Learn the art of going from textual to sexual

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.

If you can’t master the keys on the phone you’re never going to get the keys to his door.

Studies show the average person sends or receives over 100 texts a year. If you’ve met somebody you’re interested in, you’ve gotta learn the art of going from textual to sexual.

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Thursday: 18 gay things to do today

image Memorial service for LGBT activist Allen Thornell, who died Monday. 2:30 p.m.
Woofs celebrates its sports teams. 7 p.m.
Author Amy Lanou discusses her new book, "Building Bone Vitality," at Charis. 7:30 p.m.
Leslie Dysinger (photo) is on hand at Bellissima for an acoustic performance. 9 p.m.
Hydrate Thursdays packs the Living Room at the W Atlanta-Midtown. 9 p.m.

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Allen Thornell memorial service today at 2:30

imageLGBT activist and leader Allen Thornell will be remembered during a memorial service today.

The event -- set for 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church at 781 Peachtree Street in Midtown -- is expected to draw scores of friends, family and colleagues who were touched by Thornell's activism in LGBT and other progressive causes.

His death on Monday prompted an emotional outpouring of tributes and remembrances in media outlets, on his Facebook page, and on a group page called Allen Thornell is My Hero!

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Thursday: Victor Webster moves to Melrose

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Colton Ford uncovers his softer side

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.

With a new album on the way, a new TV season, and a new beau, Colton Ford bares all. But not in the way you might think.

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Gay chamber preparing for gala dinner

imageThe Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, savvy business group that it is, knows a bargain when it sees one. So the organization extended its early-ticket pricing to the Community Awards Dinner, giving you an extra two weeks to nab your spot at the special evening at a discounted rate.

The black-tie optional event, set for Aug. 28, is built around a handful of awards recognizing the businessman and businesswoman of the year, member of the year and community ally.

The group is also honoring Jesse Peel (photo), a psychiatrist and early leader in the fight against AIDS who helped start Positive Impact and was instrumental in the creation of the Atlanta Interfaith AIDS Network. Peel will receive the chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Mary’s gets even more national props

imageThe accolades keep coming for the little East Atlanta gay bar with an outsized reputation.

Mary's, popular for its Mary-oke and eclectic theme nights, just earned another honor: The national gay glossy Out named it among "The 60 Greatest Gay Bars in the World."

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Wednesday: 14 gay things to do today

image Gay artist Paul Wolski (photo) continues his Alter Ego Pop Art Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bowl with the Decatur Women's Sports League or run with Front Runners Atlanta. 6:30 p.m.
YouthPride offers its Teen Forum and Young Adult Forum. 6:30 p.m.
Chairs hosts a book event and cooking demonstration with Bryant Terry. 7 p.m.
Primal offers up its gay night. 10 p.m.

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Wednesday: Team Samurai queer for Querrey

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Owner wants to dump Atlanta Dream

imageDespite strong signs that they are competitive in only their second year, the Atlanta Dream's sole owner says he wants a divorce. Maybe dub it a trial separation.

The Dream, on a three-game win streak that has lifted them to a 10-10 record, prepares for their road game in San Antonio on Thursday with this bit of news: Ron Terwilliger wants the team to see other people. He informed the WNBA on Tuesday that he longer wishes to be the only set of deep pockets owning the young franchise.

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WABE airs report on Allen Thornell’s death

imageWABE weighed in on the death of Allen Thornell (photo) during its afternoon newscast Tuesday with a nearly two-minute report.

Reporter Charles Edwards interviewed Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, and public policy strategist Beth Cope for the piece, which aired during the radio station's local news break during "All Things Considered."

Graham most recently worked with Thornell at Georgia Equality, but the two met in the 1990s at a rally when Graham was working for AIDS Survival Project. He says Thornell's dedication to studying "the people and politics that shaped Atlanta" was quickly evident.

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Resume lite may work in tough job market

Contributing blogger John Long is a professional career coach Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: "Is dumbing down my resume an effective strategy in this job market?"    READ MORE »

Tuesday: 16 gay things to do today

image YouthPride offers Boy Talk and Womyn's Lounge. 6:30 p.m.
There's bingo at Woofs and F.R.O.G.S., which kicks off My Big Fat Gay Bingo with Knomie Moore (photo) with 15 percent of sales benefiting local charities. 7 p.m.
Social Tuesdays shifts to Livingston at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. 7 p.m.
The Big Gay Supper Club heads to Peasant Bistro. 7 p.m.
There's karaoke with Kitty LeClaw at Blake's and Mary-oke at Mary's. 10 p.m.

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Allen Thornell memorial set for Thursday

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LGBT leader and activist Allen Thornell will be remembered during a memorial service on Thursday.

Thornell, 38, died Monday after complications from a stroke he suffered a day earlier. His death has prompted an emotional outpouring of tributes and remembrances in media outlets and on his Facebook page. Friends also organized a Facebook group for Thornell called Allen Thornell is My Hero!

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Tuesday: Brawny allure of beach wrestling

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Stonewall Dems tap ATL man as interim head

imageLocal gay political activist Kyle Bailey is taking charge of the national Stonewall Democrats as interim executive director while the organization searches for its new leader.

Bailey, 26, was promoted to chief operations officer of the group in July; he joined as its national and chapter development director in June 2008. Stonewall Democrats cited his appointment as interim executive director in a press release Monday announcing the departure of Executive Director Jon Hoadley.

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Community mourns loss of Allen Thornell

imageTributes to Allen Thornell, the longtime LGBT activist and political insider, continue to pour into his Facebook page and media outlets just hours after his death. Thornell died Monday morning at Atlanta Medical Center after complications from a stroke he suffered Sunday.

In the wake of Thornell's death, friends created a Facebook Group called Allen Thornell is My Hero! to record tributes.

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Georgia Equality chair Allen Thornell dies

imageAllen Thornell, a longtime LGBT activist, political insider and chair of Georgia Equality's board, died Monday morning.

Friends say Thornell was taken to Atlanta Medical Center Sunday evening after suffering an apparent stroke. A hospital spokesperson confirmed Thornell died Monday morning.

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Monday: 16 gay things to do today

image The Hotlanta Squares hosts an Open House. 7 p.m.
The Atlanta Harlequins women's rugby team holds its first practice, which is open to players with no experience. 7:30 p.m.
Bubba D. Licious (photo) headlines Dragamaki at Nickiemoto's. 8:30 p.m.
Bare that chest during Bear Chest Night at the Eagle. 10 p.m.
Alexandria Martin hosts Drag on the Edge at Blake's. 11 p.m.

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Monday: Scoring a win in the water

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