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The Bakery—an inclusive, experimental arts center—is but a moment in time. And that’s okay.

In October 2017, Willow Goldstein and her mother Olive Hagemeier opened the doors of the Bakery, what would become a constantly churning complex of spaces popular with young, queer, and creative Atlantans that have hosted large-scale puppet shows, space-rock operas, escape rooms, and so much more.
Fantastic Beasts LGBTQ powerlifting club

Atlanta’s LGBTQ powerlifting club builds bonds by pumping iron. Meet the Fantastic Beasts.

In the gym are people of all shapes and sizes, ranging in age from college students to professionals in their 50s and 60s. The gym-goers gently critique each other’s form and effusively cheer each other on. These are the Fantastic Beasts, Atlanta’s only LGBTQ powerlifting club—and, according to the organizers, possibly the first of its kind in the world.
Peter Smith in I Am My Own Wife Out Front Theatre Atlanta

For the first time, a trans performer will play all 35 roles in Out Front Theatre’s production of I Am My Own Wife

Out Front Theatre's latest production, I Am My Own Wife, marks the first time the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning show has been staged with a transgender performer, Peter Smith, playing all 35 roles.
Trans journalist Samantha Allen

Real Queer America author Samantha Allen on why Atlanta is the best city in the country for the LGBTQ community

Samantha Allen, a transgender senior reporter for the Daily Beast covering LGBT issues, has a new book, Real Queer America, where she takes a six-week road trip through multiple red states, showing that red states are full of people who care about equality and LGBT rights. Here, an excerpt from her book and a Q&A about the state of LGBTQ culture in Atlanta and America.
Alaska Thunderfuck RuPaul's Drag Race

Fit for a queen: A RuPaul’s Drag Race alum talks fitness, nutrition, and self-care

Drag performer Alaska Thunderf*ck, in Atlanta for a Pride-weekend show, shares her thoughts on exercise, meditation, and the rigors of “bucking and twirling onstage.”
Don't miss list Atlanta Pride Festival

Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 event picks for October

Piedmont Park is becoming the grounds for the largest pride festival in the Southeast with Atlanta Pride Festival, Taste of Atlanta is back with more than 90 restaurants, and get ready for Halloween with Atlanta Horror Film Festival.
Man Made T Cooper documentary

Atlanta hosts the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition. A new documentary shines a light on it.

When writer T Cooper moved to Atlanta in 2014, he was surprised to learn about TransFitCon. "Wait, the only transgender bodybuilding competition in the world takes place in Atlanta?" he laughs. "It was just so random." He spent the next three years crafting the feature-length documentary, Man Made, which closes out the Atlanta Film Festival this Sunday.
Love, Simon Becky Albertalli Atlanta

Love, Simon: Atlanta author Becky Albertalli on adapting her hit YA book into a major movie

Atlanta author Becky Albertalli talks about how her hit YA novel was transformed into the movie Love, Simon, what the film means for LGBTQ teens, and the Atlanta Easter eggs you might notice at the theater.
Liliana Bakhtiari

Liliana Bakhtiari is making national headlines. Is that enough to win an Atlanta City Council seat?

It’s rare enough when an Atlanta City Council candidate rates a mention in her own hometown newspaper, so it's doubly unusual that Liliana Bakhtiari—who’s running to unseat longtime District 5 incumbent Natalyn Archibong—has garnered national press from such outlets as Teen Vogue and the Huffington Post.

Atlanta’s Kirsten Palladino writes the ultimate LGBTQ+ wedding guide

Planning a wedding is never easy, but it can be especially challenging if you're LGBTQ+. How do you find equality-minded vendors? What if both partners are wearing a tux? Atlanta writer Kirsten Palladino sought to answer these questions when she cofounded the LGBTQ+ wedding website Equally Wed in 2010. Now she's turned the website into a guidebook.

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