The city of Atlanta has been bestowed with a well-received accolade. Popular, LGBT publication The Advocate, dubbed Atlanta the No. 2 spot in its annual list of “Queerest Cities in America.” By using its own distinctive equation, Advocate focuses on finding the most unpredictable, gay-friendly cities in the nation.
The list is comprised of 15 cities, highlighting such locations such as Washington, DC, Boulder, CO, Salt Lake City, UT and West Palm Beach, FL. The Advocate highlights Atlanta for its diversity through, “five gay Jewish organizations, a Muslims for Progressive Values Unity Mosque, a Black and White Men Together group, a massive support system for people living with HIV/AIDS, a Gay Fathers of Atlanta club and recreational groups like two LGBT choirs and a gay gun club.”
Naturally, Atlanta also has one of the hippest gay bar scenes with hot-spots spread out all across Midtown. A classy favorite, the Piedmont “gayborhood,” where one has a plethora of restaurants and bars to choose. A few of these include the well-known 10th & Piedmont, Blake’s on the Park, Ten, The Flying Biscuit and G’s. From a political standpoint, Advocate recognized Atlanta for its nondiscrimination laws, which protect the LGBT community against gender identity and sexuality.
Atlanta is a city of fluid acceptance and free expression. Home to the Southeast’s largest Pride Ceremony, Atlanta is the heartbeat for the South’s gay population.
I hope you are all able to celebrate this holiday with the friends and family who love and accept you just the way you are. And in the spirit of acceptance, I once again challenge you to reach out to our brothers and sisters who might be seen as different and extend your smiles, your waves, your hugs and your heart to let them know they’re beautiful just as they are. You never know how that one smile or hug could make an alienated person feel like they belong and are a part of something bigger.
I’m reminded of the saying “we are only as strong as our weakest link.” I truly believe it is incumbent upon us all to lose the judgment and lift each other up. We are all in this together! Pride is about celebrating the diversity of our community! I can’t wait to see all the beautiful colors that will be represented this year.
I’m excited to once again be performing in the Starlight Cabaret on Sunday night so I hope you’ll take the time to come and support all of the entertainers. Genre and Wild Cherry have worked hard to include as many entertainers as possible as well as up the production value. I know it will be a great show!
One last reminder: If you have not registered to vote, the deadline is fast approaching! Please take the time to register and make sure you exercise the right so many people have fought and died to protect. If you think your vote doesn’t matter, you’re wrong! This election will decide some key races and policy that will affect us as a community for years to come. Please, take the time to vote and make your voice heard!!
Love and lashes,
Mary Edith Pitts
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please contact me at maryedith99@gmail or on twitter @maryedithpitts.
There has never been a more important, or critical time, to support our right to marry here in the United States, which is why W Hotels has started a worldwide campaign in partnership with HRC called “TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE: Love Has No Limit. Fight for 50.” The initiative is designed to amplify the fight for marriage equality through the power of music. At each event, a portion of proceeds from bar sales will be donated to HRC’s fight for marriage equality, and the more states that pass marriage equality, the more funds W will donate. (For example, as of today, 19 states have legal same-sex marriage, so 19% of proceeds from upcoming events will be donated to the organization.)
The event, hosted by the fabulous Edie Cheezburger, kicks off tonight at 7pm in the stunning 27th Floor Ballroom and features AVAN LAVA (photo above), DJ JD Sampson from the band Le Tigre, and Atlanta’s DJ Vicki Powell.
Atlanta will play host to additional ”TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE” events at W Atlanta – Downtown on Thursday, November 13; W Atlanta – Buckhead on Thursday, December 11; and will return to W Atlanta – Midtown on Thursday, January 8.
So, come out tonight and have fun supporting HRC and marriage equality!
___ W Atlanta Midtown is located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta at 188 14th Street NE. For more information about W Atlanta – Midtown, please visit www.whotels.com/atlantamidtown
Looking for an out-of-town adventure this weekend? Why not hit Savannah Pride, which is celebrating their 15th year of pride celebration? The Georgia coastal gem has turned Forsyth Park into a happening pride festival, and when you’re done frolicking and dancing in the park, you can always hit the beautiful beaches.
“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!
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!
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:
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 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 clickhere.
Here is a video of Pibbles having fun in the snow:
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.