We’re prime for picking, and you’re invited to our August launch party

By Mike Fleming

You already know Atlanta is a real peach, and you’re likely as thankful as we are that our gay community is among the most vibrant in the world, including a rich LGBT media landscape that outpaces even larger cities.

To that scene came Peach ATL. You’re reading our fourth issue, and to celebrate our start in the middle of last month as the city’s newest weekly gay nightlife magazine, we’re taking the beginning of this one to host our launch party. You’re invited, of course, to join us Saturday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. at Ten Atlanta.

Atlanta is in exclusive company with only the world’s largest cities when it comes to gay media. The sheer number of LGBT publications in print and online beats most metropolises except for places like New York and London. Access to information, interviews, coverage and calendars is so plentiful, locals take fierce ownership of their content, and might even take them for granted.

For that, we at Peach ATL are eternally grateful. William Duffee-Braun, myself and our staff combined our 54 years in local gay media and launched Peach ATL on July 12.

Every week, Peach brings you discussions of gay pop culture, nightlife and event previews, interviews and fun features. The magazine also features opinion pieces by local guys, party pics from gay happenings all over town, and my own popular Hey Daddy! advice column. It also offers new features like the sassy Peach List and a map of the must-stop destinations in our hometown, the Big Peach.

We are confident that we can keep the good traditions of local gay men’s entertainment magazines like Etc., Buzz, Eclipse, and David alive, while forging new ones in print, online and on social media. Our commitment also extends to participating fully with the community, its leaders, and its organizers.

To that end, Peach ATL welcomes you to the party on Saturday. The debut Peach of the Week cover guy Travis Russo will be there, as will entertainment, surprises, and of course the staff of Peach ATL. A suggested $10 donation at the door goes directly to Joining Hearts.

“We couldn’t be more enthusiastic to be part of Atlanta’s social scene with Peach ATL,” William says. “We are even more excited to let our hair down and celebrate the readers, advertisers and supporters that make it happen on August 5.”

You already know our work through Goliath Atlanta, as well as our former careers at publications including Southern Voice, Fenuxe, David magazine, David Atlanta, and Project Q. Now we can all take some Saturday downtime to chill together at Ten and get to know you even better at one of our favorite places.

The Peach ATL Launch Party takes place Saturday, August 5, 8 p.m., at Ten Atlanta, 990 Piedmont Ave. NE. peachatl.com