Friday: 17 gay things to do today

image 4th Friday Networking with the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. It's really the fifth Friday this month, but who's counting? 5:30 p.m.
Softball with the Decatur Women's Sports League. 6 p.m.
Gay artist Paul Wolski's Alter Ego Pop Art Show opens at ART Station. 7 p.m.
Open play with the Hotlanta Volleyball Association. 7:30 p.m.
Swimming and water polo with Atlanta Rainbow Trout. 7:30 p.m.
Out on Film continues with "The New World" (photo) and "Finding Me." 7:30 p.m.

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Police blaming victim in Midtown murder?

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

Here we go again.

The murder in Piedmont Park Thursday -- 15 minutes before a second stabbing a few blocks away in Midtown -- was first pitched as a robbery attempt by the Atlanta Police Department. Now, the embattled agency hints in an email to an anti-gay nightlife activist that the homicide might have been the result of gay cruising. Huh?

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Friday: Cheering on Life U’s sexy ruggers

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Pretty Ricky, Cameau, Odd Girl, ‘marraige’

image The slut who won't shut up.
Gay candidate in Florida gets standing ovation for answering the "gay" question.
Gay high school swimmer’s lust for teammate.
Lesbian Latina sheriff is a straight shooter.
Pretty Ricky's Spectacular grinds in underwear, insists "I'm not gay."
Gay singer and songwriter Chris Cameau (photo) talks music and his new album.
Fact or fiction: Love is superficial for gay guys?
MSNBC's Anderson Cooper in drag?
National Organization for Marriage has trouble spelling, well, marriage.
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Will a career test help my career path?

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: How do I know which career test is the right one for my situation?    READ MORE »

Atlanta teams compete for volleyball crown

Four Hotlanta Volleyball Association teams were among the 133 at the North American Gay Volleyball Association National Championships in Chicago last weekend. Project Q was there.    READ MORE »

One injured, one dead in Midtown stabbings

For anyone who enjoys the bars, retail spots and restaurants in the gayborhood and strolls through Piedmont Park, take note: Criminals are growing more emboldened.

A man in his early 40s was stabbed and murdered in Piedmont Park early Thursday as part of an apparent robbery. His body was found near the lake. About 2 a.m. -- about 15 minutes later -- another man was stabbed at Juniper and 6th streets and hospitalized.

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Spears, White House, Miss Calif, marriage

image Gay rights demonstrators call on Obama to abolish 'don't ask, don't tell.'
Group begins ad blitz against same-sex marriage.
Gay rights advocates rip suit to undo Prop. 8.
Openly gay man voted prom queen at Los Angeles high school.
New York Democrat complains that same-sex marriage, governor will fail.
Miss California Carrie Prejean keeps quiet on state's Prop 8 ruling.
Britney Spears films fake gay perfume ad.
Transgender group pulls out of London Pride.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs (photo) pressed on Obama's marriage position.
India's first and only gay magazine tests taboos by making a comeback.    READ MORE »

Thursday: 14 gay things to do today

image YouthPride offers free HIV testing (5 p.m.) and T-Time (5:30 p.m.).
Texas Hold'em Poker at Blake's. 7 p.m.
Out on Film opens four days of LGBT films with "Fagbug" (photo). 7:30 p.m. Join "Fagbug" creator Erin Davies for a meet and greet at Bellissima after. 9:30 p.m.
Hit the pool with the Atlanta Rainbow Trout. 7:30 p.m.
Stop by Charis for a screening and discussion of "Unnatural Causes." 7:30 p.m.
The gay musical "Zanna, Don't!" continues at Actor's Express. 8 p.m.
Laugh out loud with Atlanta Pride Night at Laughing Skull Lounge. 8 p.m.
Gay singer Tom Goss appears at Smith's Olde Bar. 8 p.m.
Cocktail the evening away with Hydrate Thursdays and Thursday Night Cocktail. Both start at 9 p.m.
Bazzaar goes retro with Members Only: A True International Event. 9 p.m.
Disco at Mary's. 10 p.m.    READ MORE »

RuPaul joins Stonewall Week in late June

imageAs if Stonewall Week in June isn't shaping up to be fabulous enough, word has leaked out that legendary drag performer RuPaul is returning to Atlanta for a fundraiser on June 25.

The event at Primal, with tickets at $20, is being billed as a fundraiser for the Atlanta Cotillion that benefits AID Atlanta. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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Thursday: Bare chested in the barnyard

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Music: Amos, Chesney, Kearney, Richie

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

Grab on to your wallet because the current crop of releases is going to make you hurt. New albums from singer/songwriter Tori Amos, “American Idol” alumna LaKisha Jones, pop/rock singer Mat Kearney, soul singer Lionel Richie, and 80s Europop duo Swing Out Sister join a greatest hits compilation from country superstar Kenny Chesney on the shelves, both physical and virtual.

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05-28: Out on Film opens four-day fest

imageAttention gay film buffs: Starting Thursday, you've got plenty to do.

Out on Film opens Thursday and offers eight films (and several shorts) over four days that should whet your appetite for an even larger fest this fall. Two of the films -- "Fagbug" and "Stand-Up 360: Inside Out" -- make their LGBT film festival debit with the Atlanta screenings this weekend.

So go ahead and splurge for a weekend pass, which costs $30, and enjoy all that the event has to offer. All the screenings take place at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.

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Lesbian former cop: City ‘burning me again’

imageA lesbian former Atlanta police officer gravely wounded in a 1997 shootout is among a group of broken and battered cops airing allegations that the city is fighting their care.

The charges from Pat Cocciolone, who was shot six times and suffered brain damage, and the other four officers are contained in a video produced and recently aired by a police union. The allegations have turned explosive, gaining local media attention and fueling a bitter reaction from Mayor Shirley Franklin.

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Alex Wan seeks District 6 City Council seat

imageAn openly gay businessman and longtime resident of the Morningside neighborhood said Wednesday that he's seeking the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council.

The announcement by Wan continues a topsy turvy campaign in District 6, the gay-heavy area that encompasses much of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Druid Hills and Candler Park.

Charlie Stadtlander, a gay school teacher, stepped into the race in January, only to drop out when business consultant Steve Brodie, who also is gay, jumped in last month. Anne Fauver, a lesbian and two-term incumbent, initially indicated she would seek a third term, only to drop out last month.

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Midtown rally focuses on Prop 8 decision

imageAbout 75 people armed with signs and some with whistles took to the streets of Midtown on Tuesday to protest a ruling that upheld a ban on same-sex unions in California.

The 6-1 decision from the California Supreme Court upholding the voter-approved Proposition 8, announced earlier in the day, spurred nearly 100 protests across the U.S. as part of Day of Decision.

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Mary Norwood says she backs gay marriage

imageMary Norwood, one of three major candidates to become Atlanta's next mayor, issued a statement Tuesday affirming her support for same-sex unions.

Norwood, along with state Sen. Kasim Reed and City Council President Lisa Borders, took part in a meet and greet with LGBT voters on Thursday. Norwood left before the candidates were asked for a one-word answer on whether they supported gay marriage. Borders said yes and Reed replied "civil unions." That answer, according to Southern Voice, drew some boos from the audience.

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Stage set for next marriage fight in Calif.

imageContributing blogger Patrick Saunders is a freelance copywriter and LGBT activist in Atlanta.

A quick word on the Proposition 8 decision today.

Short term, the California Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold Prop 8 is disappointing. But long term this might actually be a good thing for LGBT rights.

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Protest set for today in Piedmont Park

imageSame-sex marriage will again take center stage in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Gay marriage activists are organizing a rally set for 5:30 p.m. in Piedmont Park. When the event -- part of a national campaign called Day of Decision -- was announced, organizers from GLBTATL weren't sure if it would become a celebration of gay marriage once again being legal in California or a protest of the state's Supreme Court decision upholding Proposition 8. With the 6-1 decision now public, it's clear the event is shifting gears to become a protest.

And a noisy one at that. Organizers want people to bring whistles, their friends and even the candidates who want to become Atlanta's next mayor. (Project Q Atlanta will blog live from the event.)

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Gay marriage ban upheld by California court

An effort to once again make same-sex marriage legal in California suffered a setback Tuesday as the state's Supreme Court voted 6-1 to uphold Proposition 8.

The court's decision ended a long-shot effort by same-sex marriage activists that argued that the ban revised the California constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature's approval.

The decision is sparking protests across California and the nation as part of an organized effort called Day of Decision. The effort includes nearly 100 protests set for Tuesday afternoon and evening, including one in Atlanta at Piedmont Park.

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