David Atlanta http://davidatlanta.com Atlanta's #1 LGBT Community Magazine Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:36:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Free Ways to Bond With Mom This Mother’s Day http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/5-free-ways-to-bond-with-mom-this-mothers-day/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/5-free-ways-to-bond-with-mom-this-mothers-day/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:36:29 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133797 by Mikey Rox True, moms don’t mind jewelry or other trinkets on Mother’s Day – but that’s what husbands are for. All mom wants from you, her little angel, is the gift of quality time. Grant her wish this May 10 by planning an activity that gets you two together, talking and having fun. Here ...

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by Mikey Rox

True, moms don’t mind jewelry or other trinkets on Mother’s Day – but that’s what husbands are for. All mom wants from you, her little angel, is the gift of quality time. Grant her wish this May 10 by planning an activity that gets you two together, talking and having fun. Here are a few no-cost, easy-to-plan ideas.

  1. Polish Your Green Thumb and Get in the Garden

If your mom is the kind of lady who likes to put on those cute little hats, aprons and gloves while she gets down and dirty in the garden, offer to lend a hand. She’ll probably want you to pull weeds (because nobody wants to pull weeds if they don’t have to) while she plants the pretty flowers, but this outdoor activity is an ideal way to catch up on each other’s lives while giving back to nature. As a special treat, bring over a pitcher of homemade lemonade to quench your thirsts after a few hours of manual labor.

  1. Offer to Help With a Small Project Around the House

There are probably a million little things that mom needs someone to do around the house (Dad’s not gettin’ any younger, after all). On Mother’s Day, ring mom to ask what projects she’d like help with. She’ll probably tell you not to worry about it, but let her know that this is your gift to her and it’s something you’d like to do. Bring your supplies and tools and get started.

  1. Invite Her Over for a One-on-One Brunch

 Family brunches are fun, but they can get chaotic. This year, take mom out for a one-on-one brunch so you can connect with one another without interruption. If you have a large family that prohibits this on Mother’s Day because they’re planning on celebrating together, schedule another date and time so you and mom have the best of both worlds.

  1. Reminisce Over Old Home Movies

Give the movie marathon idea a twist by screening your own home movies. They’ve probably been hidden away for a decent amount of time at this point, so it’ll be a treat for you both to look back on happy times. Just make sure you bring the tissues; there’s no way you’re getting out there with dry eyes on mom.

  1. Dish the Gossip Over a Couple Board Games

Just like you have a busy social life that keeps your quality time to a minimum, mom likely has a social life, too. And what do people with active social lives like to do? Gossip, of course! So let’s dish. Set up a board game, brew a pot of tea, and put out a plate of cookies for you two gab pals to nibble while you blab everybody’s deepest, darkest secrets – in the strictest of confidence, of course.

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Daniel Fitness http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/daniel-fitness/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/daniel-fitness/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:27:53 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133790 This week’s cover model J. Daniel is a trainer (obviously, look at that body), plus he’s a rising actor/model. He graciously agreed to strip it off and show Atlanta what good training and diet can do for a body. Here are five tips to get you ready to show some skin this summer. 1) If ...

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This week’s cover model J. Daniel is a trainer (obviously, look at that body), plus he’s a rising actor/model. He graciously agreed to strip it off and show Atlanta what good training and diet can do for a body. Here are five tips to get you ready to show some skin this summer.

1) If you’ve always relied on food for emotional sustenance, you will have to get used to the idea of turning to other things to help you though tough times.

2) If you ‘re eating because you are stressed, angry, bored, or lonely you ‘ve got to find out what’s the root of those feeling and change it.

3) Losing water the right way is slower and the results you want to see will be longer in coming, but they’ll also be longest lasting. 

4) The amount of water your body retains can easily change depending on what foods you eat.

5) Keep in mind that your body can actually only lose about 3 pounds of body fat a week. 

 

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28th Annual Atlanta HRC Dinner Gala & Auction http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/28th-annual-atlanta-hrc-dinner-gala-auction/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/28th-annual-atlanta-hrc-dinner-gala-auction/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:22:35 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133787 Every year the Human Rights Campaigns throws a lovely and lavish black-tie fundraising gala. It has grown to become one of the largest fundraising events of its kind, thanks to the continued generous support of Atlantans. Once again, the festivities will be held at the architectural Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Saturday, May 2. The Human ...

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Every year the Human Rights Campaigns throws a lovely and lavish black-tie fundraising gala. It has grown to become one of the largest fundraising events of its kind, thanks to the continued generous support of Atlantans. Once again, the festivities will be held at the architectural Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Saturday, May 2.

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are embraced by society as full members at work, at home, and in every community. The money they raise is used for grass root programs that build support for LGBT people and our causes. The HRC also uses money from fundraisers like this gala to support politicians more open minded and sensitive to the needs of LGBT citizens. They also have a partnership with Georgia Equality that created the Georgia United Against Discrimination advocacy group that successfully fought RFRA for this legislative session.

Our movement is moving faster than many imagined possible. From the Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act to the media’s increasing rejection of hateful language, no one can doubt that the nation is coming to our side. But even with this progress, LGBT people still strive for equal treatment in our daily lives.

One of the main ways that HRC is fundraising is through a stupendous silent and live auction containing items, trips, and services worth more than $200,000. Combine that with corporate sponsorships, and the 1,200 gala diners, and HRC stands to raise a lot of money!

Some of the most interesting of the live auction items include a lovely set of wedding rings graciously provided by legendary jeweler, Jonathan Shapero of Jonathan Buckhead. Delta has come on board and donated two First Class tickets for anywhere in the world that Delta travels. Finally, No Mas offers up a relaxing stay in Puerto Vallarta in their sumptuous six bedroom vacation home.

In addition to all the excitement of the live and silent auction, none other than the Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden will treat guests to a stirring keynote address. “Dr. Jill Biden has been a tireless advocate for the LGBT community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “For years, she has spoken out on LGBT issues from youth well-being, to anti-bullying efforts, to ensuring that our national dialogue reflects the lives of all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Special guests for the evening included upcoming Supreme Court Plaintiff for same-sex marriage, Jim Obergefell; HRC President Chad Griffin; Actress and Humanitarian, Maria Bello; plus outstanding comedienne, Dana Goldberg. There will be two awards given at this year’s HRC Dinner Gala & Auction: Community Leadership Award – The Plaintiffs of Inniss v. Aderhold (Georgia marriage case) and the other award is a Humanitarian Award to the Action Cycling Atlanta / AV200 for their efforts to raise funds for HIV vaccine research.

The theme for this year is “Empower the Movement.” When asked what that theme meant to her personally Dinner Co-Chair, Brigid Scarbrough replied; “For me the theme Empower the Movement represents a call to action to continue the important work for LGBT equality in all facets of our lives within our diverse community, from marriage equality to comprehensive non-discrimination rights, from HIV/AIDS funding to full protections within the healthcare systems, from protecting our youth against bullying to job protections… We need to ‘Empower the Movement’ to ensure all LGBT individuals and families are able to live and thrive as full members of society in their home, in their professional lives and in every community.”

To purchase tickets, and for more information about the event, auction and organization you can visit hrcatlanta.org.

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Get Ready for ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Your Next Netflix Binge http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/get-ready-for-grace-and-frankie-your-next-netflix-binge-2/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/get-ready-for-grace-and-frankie-your-next-netflix-binge-2/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:14:26 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133784 By Elijah Sarkesian Be honest: who among us hasn’t engaged in a weekend of binge-watching a show on Netflix? Over the last few years, it’s become essential for anyone who keeps up with pop culture, especially with the original series that Netflix has created. Think about it – you or someone you know has spent ...

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By Elijah Sarkesian

Be honest: who among us hasn’t engaged in a weekend of binge-watching a show on Netflix? Over the last few years, it’s become essential for anyone who keeps up with pop culture, especially with the original series that Netflix has created. Think about it – you or someone you know has spent a weekend running through all the new episodes of Orange is the New Black, House of Cards or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – all shows, by the way, that have prominent LGBT characters and storylines.

With their latest show, Grace and Frankie (premiering May 8), Netflix is giving us more characters and actors that the LGBT community are bound to love.

First, the premise: Grace and Frankie are two long-time rivals who are brought together when their husbands announce that they’re gay, in love with each other, and plan to get married. According to Netflix, over the course of the 13-episode first season, Grace and Frankie will form an unlikely bond as they face an uncertain future together, with plenty of “laughter, tears and mood enhancers” (their words, not mine) along the way.

If that’s not enough to sell you, the cast and creator should. Original 9 to 5 costars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are Grace and Frankie, respectively. As their ex-husbands, Robert and Sol: Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. And one of the show’s co-creators? Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of Friends.

The concept is certainly interesting, and with the lack of roles that actors of a certain age tend to find, creating a show that gives these four actors (and presumably, some guest stars as well) the chance to shine should be celebrated. What I’m most looking forward to seeing is the way the show tackles coming out as an older gay man. While this won’t be the first time an older man has come out, this is the first show I can think of where that character (or in this case, characters) are part of the central cast to the show.

I just have one request: whether it’s in the season that’s already been shot or in a second season, bring on Dolly Parton as a guest star so that we can have the 9 to 5 reunion everyone wants.

So if you haven’t already, check out the trailer online now, and be sure to set aside your weekend sometime around May 8 to watch a few episodes (or, okay, run through all 13 episodes in one sitting). You know you won’t be the only one.

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Get Ready for ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Your Next Netflix Binge http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/get-ready-for-grace-and-frankie-your-next-netflix-binge/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/get-ready-for-grace-and-frankie-your-next-netflix-binge/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:54:50 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133778 By Elijah Sarkesian Be honest: who among us hasn’t engaged in a weekend of binge-watching a show on Netflix? Over the last few years, it’s become essential for anyone who keeps up with pop culture, especially with the original series that Netflix has created. Think about it – you or someone you know has spent ...

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By Elijah Sarkesian

Be honest: who among us hasn’t engaged in a weekend of binge-watching a show on Netflix? Over the last few years, it’s become essential for anyone who keeps up with pop culture, especially with the original series that Netflix has created. Think about it – you or someone you know has spent a weekend running through all the new episodes of Orange is the New Black, House of Cards or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – all shows, by the way, that have prominent LGBT characters and storylines.

 

With their latest show, Grace and Frankie (premiering May 8), Netflix is giving us more characters and actors that the LGBT community are bound to love.

 

First, the premise: Grace and Frankie are two long-time rivals who are brought together when their husbands announce that they’re gay, in love with each other, and plan to get married. According to Netflix, over the course of the 13-episode first season, Grace and Frankie will form an unlikely bond as they face an uncertain future together, with plenty of “laughter, tears and mood enhancers” (their words, not mine) along the way.

 

If that’s not enough to sell you, the cast and creator should. Original 9 to 5 costars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are Grace and Frankie, respectively. As their ex-husbands, Robert and Sol: Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. And one of the show’s co-creators? Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of Friends.

 

The concept is certainly interesting, and with the lack of roles that actors of a certain age tend to find, creating a show that gives these four actors (and presumably, some guest stars as well) the chance to shine should be celebrated. What I’m most looking forward to seeing is the way the show tackles coming out as an older gay man. While this won’t be the first time an older man has come out, this is the first show I can think of where that character (or in this case, characters) are part of the central cast to the show.

 

I just have one request: whether it’s in the season that’s already been shot or in a second season, bring on Dolly Parton as a guest star so that we can have the 9 to 5 reunion everyone wants.

 

So if you haven’t already, check out the trailer online now, and be sure to set aside your weekend sometime around May 8 to watch a few episodes (or, okay, run through all 13 episodes in one sitting). You know you won’t be the only one.

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Tacos & Tamales & Nachos, oh my!! http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/tacos-tamales-nachos-oh-my/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/tacos-tamales-nachos-oh-my/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:32:22 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133766   Not to be overshadowed by the imperial arrival of May the Fourth, May the Fifth is one of my favorite holidays. And it should be yours, too!! Celebrating a glorious, yet unlikely, Mexican victory over the French at the “Battle of Puebla”; a celebration was born, and has wildly grown to global proportions, over ...

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Not to be overshadowed by the imperial arrival of May the Fourth, May the Fifth is one of my favorite holidays. And it should be yours, too!! Celebrating a glorious, yet unlikely, Mexican victory over the French at the “Battle of Puebla”; a celebration was born, and has wildly grown to global proportions, over the last 150 years. This, Cinco de Mayo was born.
I’m so obsessed with the amazing flavors that our Mexican neighbor to our country’s south, brings to our citizens. No other culture offers my palate such a well-rounded assortment. I could honestly eat Mexican food every single day of my life, I really really could. There are days, that more than one meal has some kind of taco in it. I’m not kidding.
Sure, I love all kinds of amazing foods from all around the world, I’m certain we all do. But, how many of those amazing countries offer an equal amount of fantastic appetizers, entrees, deserts, and beverage options that totally sends your mouth over the moon? Ok ok, Italian is an agreeably close second place. I can certainly fuck up some focaccia bread drenched in fresh pesto, with the best of them.
One of my earliest memories, was from when I was about 5 or 6 years old. My parents took me to a dimly lit restaurant, to visit some friends, that glowed with neon lights (I’m pretty sure I’d never seen anything like that yet) and had the most interesting smells wafting in the air. I distinctly remember smelling fresh cooked tortillas (although I didn’t know what they were yet) and being hungry, and voicing my very bratty demands to eat…right then and there. (Think Veruca Salt of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and you’d be close to visualizing what a twat I was as a kid. Seriously, I was a military school, grade-A brat to my family.)
On a lark, or revenge from being a cunt to them all those years, my parents thought it would be a great laugh to watch me try and then certainly spit out all those strange Mexican foods. Apparently, the joke was on them. (Don’t worry, I may have been a menace to my parents…but they were sometimes assholes too) I ate everything they let me try…and only rejected foods that ‘burned my mouth’ as I couldn’t handle spicy foods just yet.
As an adult, living in Atlanta has really given me some amazing Mexican foods to try, that I might not otherwise have encountered. Alma Cocina introduced me to guacamole with crab and grapefruit in it. Bone Garden makes the best tamale I’ve ever eaten, and if you serve any kind of cheese set on fire…I’ll marry you.
A food snob was born the day I tried Mexican food, and it really was the event that inspired me to be adventurous and try different foods. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a particular eater. I hate mayonnaise and liver, but I know I’m not alone. It doesn’t stop me from trying different things, and celebrating cultures for their triumphs. One of the great things about trying any kind of new food, is that chance you will stumble across your next ‘favorite’ thing to obsess over. And who doesn’t want to share the ‘next best thing’ with the world?
Raise your margaritas high, and toast to a very Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

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Get Your Cinco On: A Guide for Cinco De Mayo http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/get-your-cinco-on-a-guide-for-cinco-de-mayo-2/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/get-your-cinco-on-a-guide-for-cinco-de-mayo-2/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:20:04 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133762   Though Cinco De Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year, that’s not stopping restaurants and businesses like Mama’s Cantina and TEN from throwing some outstanding events. Here’s a one stop shop for the details on those events. Plus a few other things one can do to celebrate this Mexican version of St. Patty’s Day. ...

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Though Cinco De Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year, that’s not stopping restaurants and businesses like Mama’s Cantina and TEN from throwing some outstanding events. Here’s a one stop shop for the details on those events. Plus a few other things one can do to celebrate this Mexican version of St. Patty’s Day. Ole!

 

TEN (990 Piedmont Rd. NE)

 

The crew at TEN is bringing us their 3rd Annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration. It goes down Sunday, May 3 with DJ Rob Reum inside, and DJ Rob Ansley out on the patio. TEN’s patio is one of the best places to hang out and people watch on the regular weekends. So goodness knows how muy caliente the guys could be on this pseudo-holiday Sunday.

 

Mama’s Mexican Cantina (1958 Piedmont Rd. NE)

 

Mama’s off Piedmont has always brought great Mexican fare 24/7. On Tuesday they are throwing a party in celebration of the holiday. They are bringing in the live band Candella, as well as live DJ’s. Get your drink on with they’re $1.99 margarita special. It’s one of the best frozen margaritas in town…especially for a price like that! Mama’s is also promising prizes and T-shirt giveaways.

 

La Hacienda (900 Monroe Dr. NE)

 

La Hacienda is heating it up with DJ music and loads of sexy shot boys circling the room. In addition, they are giving away free T-shirts. Of course there will be an offering of food and drink specials as well to help keep that party going. They ask that their patrons Uber or walk as they will have limited parking that day. The fiesta begin at 11 a.m. and goes till who the hell knows when. • lahaciendamidtown.com

 

Moe’s Southwest Grill (1544 Piedmont Ave.)

 

Even long time southwest grub hubs like Moe’s are getting into the Cinco spirit. Moe’s at Ansley Mall is promoting $5 burritos all day for Cinco De Mayo. Be it with beef or chicken or pork or steak, get yourself stuffed and support the Moe’s that supports you.

 

Joe’s On Juniper (1049 Juniper St NE)

 

All weekend long Joe’s is going to be serving up delicious $15 margarita pitchers to share with your friends, and $3 tacos to scarf up by yourself. It’s the best of both worlds. On Tuesday they are putting a twist on their well-known trivia night with a Mexican theme. Plus enjoy Latino music with a live DJ…none of that jukebox music that night!

 

The Hideaway (1544 Piedmont Ave.)

 

Hundreds upon hundreds of us were partying it up at Hideaway for the Easter Drag Races. Well the boys and girls…well Ruby anyways, are bringing us back out for a mega party on Cinco De Mayo. Get your salt-rimmed $4 margaritas at the bar. Then make yourself some nacho at their “Make Your Own Nachos Bar.” Sounds like a party!

 

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate our favorite Mexican holiday, make sure your safe in your travels. Find a designated driver or plan on taking Uber or a cab. It’s going to be one hot fiesta. See you out there!

 

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Las Marg Cinco De Mayo: 5 Days of Crazy Cinco Celebration! http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/las-marg-cinco-de-mayo-5-days-of-crazy-cinco-celebration/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/las-marg-cinco-de-mayo-5-days-of-crazy-cinco-celebration/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:13:36 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133759   By Jonathan Bugg   Every year Cheshire Bridge Latin restaurant, Las Margaritas, and more importantly owner Papi, throws an all out orgy of in celebration of Cinco De Mayo. This year is even bigger and better with a total of five days of parties leading up to Tuesday, May 5. As an added incentive, ...

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By Jonathan Bugg

 

Every year Cheshire Bridge Latin restaurant, Las Margaritas, and more importantly owner Papi, throws an all out orgy of in celebration of Cinco De Mayo. This year is even bigger and better with a total of five days of parties leading up to Tuesday, May 5. As an added incentive, a percentage from the door from Papi’s Carnival are being donated to Mike Woodside’s charity, Ready 4 Hope. R4H raises money throughout the year for AIDS Walk. I caught up with Papi just in time to get an idea of what’s in store this weekend.

 

“My idea is to have a huge DJ-Fest and event countdown towards Cinco De Mayo. I’ve brought in the hottest DJ’s who have resident gigs at the top Latin clubs in town. Are you ready? Are you ready? We will have super DJ’s from Tongue & Groove” Papi exclaims, “and the Havana Club. We’re really excited for this year’s lineup!”

 

And with that, here’s the rundown for their weekend:

 

Come out Friday and get your Salsa, Meringue, and Bachata music on with DJ Noise. He holds a residency at the fantastical Havana Club. Papi and his team have been working very hard. They’ve created a clear space on the patio perfect for dancing the night away. Sexy Cuervo Tequila models will be on hand for “tons” of Cinco giveaways. If you’re looking for something to wet your whistle, grab yourself a $5 margarita, sangria, and/or mojito. That ought to get your bon-bon shaking.

 

On Saturday, Las Margaritas is bringing you South Beach Reggaetón and Latin House night with another resident DJ from the Havana Club, DJ Venez. Party starts at 8 p.m. with giant South Beach Monsters for $15. Think of it as a huge margarita with small Latin beer bottles turned upside-down in it. Those alone should have your head spinning. As with every night of frivolity, there will be a plethora of Cinco De Mayo giveaways from sexy Cuervo models.

 

If you have never been to one of Las Margaritas’ Sunday Brunches, then you simply haven’t lived! Think of a buffet the size of a stretch-limo, paired with an unlimited supply of sangrias, mimosas, bloody Mary’s, and mojitos…all for one price! For those that need to take it a little slower, Papi is of course offering his regular $13 beer buckets all weekend. Spinning hot Latin grooves for your morning is none other that DJ Carlitos Morales.

 

We’re getting closer to Cinco, but we’re not quite there yet. Join guest emcee Gaby and DJ Vanesa aka Audioprism for a Spanglish Cinco Karaoke. If you’re the best singer that night you stand to win $50 house cash prize. It all starts at 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Remember, all during these events Las Margaritas is offering up $5 margaritas or sangrias.

 

So it’s finally here! The main event. The one you’ve all bee waiting for. Cinco De Mayo done Papi style with Papi’s Annual Outdoor Carnival Extravaganza! –Try and say that ten times fast.

 

Papi, and the team at Las Margaritas, have renovated the parking lot for this fiesta. This includes a huge main stage tent as the center for all the action. This is a huge deal, and Papi plans on having several thousand people flow through his restaurant and tents. Parking will be a bit of a problem, so plan on parking at the Heretic and getting shuttled over for free.

 

Once again, a percentage from the door at Papi’s Carnival are being donated to Mike Woodside’s charity, Ready 4 Hope. R4H raises money throughout the year for AIDs Walk. Papi’s Annual Outdoor Carnival raised $1,500 last year. This year he is hoping to be able to donate $3,000. “Come celebrate for a cause, and simply because it’s Cinco De Mayo,” Papi says.

 

Papi is bringing conga drum sensation, Deshone from the Havana Club to get your feet a-thumpin. Also from the Havana Club, DJ Louii will be spinning all the sexy Latin beats. Together, they give you that “bienvenido a Miami” flair perfect for the sunny weather we’ve been having. Inside the patio local favorite DJ Karlitos from the Jungle assures that you will never be too far from the party.

 

As with the rest of the weekend, there are tons of Cinco giveaways from hottie Cuervo models. Drink and food specials to wet your whistle and whet your appetites. There’s going to be so much going on that you’re going to have to take Wednesday off! So get ready, it’s going to be a friggin’ huge fiery fiesta for the record books. Or, as Papi would say, “a Lalalalalala good time!”

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Wish You Were Here: Travel to some of the gayest events this summer http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/wish-you-were-here-travel-to-some-of-the-gayest-events-this-summer/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/wish-you-were-here-travel-to-some-of-the-gayest-events-this-summer/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:02:16 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133750   The spring and summer sun is upon us and it’s high time that you started thinking about your travel destinations ahead. But do you know how many LGBTQ events, festivals, and prides are within driving distance or just a short plane ride away? Trust us, there’s a ton. Maybe you’re looking for steamy hot ...

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The spring and summer sun is upon us and it’s high time that you started thinking about your travel destinations ahead. But do you know how many LGBTQ events, festivals, and prides are within driving distance or just a short plane ride away? Trust us, there’s a ton.

Maybe you’re looking for steamy hot guys to bump and grind your nights and days with, or you’re looking to support a gay pride in the Southeast that hasn’t been around nearly as long as Atlanta’s. We’ve compiled and highlighted some of the gayest events and destinations around.

This year, Israel is even hosting the first LGBTQ World Conference that ends in the Tel Aviv Gay Pride! Who knew that Israel was such a gay friendly destination? Where to stay, where to go, and what to do – we’ve got the skinny on it all right here.

 

Memorable Memorial Weekend in Pensacola Florida

By Jason Mieteski

maxresdefaultLooking to get a head start on your PRIDE activities this year? Want to spend some time at the beach with a hundred thousand nearly naked sexy men, cocktail in hand? Then a mini-vacay in Pensacola, Florida for their annual (though unofficially sanctioned) Memorial Day Beach Pride is probably just what you need!

The event, which began as just a small gathering in the 80s, is expected to draw 150,000 partygoers this year. There will be circuit parties with elaborate sound systems and light shows featuring top-billed DJs, which often don’t start until 11 p.m. and run until the sun rises over the beach. These are followed by throngs of oiled and cocktail fueled gays and lesbians roaming the shoreline past crowded tents until the next circuit party begins. You can expect to mingle with muscle boys, bears, topless women, twinks and leather daddies as you stroll past full wet bars, hand dug Jacuzzis in the sand, and places to show your cock for a free jello shot.  Johnny Chisolm also hosts a series of parties at Emerald City in Downtown Pensacola, each night with a different theme: Thursday is Foreplay; Friday is Stripdown; Saturday is Sweat; Friction is on Sunday; and Monday finishes with Climax.

I spoke with newlyweds Caston and Quentin Baker, natives of Pensacola, who offered up some helpful tips:

  • Make your hotel reservations early. Hotels are HOT party spots and sure to fill up as many gay Georgians will be attending.
  • Bonelli’s, an Italian restaurant @ 1217 N. 9th Avenue is amazing; Nick’s Boathouse @ 455 W. Main Street offers excellent comfort and seafood with waterfront dining away from the hustle and bustle of the beach; and if you’re in the mood for great soul food and live music, check out Five Sisters Blues Café @ 421 W. Belmont Street.
  • In addition to the beach, club, and circuit parties, Pensacola also offers go-carting, parasailing, jet skiing, water-rocketing, a fishing pier and bicycle rentals.
  • Yes, it’s OK to drink openly on the beach, but use caution and common sense.
  • Of course, you’re coming down to Memorial Pride for the beach festivities, but don’t overlook the rest of the village. If you need a moment to gather yourself, there’s walking, riding and Segway tours that you should definitely take advantage of.
  • Be prepared for traffic! The bridge to the beach will get clogged with vehicles. The rainbow flags are flying so just relax and enjoy the show. Wear lots of sunscreen and bring an umbrella, and whatever you do, don’t park in the sand!
  • Be sure to take advantage of the shuttles running from Emerald City to the beach—this’ll keep everyone just a little bit safer.

Just remember what you went to the beach for: To show your pride and have FUN! Be sure to check out the other clubs, The Roundup and The Cabaret as well. The festivities start on Thursday, May 21st and Run through Monday, May 25th. So make your reservations and plan ahead. And whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your condoms, boys! See you there!

 

Tel Aviv: More Progressive Than You’d Ever Think

By Jonathan Bugg

tel-aviv-gayIsrael is one of the world’s most progressive countries in terms of equality for sexual minorities. Tel Avivans are quick to point out that their city is less suffused with history than Jerusalem, and that that is what makes their city so hospitable to newcomers.

Tel Aviv’s vibrant gay scene is banging year-round with glittering nightlife, progressive restaurants, and busy walkable streets filled with clubs and cafés. It’s the perfect city is perfect for people who love to get out and about.

This year is a very special for Tel Aviv, and the LGBTQ world in general as the first global LGBTQ leadership summit will be held in this dynamic and vibrant community. LGBTQ leader from around the world are gathering from June 9 – June 11 to inspire and strengthen each other, build skills and networks, and celebrate 40 years of LGBTQ progress in Israel.

Don’t think that this is all business and no play, because this summit culminates to the ever-fabulous weekend of Tel Aviv Pride on June 12, a celebration that attracts 150,000 people from across the world. The best part about their parade route is that it ends at the beach. You should definitely bring your bathing suit (or any other kind of minimal wear you’re kinky mind can think of) because once the parade hits the beach you will be in the water in no time.

With a gay scene that competes with all gay capitals around the globe, an amazing beach, good weather, great food and other attractions in the country like Jerusalem and the Dead sea, Tel Aviv is definitely a place you should check out for your next trip.

There is one very important thing to take care of before you leave for the Holy Land; make sure that you obtain a local SIM card or you’ll never get to know the populace via Israeli Grindr (the man behind Grindr, Joel Simkhai is from Tel Aviv). Or you could just do it the old-fashioned way, and start talking to people.

One great place to start meeting people is Rothschild Boulevard. It’s one of Tel Aviv’s most beautiful boulevards buzzing with entertainment. You can grab a cup of coffee at one of the many coffee shops, or just stroll along watching the beautiful guys passing by. Think of this area as if it was the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont. Rothschild is also a great starting point to branch out into the city’s dazzling (and ever changing) nightlife.

Finally, Tel Aviv is famous for it’s neverending beach-line – It has 14km, or 8.7 miles for us dummies over here. Check out the gay Hilton beach where two things come clashing together in this little strip of beach – endless sun and hunky guys. Getting a tan in Israel is easy, but getting a full-body one is not always as easy. Rest assured, at Ga’ash nude (and gay) beach you can be as “out” as you want – and nobody cares a damn.

 

New Orleans for Southern Decadence

By: Bryan Tillman

southern-decadence-2_flickr_user-jasperfieldsAre you ready for some fun and excitement in the Bayou, well lets geaux, baby! Every Labor Day weekend, New Orleans hosts the 5th largest event in the city following Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest. This is event is known as Southern Decadence.

If you are thinking of joining the festivities of Southern Decadence 2015, this is the guide for you. Those that are looking to participate in this year’s event have many diverse options.  There are many accommodations to meet each person’s budget and lifestyle.  As an added bonus New Orleans offers some of the most exclusive and beautiful architecture in the world.

The French Quarter is the most famous, diverse and popular neighborhood in New Orleans.  Many travelers from the all over the world gather at this wonderful, historic and convivial neighborhood year after year.  If you want to be in the middle of the action for Southern Decadence, this is the place for you. You will definitely want to stay at a French Quarter hotel during your visit.  Check out frenchquarterhotels.com for some great hotel deals.

After checking into your place of stay, you will need to experience the singularly unique restaurants of New Orleans.  New Orleans has some of the best restaurants and foods in the U.S.  If you are searching for casual, classic, creole, Cajun food, Eat New Orleans is the perfect place for you.   Eat New Orleans, which is known for its “region’s unique cultural traditions” offers local dishes that are made from farm-fresh ingredients. The owner of Eat New Orleans prides himself by serving the best versions of his family favorites.   At Eat New Orleans, the seafood and seasonal produce is locally grown and fresh.  The work of local artists is featured throughout the restaurant.  New Orleans, offers other places to get your grub on such as: Emeril’s, which offers great creole dishes.  If you want to try something different, August is the place for you.  August offers a French contemporary cuisine made from local fresh ingredients.  New Orleans has many restaurants to visit, and you will not be disappointed.

Who visits New Orleans and not participate in the all of the fun that Southern Decadence has to offer? After all this is the real reason why you are visiting.  New Orleans is known for some of the hottest bars and clubs in the United States.  Oz, one of New Orleans number one gay dance clubs is located in the heart of all of the decadent debauchery…. Bourbon Street.  Oz is a two-story dance club that operates 24/7.  This outgoing club has great DJs, drag shows, some would say slutty go-go dancers, plus an extensive balcony for people watching.  Don’t allow your fun to stop at Oz.  You will want to visit the many other different clubs and bars that are all located in New Orleans such as:  The Corner Pocket, a gay bar that is known for its scantily clad men dancing on the bar each and every night.  For those of you that want to visit a easy going and relaxed place, Café Lafitte in Exile is for you.  Café Lafitte in Exile is a tavern that operates 24/7.  This great tavern includes a wraparound balcony that hosts everyone’s favorite…. HAPPY HOUR!

One great perk for those who enjoy a nice cold beverage; you are permitted to drink on the streets in New Orleans.  Even though you may leave a bar and take your drink, the drink must be in a plastic “go cup”.  But please don’t carry glass containers or bottles…it’s not only ghetto, but illegal.

While you are enjoying the great food, bars and clubs of New Orleans, you simply must attend the two official Southern Decadence parades.  First, there is the float parade on Friday, succeeded by the walking parade on Sunday. Both parades occur in streets of the French Quarter.  Southern Decadence is kicked off with the official welcome party and many different contests held throughout the weekend along with the Bourbon Street Extravaganza and much more!

The 44th Southern Decadence is set for Wednesday, September 2 to Monday, September 7.

For more information about the events of Southern Decadence, visit southerndecadence.net or southerndecadence.com.

 

 

Savannah, Augusta, Charleston Travel

By Jason Mieteski

Corey Perrine/Staff Isaac Keller yells while holding hands with his partner, at the start of the parade, June 19 in downtown Augusta. This was the first public celebration for the CSRA gay community. Thousands came out to enjoy food, entertainment, and be proud of their sexuality.

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Isaac Keller yells while holding hands with his partner, at the start of the parade, June 19 in downtown Augusta. This was the first public celebration for the CSRA gay community. Thousands came out to enjoy food, entertainment, and be proud of their sexuality.

Savannah, Augusta, and Charleston—a trifecta for southern gay charm during PRIDE season. But, since it’s GAY PRIDE and all, there’s sure to be plenty of decadence to be had by everyone! So, to keep that rainbow blood pumping through your veins all summer long (and stay primed for Atlanta’s Pride celebration in October), these three excursions are guaranteed to set the backdrop for a colorful season:

Augusta kicks off its festivities with Beats on Broad, the city’s largest outdoor dance party, on Friday, June 26 at the Augusta Common (836 Reynolds Street). The parade, which started with a crowd of 4,000 in 2010, begins June 27 at 11 a.m. on Broad Street and wraps up with the festival at Augusta Common. Things are sure to heat up Sunday, when all the boys strip down and get wet ‘n wild at the “Ain’t Misbehavin’” pool party at Parliament Resort Pool (there’s a $20 cover after noon). While you’re there, stop by the local clubs for drinks, drag, non-stop parties and lots of men: There’s Club Argos at Walton Way for dancing; The Edge, a sweet spot to knock back a cold brew; and Skittlez Bar & Grill, a place to grab a bite to eat, chill and let your colors fly.

The celebration in Charleston started out as a single event in 2010 and has burgeoned into a week of Pride festivities spreading from the beach into downtown. Mark your calendars for June 25 to August 1 and prepare for gay southern hospitality unlike any you’ve ever experienced. This family and GLBT youth centered Pride offers lots of community centered events, such as free movie screenings, meet and greet family beach parties, and outdoor sporting events. There’s also plenty to do for the party crowd: Make sure to hit up the city’s hottest night spot, Club Pantheon (28 Ann St.) for a night of wild dancing.  The parade kicks off Saturday, August 1 at 9 a.m. at Wragg mall, meanders through historic downtown Charleston, and ends 2 miles later at Colonial Lake. Get a spot on King Street for the best view.

Head down to historic Savannah before the Pride festival (which first took place in September 2000) begins on September 12 at Forsyth Park to take in the sights and experience the city’s rich, antebellum architecture, streets and culture. This city is unique as it offers visitors warmth, charm, and something a little quirky. Country bars, dance clubs and places to meet new people—Savannah’s got it all. You can expect temperatures to be in the 90s as you attend the all-day Pride Festival, so make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and dress lightly—Speedos, of course, are highly recommended! Afterwards, be sure to visit the shoreline or even take a quick 20 minute ride to experience the white sand beaches of Tybee Island. And don’t worry, Savannah has plenty of night life to offer. If you’re in the mood to dance the night away make a stop at Club One {1 Jefferson St.); Planter’s Tavern at Pink House (29 Albercorn St.), offers great American fare with fireplaces and river views; and for live music , comfort food and plenty of liquor there’s Kevin Barry’s (117 W. River St.). In the mood for nude gay camping while you’re there? Then the boy’s from Roy’s Hideaway are waiting on you (268 Catfish Lane).

While you’re down on the coast showing your PRIDE, be sure to meet new people, hang out with friends, show support for one another, and, most importantly, have fun!

Sidebar:

For the Long Haul Gays:

San Francisco: Rainbow flags adorn apartment windows and bar entrances in many San Francisco neighborhoods, with nearly every bar and business in the Castro catering to gays and lesbians. Pride Week is capped by the often-outrageous ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Parade’ – where half a million people party in the street on the last Sunday in June.

Sidney, Australia: Host to Australia’s biggest annual tourist event – the Mardi Gras. The joy-filled hedonism-meets-political-protest parade is attended by more than half a million people. Beach life also reigns here, so boys should buff up before hitting the sand.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: There are more than 100 bars and nightclubs, gay hotels, bookshops, sport clubs, choirs and support services. Amsterdam hosts the only water-borne gay-pride parade in the world, held on the canals on the first Saturday in August.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: During Carnaval (February or March), thousands of expatriate Brazilian and gringo gays fly in to take part in the fun, with transvestites stealing the show at most balls.

 

 

Have a Gay Ol’ Time!

By Jeffery Silvey

10382608_830745103604410_4580962270932157396_oOrlando is known for having the Happiest Place on Earth, but this summer they’ll become the Gayest Place on Earth, courtesy of Gay Days and One Magical Weekend.  For the first week in June the theme-park filled city will boast sun, fun, booze, and gay boys-a-plenty for these popular and notorious events.

Since 1991 Gay Days has worked to make the tourist-focused city of Orlando friendly and accepting to the LGBT community.  An event that started out as a one-day only occurrence in June of each year has now culminated in the ultimate gay vacation spot that lasts for the better part of a week.

The Double Tree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld will host Gay Days.  In addition to being this year’s host hotel, they will be hosting three different and private pool parties as well as the 17th Gay Days Expo.  The pools will be filled with cute boys and the Expo will be filled with different vendors and agents offering products aimed at the LGBT market, giving both the party goers and the professionals a chance to network.  For those foodies out there, try Taste of Gay Days Orlando, which will offer culinary sampling from different local restaurants.  For live entertainment, catch a comedy show featuring gay comedians and then see which queen gets crowned Miss Gay Days.  To satisfy your inner kink, visit the Leather Dungeon & Demonstration Center, make sure you already have a safe word in mind!

Gay Days will be providing an endless amount of fun, but just to amp it up, One Magical Weekend will be taking place at the same time!  Hosted at the B Resort and Spa at Lake Buenavista, One Magical Weekend provides parties that last all day – even if you don’t.  Start each day off with a Therapy Pool Parties featuring two top DJ’s every day, followed by a different themed party each evening.  Feature events include the infamously steamy pool party Riptide at Typhoon Lagoon. Red Unmasked, a brand new party at Epcot Park, simply requires you to wear something red. Other epic inclusions at Epcot is the E-Tea Party as well as the option to drink around the world in the park’s different countries.

The daily and nightly events will come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the party has to.  There’s always After Parties, and since it is One Magical Weekend it only makes sense that these parties are magically called Cadabra.  Featuring two different DJs each night, these parties last until 8 a.m..  If you feel like you’ve stayed out too late, or too early depending on how you look at it, then you can always restart and recharge at the Therapy Pool Party the next day.

Gay Days Orlando is June 2 through 7.  One Magical Weekend is June 5 through 7. For more information please visit gaydays.com and onemagicalweekend.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Miss Fame: Support From Her ‘Fame-ly’ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/miss-fame-support-from-her-fame-ly/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/04/miss-fame-support-from-her-fame-ly/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:53:25 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133745 This may not have been the episode for Miss Fame to shine. Play-acting is not her strong suit, nor is looking ugly. Even in a runway challenge asking for the ‘ugliest dress’, Miss Fame couldn’t hit that mark, thus she went home. Her story by no means ends there as simultaneously Fame’s single “Rubber Doll” ...

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This may not have been the episode for Miss Fame to shine. Play-acting is not her strong suit, nor is looking ugly. Even in a runway challenge asking for the ‘ugliest dress’, Miss Fame couldn’t hit that mark, thus she went home. Her story by no means ends there as simultaneously Fame’s single “Rubber Doll” was released on YouTube that very night she was eliminated to instant success.

 

David Atlanta: How are you feeling today?

 

Miss Fame: At first I was really happy because I went online and saw that my new YouTube video “Rubber Doll” blew up overnight. Then I watched Untucked, and I got really sad. Then I talked to my manager, and now I’m happy again. I’ve been all over the place today. How are you?

 

DA: I’m great! Thanks so much for taking a moment to chat with me. I just watched “Rubber Doll”. It is really great work. Tell me about the concept for the video.

 

MF: Some of my clients (makeup) that have been attracted to the allure of Miss Fame are cross dressers. When I started working with these men, I began going to Latex Balls and such with them. I learned a lot more about Miss Fame because of working with these clients. I journaled it all away over a year ago not knowing that my journal would become the basis for the songs in my album.

 

DA: When can we expect the rest of the album to be released?

 

MF: It will be soon. I can say that. I’m very proud of it. It’s really delicious content on the album. RPDR is an amazing jumping off point. The challenges and the barrage of information being thrown at you during the filming makes you a stronger. It’s my responsibility now to make stuff for the supporters and fans that got me on the show.

 

DA: You had said that you were upset when you watched Untucked. Why were you upset?

 

MF: You’re reliving the feelings. I know how all happened, I was there. Yet when you watch it you’re seeing it from the camera’s perspective. So I saw the tensions were really high between the girls…it’s tough to live through again. Those feelings are embedded in your soul. So when you watch it, they all come back…feeling it all over again.

 

DA: What was your favorite experience from being on the show?

 

MF: Staying every week. It’s always a great to be able to say, “I’m still here”, and continue to be able to showcase myself. I also loved those humanizing moments when like Katya and I shared the struggle of sobriety, and let each other know that there was someone else there that understood the difficulties and the struggles. She needed just as much love as I did. That’s the kind of television that makes it all worth it.

 

DA: During the show, you, Violet and Pearl would consistently end up paired together for group challenges. Why do you think that is?

 

MF: I said it in the last episode…”Gurl, we just got bundled up!” It was because these were challenges that we were not going to excel at. I think we all did pretty darn good considering the situation. I watched the episode with dread, but then I thought that I did ok. I pushed myself. I was weirdly funny. I don’t think it was the worst thing to go home on.

 

Me and Pearl bumped heads in that episode too, and even in Untucked it was apparent. The reality is that I have nothing but love for Pearl. I think that she is an extraordinary person. I admire what we were all able to accomplish in that situation.

 

DA: So it’s safe to say that you and Pearl have made up.

 

MF: Oh yeah, we’ve seen each other. We’ve done photo editorial together…We sat on the plane for the premiere for like six hours connecting, listening to music and laughing. Those moments kind of reestablished our relationship.

 

DA: Did you know that you had a Wikipedia page now? You’re the only one of the girls this season that has one.

 

MF: Yeah, my husband told me. The brand has to be polished like a well-oiled machine!

 

DA: Going back to RPDR, who do you think is going to win?

 

MF: Um…I definitely have those certain directions I think it’ll go. I love Violet. I adore Violet. Violet has my heart. But that doesn’t mean shit. (laughs)

 

DA: (laughs)

 

MF: You might think you have an idea of what’s happening, but we all know how sudden and shocking the show can be. I’m shocked when I’m watching, and I lived it! So I’m just going to stay out of it.

 

DA: So what’s next for Miss Fame? Obviously the album is coming out very soon, but then what?

 

MF: I’m working on some new videos that I’m very excited about. I wanna just push myself to be bigger and more beautiful. I also would like to be able to put myself out there even more with the support of my “Fame-ly” of fans that have gotten me this far.

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