Charity golf tournament set for Sept.

Plans are continuing for the First Annual Best Ball Tournament from the Women’s Outdoor Network. The golf event is set for Sept. 20 and benefits WON, Pets Are Loving Support and the Women’s Health Center. There’s still room and registration fees are discounted until Sept. 10. And yes, the lesbians gave assurances that the tournament is safe for gay men, too.    READ MORE »

Animals, eye candy and the Olympics

image Hotlanta Softball closes out season (photo) while looking ahead to Fall Ball.
Hotlanta Volleyball's athletic eye candy.
Atlanta Bucks bring back Rugby 101, but it's not underwater.
Piedmont Park loosens its ban a little.
Elton John bringing gay to Kennesaw. Andy Roddick, too.
U.S. men's gymnastics team strikes a pose.
Michael Phelps dissected.
Olympic Village needs a little love.
Women's soccer coming (back) to Atlanta.
The G-Braves' whistlepig the woodchuck.
Porn-posing college jocks exposed, then dumped.
Who let the Dogs in?
ESPN delivers morning cup of sports.
Mike Piazza comes out -- of South Beach.

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Olympic Village lacking some loving

The only place where the action in Beijing seems to be lacking is the Olympic Village. The 10,500 athletes on hand for the Games aren't picking up free condoms that were all the rage in Sydney and Athens. I guess the Redeem Team and Kobe Bryant brought their own.

There's 100,000 free condoms up for grabs for the athletes and some two-thirds of them are going unused. Uh, the math on that means nearly 10 condoms per athlete for an event that lasts 17 days. In Vancouver in 2010, there will be 18 condoms for each of the 5,500 athletes. Even Kobe can't need that many.    READ MORE »

The physiology of Michael Phelps

Wondering how Michael Phelps does what he does so well? Bob Costas narrates an interesting look into the physiology of the most decorated Olympian ever in this video. As you ponder how he might capture his eighth medal of this Olympics tonight, the piece provides a few answers (and some nice shots of Phelps).

Costas’ conclusion? A mix of “superior genetics and immense dedication.” Seventeen races, two miles of laps and eight days of competition. Simply amazing.    READ MORE »

Rugby goes underwater

The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club hit the pitch today for Rugby 101, their pre-season training session for newbies. They stayed on solid ground, unlike the players in this video, who put a decidedly wet approach to their match.

Watch the video after the jump.    READ MORE »

Softball looking for Fall Ball players

The Hotlanta Softball League wants to fill its rosters for Fall Ball, its shorter and more relaxed season that opens on Sept. 21. To help, the league is holding several registration events this month, including Saturday at the Starbucks in Ansley Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday at Woofs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Our Fall Ball is nowhere near as large as the regular season,” says Art Davenport, HSL’s Open Division secretary. “Fall Ball is there for us to have fun and it is more social than our regular season because we interact more.”

The season typically draws up to eight teams and about 130 players.    READ MORE »

Bucks plan rugby primer for Saturday

The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club hits the pitch for tomorrow for Rugby 101, its introductory session for newbies looking to learn the sport.

The event, which opens at 9 a.m. at Coan Middle School in Kirkwood, also serves as the unofficial start of the club’s fall season, which opens Sept. 13 on the road in Chattanooga. The club wants to build on the momentum of capturing a trophy at the Bingham Cup in June.

“We’ve got a really solid core of players and we want to build on that,” says Bullet Manale, the club’s president. “Everyone is excited after Bingham and we had a really good year. We are taking the right steps to a year or two down the line to be competitive across the board.”

For a look at previous Rugby 101 sessions, read my past Southern Voice sports columns here and here.    READ MORE »

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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