This past year, my partner and I spent many days traveling along the southeast coast, visiting cities between Maryland and Georgia. Many of these towns possessed great attributes and provided us wonderful memories. Nevertheless, we found ourselves revisiting Atlanta, Ga., on many different occasions.

Atlanta, or “the ATL,” is one of the top five largest gay and lesbian communities in the U.S. according to About.com. The ATL offers many organizational activities, celebrations, events and parties. Here are some activities and events that you may want to check out during your summer vacation:

Girls in the Night is an all femalepromotion and marketing company that caters to women who enjoy the company of women. For more information, visitgirlsinthenight.com.

Paris Decatur is a cozy spot in Decatur. The staff is very friendly and sociable. It is a great social atmosphere to hang out and drink with friends. For more information, visit myspace.com/parisdecatur.

Some of Atlanta’s hottest eye candy professional women and their atypical male friends from all over the U.S. have been spotted attending many of Ladies at Play’s venues. Ladies at Play (LAP) also hosts various athletic activities and business networking opportunities throughout the year. For more information, visit ladiesatplay.com.

Into sports? Check out the Atlanta Xplosion women’s professional football team. The Xplosion possess one of the longest tenures in the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL). For more information, visit atlantaxplosion.com.

One of the world’s largest gay choruses, the Atlanta Gay’s Men Chorus (AGMC), has 120 members! The chorus hosts events throughout their season. Visit agmchorus.org/ for more information.

Known as the largest African-American Pride event, Atlanta Black Pride will host its annual celebration, Sept. 1-6. This year’s theme is “Sustaining our community.” Beginning in April, organizers planned bi-weekly community events leading to the official Candlelight Vigil event in September. Check out inthelifeatl.com for additional information.

No event draws as much excitement and crowds than Atlanta’s annual Pride celebrations. Atlanta will host its 40th festival in Piedmont Park, Oct. 9-10. This year’s theme is “Pride begins with you.” Organizers have planned special events and activities throughout the year in order to build enthusiasm leading up to the main event. Starting in June, they will commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Other activities and events are planned to celebrate and honor the LGBT’s affluent history. For more information, visit atlantapride.org.

Other organizations of interest to check out: Atlanta Freedom Band at atlantafreedombands.com, Youth Pride at youthpride.org, and Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce at atlantagaychamber.org.

Happy travels! : :

Deaidre Newby

Deaidre Newby is a former editorial intern for QNotes.