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|'Queens on the Green' take over after that other park film series was canceled in Piedmont Park|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|May 16, 2012 16:38|
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated "Queens on the Green" would be taking place at Piedmont Park. In fact, the film event is taking place at the Evolution Center's drop-in center at 583 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30308, on Sunday, May 20.
There will be no Screen on the Green this year because, well, Piedmont Park is busy with other stuff and there's that pesky sponsorship issue that has plagued the popular film series for a few years after some people were wounded by real-live gunfire, not the kind in movies.
But have no fear, some in Atlanta's gay community — as in the Evolution Project — is picking up the slack and will screen "The Devil Wears Prada" on Sunday at sunset as part of its new "Queens on the Green" series. And what better "Queens on the Green" film is there to start things of than a little Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway bitchy realness.
The Evolution Project is a program of AID Atlanta with a drop in center 583 Juniper Street, Atlanta, GA 30308, for black gay, bisexual and transgender men ages 18-28.
“As we all know during this tough economy, we are all looking for ways to enjoy ourselves. This event is a great opportunity for us to come together and enjoy a great movie and food with friends,” said Evolution Project programming assistant Markese Sanders, who organized Queens on the Screen, said in a press release. The outdoor film screenings at the Evolution Center's drop-in center were made possible by a donation from Groupon, an online coupon source, Sanders added.
While the focus will be on entertainment with the films, the Evolution Project also will make HIV prevention a part of the park experience, especially for young black gay and bisexual men who are hardest hit by the epidemic.
“Our staff and members will be at Queens on the Green promoting safer sex messages and HIV testing ” said Evolution Project Program Manager Craig Washington.
Guests are asked to arrive shortly before 7:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at sunset. Seating will be available; however guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Free food and drinks will be served.
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