Elton John’s big tennis fundraiser

imageWhen Elton John wants to raise money, people listen.

The gay singer, part-time Atlantan and amateur tennis player was in town last weekend to swat a few tennis balls and raise more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.

John pledged that the funds would benefit HIV efforts in Atlanta and across the South, an area that he’s “distinctly aware” suffers from elevated HIV infection rates.

There's more, including a photo album, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Atlanta Storm falls short at Gay Bowl

imageWhen it comes to expectations, the Atlanta Storm sets them pretty high.

The team, comprised of players from the National Flag Football League of Atlanta, jetted off to Salt Lake City last weekend to join 18 other teams from across the country competing for the Gay Bowl VIII title. They had their sights set on bringing home a championship for the first time.

There's more, including video, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Gays, lesbians pick their fav royals

imageWhen it comes to a prince, gay men in the U.K. prefer Harry over his brother William.

A poll from dating web site Parship.com shows that more than a third of respondents want a romp with Harry, compared to 23 percent for William. A third of the gay men say they would steer clear of both.

Read who lesbians picked after the jump.    READ MORE »

Gay icons profiled this week

GLBT History Month continues this week by spotlighting a playwright, singer, pastor and photographer, among others.

The Equality Forum, a gay civil rights group based in Philadelphia, is spotlighting a gay icon each day in October. A video of the daily icon appears on the main page of Project Q Atlanta, while the group's web site includes detailed information about the person.

Read the line up for this week after the jump.    READ MORE »

Beer bash raising funds for AIDS Walk

The Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance, a collection of nine gay sports and recreation organizations, kicks off its fundraising efforts on Sunday for the upcoming AIDS Walk Atlanta with a beer bash.

AGSA members will be taking part in the AIDS Walk on Oct. 19, so they are looking to boost their efforts to raise money for event through the beer blast at F.R.O.G.S. Cantina in Midtown from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Just $10 gets you all the beer you can drink.

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon -- drinking beer with gay jocks and jockettes.    READ MORE »

Conn. Supreme Court OKs gay unions


The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making the state the third in the U.S. that allows gay unions.

The 4-3 ruling says that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.    READ MORE »

Potty bust revisited: Day Three

A Clayton County prosecutor now says she's ready to move forward with a potty sex case arising from an arrest at the Atlanta airport. No matter that the case sat stagnant since Ed Wall's arrest in March 2007 until media reports this week that Wall was hired by Clayton County for financial advice.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Golf tournament makes donations

The recent First Annual Best Ball Tournament from the Women's Outdoor Network closed the books on the accounting for their event, which raised funds for three groups.

The final tally was $1,359. Each of the three beneficiaries -- WON, Pets Are Loving Support and the Feminist Women’s Heath Center -- will receive $400, tournament officials said this week. Some 59 people took part in the golf outing, held Sept. 20 at Brown’s Mill Golf Course in Atlanta.

View the list of winners after the jump.    READ MORE »

‘Out on Film’ dropped this year

Hope you weren't planning to attend "Out on Film" this year.

The gay and lesbian film festival is on hold for 2008 after a shuffle (or scuffle?) between several groups, according to Southern Voice. The event's new organizers hope to stage the event next spring.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Soulforce on the way to Atlanta

imageSoulforce's Equality Ride hits Atlanta later this week, bringing its youth-organized bus tour to Morehouse College on Thursday and Spellman College on Friday.

The ride to faith-based colleges opened Oct. 1 with a stop at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., before making its way to Columbia, S.C. and Columbia International University on Monday.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Court rules for trans Ga. official

imageThe Georgia Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Michelle Bruce, a transgendered former member of the Riverdale City Council who faced a lawsuit over allegations that she misled constituents.

The Georgia Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Monday found that the two political opponents who filed the lawsuit failed to produce evidence of fraud, misconduct or illegal action after claiming that Michelle Bruce bamboozled voters by identifying herself as female.

"This is a great victory for me and anyone who believes in equality," Bruce said in a statement. "It gives me hope that the Georgia Supreme Court did what was right and did not buy into hate-based politics."

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Pride announces late June festival

Sometimes in news, the first information isn't always the best.

That's the case with the announcement today that the Atlanta Pride Festival will be held in late June 2009.

Yesterday, Project Q Atlanta reported that the festival was set for June 19-21, based on information posted on the Atlanta Pride Committee's web site. But apparently, those dates were released prematurely and Pride officials retracted them this morning.

In a release issued earlier today, Pride formally announced the dates -- this time, for real -- June 26-28. Those dates return the festival to its traditional late June home and put it on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the event pointed to as the beginning of the modern gay civil rights era.

Read the full story from Project Q Atlanta.    READ MORE »

Pride, history, Gay Agenda, Bravo

image Pride 2009 goes to Central Park.
Gays for Obama rally the vote.
Social Tuesdays premiere a hit.
ZAMI (photo) honors scholars and activists.
David Atlanta celebrates 10 years.
Gay group gets cranky with McCain.
GLBT History kicks off.
Number of gay candidates tops 100 in '08 cycle.
There's smooching all over the place.
Vote early and vote often.
Bravo keeps 'Project Runway' for now.
Morning Ramble's daily wrap on the gay news for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Pride 2009 goes to Central Park

The Atlanta Pride Festival shifts to Central Park next year, taking advantage of indoor space from the Atlanta Civic Center and the outdoor venues that festival-goers seems to enjoy so much.

The decision came this morning as Pride officials huddled with organizers of other large-scale festivals that were all booted from Piedmont Park this year over the city's drought-related restrictions.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Bucks prep for home opener

imageThe Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club is still a little hungry.

Not content to sit back and reflect on their trophy from the Bingham Cup last summer, the club is pushing ahead and working to improve as they dig into their fall season. The Bucks open their home schedule on Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Nashville Grizzlies.

The match could provide the boost the Bucks (1-1) need this season. In two spring matches, the Bucks owned the gay Grizzlies, beating them 62-0 in March and 51-3 in February.    READ MORE »

David Atlanta celebrates 10 years

imageThe boys at David Atlanta magazine are celebrating 10 years of documenting the best in gay nightlife, trends and happenings this week with a big, fat anniversary issue.

A few notes of interest:

  • David reflects while listening to the 100 Gayest Songs of the last 10 years.
  • Ten years of "Seen@"
  • 10 years of David Atlanta covers.
  • The more things change ...
  • David commemorates the early years through the eyes of a visionary who was there.    READ MORE »

  • Gay group gets cranky with McCain

    imageWith about a month to go before we pick a new president, the stakes are high. So it's no wonder that the Human Rights Campaign is a bit cranky when it comes to John McCain.

    The group condemned McCain for his answers in a gay press Q&A this week.

    "John McCain’s answers to those well written questions do nothing but insult the intelligence of the LGBT community," says Joe Solmonese (photo), HRC's president. "Senator McCain’s double speak fools no one. At the end of the day, his policies haven’t changed at all."

    There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

    Is anyone watching the WNBA?

    The numbers are in for the WNBA season and while they are up year over year, they aren't all that impressive.

    The WNBA concluded its 12th regular season with increases in attendance -- including a record-setting 46 sellouts -- a 19% increase in TV ratings, and new records for WNBA.com traffic. In addition, the league formed new marketing partnerships with several leading companies including McDonald's, Kia Motors and Pitney Bowes.

    There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

    GLBT History: Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

    As part of GLBT History Month in October, Project Q Atlanta has partnered with the Equality Forum for a daily dose of our history.

    Equality Forum is providing a video clip each day profiling an icon of gay history. The series, which appears on the main page of Project Q Atlanta, starts with Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.

    Read more and watch the video clip after the jump.    READ MORE »

    Number of gay candidates tops 100

    imageThe Washington, D.C.-based Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund announced today that it has endorsed 100 openly gay, lesbian and transgender candidates across the U.S. this year, the group's largest-ever slate of candidates.

    “I think reaching this milestone is a testament to a new attitude in our community about how to achieve political change," says Chuck Wolfe, the Victory Fund's president and CEO.

    "We don’t have to accept sitting on the sidelines and hoping others will do the heavy lifting. We can roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves," he added.

    There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »