Obama may benefit rights museum

The planned Center for Civil & Human Rights in downtown Atlanta might receive a boost from the election of the nation's first African-American president.

The gay-inclusive center, set to open in 2011 at Centennial Olympic Park, could benefit from Obama's election as it works to raise $125 million in private dollars for construction, center officials told the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The center's director, Doug Shipman, has said that the center will include gay and lesbian issues in "a couple of different places."

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HIV research at Emory gets boost

image An effort at Emory University to prevent or cure HIV infections by using a drug that's effective in battling a rodent-borne viral infection received a boost.

John Altman, a researcher at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Emory Vaccine Center, received a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to an item in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Altman is one of 104 researchers and the only one at Emory to receive one of Grand Challenges Explorations grants, which seeks to help lower the barriers for testing innovative ideas in global health.

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Poll: Economy top concern for gays

Gay voters picked Sen. Barack Obama nearly three to one over Sen. John McCain on Tuesday, though they delivered as a block a smaller percentage of their votes to the Democrat candidate this year than in 2004.

What issue motivated gay voters at the polls centered on the economy, with nearly 60 percent of respondents to a Project Q Atlanta poll saying the economy mattered the most to them.

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Front Runners ponders locales for ‘09

imageThe group behind the annual Pride Run/Walk is considering where to hold the 2009 version of the event.

Front Runners Atlanta, which moved the 5K event from its traditional home of Grant Park to Ansley Square this year, is studying where to hold the popular event next year, according to Southern Voice. If the run remains tied to Ansley, the course may change.

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Obama wins, gays lose in four states

imageGay men and lesbians cheered on the election of Barack Obama, who mentioned them in his victory speech, while tempering their celebrations Tuesday night in the wake of stinging rebukes in four states.

Election Night 2008 proved to be a mixed bag for gays across the country. While Obama is poised to become the nation’s most gay-friendly president, he takes office as voters in three more states approved bans on same-sex unions and another banned adoptions by gay couples.

Meanwhile, more than 70 percent of the record-breaking 111 gay candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund won their races on Tuesday, including a gay man who will become the third openly gay member of the U.S. House.

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Ex-gays get unique look in ‘Save Me’


The difference between the last two film projects of Robert Cary couldn’t be more stark.

Cary, putting the finishing touches on a romantic comedy, was intrigued when talking with a colleague about a new project. But the film would provide an interesting challenge to the gay director – it was the story of an evangelical woman running a ministry to convert gay men to heterosexuality.

But he bit and little more than three months after that initial conversation, Cary was in New Mexico shooting “Save Me,” which stars Chad Allen (photo left), Robert Gant (photo right) and Judith Light in a film that puts them in the middle of a topic that has roiled gay and lesbian activists – an ex-gay movement that argues homosexuality can be cured through spiritual guidance.

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WNBA superstar makes Charis stop

imageWNBA superstar Lisa Leslie, one of the league's original players and the first to dunk, was in Atlanta last week to pitch her book "Don't Let the Lipstick Fool You."

The three-time Olympian and her husband, Michael Lockwood, stopped at Charis Books & More on Oct. 30. Lockwood, a pilot and former college basketball player, also has a new book, "Women Have All the Power."

After winning a gold medal with the Women's Olympic team in 1996 Olympics here in Atlanta, Leslie became one of the inaugural players of the Los Angeles Sparks when the WNBA launched in 1997.

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Plenty of tricks and treats tonight

There's plenty of tricks and treats to be had tonight.

From costume parties to erotically-charged masquerades, there's plenty of places to be seen this Halloween (and Saturday and Sunday).

Southern Voice and David Atlanta put together some pretty thorough lists. Find an event after the jump.

Thursday: Four things to do today

PHONE BANK: Georgia Equality has a Cobb County judicial candidate in its crosshairs for ruling against a lesbian mother in an adoption case. From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight, the statewide gay rights group will continue its phone bank campaign in favor of his opponent in the race. Bring your cell phone. Pizza is on them.

PHONE BANK II: Gay backers of the Obama-Biden ticket are working a phone bank tonight at the Georgia for Change headquarters on Spring Street. The calling runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FOOTBALL: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues its fall season tonight at Mozley Park in west Atlanta. Games begin at 7 p.m.

SLAM DUNK: WNBA star Lisa Leslie and her husband Michael Lockwood appear at Charis Books & More at 7:30 p.m. to tout their new books. Yes, the athletic power couple has two new books out.    READ MORE »

Gay ‘Wicked’ author entertains crowd

imageGregory Maguire, the gay author of "Wicked," entertained a crowd of about 120 people on Tuesday with excerpts from his newest work and answers to a variety of questions about what it's like to be the author behind the hit musical.

His appearance at Outwriite Bookstore & Coffeehouse was just a few blocks from the Fox Theatre, where a cast was performing "Wicked." Maguire was in town to promote "A Lion Among Men," the third in the darkly political re-imagining of Oz.

During his reading, Maguire delved into the rich fantasy world he's developed, giving fans more of what they came to expect from the author of "Wicked, The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West."

Read more about Maguire and his new book in profiles form Southern Voice and a Q&A with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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Finding a little Spain in Midtown

imageDespite the blast of winter that hit early this week, a crowd of gay folks filled the intimate space of Cuerno in Midtown on Tuesday for the latest stop in a new weekly social event.

Social Tuesdays, in its fifth week, tasted a little of Spain with the restaurant and nightspot Cuerno. And in a new twist, the crowd also had the option of moving to "after Social" later in the evening at Beleza, a sister spot next door.

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Social Tuesdays moves to Cuerno

The Social Tuesdays crowd moves to Cuerno tonight to give some Spanish cuisine a little taste.

There will be a special menu available for the event and a signature drink, not that the crowd at these upscale social gatherings need any help figuring that one out.

But in a new twist to the weekly events, organizers of Social Tuesdays are adding an "after Social" to provide an alternative for any late-night crowds.

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Bucks drop two games from schedule

When it comes to numbers, the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club is having some trouble lately.

The gay rugby squad, in the midst of its fall season, has pulled two home matches from its schedule. The Bucks canceled its Oct. 25 match against local rival High County when it became clear the club wouldn't be able to field enough players to be competitive. In a bit of irony, the same thing happened to the Bucks for its Nov. 1 match against Charlotte. The North Carolina club dropped the match when they figured enough players weren't available.

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Anti-gay attacks remain flat in Ga.

imageAnti-gay hate crimes rose about 6 percent in 2007, despite a slight decrease in overall anti-bias incidents last year, according to a report issued Monday by the FBI.

Among the five categories of reported hate crimes, those based on sexual orientation were the third-highest at 1,265, or 16.6 percent. Others included hate crimes motivated by racial bias (3,870, 50.8 percent), religion (1,400, 18.4 percent), ethnicity or national origin (1,007, 13.2 percent) and disability (79, 1 percent).

Of the 7,624 total hate crime incidents, just 13 took place in Georgia, among the lowest totals in the U.S., according to the report. California recorded the highest number of offenses at 1,400.

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Ed Wall to get his day in court

imageEd Wall will finally get his day in court.

The former chair of the MARTA board, busted in an airport sex sting, will appear in court nearly two years after his arrest at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He's set to appear on public indecency charges on Feb. 23, 2009. Wall has pleaded not guilty.

The charges stem from an arrest in March 2007 when Atlanta police say Wall was spotted in a stall having oral sex with another man. The fact that the case lingered for so long came to light earlier this month when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Wall was hired by Clayton County for financial advice. Wall, an investment banker, has advised Clayton and other governments in the past.

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Georgia delegation scores poorly

imageOnly one member of Georgia’s 15-member Congressional delegation — Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Atlanta — scored a perfect 100 on a new report tracking their votes and sponsorships of gay and transgender issues. Six members of the state’s delegation received a score of zero.

The scores are part of the biennial scorecard from the Human Rights Campaign for the 110th Congress, which for the first time included both the Senate and House passing hate crime legislation that includes provisions for sexual orientation and gender identity. In the 110th Congress, senators increased their average score from 41.7 percent to 55.4 percent, while House members upped their scores from 40.5 percent to 47.9 percent.

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Gay sports aplenty over four days

FLAG FOOTBALL: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues its fall season with action Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. Games take place at the Mozley Park athletic fields. Can we say eye candy? Speaking of eye candy, there's a photo album from Week 1. Read about the league's trip to Gay Bowl VIII.

SOFTBALL: The Decatur Women's Sports League closes its fall season on Friday -- weather permitting -- beginning at 6 p.m. Games take place at Kelly C. Cofer Park in Tucker.

RUGBY: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club (3-1) continues its fall schedule on Saturday with a match against High Country. Game time is 1 p.m. at Coan Middle School in Kirkwood. Read more about the Bucks fall season here. Check out the eye candy from recent matches here.

SOFTBALL: The Hotlanta Softball League closes out its Fall Ball on Sunday with games beginning at 9 a.m. Game take place at the Piedmont Park athletic fields. View photos from the games here, here and here.


Jungle reemerges for Saturday nights

imageThere's nothing like a sour economy to spur innovation.

Brad Williams, the owner of the Wild Mustang off Cheshire Bridge Road, is partnering with promoter Chris Coleman (photo) of C2 Productions for a new hybrid Saturday evening. Coleman is also half of the duo behind the popular Social Tuesdays.

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AIDS Walk Atlanta draws thousands


Thousands of people joined the 18th Annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run on Sunday, hoping to raise $1 million for nine beneficiaries that work with people affected by HIV.

Some 9,000 people walked — dozens even ran — the route that began on 10th Street and stretched through Midtown with the theme “Every Life Deserves Hope.”

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Lawmakers want trans suit dropped

imageA trio of Georgia lawmakers wants a federal judge to drop a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee who says she was fired after announcing her gender transition.

Vandiver Elizabeth Glenn (photo) argues she was fired from her position as a legislative editor last year when the lawmakers learned of her transition from male to female, according to Southern Voice. She named House Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram), Senate President Pro-Tempore Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, lawyer Sewell Brumby and Robyn Underwood, the state’s legislative financial officer, in her lawsuit.

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