Atlanta event focuses on blacks with HIV

Blacks continue to bear the brunt of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a fact made clear by looking at the numbers in Georgia.

Among the state's 28,599 residents living with HIV, some 20,759 (73 percent) are black. Among the 18,762 people living with AIDS in the state, 13,296 (71 percent) are black.

Those numbers will certainly spark discussion during the 10th annual conference on HIV/AIDS from the African-American Outreach Initiative next weekend in Atlanta.

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Sunday alcohol dies again under Gold Dome

Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia is dead. Twice.

On Wednesday, the state Senate sponsor of legislation that would allow voters to say yes or no to Sunday sales at stores pulled his measure. He counted heads and didn't have the votes.

On Thursday, the state House sponsor of similar legislation said he'd stall his bill, too. It's the third consecutive year that the legislation has died.

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It’s a big gay sports weekend in Atlanta

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It's going to be a busy, gay weekend in Piedmont Park this weekend.

Spring Training for two of Atlanta's gay sports leagues is set for this weekend, while another league will hold its annual spring tournament there.

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Michael Musto to Tyler Perry: Come out!

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Atlanta resident Tyler Perry's latest film “Madea Goes to Jail” may have topped the box office with more than $40 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend, but that's not the only thing that has Hollywood talking.

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Sunday alcohol sales bill goes dry

Toast your Sunday liquor sales goodbye. Teetotalers have won their way again at the Gold Dome.

For the third consecutive year, legislation that would have allowed voters to say whether they wanted alcohol sales at stores on Sundays failed in the Georgia Legislature. State Sen. Seth Harp withdrew his bill when he realized he could not get it passed out of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee Wednesday.

The fate of the bill looked promising, though it also appeared to be a rallying cry for a weakened Christian lobby. Apparently they aren't so weak after all.    READ MORE »

‘Hooch’ hits tennis courts at Piedmont Park

imageSwing by Piedmont Park this weekend and you're likely to hear the unmistakable sounds of tennis balls being thwacked by rackets.

The Atlanta Team Tennis Association hits the courts from Thursday to Sunday for its annual Chattahoochee Doubles Classic, which last year attracted more than 100 gay and lesbian tennis players. Weather is expected to be much better than the 2008 event, which suffered through rain on opening night and frigid temperatures for the remainder of the competition.

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Wednesday: David Beckham’s expsoure

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Your spark can turn wood into a spectacle

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

This question came from a letter to my "Need Wood" column:

You have to help me. You are my last resort. I am 25, and have the sex drive of an 18-year-old. My boyfriend of almost seven years is 32, and has the sex drive of a 60-year-old. It seems like the only time we have sex is when he is in the mood, or when I am almost “forcing” him to.

I can usually get him into the mood by doing different things to seduce him, but he is never the one to initiate sex. We have tried several different things, with no improvement. What can we do to get his sex drive up to where it should be?

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Atlanta Dream seeking new Shooting Stars

imageThe Atlanta Dream, slowly gearing up for the start of its second season in June, wants some new Shooting Stars.

Yes, the WNBA team, a favorite among local lesbian sports fans, wants a diverse group of men and women for its cheer team, which performs at its 18 home games and promotional events.

Tryouts are set for March 15-17 and previous dance or cheerleading experience is a must. So bring your best spirit fingers, fitted t-shirt (men), tank top (women) and shorts or dance trunks and be ready to impress. Work it!    READ MORE »

Cobb woman guilty in girlfriend’s slaying

A Cobb County woman faces life in prison for murdering her girlfriend after an argument.

On Monday, the jury convicted Natasha Demery on charges of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. She was sentenced to life plus five years and will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

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The G-factor in working overtime, all the time

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: "I cut my hours only to find them back up again. How do I find a work-life balance?"    READ MORE »

Cheap date, Log Cabin, Hip-hop, Idol

image Surprised? "American Idol's" Adam Lambart's gay photos.
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Big, muscular highlights from the NFL Combine.
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Head of Log Cabin Republicans speaks out on speculation that Democrat is leading the group behind closed doors.
Why it should be perfectly legal to call someone a fag.
Spanish soccer's first gay group.    READ MORE »

Leagues hold Spring Training this weekend

imageSpring Training for two of Atlanta's gay sports leagues is set for this weekend. And thankfully, it all unfolds in Piedmont Park.

On Saturday, the National Flag Football League of Atlanta kicks off its season with a meet and greet for players and prospective recruits. The league has 74 players heading into its season, which opens play with preseason games on March 28, and hopes to reach at least 96. So join the league from 10 a.m. to noon at the athletic fields in the Oval.

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Seeking your ‘Snowstorm in Atlanta’ photos

Snow came to metro Atlanta on Sunday, blanketing the region with the fluffy white stuff to ring in March.

And we're looking for your photos of the day to share on Project Q Atlanta. Snap a picture of the gay snowperson you built in the yard? A snowball battle in the park? Take a walk through the white stuff with your special someone or your dog?

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) your best gay photo of the day -- ones with gay sensibility work, too -- to us with a short description. We may publish your submission on the site.    READ MORE »

AJC offers details on warm, gay travel spots

imageThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution's web site got a little gay today.

The daily newspaper, long a gay-friendly destination, offered up some gay travel and Pride news on its home page today, teasing it just below its coverage of the winter weather slamming the region. On a cold and snowy day like this, it provides nice thoughts of warm locales including Miami and New Orleans.

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ATL’s hospitals offer few written protections

It's disturbing to discover that the metro Atlanta hospitals you might expect to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their Patients' Bill of Rights actually don't.

That's according to a survey by Southern Voice of Grady Health System, Northside Hospital, DeKalb Medical Center and Emory Healthcare.

Quick translation: Their written visitation policies don't allow LGBT domestic partners the same access as spouses and next of kin, they don't allow same-sex parents the same access as opposite-sex parents for visitation of their minor children and their staff doesn't receive diversity training addressing gay issues.

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Bucks hit pitch today against High Country

imageThe Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club (1-2) is looking to snap a two-match losing streak when it faces High Country today.

The teams square off at Coan Middle School in Kirkwood at 4 p.m.

The Bucks opened their eight-game spring season with a 12-0 win against Georgia Tech on Jan. 24. On Feb. 14, they dropped a match to the Birmingham Vulcans 83-0.

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Transgender vets find VA tough to crack

imageContributing blogger Monica Helms has been an activist for the transgender community since 1998 and has lived in Atlanta since 2000. She is a co-founder and president of the Transgender American Veterans Association and blogs at Trans Universe.

For the first time in the history of the Transgender American Veterans Association, a mainstream print media outlet presented the stories of transgender veterans and the problems they face.

Journalist Carol Ann Alaimo conducted more than three weeks of interviews, research and education to create a two-part, 3,500-word article on our veterans.

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Fat trainer, Jews rock, Stonewall 2.0, L Word

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Republicans are Steele Stumbling on the way to equality.
What is your favorite "L Word" parenting storyline?
While we slumber, the Right attacks.
Sports reporter stands by gay Aiken rumor.
Report from Charlotte: Where Stonewall 2.0 hasn't fizzled.
Hot (and bulging) model Nate Gill featured in "Out."
Gay marriage will lead to a nation of violent criminals.
Presidential Gold: How well does the Obama dildo perform?
The Indie Rock Fag tests the limits of his loyalty.    READ MORE »

Friday: Bears and their skin

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