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The GPS Experience, an Upscale Mixed-Use Development Facility with you in mind!


LGBT Event Venue, Atlanta GA

LGBT Event Venue in Atlanta, GA

Grand Prize Singles Experience, LLC is a mixed-use facility and event venue for filmmakers and the LGBT community-based in Atlanta, GA. Known as the GPS Experience, movie directors, producers and actors alike can have a single experience in filming different scenes for their project. The facility also serves as a safe space for members of the LGBT community to meet, date, dine and wed! Read further and find what we offer!

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Atlanta 48th Pride Festival Parade!

Atlanta 48th Pride Festival Parade took place, this past Sunday, October 14th.

Most Pride Festivals take place during the month of June, around the Stonewall Riot Anniversary. October was chosen as the new month to hold Atlanta Pride Festival to coincide with October 11th, National Coming Out Day.

In January 2008 Atlanta City Council announced, the Atlanta Pride Festival, along with the Peachtree Road, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and the Dogwood Festival would not be held in Piedmont park in traditionally in June due to extreme drought the state was experiencing that year.

Here are a few sights of the event:

Lady in the car
"Possibly Georgia’s Next Governor"

The Band

"And the band played on"

Group with rainbow flags

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Guy in Red Shorts

"Needed to get off the float and dance"

Guy with Multicolored shoes

"Fashion Sense, check out the shoes"


“Call Me By Your Name” Sequel

In case you didn’t know, Call Me By Your Name, the Academy Award-winning film will have its sequel, something fans have been wanting after the movie first premiered in January of 2017. Despite screenwriter James Ivory who adapted André Aciman’s novel for the film denials, Director Luca Guadagnio stated back in March it was a go. Guadagnio shared, he had already began conceiving the story with André Aciman, and that the storyline would be what happens five or six years afterwards.

In further referencing, the Call Me By Your Name sequel, the director stated, “It’s gonna be a new movie, a different tone”. For those who haven’t seen the movie, the story takes place in 1980s Italy. The storyline follows the blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant. It is such an endearing touching story of a young man coming of age and his first love.

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5 Reasons Why Introverts Are Terrible At Dating

Dating can be hard for anyone. Its difficult to be in the right mood to meet new people, and even more difficult to be polite and not leave halfway through the date if its going wrong. Dating can be exhausting and would wear anyone out, and it takes a bigger toll on introverts. But there are some people who just don’t understand that. I’ve had many people look at me with a blank face when they’ve asked me to go somewhere, and I’ve said something along the lines of, ‘actually I was out all day yesterday and could do with a day at home to recharge, maybe some other time?’.

Having enough energy to engage with all your friends, family and the go on a date is difficult, but some people don’t understand why. So, Psych2Go shares with you, 5 reasons why dating is hard for introverts.

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1) Overthinking
This is my number one reason why dating is so hard. If someone asks me on a date I’ll be fine, but give it 10 minutes and my brain goes off on one. I start to question why they would want to date me, what if I make a fool of myself, what if I’m too nervous and a hundred other ‘what if’ scenarios that make no sense. Obviously if someone asked me on a date they want to date me, but my brain enjoys irrational theorizing and that can ruin the whole experience. When the date actually comes around I don’t enjoy it because of all the ways I’ve ruined it in my head. Overthinking can be a real pain and makes it a struggle to even attempt dating.

2) Lack of understanding from partner
Like I said previously, I have tried to re-arrange a date because I just needed to spend some time alone. And the response I got was complete shock and a massive lack of understanding. He took it personally when all I wanted was time at home reading to recharge. Dating extroverts can be tricky, but dating an extrovert that doesn’t understand is even trickier.

3) You don’t enjoy small talk
It’s hardly a surprise that introverts hate small talk. Socializing for introverts can be challenging, nevermind being stuck with someone talking about how unusually nice the weather is. Small talk is boring, unmotivating and sometimes down right dull. Introverts get energised by having meaningful conversations, we want to connect with people and expand our knowledge. But with small talk that doesn’t happen, it can leave us feeling unfulfilled and like we’ve wasted time. And dating is full of small talk. Before you can get to the interesting parts you have to go through the whole “what have you been up to lately?”, “wasn’t it cold last week?,” and so on. It can put introverts of dating altogether.

4) Energy challenges
Introverts gather energy by spending time by themselves. It’s just the way we are. But if you’ve had a busy week socially and a date on the weekend, it’s going to be tough to handle. Its hard giving up your alone time to spend time with someone you’ve potentially never met. And it can also take up more energy to socialise with someone you don’t know so well because you need to be paying attention fully. It can make dating difficult as some people dont understand if you’ve had a busy week, you’ll want to be alone on the weekend.

5) State of mind
As an introvert, I have to be in the right state of mind to socialise. And to go on a date I have to be in a fantastic mood, my energy levels need to be up and I preferably need the weather to be decent. Ideally, I’d like to be the perfect mix of calm, collected but also excited. I’m pretty sure I’ve never been all three of those at once but you get the idea. For a date to go well I need to be feeling my best, and so do a lot of introverts. Because socialising draws so much energy (and so does meeting new people) we need to be brimming with the stuff to ensure we feel great throughout all of our date. You don’t want to be nodding off during desert!

Written by Jarvis-Gibson, L., Thought Catalogue


10 Tips For Dating Someone With A Mental Illness

Dating is like going into the unknown, not knowing what to expect but with hopes of finding someone to love who will love you back. It’s also scary, being that you are putting yourself there to a stranger. Another way of putting it, you are showing them your vulnerability. In many cases you are displaying your strengths and weaknesses. You are sharing personal things, maybe even your friends or family don’t know about you.

There’s a belief out here, that it’s is easier to talk to strangers about what’s going on with you than love ones. However, a diagnosed mental illness, generally has been shared the ones you love and who love you knows. Now in dating, the question becomes, should you or should you not share it with someone you about to date and if so, when? Also, whether you’ve been or are on medication, either way, should this stranger know anything about it?

It’s fair and reasonable to say, there is a fear, if you share your mental diagnoses, you might scare someone who could possibly be a good fit for you. So, there are two things here, it is unfair to them and if the shoe were on the other foot, what would you do. The reality is, sooner or later, the truth will come out, not sharing it sooner, expecting once they get to know you, it would be a big deal. And, then again, it might be. Something to think about!

If you meet someone who has shared their mental diagnoses; below are some tips on how to handle something that isn’t familiar to you.

       

10 Tips For Dating Someone With A Mental Illness
(Reprint article by Dick Kannon)

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1. Do not refer to your loved one, or others with a similar illness, as ‘the mentally ill’.
That term designates an otherness that this person already feels without an uneducated term adding to the mix. They are not the mentally ill. They are a person who happens to suffer from a mental illness.

2. Never call them crazy in the heat of the argument.
I’m serious, don’t do it. Said love one is already questioning their sanity, dealing with the prison that is their mind. Mental illness can be quite crippling, so it is best not to add to that.

3. Take them seriously.
When they are expressing their emotions, thoughts, ideas, and most importantly their convictions, take it for the beauty that it is worth. There will be constant reminders for them that their beliefs aren’t valuable due to their mental illness. Show your love by helping confirm that isn’t true.

4. When they hurt you, don’t retaliate.
There will come a time that their mental illness –whether it’s bipolar disorder, depression, attention deficit disorder, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, will manifest itself in their treatment of you. They will hurt you, sometimes indirectly through their suffering, or directly by lashing out at you on purpose. It is not your job to heal them. But, once you’ve made the decision to love them, you shouldn’t say the next hurtful sentence you can think of out loud. Trust me; it will only help them see the error of their ways and to subsequently seek treatment.

5. Not only is it not your job to heal them, you can’t heal them. So please don’t try.
You might think that you can, especially if you are a spouse or significant other. Maybe through the three-word sentence that is commonly used for expressing love. But no matter how many times a day you tell them you love them; their underlying pain and subsequent illness will not subside. In trying to heal them, you lose sight of the power of their illness and how best to help them receive therapy or treatment. Even with medication, therapy, or various other treatments, they are not being healed or cured. Think of their illness as a physical ailment, such as a broken limb, and their treatment as a cast. The cast will bring the limb back to a functionality that was limited by the physical ailment. But the bone will never be the way it was prior to being broken.

On the Red Carpet

Have you ever wanted to walk “The Red Carpet”? The GPS Experience will make it happen for you! From the entrance to the elevator lobby to our spectacular outdoor/indoor atrium, ‘The Red Carpet” has been rolled out, announcing your arrival!

Red Carpet

Our guests who are attending “Couples Dinner & Show” and those who come to check us out are welcome to trendy shops. We invite you to partake of our Grand Prize Bakery, Florist, Wedding Planning Boutique, and Gift Shop!

Once our shops are up and running smoothly, we have plans to open a men & women spas. Also, there are plans to have a nail shop for women and a Barber and nail shop exclusively for men.

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Love Requires Hard Work You Can’t Just Leave When Things Get Tough.

Love should have a sweet, sugary flavor. Not a bitter, rotten taste. It should make your life beautiful. It should help you experience things you’ve never felt before. Reach heights you never knew even existed. Fall into a divine sensation of ecstasy.

Love should bring out the best of you, help you grow. It should motivate you to open up and start seeing the world through your heart’s lenses. But, love also requires effort. It requires a lot of sacrifices.

Good relationships don’t just happen overnight.

When you love someone, you fight with all of your being to protect what you have. You put up with things that you personally don’t find enjoying. You accept compromises for the sake of the relationship. You embrace changes because it is the only way to go forward.

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You don’t just leave whenever you experience a bit of drama. 

You can’t pretend to love someone, and then run for the hills whenever you have a little fight. It doesn’t work like that. You are either there, through thick and thin, holding hands and fearlessly walking through the hailstorm, or you don’t get attached at all.

I’m sorry but, love will never be only pink skies, warm hugs, careless mornings and cozy nights. There will be pain, there will be sorrow, anger, tears, drama, fights. And if you truly love the person besides you, you will do anything to get through those tough times.

Because when you truly love someone, you don’t give up at the first sign of inconvenience. You don’t throw everything away over on stupid disagreement. You don’t let your relationship fall apart over a silly argument.

When you truly love someone, you sit down and talk until everything is settled.

You fight, you scream, you cry, but you never give up. You give them a change to explain themselves. You share your opinions. You suggest a compromise. You think of everything you two could do to improve your relationship. You discuss until the sun comes up and night falls again.

But, whatever happens, you don’t give up without a fight.

Not if you really care about them.

Because when you love someone, and I mean really love them from the very depths of your heart, you stick with them. You don’t show up only when it feels convenient for you. You don’t hold their hand when they’re fine and then abandon them when they are at their most miserable. You don’t disappear when they need you and reappear when you need them.

When you really love someone, you don’t let them go through life alone. Whether it’s pain or happiness they experience, you are always there to hold their hand and let them know that it will all be well. You don’t let them suffer through it alone. You are in it together.

Because when you truly love someone, you believe that whatever it is that you’re experiencing, as long as you stick together and hold each other’s hand, you can survive it.
(Reprint from Stephanie Reeds on The Power of Silence website)


The Debate: Does life imitate art more than art imitates life?

Yes it does:

“Art touches a sphere of our understanding that is beyond words. It speaks to us in ways no words or thoughts can. And by this, can rise to heights of form that are beyond form or structure, such that what you end up seeing is the spirit behind the work and not the form itself. Like music it soothes the soul or can create untold torment. I say great art inspires and has inspired unimaginable fete's in men - renaissance art did that and continues to do. May our modern artists seek to birth great art, to enliven the spirit of our time."

It does not.:

“Art clearly imitates life, because if you were to draw something, what is usually your muse? Something real, something you have experienced, seen, or touched. Something you have a passion for or already know of. However, I can see the other side of the argument, as literature and artwork can inspire people to do said things as well. However, I still stick with my point, that without life, art could not be created as no one would have a muse. And you can't just say that you made a book character out of thin air either, or any concept. For a concept to be made, there has to be a need for it, or you are inspired by something to create it. For a fictional character to be created, you need character traits, flaws, and personality, that you have observed in real life.”

Throughout its planned design of spaces, Grand Prize Singles Experience will debate art with its unique art pieces by LGBT folks!