Ever since Pride was moved from June to October and we mourned the loss of alterna-queer events GlitterBomb! and Mondo Homo, Atlanta has had a Stonewall Weekend-shaped hole in its southern fried heart. During a time that is usually filled with pop up dance parties, pool time get-togethers, and backyard beer busts, one local organization has arrived to celebrate what it means to be southern and queer.
Southern Fried, Queer Pride sprung up on the scene last year in a big way. One of the goals of the festival was not only to create dynamic events for the entire LGBTQ+ spectrum, but to connect queers to much needed resources and community. This year also promises some sickening entertainment, including Baltimore rapper Abdu Ali and performance artists NIC Kay, Ella-SAURUS-Rex, and Koochie Ku.
“Southern Fried Queer Pride is a full course meal this year,” said co-organizer Taylor Alxndr. “From expanding our workshops, to pulling in people from the rest of the South, to creating hospitality suites—we've really expanded our programming. SFQP always aims to diversify what we bring to the table and this year is no different!”
This year, the organizers are offering Hospitality Suites where some of Queer Atlanta’s pocket communities can gather, network, and share resources on Saturday afternoon. There will be a Queer and Trans People of Color Suite (QTPoC only), Trans/Non-Binary/GNC Suite, a Youth Suite for attendees ages 13-21, and an Art Suite where you can participate in a public art project.
All #SFQP events are 18+ with a suggested donation of $5-$20. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, but (if you can) we suggest you reach deep and support this awesome organization!
The festival kicks off Friday night at Mammal Gallery with a hot and sweaty dance party featuring some of our favorite southern fried DJs—Jay Levy of MORPH, Amari Tariq Shakur, DJ Bitchcraft, and WUSSY contributor Fannie Mae Beezy!
Get excited about the list of workshops and panels scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoon! All panels will take place at Langdale Hall at Georgia State University—for the full lineup, click here.
ATL’s only queer variety show, SWEET TEA, is back Saturday night for a supersized special show on the rooftop of Eyedrum. Special guests include Baltimore musician Abdu Ali (check out Wussy’s interview here), Toni-Michelle Williams, Monte Qarlo, comedian Stevie King, Tori Grace Nichols, Royce Hall, Eshe Shukura, Doglover420, and our personal favorites—Man Up, Yancey!
Don’t miss this special closing night event at Murmur, featuring Brooklyn performer Nic Kay (check out our interview here), mother of the #VillageQueens Ellisorous Rex, Micky Bee, and more!