Mike Piazza says bye to South Beach

imageMike "I'm not gay" Piazza wants out of South Beach. His condo is on the block for $4.9 million, quite a nice uptick for the 3,300-square-foot place he picked up in 2002 for $1.75 million. The three-bedroom unit has terraces and panoramic views and is designed with contemporary styling and limestone floors.

Piazza and his, uh, former centerfold wife have picked up a $10-million, eight-bedroom home in Miami. Piazza married the Playboy Playmate in 2005, three years after his infamous "I'm not gay" press conference and little more than a year after a New York Times article discussed the All-Star's live-in yoga instructor. The live-in, by the way, was a guy.    READ MORE »

E. Lynn Harris in photos

imageGay author E. Lynn Harris played to a hometown crowd on July 23 when he read from his latest novel. In its Aug. 6 edition, David magazine includes a spread of photos I shot at the event.

For a gallery of my photos from the event, go here.
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Volleyball’s athletic eye candy

imageThe Hotlanta Classic XVII drew volleyball players from 14 teams to the courts of Emory University last month. A spread in the Aug. 6 David magazine includes some of the photos I snapped at the event.

For even more, check out my photo gallery from the event.    READ MORE »

U.S. gymnasts strike a pose

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The U.S. men’s gymnastics team took bronze on Tuesday, surprising pundits who believed the Hamm-less crew would flop. Even if they didn’t drape the bronze medal over those muscled chests, this photo of the team is certainly medal-worthy. Eight-pack, anyone?    READ MORE »

Sports alliance cancels recruit event

An Olympic watching and recruitment event hosted by the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance has been canceled. The event, set for Sunday afternoon at Taco Mac on Peachtree, was put on hold after the group encountered problems in securing the venue. Stay tuned for an event sometime after Labor Day.

The coalition of nine gay and lesbian sports groups always draws a crowd for their events. The last one, in March, packed Blake’s and helped add to the rosters of the groups. Check out the photo gallery from the March 2 event here.    READ MORE »

Red Cross calls Atlanta blood shortage ‘urgent’

The American Red Cross and Emory Healthcare are set to discuss the Atlanta region's blood shortage, which the agencies call "urgent," during a press conference this morning.

The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region has been on public appeal for blood for nearly six weeks. Despite considerable efforts over the past several weeks, the Red Cross has not seen an increase in collections or inventory levels. It is critical that eligible donors be made aware of the situation and encouraged to give blood as soon as possible.


The plea comes as the American Red Cross and U.S. Food & Drug Administration continue a ban on gay men donating their blood. So if the region's sizable gay male population wanted to help, they couldn't.

The debate over gay men donating blood has recently reached a fever pitch in Australia.    READ MORE »

Cobb courts a steamy place

A former Superior Court administrator in Cobb County so enjoyed his job that he didn't want to leave -- at least for sex. That's the result of a report issued Tuesday concerning allegations leveled at Howard Chesshire, who left his job in February after the allegations began surfacing.

Sex in a judge's chambers, trysts at local hotels during business hours, obscene phone calls to female workers and a desire to see lesbian sex are among the many accounts of what was going on with the top Superior Court official in Cobb County for the past two decades.


The report says Chessire denied all of the allegations.    READ MORE »

Bob Barr stumps for anti-gay votes

imageLibertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr went whoring for votes in Colorado on Monday, meeting with top officials from the anti-gay Focus on the Family.

He didn't meet with James Dobson, the Focus chief who was recovering from surgery. But the campaign stump is troubling nonetheless, given that Barr has turned back from his conservative rhetoric in recent years to a more Libertarian leaning that included second thoughts about his backing of the Defense of Marriage Act while he was a Congressman from suburban Atlanta.

What about the former Georgia congressman’s recent statements on gay marriage and second thoughts about his own Defense of Marriage Act?

“What Bob has said is exactly the conservative philosophy — that these are state isues that should be decided by the people within a state, as opposed to the federal government being involved in non-federal issues,” [campaign manager] Russell Verney said.


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E. Lynn Harris plays to friendly crowd

imageGay author E. Lynn Harris read portions of his novel, "Just Too Good to Be True," to a packed crowd at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday.

The book, billed by Harris as about "football, family and secrets," adds to the author's collection of nine novels and a 2004 memoir.

Harris talked with Southern Voice for a profile earlier this month.

“I’m still very, very thankful and dependent on my gay readers. I don’t want them to think for one minute that I have abandoned them,” Harris says, noting that his next book, due out in January 2009, is a “totally gay story” called “Basketball Jones.”


For a gallery of photos from the event, go here.

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