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Atlanta Queer-owned Businesses ~ City Spotlight ~ Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is one of the most Prideful cities in the South, celebrating Pride three times throughout the year – in the month of June, during Labor Day Weekend and again this month, in October. The restaurants and attractions throughout the city mirror this point of pride, with LGBTQ+ owned businesses throughout the ATL! Below we’ve highlighted some of the restaurants and other fun venues Atlanta has to offer in this space.

Guac y Margys – All of the owners of the margarita bar were either born in Atlanta or have lived in the city for over a decade. Ensuring to give back to the community is core to their beliefs as they host give back brunches every Sunday. With three locations across Atlanta, Guac y Margys is sure to service all of your taco and margarita cravings.

Charis Books & More – This bookstore offers a space for feminine voices and inclusive areas for people to gather and share their joy of literature. Driven to be a feminist powerhouse in the South, Charis fosters sustainable feminist communities for social justice and encourages the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

MetroFresh – What began as a simple fresh fast food place in Midtown Atlanta quickly expanded to become the spot for fresh eats around the city. Expanding into the Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2012 and then renovating the original Midtown destination in 2014, MetroFresh continues to serve up fresh food to Atlanta. Visiting all of their locations gives Atlantans a nice journey of the north part of the city.

Baker Dude – Baker Dude has seen many iterations over its short lifespan. This speaks to the resiliency of its owner Orran Booher, who was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. His story displays the growth and pivoting of many self-started businesses. The treats are sweet and so is the service no matter where the physical location of Baker Dude has been or will be in the future!

My Sister’s Room – In the words of SNL’s Stefon “My Sister’s Room has it all”. From karaoke, burlesque and drag shows to comedy, My Sister’s Room is a safe haven for folks from all walks of life. The bar epitomizes the queer scene in Atlanta offering a place for all to come and see a little bit of themselves in their fellow community members.

Woofs Sports Bar – Woofs has been a staple of the gay sports community over the past two decades in Atlanta. Woofs sponsors local gay sports teams and organizations and also supports a variety of non-profit organizations. This bar is a great space for queer sports fans to find belonging and kinship.

ABETTERBUZZ Brand Goods – This apparel company provides clothing for the bear community in Atlanta and beyond. With a brick and mortar location just east of Atlanta in Decatur, ABETTERBUZZ offers bold, graphic-inspired clothing for bears in the queer community. They also host events throughout the year to benefit local non-profits.

Future – Featuring two levels, Future is an Atlanta nightclub where people can unwind, dance, and celebrate any night of the week. Future has Cabaret nights with a fully seated dinner setting. The space is conducive to all sorts of mayhem from clubbing to private parties.

Out Front Theatre Company – Out Front is the only theater in Atlanta to fully immerse its themes and efforts in the LGBTQIA+ space. This gives artists and actors the physical space to explore themes and cannon of their queer identity. The Theatre company features cult classics and landmark queer pieces to give participants the creative outlet and space to be creative in Atlanta.

All of these locations offer spaces for LGBTQ+ people to gather and rejoice in their community. At Tend, we hope that by highlighting these areas we are able to create inclusion for all types of Tenders!

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