Five exercises to make those abs pop

image Contributing blogger Troy Meyers is a certified personal trainer and sports conditioner with more than 10 years of experience. He owns Atlanta-based and contributes to the site’s Lockerroom Blog.

You want better abs, don’t you? Strength training is the best way to get there.

If you’re dropping weight, there’s nothing quite like ab muscle to highlight a new, leaner midsection. Although some people have more muscle building potential than others, there are some basic strength exercises to best address the major midsection muscles.

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Sunday: Six gay things to do today

PLAY BALL: The Hotlanta Softball League continues its 2009 season at its new home on the fields of the Southside Softball Complex on Jonesboro Road in southeast Atlanta. 8 a.m.(View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the league's Opening Day.) Join the league for its post-action fundraiser at Las Margaritas on Cheshire Bridge Road hosted by the Wet Demons. 5 p.m.

TOUCHDOWN: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues its spring and summer season with a special day of games. The league, which usually plays on Saturdays, added a slate of Sunday action to make up for a rainout earlier in the season. Join them at the Piedmont Park athletic fields. 9 a.m. (View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the league's Opening Day.)

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4th Friday draws big crowd for gay chamber

imageThe city's mercurial spring weather cooperated with the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on Friday, providing a comfortable backdrop for the group's 4th Friday Networking event.

The crowd filled the outdoor space of No Mas Cantina in Castleberry Hill for margaritas, Mexican food and conversation during the event, which the chamber holds monthly.

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Faith explored in concert series this weekend

imageThe relationship between homosexuality and organized religion is explored in "Shaken Not Heard: Stories of Gay Men, Faith and Reconciliation," a new work from the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus.

The performances opened Friday and continue through the weekend with concerts at 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur.

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Saturday: Seven gay things to do today

TOUCHDOWN: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues its spring and summer season with a set of four games on the athletic fields of Piedmont Park. 9 a.m. (View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the league's Opening Day.) The league heads to Woof's after the games. 3 p.m.

PURPLE DRESS: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club continues its recruitment efforts for the upcoming Purple Dress Run. Today, they will set up at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Is David Paterson the new Harvey Milk?

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Harvey Milk could charm a banana out of a gorilla’s hands. God Himself cocked his ear whenever he made a speech. And clearly, few politicians sacrificed more for their cause.

A lot of gay folks have been waiting for Harvey to come back in another form. But really, who’d have thought that the next Harvey Milk would be straight? Or black? Or blind?

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Social Tuesdays finds Ecco’s casual elegance

If there's a sweet spot for Social Tuesdays, it's Midtown. The weekly mix of cocktails and conversation ventured to Ecco this week, settling into the venue's casual elegance. Check out our photos.    READ MORE »

Jen Foster, Mitcham, Drag Cougars, Twitter

image Is LGBTQQIA too PC for gay community?
Want your gay TV? Look across the pond.
Summer is coming and I'm wondering if my boyfriend should go.
Finding the hottest men in the Athenian Wonderland.
Is a drag queen over 40 a Drag Cougar?
Jen Foster (photo) gives more than a kiss.
My final post on the Miss California flap -- and a smackdown of Roland Martin.
Twitter, gay rights and controlling the message.
Matthew Mitcham still puzzled by lack of sponsors.
Heather has two mommies, one reliable Fort Lauderdale home.    READ MORE »

Gay attorney seeks Decatur commission post

imageGay activist and attorney Kyle Williams announced Thursday that he's seeking the District 2 post on the Decatur City Commission.

Williams, a former chair of the Georgia Equality Foundation and an attorney with Bloom Law, would become the second openly gay member of the five-member commission. Kecia Cunningham became the state's first African-American openly gay elected official when she won a seat on the commission in 1999.

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Leslie Jordan makes two Atlanta stops

imageGay funnyman Leslie Jordan returns to Atlanta this week to fine tune his stand-up craft and go to church.

That’s right. The cocktail-toting arch-nemesis of Megan Mullaly in “Will & Grace” and Brother Boy of “Sordid Lives” makes two stops in Atlanta this weekend, along with attending a church reunion in Chattanooga with his mother and two sisters.

Sound a little crazy, Southern-style? Maybe so, but it’s vintage Jordan.

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AID Atlanta explores media’s impact on HIV

imageThere's no doubt the media impacts our lives every day. "Will & Grace" and "Sex & the City" anyone?

That impact is the theme of a discussion Thursday from AID Atlanta's outreach efforts for gay men. "That's Entertainment? HIV/AIDS in Modern Media" will explore the history of LGBT characters on television, how HIV/AIDS is addressed on the small screen and how that impacts personal views on the disease.

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Wednesday: Six gay things to do tonight

imageUNLEASHED: Queer rocker Doria Roberts (photo) hits Eddie's Attic to promote her sixth album, "Women Unleashed." She performs two shows -- 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

QUEER FICTION: "A Visitation of Spirits" by Randall Kenan is up for discussion today at the Queer Literary Fiction Book Group at Charis Books & More. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday to discuss books that feature queer characters and storylines. 7 p.m.

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A fictional fix of ‘Noah’s Arc’

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Well this put a smile on my face as I'm sure it will the countless "Noah's Arc" fans who read this blog.

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Why being out and proud is so vital

imageJoshua Trey Barnett is the co-creator and editor of and the contributing blogger behind Dawg Days, a weekly update from Athens for Project Q Atlanta.

Athens is Atlanta’s little queer sister.

We have a gay bar, a welcoming downtown scene, more LGBT-themed and -friendly organizations than you can shake your stick at (no pun intended), big gay events on a regular basis, a network of socialites and connected queers, and we even have our own Pride event.

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DeKalb boy commits suicide after gay taunts

imageAn 11-year-old DeKalb County student committed suicide last week after repeated harassment, including anti-gay bullying, from his classmates.

Jaheem Herrera's 10-year-old sister discovered him hanging in his bedroom Thursday after his mother, Masika Bermudez, sent him to his room to settle down after arriving home from Dunaire Elementary School hysterical.

Bermudez tells WSB TV that her son faced anti-gay taunts, among others, and the she complained to the school.

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Miss Calif., Rick Warren, Prince, Rudy, Lohan

image “That’s so gay” is not OK, and confronting other homophobic stuff.
Women are more receptive to sex when their feet are warm.
Miss California's gay marriage flub.
"America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani suddenly against the gay marriage.
Obama to name out lesbian assistant secretary of HUD.
Do we go out to find that special someone or are we going out of our way to avoid putting ourselves out there?
Voting open for the Hot 100.
Prince is a fancy lesbian.
Lindsay Lohan: Are you getting advice from Tom Cruise again?
Rick Warren operatives trying to whitewash his anti-gay positions from Wikipedia entry.    READ MORE »

Finding career inspiration with David Sedaris

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: "How can I do to combat this feeling of a career rut and get back on track?"    READ MORE »

Hit me and I’ll hit you back

imageAlix B. Golden started her life as a Carolina Girl, but matured into a Georgia Peach. This freelancer dishes on sex, relationships and dating often revealing more than she should about her own life. Read more from her at A Brown Girl.

Before my first girlfriend was my girlfriend, she was my friend. Wait, that might be a bit of a stretch. She was an associate. A classmate, in fact.

I saw her everyday and while I didn’t pay a lot of attention to her, I did notice when she would come to class with swollen eyes. Her girlfriend would smack her around a little. She was beyond a whore, the supreme and ultimate flirt and her girlfriend felt that she had to smack her in order to keep her in line.

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Softball rolls on with women’s league

The Decatur Women's Sports League continued its spring season on Friday after a handful of rainouts in past weeks. Check out our photos.    READ MORE »

What should be on your weekend playlist

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.

Here's my weekly look at the hot tracks to keep your weekend beats flowing and the essentials you need to add to your playlist.

If you're not heading out tonight to the Heretic for DJ Roland Belmares or the Eagle for its 22nd anniversary happenings, these dance tracks can provide the beats you need for a night on the town. Or try them out while you're driving to Athens for Boybutante or Birmingham for Rites of Spring. (For a rundown on what's happening tonight, check The Gay Agenda for today.)

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