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.

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There’s smooching all over the place

The usual gossip over who's kissing who takes an odd twist this week -- even for Hollywood.

imageFirst, there's Sean Penn. He's in the lead role for "Milk" about the assassinated San Francisco supervisor and gets to plant a peck on James Franco (photo), the uber hot Hollywood actor of "Spider-Man" fame.

After the exchange, Penn was so excited that he called former wife Madonna, who has kissed off her brother for his new tell-all book.

There's more, including video of Lance Bass kissing a woman, after the jump.    READ MORE »

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We've gone the way of social media and now there's more ways to follow the latest on Project Q Atlanta.

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Bravo keeps ‘Project Runway’ for now

imageIn fashion, one day you are in and the next day you are out. Seems like a handy cliche for the producers of "Project Runway."

They wanted to bolt from NBC's Bravo after season five concludes in a few weeks and take the show to Lifetime, eliciting groans from gay fans concerned over the fate of the popular show.

On Friday, a New York judge ruled that the show stays put -- for now.

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Zoo mixer set for this evening

imageThe Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce takes a walk on the wild side tonight.

The group hosts its "4th Friday Mixer" at Zoo Atlanta tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to give their monthly event a little extra twist. AGLCC is partnering with the Atlanta Executive Network for the event, which is sponsored by Friends of Anne Fauver. She is running for re-election to represent the heavily-gay District 6 on the Atlanta City Council.

The mixer is $15 for AGLCC members and $20 for non-members. And bring cash for the bar; there's not an ATM on site.    READ MORE »

Poll: Bias policies matter most

When it comes to what's most important to you in picking a place to work, whether a firm has non-discrimination policies including sexual orientation is most important.

That's according to the results of the latest Quick Poll by Project Q Atlanta, which focused on the six factors the Corporate Equality Index uses to rate the gay- and trans-friendliness of Fortune 500 companies.

There's more, including a new Quick Poll question, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Gay ‘Survivor’ makes debut tonight

imageGay attorney and marathon runner Charlie Herschel is one of 18 participants in the newest edition of "Survivor: Gabon" that premieres tonight and the latest edition to the show's list of openly gay competitors.

It's an experience the 29-year-old New Yorker has relished since the CBS show premiered 17 seasons ago.

Watch a video interview after the jump.    READ MORE »

Claymates come out with support

imageReaction continues to dribble in to Clay Aiken's surprising coming out in People. Well, surprising only in that he finally stated the obvious.

But nonetheless, Aiken's getting lots of support, including from some locals who are fans or fellow "American Idol" competitors.

See what they have to say after the jump.    READ MORE »

G-Braves go with Chopper

imageSomehow we missed this. We've stayed on top of the all-critical search by the Gwinnett Braves to create and name a new mascot in advance of the 2009 season just so we can poke fun at it along the way.

Earlier this month, the team -- with fans voting -- named its whistlepig Chopper. With the look of large-headed furry thing, our pick was more along the lines of Goober. But we weren't asked.

Chopper won out over Shadow and Pop-Up in a name the mascot contest for its portly, cartoonish groundhog. Chopper, submitted by Jim Bennett of Lilburn, was the fan favorite during online voting. The three final names were selected from the 4,396 entries.

Chopper is inspired by General Beauregard Lee, Ph.D., the groundhog star of the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn and “Georgia’s Official Weather Prognosticator” fortelling the coming of spring.


Prop 8 opponents release first TV ad

No on Prop 8 has released its first television spot for the campaign against the anti-gay ballot measure.

Our first TV ad from No On 8. Sam and Julia Thoron offer a heartfelt message about their daughter, Liz, whose right to marry the person she loves will be eliminated if Prop 8 passes.

Watch the video after the jump.    READ MORE »

A little love for Project Q Atlanta

We're so not into bragging about ourselves. OK, just a little. Project Q Atlanta is so new that we're allowed a little room to toot our own horn, right?

Since the launch of the site earlier this month, other media types have shown us a little love. The good folks at Echelon gave us a little virtual ink last week. The site is an excellent resource for gay and lesbian business types.

Also last week, PR Week included a blurb on us in its blog the Cycle. That item touches on the public relations efforts surrounding the launch of Project Q Atlanta.

What's your take on our new site? Take a spin around -- stop by the blogs PQA Today (this one) and Gaytlsports, the photo gallery and events calendar -- and let us know what you think. Drop us an email or submit your thoughts to Shut Up Already, a vent for most anything on your mind.    READ MORE »

Braves dress up their rookies

imageThe Atlanta Braves, fresh from winning their last home game of the season on Sunday, boarded their bus and headed to the airport for the season-ending road trip.

But the ride to Hartsfield took on a quirky twist: It was dress-up day for the rookies.

It was dress-up-the-rookies day, so Jair Jurrjens (photo) was in a skin-tight leopard dress with a pink feather boa, Jo-Jo Reyes was wearing a sumo-wrestler suit and Josh Anderson was in a joker costume, complete with tights.

Can't wait for those photos to surface.


Judy Gold hits Outwrite tonight

imageLesbian comedian and author Judy Gold stops at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse tonight to pitch her new book, "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother."

Gold is conservative, kosher, gay and the mother of two sons, ages 7 and 12. Her art is both reaction and tribute to her 86-year-old mom, Ruth. We caught up with the younger Gold as she rolled into town the other day and talked about, what else —- how she has unwittingly become her mother.

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It’s never too late to get physical

imageThere's hope for most all of us. Just check out Ray Moon.

The former millionaire restaurant owner won the Victorian Bodybuilding Championships in Melbourne on Sunday after beginning his training just five years ago.

He's overcome polio, open-heart surgery, prostate problems and financial ruin to become a body building champion. Oh, yeah. He's 80. Nothing like a few wrinkles with your six pack.

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Hunky NFL referee takes a fall

imageHunky NFL referee Ed Hochuli blew a fumble call last Sunday and cost the San Diego Chargers the game.

What's been impressive in the fallout after the game is Hochuli's personal apology and his public agonizing all week. It's refreshing to see a veteran official take his lumps.

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Georgia’s colleges vary on gay issues

imageSouthern Voice provides an interesting look this week into how colleges and universities in the state approach a variety of gay and lesbian issues. The report comes as the gay religious group Soulforce prepares to stop at two local schools during its upcoming Equality Ride.

The paper's comparison also provides some insight into the atmosphere on college campuses in Georgia as a recent report from the Human Rights Campaign recently rated businesses on how well they approach similar issues.

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Gay rodeo says no to Conyers for ‘09

imageThe Georgia Gay Rodeo Association has said "thanks, but no thanks" to the Conyers facility that has hosted its successful Souther Spurs Rodeo in the past.

Brad Bruner (photo), the group's president, made the announcement in an email to supporters today, citing higher costs and additional requirements since the group last hosted the rodeo at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers in 2005. He stressed that the group is still interested in hosting a gay rodeo in metro Atlanta next year, a high-profile event that would cap a resurgence by the organization.

Read excerpts of the announcement after the jump.    READ MORE »

Volleyball looking to fill fall rosters

There's still time to register for the Hotlanta Volleyball Association's fall league.

For the group's Friday night recreational league, registration closes Sept. 19 (that's tomorrow). League games begin Sept. 26 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Games continue on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and Nov. 7. The fall tournament is scheduled for Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. Cost for the league is $32, plus $15 for an annual HVA membership.

Registration for HVA's intermediate and advanced leagues, which both play on Tuesdays at Agnes Scott, was extended to Sept. 23.

For a taste of what it's all about, view the Project Q Atlanta photo album from HVA's Hotlanta Classic VXII.    READ MORE »

G.E. wants to ‘Rally the Vote ‘08’

imageGeorgia Equality, the statewide gay rights group, wants your help to "Rally the Vote '08."

The group is seeking RSVPs and sponsors for the Oct. 29 event, which they hope will raise funds to support its education and mobilization efforts for gay and lesbian voters. The suggested donation is $35.

Georgia Equality announced the event in a statement sent to supporters today:

From local offices to the presidency, candidates for political office are spending more time and effort courting our community than ever before. Funds raised by the Rally the Vote event will support Georgia Equality’s work to educate and mobilize LGBT voters and support our ongoing work to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for LGBT citizens and their allies.