.m with legendary rock group Journey closing out the evening. They played a sampling of their hits from the past 38 years for the incredibly large Atlanta crowd.

The weather on Friday was crisp, cool, and absolutely perfect for an outdoor music fest. Unfortunately, the weather struck a decidedly different chord on Saturday. Just hours before the gates opened at Music Midtown rain started falling in sheets. And the rain didn’t let up for several hours. 

Meanwhile, the concert didn’t miss a note and the crowd just adapted to the wet surroundings. A lot of people showed up with ponchos having looked at the weather before arriving to Music Midtown. For those who were caught by surprise there were scores of men and women on Piedmont Street and 10th Street selling ponchos for a premium. Others standing on the street were selling water, but the waterlogged concertgoers weren’t buying it.  

Even with the relentless rain continuing it didn’t affect ticket sales. Event organizers announced Saturday afternoon that the festival was completely sold out. 

The good karma and happy vibes wafting from Piedmont Park must have driven away the intense rain, because eventually the storm broke and the rain stopped. Luckily, the rain stopped just in time for Imagine Dragons’ set which included their hits Radioactive and It’s Time. The group was absolutely fantastic to watch live. 

With all of the rain falling and thousands of people walking in the park some damage was inevitable. But some opportunitistic concergoers used the rain and the mud to turn the concert into a muddy water park. A few people even brought inflatable rafts to ride Piedmont Park’s rain soaked hills. So, yeah, damage definitely occurred to Piedmont Park’s grounds. However, LiveNation, the company behind Music Midtown 2013, takes the damage that occurred at Piedmont Park very seriously. “All of us at Live Nation/Music Midtown go to extraordinary measures to protect Piedmont Park. In 2012 we donated a drainage system for the area to help with future use. This year, we hired the Piedmont Park Conservancy to  be a festival consultant and guide us with proactive ways to help lessen event impact. They advised us on the placement of stages, vendors, event activations as well as extra fencing and barricade around certain trees and greenery.  Due to the extreme weather that hit on Saturday, we have already met with the park and city multiple times and have begun putting fencing into place to minimize further impact.  We will wrap up our load out in the next few days and continue our collective remediation plan,“ Music Midtown co-founder Peter Conlon wrote in a statement released this week. 

Will Piedmont Park still show a few battle scars when Atlanta Pride returns to the park next month? Most likely the answer is yes. But everyone at Music Midtown is making a concerted effort to minimize the impact on other park events and to repair the damage as quickly as possible. 

This weekend the hottest musical festival in the world is coming to Fulton County. TomorrowWorld starts Friday and goes until Sunday and it has to be seen to be believed. For tickets to TomorrowWorld, click here

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New Bike Lanes on 10th Street?


You’ve probably noticed something different about 10th Street if you’ve been by Piedmont Park lately. The city is installing a new cycle track on 10th Street between Monroe and Charles Allen Drive. The two-way cycle track will be approximately 1000 feet long and will officially open this summer.

The project is the result of collaboration between the City of Atlanta, the Midtown Alliance, and the PATH Foundation. PATH was started in 1991 with the idea of creating, “a network of off-road trails in and around Atlanta for walkers, runners, cyclists, and skaters,” according to the PATH website.

Congestion 10th and Piedmont

Yet, this is not the type of trail that PATH usually builds. The cycle track is replacing one of the two westbound lanes on 10th Street. This is obviously great news for cyclists who ride the short distance Monroe and Charles Allen Drive; however, the PATH Foundation did not mention the impact this will have on car traffic. Everyone knows that the intersection at 10th and Monroe gets incredibly congested. It gets especially bad when there is nice weather or a festival (OK, who are we kidding. It gets congested everyday. It was congested last night and the weather was terrible.) What will happen to the traffic congestion now that one of the two lanes heading toward Midtown is reserved for bikes? Is 1000 feet of cycle track worth it?

This will be the first cycle track in Atlanta. The organization’s website says that PATH, “plans to partner with the city to install more cycle tracks in the coming years. It is a more feasible, less expensive way to extend the PATH system into the city than building traditional multi-use trails.” It is understandable that taking roads that are already built and reserving them for bikes is cheaper than building traditional trails; however, what happens to the cars that were using these roads?

Confused Biker in Street

Although PATH isn’t touting the impact this cycle track will have on Atlanta drivers, it is pointing out that this particular track is being constructed with money from the Midtown Alliance and the PATH Foundation.

However, the City of Atlanta has 25 new bike projects of its own planned. In February, the Atlanta City Council approved spending 2.47 million, “for high-quality Complete Streets-style bike projects. The money comes from existing bond revenues, and another ~$2.5 million will go towards bridges and streetscaping,” says the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. See below for a map of all of the city bike projects planned for 2013 and 2014.

PATH has two more cycle tracks that it is currently working on. The first will be installed on Juniper Street from 14th Street to Ponce de Leon Avenue. However, these cycle tracks will not be two-way like the one currently being installed on 10th Street. The next cycle track will be on Piedmont Avenue from 14th Street to Ponce de Leon Avenue.

High-Priority Bicycle Projects Funded for 2013

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101


With little chance of rain this weekend and temperatures in the mid 80s, most of us at FENUXE will surely be by the pool this weekend. However, there are several events that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy the great weather and fantastic events, but don’t forget your sunscreen! You don’t want to show up to the CHRIS Kids’ Premiere Party looking like a cooked lobster!

FRIDAY, May 31, 2013:

LeBuzz is turning the tables yet again with their fourth annual Turnabout night. The staff become the entertainers and the entertainers become the staff. Turnabout nights are always great fun and crowded, so get here early.

The Fab Five revue hosted by Angelica D’Paige starts at 11 p.m. at Burkhart’s. Join the always entertaining gals as they welcome tonight’s special guest, Isabella Diamante

ATL-Food-and-WineThe Atlanta Food and Wine Festival started yesterday and goes all weekend celebrating Southern food and beverage traditions this summer. The event will include cooking and cocktail classes, tasting tents to showcase the South’s top chefs, and dinner events with out of town chefs and mixologists. Tickets are available here.

SATURDAY, June 1, 2013:

CHRIS Kids’ Premiere Party at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. CHRIS Kids has been helping abused and neglected youth in the metro-Atlanta area since 1981. The party will be hosted by co-chair Brent Garner and Vandy Beth Glenn with cocktails and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 at the door.

The (Pork) Roast of Rick Westbrook at Jungle Atlanta starts tonight at 6 p.m. Join some of your favorite drag queens as they roast Rick Westbrook, executive director for Lost-n-Found. Guest roasters include Edie Cheezburger and Ruby Redd with a special appearance by Peep Peep from Le Sexoflex, who’ll perform a new song.

VA-SummerfestVirginia-Highland’s Summerfest is today and tomorrow with art, shopping, food, and music coming together for a family fun weekend. The event kicks off with a 5K race and the Tot Trot. The festivities include paintings, photography, jewelry, food, and live music. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

SUNDAY, June 2, 2013:

The Evolution Project’s 2013 Spring Fling starts today at 5 p.m. in Piedmont Park. The event will feature good music, fun games, a tasty cookout, and the premiere public screening of Maurice Jamal’s 2011 film “Dirty Laundry.” Admission is free. 

BOOK-CLUB-HORIZON-THEATRE“The Book Club Play” continues at the Horizon Theatre poking fun at life, literature, love and friends reading between the lines. A comedy revolving around a passionate book club member with the perfect life, things take a turn when a new member shakes things up. Tickets are $25 and can be found online, alongside showtimes, here

The Armorettes take over Burkhart’s starting at 8 p.m. for their fun and hilarious Sunday show. Join the award-winning ladies as they entertain with comedy and song for a great end to the weekend. You can see FENUXE’s photos from last week’s show here.   

A legal clinic for same-sex couples, presented by the Georgia Benefits Counsel and the Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc., will be held at The Phillip Rush Center from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Today’s legal clinic is part of Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Month. 

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2013 Spring Fling


The Evolution Project’s 2013 Spring Fling is this Sunday at Piedmont Park. The event will feature good music, fun games, a delicious cookout, and the premiere public screening of Maurice Jamal’s 2011 film “Dirty Laundry.”

The film will begin at sundown with a Q&A to follow, where several cast members will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

The Evolution Project is a drop-in community center for black gay, bisexual, and transgender men from 18 to 28 years old. The center provides access to HIV and STD education and testing in addition to mental health services. Evolution Project is able to respond to the needs of the community “by focusing on social bonding, peer support, education and empowerment as well as increased testing and linkage to care and services.”

One of the great ways that the Evolution Project has planned to teach young men about safer sex is with an “Amazing Race” game in Piedmont Park. Participants will race through the park encountering fun activities along the way, just like on the hit CBS show, that will highlight safe sex practices.

The Spring Fling is free and starts at 5 p.m. Parking can be tricky around Piedmont Park during the weekend, so public transportation (or a bike) may be your best option, if possible.

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RuPaul Lets It All Hang Out


Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

When you’re lucky enough to score an interview with one of the most famous public figures in our community, you’d best check yourself for a pulse if you don’t get a little jittery. (“What if I stumble over these questions? What if I can’t articulate what I’m trying to ask? What if I sound like a complete nerd?”) Thing is, RuPaul constantly reminds us that we should be comfortable in our own skin and, lucky for me, the audible smile in the “Hello?” coming from the other end of the line put me in good company. “Ru” is quick to laugh – and it’s a loud, infectious, genuine laugh that millions of people worldwide know well.

So let’s talk Atlanta! How has living and working here help shape the RuPaul we know today?

Well, Atlanta is Mecca for drag – at least when I was living there. Let me tell you: I was poor as dirt living in Midtown, back when there was affordable housing. It was great. We could go to [the now-closed nightclub] Illusions on Monday night and for $2 see the world’s greatest drag queens, and we studied them, got to understand the vernacular and what it means to be a part of that society. It created a basis for us. I think they looked at us as mocking them, though. We were punk rock, genderfuck, antiestablishment types.

When you say greats, who are you referring to?

Erica Adams, Lisa King, Dina Jacobs, Tiffany Middlesex, Charlie Brown, Lily White, Apple Love, and Tina Devore.

How do you think Atlanta is representing on the show?

We’ve had many contestants from Atlanta, but we choose the best of the auditioners from wherever they come. It’s a process, but we choose the best of the best from all over. This season coming up, we have our first girl from San Francisco. People have been going, “WHY don’t you have San Fran girls on?” and I’m like, “Send me some and we’ll see!” I mean, Nicole Paige Brooks is from Atlanta … Phoenix … and season two’s winner [Tyra Sanchez] lives in Atlanta now, so Atlanta’s well-represented.

You were born and raised in San Diego, but you consider Atlanta your true birth place. What happened here that makes you claim that?

Honey, I had my bar mitzvah there. It’s where I became an adult. It was my coming out – not of the closet, but out of my shell. In San Diego, I was involved with my parents’ melodrama. I was, at best, a background actor in their drama. In Atlanta, I was able to be the star of my own movie. It was such a conducive place to develop my personality.

Your mantra “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love someone else?” has a real self-discovery feel to it. Are you ever hard on yourself?

I wouldn’t say I’m hard on myself, but I’m always having a conversation with myself. There’s this … internal dialogue I keep: “What’s going on with you? How do you feel?” I’m always present, always in the moment, and focusing on the now – and am diligent about it.

We can tell! So pretend you’re coming to Atlanta this weekend: What places would you want to hit up first?

I’d wanna walk around Piedmont Park. It was a hub, our Central Park. I’m telling you, 1976 to 1987 was the boom time for Atlanta. It started in ‘74 when Maynard Jackson took [mayoral] office. The city, like a phoenix, reinvented itself. From ‘76 to ‘87, we had an amazing time!

And then what?

Well, big business took over Midtown and tore down all the clubs, got rid of affordable housing, and really just … changed the texture of the city. Piedmont Park is still there, though.

But can you do that, as famous as you are? Can you just walk around?

I can, sure – especially if it’s a little chilly. I put on a hat and no one knows it’s me. People are usually texting or doing their taxes or something. And it’s weird to me, that people aren’t there, even when they’re present.

You’ve talked about, how after your parents’ divorce, you and your sister took on the reverse role of parenting your mother, who more or less turned her back to the world. Do you think that maternal instinct and experience kicks in with the contestants on “Drag Race?”

Absolutely! But even if it wasn’t my story, it’s intrinsically part of me to be empathetic and compassionate. I place kindness at the top of my human virtues – I always have. I always try to be understanding of [the contestants’] doubts and feelings. Helping them self-realize is the role I play on the show. Even in my personal life, I ask people questions they should be asking themselves.

And what about you? Is there anything you’re insecure about?

That’s a good question. In my constant dialogue, I sometimes have to check myself and say: “Ru! Honey! There’s nothing to be afraid of!” Well, actually, there is one thing … and it’s the ignorance and fear in other people that can scare me sometimes. But am I insecure about the way I look? No. There comes a point where you just say “f*#k it.”

I’m at that point too. You should see what I’m wearing, it’s awful. Usually is.

*laughs*

So let’s take some fan questions: Since you had contestants play it on “Untucked,” choose one drag queen from “Drag Race” you would marry, one you would screw, and one you would kill.

*laughs* Well, you know … they’re all my kids so, as the Mommy, I can’t play favorites. I want all of them to know I love and respect them, so I really can’t answer that!

Boo!

*laughs*

How did you feel about giving Team Latrila the chop?

I hate it everytime I have to give the chop, but I also understand that it’s life. We’re on a competition show – someone’s gotta go, someone’s gotta win. It’s like life: You have to acknowledge night and day. But the thing is … I’ve chosen each girl to be there. I’m in love with them, sure, but someone’s gotta go. I understand and live with it. But just because the competition is over doesn’t mean they’re not being watched or sought after.

No way! It’s career launching just to be on.

Absolutely! Even the first girl to leave is sought after immediately.

OK, now what happened to Willam?

Well … *nervous laugh* … several things happened but the big thing was that she broke the rules. We take away cell phones, computers, all outside contact and … well, Willam had a computer and outside contact. You just can’t do that.

Another fan question: “Do drag queens, as a result of facing so much prejudice historically, have more ‘license’ to say whatever they want?”

Its not just queens – it’s all of us. As people, we’re ego-driven. The ego has to separate itself from other people, because in reality, we’re all one. Ego will tell you you’re better or worse and it’s true for all people unless they actively work on overriding the ego. So yeah, there’s prejudice and nastiness wherever you go, but I think drag queens actually have less of that because they understand you can’t take life too seriously. You can’t take identity too seriously. And that’s what drag is all about.

What did the young Ru want to be as an adult?

I just wanted to be famous. I wasn’t sure in what capacity, but I wanted to be famous. My mother prophesized I would be, so …

So she hit the nail on the head with that one!

She certainly did!

Well, I do appreciate you taking the interview.

It was an honor. Thank you, Berlin.

Season 5 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” premieres January 28 at 9pm on Logo.

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