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Demi Lovato Shows Her Pride And Dedicates Video To Equality

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

This guy has a ‘Burn In Hell’ poster. You don’t have to hate, because my Jesus loves ALL“. The words come from pop sensation Demi Lovato who performed at the L.A. Pride parade just weeks ago, and they open the video for her new hit song  ‘Really Don’t Care’.

Demi Lovato has always been an avid supporter of the LGBT community and with this video she steps it up a notch by showing lots of footage from the parade showcasing everything from leather bears, bulges and french-kissing boys and girls to drag queens, unicorns, rainbows and sexy go-go boys. Celebrities like Perez Hilton, FENUXE favorite and Vampire Dairies star Kat Graham and even beau Wilmer Valderrama make brief appearances in the clip, and, of course, the interluding rap is undertaken by Cher Lloyd.

The video and song both ooze of confidence, carefree attitude … and of course PRIDE. Which is why we love it already. And we’re so digging the cool undercut ms. Lovato is flaunting on stage!

Take a look at the video below and tell us that you won’t be singing along to this tune on a dance floor some time soon? And if you’re not or of the message of the song and video don’t agree with you? Well, as the song says: We really don’t care!

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PRIDE Kickball: A Kick In The Grass

By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell,

Atlanta has long been known as the gay capital of the South, and it’s no secret that LGBT residents of the ATL are not afraid to show their PRIDE. In fact, this October will mark the 44th year that LGBT Atlantans and our supporters will take to the streets to celebrate our community and all of the fabulousness we embody. So, when the owners of Go Kickball decided it was time to create a PRIDE division, there was only one city considered to act as host to the flagship group of PRIDE players. This summer, Go Kickball is proud to bring you PRIDE Kickball!

Go Kickball was actually started right here in Atlanta as well. In 2005, a group of friends decided that it would be a good idea to develop a social activity where grown-ups could relive a few childhood memories while breathing in the great outdoors… and maybe downing a few beers in the process. Since its inception, Go Kickball has grown to a network of over 60,000 players in over 40 cities across the U.S. As the premier adult social experience, Go Kickball is an affordable and fun way to meet people and make new friends. Best of all, Go Kickball is still growing at an incredible pace. PRIDE Kickball is expected to follow suit and grow just as rapidly.  

Just like Go Kickball, PRIDE Kickball will feature 16 teams per league and eight week seasons. This summer, the first season kicks off in June right here in Piedmont Park. The registration fee of $62 includes a full season of playing (every Monday night for eight weeks), a team t-shirt, and an end-of-season tournament and closing party. Blake’s on the Park, our bar sponsor will also host post-game cocktail hours each week, including drink specials that are available only for PRIDE Kickball team members. The Spotted Dog Agency is leading the pack in signing up team captains You can contact them at 404-428-0497 for help getting your team started today.

PRIDE Kickball is now accepting registrations for the summer season and is open to anyone 21+ who is either LGBT or a proud supporter of the LGBT community. Registration information and other details can be found at http://www.gokickball.com/atlanta/. The Atlanta PRIDE league plays on Monday nights at Piedmont Park. Use code ‘pride’ when registering for the league. So, come on Atlanta, show your PRIDE and join PRIDE Kickball today!

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Boy Dance Party: Shake That Sack

By D. David Kinney
What happens when a bunch of straight guys are left alone with no women around? A boy dance party–”cause guys like to dance, too.” And why are straight guys busting a move after their girlfriends leave them alone? “Cause sometimes [they] like to dance with just us guys,” a funny new skit from Saturday Night Live (SNL) explains.

Even Bruce Willis can’t escape the urge to bust a move when there’s no women around. But don’t get your hopes up too high cause Taran Killam offers up a tongue in cheek str8 check: “It’s not homoerotic just a call for brotherly unity.” But there’s nothing wrong with a good boy dance party whether your gay or straight–especially during Pride weekend.

“Now it’s time for the ladies to get out so the men can twerk,” Bobby Moynihan calls out, but Bruce Willis isn’t having it. He has the party throw their “hands up in the air and shake that sack.”

Oh, straight guys… we’re not so different you and I. Enjoy this funny skit:

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Out Photos: Taylor Dayne and Bonnie McKee At Atlanta Pride

By D. David Kinney

A large crowd danced and set up tents in the Piedmont Park Meadow for Bonnie McKee and Taylor Dayne’s performances during Atlanta Pride on Saturday night. Here are some photos we snapped of the fun:



















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Team Little FENUXE Coming To Atlanta Pride

By D. David Kinney and Candace Hunziker

This year FENUXE has gone to the dogs… literally! We’re teaming up with Friends to the Forlorn, Lifeline Animal Project, Fulton County Animal Services, and DeKalb County Animal Services to feature adoptable pets during Pride this year. We’re calling our canine companions Team Little FENUXE and they’ll be walking with us in the Atlanta Pride Parade on Sunday, October 13th at 1 p.m. If you fall in love with a member of Team Little FENUXE during the parade you can adopt him or her!

If you’d like to meet Team Little FENUXE before the parade on Sunday we’re featuring them on FENUXE.com this week. We’ll introduce you to a different furry BFF every day.

After Pride this year we’ll also feature a weekly pet who is looking for a good home. If you’re looking for a furry new pal please consider adopting or fostering an animal in need. So, look for the FENUXE staff and Team Little FENUXE during the Atlanta Pride Parade and don’t forget to stop by our booth in Piedmont Park and say HEY!

Our first member of Team Little FENUXE is Pibbles:

Pibbles FENUXE Magazine

Pibbles was found with her brother Nibbles during a thunderstorm in Decatur. Nibbles was adopted, but Pibbles has spent 3 years being fostered by FENUXE staff member Candace. Pibbles is about 4 years old, spayed, and up-to-date on all of her vaccines. She is energetic, super affectionate, and well-behaved, too.  She loves people and gets along well with every dog she’s met. Her foster mom has had several dogs come into the house as fosters and Pibbles plays and loves with each one.  Although she’s been great with dogs, she is not fond of cats. Pibbles would be great with a very active person. She’d also make a great running companion. Plus, when you’re done running she loves to go home and snuggle up on the couch. Think she’s pretty in the picture and video below? She’s even more beautiful in person!  To see more pictures of Pibbles and to adopt her click here

Here is a video of Pibbles having fun in the snow:

Pibbles playing with her friend Ziva:


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TAB Pride After-Hours Party Ticket Giveaway!

By D. David Kinney

Want to win a ticket to Atlanta’s hottest new Pride after-hours party? Just correct answer the trivia question below and you’ll be entered to win a ticket to the Tab Pride After-Hours Party on Friday, October 11th! We’re going to pick three winners tomorrow morning! 


What is the name of the fall fashion photo shoot in this current issue of FENUXE?

a) Fall Fashion Frenzy

b) Fade Into Fall

c) Fall Into Autumn

Email the correct answer HERE for a chance to win! 

Join Jujubee, Alexis Mateo, Mariah, 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. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Ticket Giveaway Time!

By D. David Kinney

Want to win a ticket to Atlanta’s hottest new Pride after-hours party? Just correct answer the trivia question below and you’ll be entered to win a ticket to the Tab Pride After-Hours Party on Friday, October 11th! We’re going to pick two winners tonight! You can enter using the form below:

Join Jujubee, Alexis Mateo, Mariah, 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. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Win A Ticket To Tabernacle’s Pride After-Party

By D. David Kinney

Want to win tickets to Atlanta’s hottest new Pride after-hours party? Just correct answer the trivia question below and you’ll be entered to win a ticket to the Tab Pride After-Hours Party on Friday, October 11th:

Join Jujubee, Alexis Mateo, Mariah, 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. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101

By D. David Kinney

THURSDAY 8/29/2013:

3:00 p.m. Welcome To ATL Pride Mixer at Hilton Garden Inn Lobby Bar

10:00 p.m. GA Voice Welcome To Atlanta Pride Weekend Event at HALO

Coco Montrese

Coco Montrese performs at Burkhart’s Pub

10:00 p.m. Annual Strip Her 2013 at My Sister’s Room

10:00 p.m. Coco Montrese Performs at Burkhart’s Pub


FRIDAY 8/30/2013:

5:00 p.m. TGIF Party at Woofs

10:00 a.m. Atlanta Black Gay Pride Vendor Market at Hilton Garden Inn

7:00 p.m. Pretty In Pink Booze Cruise at Lake Lanier

7:30 p.m. Dinner and a Movie with Jaye Lish at Jungle Atlanta

9:00 p.m. Occupational Realness: Labor Day Weekend Party at Mary’s EAV

Jaye Lish

Join Jaye Lish for dinner and a movie

9:00 p.m. SWANK at 10th & Piedmont

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

10:00 p.m. Coco Montrese Performs at Burkhart’s Pub

10:00 p.m. Labor Day Rock Block Party at Museum Bar

10:00 p.m. FUR Friday Cher Remix Debut at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Got Leche? at Club Rush

10:00 p.m. Annual MEGA Friday Night Live Ladies Lounge at 200 Peachtree

10:00 p.m. Annual Grown Folks Take Over Event 2013 at My Sister’s Room

10:00 p.m. Boys Night Out at TEN Atlanta

11:00 p.m. UNCENSORED with Destiny Brooks at LeBuzz Marietta


SATURDAY 8/31/2013:

11:00 a.m. Ladies of Literature at Hilton Garden Inn

Le Sexoflex

Le Sexoflex performs at The Drunken Unicorn

3:00 p.m. Atlanta WETher! Celebrity Block Party at Opera Nightclub

8:00 p.m. Fabulous Showstuds Sin City Pride Edition at My Sister’s Room

9:00 p.m. College Night at Bulldogs Bar Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Saturday Night Live With Kelly Rowland at 595 North

10:00 p.m. Traxx Girls The Big Bang With Kelly Rowland at The Freight Depot

10:30 p.m. Ana Paula DeeJay Woman at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. EXTRAVAGANZA with Shavonna B. Brooks at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. Diva’s Cabaret at LeBuzz Marietta


SUNDAY 9/1/2013:


Brandy headlines the Pure Heat Community Festival

3:00 a.m. LYDIA PIM at Xion

12:00 p.m. Pure Heat Community Festival at Piedmont Park

12:00 p.m. Soulfood Poetry Slam Jazz Brunch at Hilton Garden Inn

4:00 p.m. Unity Ball at Piedmont Park

6:00 p.m. Harness @ backspce With DJ Pat Scott at Jungle Atlanta

7:40 p.m. Singer and Actor Brandy Headlines Pure Heat Community Festival at Piedmont Park

8:00 p.m. Sing-Along Sundays With The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. Flashback Showgirls at 10th & Piedmont

10:00 p.m. Legendary Sunday Night with K. Michelle at Opera Nightclub

Dragon Con

Dragon*Con soars into Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Celebrity Showtime Sundays at Mansion Elan

10:00 p.m. Labor Day Sunday with DJ Alex Acosta at Heretic Atlanta


MONDAY 9/2/2013:

10:00 p.m. White Party at Krave



Fri. – Mon. Dragon*Con in Downtown Atlanta

Fri. – Sun. AJC Decatur Book Festival 

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[VIDEO] 40th Anniversary of Largest LGBT Massacre in America

By Dwayne Kinney, Digital Editor

40 years ago today 32 people died in a New Orleans gay bar. It was the largest LGBT massacre in American history. The bar was called UpStairs Lounge and had also served as the temporary home of New Orleans’ Metropolitan Community Church (MCC).

It was a sweltering night on June 24, 1973 in New Orleans. Gays throughout the city were celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the end of Pride Weekend in New Orleans. However, their celebration looked very different from what we are accustomed to today. There was no Pride parade in New Orleans that year. There were no gay flags hanging in the streets of the French Quarter. Instead there was widespread homophobia, rampant discrimination, and hateful violence for gays living out and proud.

The French Quarter had nearly two dozen gay bars at the time; however, gay life was almost entirely underground and talked about in hushed tones. The threat of violence was something that followed gays of this era on a daily basis. Metropolitan Community Churches in both Nashville and Los Angeles had been torched by arsonists earlier that year.

The UpStairs Lounge was on the second story of a building located at 141 Chartres Street. Entering the bar from the street meant climbing a flight of stairs that ended at a heavy metal door that remained locked. To get in, gay patrons would ring a buzzer.

On the night of June 24th the buzzer sounded at 7:56 p.m. signalling that a cab had arrived downstairs. According to survivors no one had ordered a cab; however, to see who the cab was waiting on someone opened the door.

Immediately the intense smell of Ronsonol lighter fluid filled the UpStairs Lounge. Someone had saturated the stairwell with the highly flammable liquid. Before anyone had a chance to react a fireball erupted up the stairwell and into the UpStairs Lounge.

There was no such thing as a clearly marked exit back in these days. Patrons were left to scramble for their lives as the heat from the fire and poisonous fumes roared closer. UpStairs Lounge’s bartender, Buddy Rasmussen, helped 15 men escape from the fire. One of the men who made it to safety was George Mitchell, the assistant pastor at MCC. When he realized that his partner, Louis Broussard, had not escaped with him he immediately ran back into the burning flames. Mitchell managed to find Broussard in the chaotic inferno; however, they were unable to escape the building before being consumed by the fire. The two men burned alive as they held each other tightly in their final moments.

Other gay patrons tried to flee through the windows. Several windows were boarded up to maintain privacy and others were covered with iron bars 14’’ apart. A few men were able to squeeze through the bars to safety. MCC’s Reverend Bill Larson tried to escape through the window and got stuck. Helpless and wedged between the bars he was burned to death. His body remained in the window for nearly 24 hours after the fire was extinguished.

The story received very little press coverage. At first, news reports did not mention that the UpStairs Lounge was a gay bar. However, when the newspaper finally reported the sexual orientation of the victims it did so alongside bigoted quotes. In the newspaper a local cab driver said, “I hope the fire burned their dresses off.” A woman was quoted saying, “The Lord had something to do with this.”

However, the most insulting comments came from radio hosts who asked, “What will they bury the queers in.” They responded with, “Fruit jars.”

Three bodies were never identified and were buried in unmarked graves at Potter’s Field. The City of New Orleans denied requests from the MCC who wanted to give the three men a proper burial.

Media coverage of the 1973 UpStairs Lounge Massacre:

A new documentary entitled “The UpStairs Lounge Fire” will air tonight at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on select Cox Communications channels:

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