Last year’s Atlanta Pride Parade (Photo by Asep Mawardi)

October is designated at Pride Month in Atlanta, a time to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Here’s what is coming up this month:

Out on Film
The annual LGBT film festival runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 7 with events at Midtown Art Cinema, Out Front Theatre Company and the Plaza Theatre. 128 films, documentaries, short films and web series are on tap, as well as a staged reading of a classic play. Films include the Atlanta-made “When the Beat Drops,” “Mapplethorpe,” “The Happy Prince” and “Wild Nights with Emily.” For a complete lineup and tickets, visit

Mags, Bars & (Drag) Stars
Georgia State University Library will mark the beginning of Atlanta’s Pride Month with a community event, “Mags, Bars & (Drag) Stars: A History of Atlanta’s Gay Bars and Community Magazines.” Speakers Gregg Daugherty and Ashley Coleman Taylor will talk about the impact of gay publications and bars in building Atlanta’s LGBTQ communities. The event, which was made possible by the Society of Georgia Archivists’ Spotlight on Archives Grant, will take place in the Library’s Special Collections Department on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For information, visit

Atlanta Pride Festival
The 48th annual festival and parade will be held Oct. 12-14 at Piedmont Park. The music line up includes Bebe Rexha, Mike Posner, Michelle Malone, Ada Vox and dance diva CeCe Peniston. The annual parade from Downtown to the park along Peachtree Street will be held Oct. 14 starting at noon. See the full schedule at

AID Atlanta will host the 28th Annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Piedmont Park. Over the years, the event has grown to be the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the Southeast and brings together a diverse group of people to support those living with HIV/AIDS, educate others to reduce new infections and remember those who have lost their lives to the disease. To register, visit


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.