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12 ways to celebrate Pride Month 2018 around Atlanta

Pride Month is upon us, and with it, a host of celebratory events going around Atlanta. 

June has historically been recognized as Pride Month to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. 

Whether you’re looking to support a charity, dance all night or immerse yourself in a cultural event, here are a dozen ways you can support Pride Month in Atlanta. 

June 7: Dine Out for Pride at Varuni Napoli

Ten percent of all sales from the pizzeria will be donated to Atlanta Pride. 

1540 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta

June 9: Out in the Park at Six Flags Georgia 

Presented by Atlanta Pride, the event includes an all-you-can-eat meal with an option for unlimited beer and wine at JB’s Sports Bar and Grill from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $60.

275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell

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June 15-17: Peach Party at several venues

The annual three-day event put on by GA Boy Productions and Keith Young includes performances from Nina Flowers, DJ Deanne, Micky Friedmann, Alexander, Twisted Dee and Paulo. Tickets are $135. See the schedule here.

Venues: The Heretic Atlanta, Club Xion, Midtown Tavern and District 

June 16: Atlanta Pride Run & Walk at Piedmont Park

The 28th annual run and walk is organized by Front Runners Atlanta, a running, walking and social club for LGBTQ people and friends. The group is partnering with Joining Hearts, and proceeds will be donated to a local charity that supports the LGBTQ community in Georgia.

Online registration is $35 by June 13 or $40 after that. Race day registration is available from 7-7:45 a.m.; bring cash. The race begins at 8 a.m.

Greystone at Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive, Atlanta.

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June 16: Evening for Equality at InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta

The 14th annual awards honor the contributions of leaders in the movement to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for the LGBT and allied communities. It's hosted by Georgia Equality, which works for these goals.

This year’s honorees include Atlanta Police Department Officer Eric King, physician and advocate Dr. Melanie Thompson10 year-old Bennett Stone and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Gracie Bond Staples.

The host and VIP reception start at 6 p.m., general tickets are admitted at 7 p.m., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $350 for host committee couples, $200 for host committee individuals and $100 for general admission. Organizers say the 2017 event sold out.

3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.

June 20: Wanda Sykes and Tig Notaro at the Fox Theatre 

The women are headlining a comedy show at 8 p.m. to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Local LGBT advocate and activist Feroza Syed will serve as the emcee for the night. 

The event is presented by the Atlanta Pride Committee and The LGBT Institute at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Tickets range from $43 to $125.

660 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta

Wanda Sykes and Tig Notaro are hosting an Atlanta Pride show at the Fox Theatre June 20, 2018. CREDIT: Getty Images
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June 20: No Ashes in the Fire: Darnell Moore with Ashanté Reese at Charis Books and More

A Stonewall Month conversation with the authors about Black Queer liberation, feminism and freedom. Moore will share stories from his book, “No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America.” The event starts at 7:30 p.m.

1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta

June 23: The Unity Ball at Deep End

“A big ole' dance party” with DJ Ree de la Vega. The event is hosted by Jaimee Paige Robinson and four LGBTQ organizations: LovHer, Taste, For All Humans and Wussy Mag. Tickets are $10.

621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta

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June 23: ZAMI NOBLA Presents: Leona Beasley + Something Better than Home at Charis Books and More

Beasley’s debut book depicts the life of a young lesbian coming out in the 1970s South. The 7:30 p.m. event includes a reading, refreshments and a book signing. The suggested donation is $5. 

1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta

June 28: Out on Film & Atlanta Pride present: The Wound at Phillip Rush Center

A film screening of “The Wound,” which explores “tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture.” The movie premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. This event is free of charge. 

1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta

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June 29-30: Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: Broadway & Peachtree at Out Front 

The group will make its second appearance at Atlanta’s LGBT theatre hub, featuring songs from Broadway shows such as “Hairspray,” “Falsettos,” “Something Rotten,” “Hamilton,” “Kinky Boots” and Dear Evan Hansen.” Tickets start at $25.

999 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta

June 30: The Queeriety Variety Show at The Village Theatre

A show with drag, improv, standup comedy and a live sketch. The DeKalb County Board of Health will offer free and confidential HIV testing outside the venue. The Start Talking, Stop HIV campaign will also have an animated photo booth in the lobby, so you can turn you and your friends into GIFs. The event starts at 9 p.m.; the show starts at 11 p.m. 

349 Decatur St. SE, Atlanta

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