Purple Dress Run raises bucks for Bucks

imageIf you haven't seen a group of nearly 125 people -- mostly gay men -- adorned in purple dresses, you just can't fully appreciate an event that unfolded Saturday in and around four bars and restaurants in Midtown.

The Purple Dress Run, a fundraiser from the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club in its third year, drew its largest crowd yet for the 5K run-walk.

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Monday: Channing Tatum’s big gun


You want fries with that?

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

Picking a meal that fits your dieting routine can be fraught with problems. Eating out can make it even more difficult.

Who doesn’t like to eat out on occasion? We do it because we don’t feel up to cooking ourselves, we’re joining a social event or we want to try something different. There’s nothing wrong with that – eating out tends to be fun but it can complicate matters if your fitness routine includes a focus on what you eat as well as what you lift.

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Indigo Girls reflect on two decades in music

imageWith some 22 years of experience in the music behind them, lesbian folk duo the Indigo Girls offer three things they wish they knew the first time around.

Top on their list? Not to fear discussing their sexuality in the national press.

“I wish I had known when we first got signed to Epic, not to have any fear about talking about our sexuality in the national press,” Saliers says. “The progressive and queer community helped make us what we are today… I should have known what was right was to support my community and not be so concerned about my career.”

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Your weekly peek at David Atlanta

imageThe boys of the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club grace the cover of David Atlanta this week in a plug for their big purple fundraiser.

It's actually the Purple Dress Run, the event in its third year that raises money for the gay rugby club and YouthPride.

The key to completing a 5K walk/run while stopping at three bars along the way? Lots of water, event organizers say.

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Hot List: Must see movie mania

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.

Yeah, the high price of movie tickets sucks and there’s that swine flu making the rounds. But man up because there’s a must-see movie each week this month and most of them feature some serious studflesh.

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South Florida travel guide gets ATL exposure

imageTravel writer Paul Rubio was more than happy to mug a little for the camera while in Atlanta Wednesday pitching his new book.

Rubio, a recovering economist and environmental policy analyst, hit Outwrite Bookstore & Coffehouse to host the local launch party for "Out Traveler: South Florida." It was the last stop on a publicity tour for the new work, which explores South Florida's spicy gay culture.

The guide is from the same series published by Alyson Books that includes "Out Traveler: Atlanta," from local boys Matt Burkhalter and Jordan McAuley. They debuted their version during a similar event in February.    READ MORE »

Hotlanta Softball League season rolls on

The Hotlanta Softball League hit the fields last Sunday for the third week of action in their young spring and summer season. Check out our photos and see the action continue Sunday at Southside Park.    READ MORE »

Brodie reaches out to Fauver supporters

imageThe lone candidate -- gay or otherwise -- left standing in the District 6 race for the Atlanta City Council reached out to supporters of his former opponent in an open letter Thursday.

Steve Brodie, a gay business consultant, announced his campaign for the District 6 post on April 2 expecting a rematch with Anne Fauver, the lesbian who was seeking a third term. Fauver narrowly defeated Brodie in 2005.

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Thursday: Sam sells a sexy fragrance

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Clergy repond to Jaheem Herrera bullycide

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.

Members of Atlanta's faith community gathered Tuesday morning at Tabernacle Baptist Church for a press conference in response to the bullycide of 11-year-old student Jaheem Herrera. Herrera, a victim of anti-gay bullying by a group of his peers at Dunaire Elementary School in Dekalb County, ended his life by hanging nearly two weeks ago.

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Allen Thornell says no to Gold Dome race

In his calculation whether to seek an opening in the Georgia General Assembly, Allen Thornell says his equation came up a little short.

The longtime gay rights activist told Project Q Atlanta last week that he was considering jumping into the District 58 race, since Robin Shipp resigned the seat. Thornell lost to Shipp in the Democratic primary runoff in 2006.

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Longtime gay activist Phillip Rush dies

imagePhillip Rush, a longtime gay activist in Atlanta, died early Tuesday of complications arising from a blood clot, according to friends.

The Nashville native and longtime Atlantan lived in Decatur. Until recently, he was a program officer for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta where he assisted non-profit groups in applying for funding.

Funeral arrangements are still being made, friends said Tuesday morning.

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Midtown rally focuses on Atlanta crime

imageThe center of Atlanta's gayborhood hosted a rally Monday evening to increase awareness about crime and hate crimes legislation.

A few dozen protesters fanned out across the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street for the event, the fourth rally organized by Atlantans Together Against Crime & Cutbacks. Kyle Keyser (photo), a gay Little Five Points resident, formed the group in the wake of the shooting death of a bartender at a Memorial Drive restaurant late last year.

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Fauver: Health didn’t drive me from campaign

Anne Fauver, who surprised the city's political scene today by ending her bid for a third term, says her health didn't drive her from the campaign.

Fauver, who was diagnosed with breast cancer late in her first term, tells Southern Voice in an interview late Monday that her health didn't force her departure.

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Anne Fauver drops out of District 6 race

imageIn a race that briefly included three gay candidates, one more has dropped out. That leaves one.

Anne Fauver, the two-term incumbent in the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council, announced to constituents Monday that she won't run for re-election. That leaves Steve Brodie, a gay man who challenged her in 2005, as the only announced candidate in the race.

The District 6 post, often regarded as the gay seat on the council for more than a decade, includes portions of Midtown and Virginia-Highland. Fauver is the council's only openly gay member.

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There’s no easy button for a career reset

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: "I feel stuck, but I'm anxious about my next career. How do I smooth the process?    READ MORE »

Rally planned for today; vigil set for Tuesday

imageIf you're itching to take action, there are a handful of opportunities coming your way.

There's a rally in Midtown today to call attention to crime and hate crimes legislation. On Tuesday, a press conference and vigil are scheduled to honor Jaheem Herrera, the 11-year-old DeKalb student who committed suicide earlier this month after facing anti-taunts and bullying from classmates.

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Your weekly dose of David Atlanta

imageSome weeks at David Atlanta have to be more fun than others.

Take the production of the April 25 issue, which features a model clad only in blue briefs. It's the mag's annual Underwear Issue and you just have to think that sitting around and selecting hot guys wearing form-fitting (and we mean form-fitting) undies is a pretty good way to pass the time. Especially when you're at work.

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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 JockBoyLocker.com 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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