Here are quick links to the rest of the Athens Gay Guide:
Of the 25 U.S. metro areas with the highest percentage of gay and lesbian households, two are in Georgia. You might guess that Atlanta is one of these - Athens is the other.
There are several reasons so many gays and lesbians choose to live in this city of 100,000, which makes for a very enjoyable weekend trip from Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and other key cities in the Southeast. The University of Georgia (UGA) fosters an open-minded, tolerant population, as does the edgy arts, theater, and live-music scene, which has cultivated such queer-relevant music acts as the B-52s, the Indigo Girls, and R.E.M. (out rocker Michael Stipe resides here). Vegetarian Times has called Athens one of the country's best cities for noncarnivores.
Like other big collegiate communities in the Southeast, such as Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia, Athens provides a big mix of arts, culture, lively nightlife, first-rate restaurants, and gay-friendliness into a relatively small, affordable, and accessible package.
Every April (this year's date is April 13, 2013), Athens hosts the Boybutante Ball, an AIDS benefit with drag fetes, concerts, a women's dance, and a campy gala ball held at the famed 40 Watt Club. This is the gayest event in a city that hosts countless fun gatherings, from AthFest Music and Arts Festival in June to the Taste of Athens food celebration in February.
Major Athens Events in 2014-2015:
- Late March: EcoFocus Film Festival.
- Mid-Apr.: Athens Twilight Criterium (nighttime cycling race and festival).
- Late Apr.: Boybutante Ball.
- Mid-May: Athens Gay Pride Picnic.
- Late June: AthFest Music Festival.
- Late Sept.: Athens Gay Pride Festival (note that nearby Atlanta Gay Pride is held in October).
- Mid-Oct.: Athens PopFest.
Athens Visitor Resources:
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Friends and Family Guide to Athens (a tremendously helpful guide produced by the University of Georgia's LGBT faculty/staff associations, GLOBES).
University of Georgia LGBT Resource Center.
Here's more on the nearby city of Atlanta