Wednesday: John Rocker and a ‘Jew faggot’

Welcome to a new Project Q Atlanta feature: The Morning Dose. It's a visual -- photo, video or otherwise -- that captures a story better than most words.    READ MORE »

Sanjaya, Ian Thorpe, Sam and Beau, Oprah

image Aussie media and Ian Thorpe's close 'mate' (photo).
University of Virginia wants to study gay dads.
Is love possible if he's never been with another man?
Manjoyment Monday: Shirtless Tom Brady alert.
OMG! Sam and Beau kissed!
Gay contestant introduces fiance on "Wheel of Fortune."
New United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice supports gay rights resolution.
Do the right thing, Oprah.
"The Amazing Race" ... Soulforce style.
Shirtless Sanjaya Malakar: Is he gay or just fey?    READ MORE »

Tuesday: Four gay things to do today

HAPPY HOUR: Fourth Tuesdays takes its monthly happy hour to the 3 Legged Cowboy. The event begins at 6 p.m. A free two-step lesson for beginners is set for 8 p.m.

GET SOCIAL: Have some cocktails, conversation and connections with Social Tuesdays, which moves its weekly gathering to Bluefin. The upscale casual restaurant on Peachtree offers Japanese Fusion. The event starts at 7 p.m.

BASKETBALL JONES: Gay Atlanta author E. Lynn Harris is back with a new book, "Basketball Jones." He'll talk about and sign the novel at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse beginning at 7:30 p.m.

LESBIAN FUNNIES: Comic Alyssa Barnett hosts comedy night at Eddie's Attic. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Read more about Barnett in a story from Southern Voice.

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Tuesday: Lots of lesbian drama

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Pride returns to Piedmont, moves to October

The Atlanta Pride Festival will return to Piedmont Park this year, but the event will shift to October.

The changes to the festival, which suffered financial losses and smaller crowds after a move last year, were announced today by the Atlanta Pride Committee and the City of Atlanta.

The announcement also means a shift by city officials, who closed the crown jewel of the city's park system to large-scale festivals a year ago. At the time, they cited concerns over the state's long-running drought and outdoor watering ban and whether the events would damage the park's greenscape.

The three-day Pride festival moved from Piedmont to the Atlanta Civic Center in 2008, a move that also shifted the festival to early July. Last October, Pride officials said the festival would return to its traditional late June date and be staged at the civic center and nearby Central Park.

Check back for updates to this developing story.    READ MORE »

Matt Ryan’s bromance with Carson Daly

imageWhen it's "last call," apparently Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan gets a little gay.

That was the case Jan. 21 when the stud QB landed on the set of "Last Call with Carson Daly" to pitch Axe Hair. He was was there, too, as the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year and the guy who led the franchise to a winning record and playoff appearance this season.

But the tone was set when the 23-year-old Ryan, the face of the franchise, came out with Daly calling him "the stud." That's an accurate description for the emerging metrosexual, but it did begin the drooling by Daly.

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Lee Daniels, Obameter, talk dirty, breakups

image Under the "iron stiletto heel" of "homosexual activists."
Three major Sundance awards give gay director Lee Daniels (photo) a "Push."
Hulu Sunday: Reba goes lesbian.
The "Obameter": Keeping a list and checking it twice.
How to talk dirty in bed without feeling stupid.
“Prayers for Bobby” and more on lesbian and gay youth.
Steps to avoiding a hate crime.
Puerto Rico's Gran Melia Resort welcome gay wedding and commitment ceremonies.
Nine worst lesbian relationship breakups.
Weekend Hot Jock: Fabian Leimlehner.    READ MORE »

Do you have the best gay sports group?

Outsports, the web site that takes a gay slant on sports, is offering local teams the chance at fame and fortune. Mostly the former, but you never know.

The site is dusting off its Best Gay-Sports Group in the World award and revving up to offer it again for the first time in a few years. With the strong gay sports scene in Atlanta -- from softball to swimming, running and more -- the city should make a strong showing.

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Javy Lopez and his multi-million dollar home

imageMy man-crush on Javy Lopez didn't end when his run with the Atlanta Braves did last year. Fortunately, I was on hand to see his last performances as a Brave during his attempted return in Spring Training last year.

Nevertheless, Lopez didn't lose the love for Atlanta and remains in the suburbs in a 8,500-square-foot home. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution caught up with Lopez recently for a photo spread in the paper's Private Quarters feature.

Two things are clear from the photos: Lopez, at 38, remains as hunky as ever and his house shows that he managed to bank some of his millions, unlike many pro players who are dropped from their sport and soon find themselves without a penny to their name.

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Beau Breedlove, Kanye West, Matt Ryan

image Meet Beau Breedlove (photo), the hook-up that's causing a scandal for Portland's gay mayor.
Gay group in Maryland makes state's "terrorist" list.
Gay for pay porn star explain themselves on "Tyra."
A gay's-eye view of Inauguration 2009.
Atlanta Falcon QB Matt Ryan has gay moment with Carson Daly.
Indianapolis TV reporter "worst in the nation" for coverage of transgender murder.
Kanye West, gays and fashion.
New group wants Secretary of LGBT Affairs in Obama Administration. Really.
NBA All Star Dwight Howard sings Beyonce at the free throw line.    READ MORE »

The Weekend: Five gay things to do

NETWORKING: The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce holds its Fourth Friday networking event today at Paris On Ponce. There's a little live jazz for entertainment during the event, which opens at 6 p.m. $10

SHUT UP: Drag icon Varla Jean Merman is in Atlanta for a brief run of "Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte" at the 14th Street Playhouse. The show runs Jan. 22-25 and Jan. 28-31. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets cost $45. Several of the shows benefit local gay groups. Read more in a Project Q Atlanta interview with Merman.

RUGBY: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club kicks off its eight-game schedule on Saturday with a match against Georgia Tech. Can we say, "college jocks?" Yes we can. Match time is 2:30 p.m. at Coan Middle School on Hosea Williams Drive in Kirkwood.

ROCK FOR EQUALITY: Lesbian singers Halcyon and Renee Mixon headline the "Stand for Equality" concert on Saturday, a benefit for Georgia Equality. Tickets are $20 for the 8 p.m. event at Wild Mustang. The concert is part of the non-profit's "Campaign for a Fair Majority," which also encourages gay Georgians to create personalized web pages to help advocate for equality.

PAGEANT: Out on Film launches its monthly film screening on Monday with "Pageant," the documentary of 50 men competing for the title of "MIss Gay America.' A mini-pageant with celebrity judges follows the screening. The event's set for 7:30 p.m. at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.    READ MORE »

Lil Wayne, Dear Belly, gay dream team

image Gay designer Jason Wu attends inaugural ball.
Obama pimp-slaps queer community by omitting Robinson's invocation.
Dear Belly: We need to talk.
Meet First Lady Michelle Obama's gay dream team.
Beer pints hurt your play.
Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov.
Transgendered model makes splash in Rio.
Say what?: Lil Wayne (photo) talks about "getting AIDS in the ass."
Book recommendation: "Humpty Who?"
Ryan Shiraki's "Spring Breakdown" is his big break.    READ MORE »

Varla Jean Merman storms Atlanta tonight

imageHold onto your wig.

If you only know drag icon Varla Jean Merman and her winning pink jumpsuit in last season’s “Project Runway” drag challenge, or from her saccharine-sweet role in the film “Girls Will Be Girls,” you’re in for a treat.

Varla takes her first official bow in Atlanta tonight when her creator and alter ego, Jeffrey Roberson, brings “Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte” to 14th Street Playhouse. The parody of the 1964 camp classic “Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte” plays through Jan. 31 after an award-winning run in New Orleans last year.

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Jim Carrey, ‘Lost,’ Jon Stewart, NFL hotties

image Jim Carrey's (photo) fears over gay kiss.
"Lost" gay relationships we'd move an island to see.
Obama outlines his gay agenda on WhiteHouse.gov.
Yes, a straight man is leading a gay-rights group. So what?
Durex introduces the first gay condoms.
The official Obama pleasure toy. Seriously.
Jon Stewart on the inauguration, interview with Gene Robinson.
Hip-sop homophobes are probably gay.
Outsports NFL 2008 All-Hot team.
"Gay Mafia" made Clay Aiken gay, says apparent Cat Lady.
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NFL’s All-Hot team heats up a cold winter day

imageWith the NFL season nearing its end, it's time to start thinking about honors like MVP, Pro Bowl and other accolades to name the best players in the league.

Thankfully, Outsports adds a gay twist to the season's wrap up with its All-Hot team, which includes two from the roster of the Atlanta Falcons. It's no surprise that hunky rookie quarterback Matt Ryan (photo) made the list. There's also defensive lineman John Abraham, who is not to be confused with the smoldering Bollywood actor of the same name.    READ MORE »

Protest greets Rick Warren during ATL stop

imageThe national uproar over Rev. Rick Warren spilled into the streets of Atlanta during services for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

About 75 mostly gay and lesbian people stood across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Warren headlined the annual service, and chanted their disapproval for the selection and the California pastor's views against marriage equality and other progressive causes.

There's more, including a photo album, after the event.    READ MORE »

Romance novels, Rafael Nadal, ‘L Word’

image Gay bishop to pray today 'before' Rick Warren.
Is Eugene Robinson a crumb from the master’s table?
The red-hot new stars of lesbian romance novels: Secret Service agents.
Two-minute prayer vs. inaugural sermon?
Wesley Crusher and Batman together at last.
If "The L Word" were on Facebook: Season 6, Episode 1.
Rafael Nadal (photo) takes a powder.
Is Roland Martin an advocate of reparative therapy?
Nick Cannon flexes abs and shows his guns at Sundance.
Change our community could believe in.    READ MORE »

Local celebs strut with their pups for charity

imageLocal celebrities and their canines strutted their stuff along a runway in the gym of Grady High School on Jan. 16 during Doggies on the Catwalk.

The annual event, which pairs the celebs and their pets with original fashions by the school's Urban Couture students, is a fundraiser for Pets Are Loving Support. PALS, of course, is the group that started with providing care and support to the pets of HIV-positive people and later expanded its mission to include anyone with a critical illness, the disabled and elderly.

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Protest, breakfast, parade part of MLK events

Rev Rick. Warren is in Atlanta this morning and gay activists are preparing to protest.

It's one of a handful of gay events set for today as part of the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday commemoration:

The Jan . 19 protest begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue, which is across from the church. (Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. in a staging area at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Jackson.) Other progressive groups, including the newly-formed GLBT ATL, are expected to take part in the event, which ends at 10 a.m. Warren is scheduled to speak during a 10 a.m. service.

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Friday: Two gay things to do today

YOUTHFUL HISTORY: It's MLK weekend, after all, and YouthPride has an interesting event beginning at 6:30 p.m. at its Inman Park office. Winston Johnson, a gay Atlantan and longtime friend of Coretta Scott King, will take part in a panel discussion. Joining him is Dave Heyward of the gay history project Touching Up Our Roots.

DOGGIE STYLE: Pets Are Loving Support, is the beneficiary of the local celebrity-filled Doggies on the Catwalk, which begins at 8 p.m. at Grady High School. The event features local celebs strutting their stuff down the runway with their pooches and showcases the work of the high school's Urban Couture fashion students. For more, check out an item from Peach Buzz in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After, there's a reception at nearby Piedmont Bark that begins at 9 p.m. Event: $25, reception: $10 donation.

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