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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Atlanta police sued by HIV-poz recruit

A man is suing the Atlanta Police Department, charging that he was secretly tested for HIV and dumped when the department discovered he is HIV-positive.

The man filed a federal lawsuit that also alleges that Atlanta police have a policy of not hiring people with HIV, though the department says that's not true. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though, says internal police documents appear to contradict the department's claim.

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Tim Riley focused on Georgia Senate

imageTim Riley, a gay Democrat, is looking to blaze a new trail in his largely rural district in North Georgia. He's running for the state Senate and if successful, will become only the second openly gay member of the Georgia General Assembly.

A candidate for the District 47 seat in the Georgia Senate, Riley has been quietly running as an openly gay man and said it hasn’t been an issue in his largely rural district. Senate District 47 includes half of Athens/Clarke County and large swaths of the surrounding countryside, including the small towns of Jackson and Madison.

“To be honest with you, no one is fighting me on gay issues, and I think finally, finally we are opening up,” Riley said. “I’m just very hopeful that the tide is changing slowly but surely.”

Riley is running against Ralph Hudgens, the Republican incumbent, on the Nov. 4 ballot.


Andy Roddick’s ‘full Monty’ a hot item

imageAndy Roddick can sell sexy. But strip off his shirt and things get hotter.

Promise a "full Monty" and, well, that can drive a crowd wild

Roddick was in Atlanta on Sunday for the 16th annual Advanta WTT Smash Hits, an event hosted by Elton John to raise funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund. The event featured a star-studded line-up of tennis exhibitions that included John, Roddick, lesbian tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King and Anna Kournikova. It brought in more than $400,000.

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Elton John’s big tennis fundraiser

imageWhen Elton John wants to raise money, people listen.

The gay singer, part-time Atlantan and amateur tennis player was in town last weekend to swat a few tennis balls and raise more than $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.

John pledged that the funds would benefit HIV efforts in Atlanta and across the South, an area that he’s “distinctly aware” suffers from elevated HIV infection rates.

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Atlanta Storm falls short at Gay Bowl

imageWhen it comes to expectations, the Atlanta Storm sets them pretty high.

The team, comprised of players from the National Flag Football League of Atlanta, jetted off to Salt Lake City last weekend to join 18 other teams from across the country competing for the Gay Bowl VIII title. They had their sights set on bringing home a championship for the first time.

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Gays, lesbians pick their fav royals

imageWhen it comes to a prince, gay men in the U.K. prefer Harry over his brother William.

A poll from dating web site shows that more than a third of respondents want a romp with Harry, compared to 23 percent for William. A third of the gay men say they would steer clear of both.

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Gay icons profiled this week

GLBT History Month continues this week by spotlighting a playwright, singer, pastor and photographer, among others.

The Equality Forum, a gay civil rights group based in Philadelphia, is spotlighting a gay icon each day in October. A video of the daily icon appears on the main page of Project Q Atlanta, while the group's web site includes detailed information about the person.

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Beer bash raising funds for AIDS Walk

The Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance, a collection of nine gay sports and recreation organizations, kicks off its fundraising efforts on Sunday for the upcoming AIDS Walk Atlanta with a beer bash.

AGSA members will be taking part in the AIDS Walk on Oct. 19, so they are looking to boost their efforts to raise money for event through the beer blast at F.R.O.G.S. Cantina in Midtown from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Just $10 gets you all the beer you can drink.

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Conn. Supreme Court OKs gay unions


The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making the state the third in the U.S. that allows gay unions.

The 4-3 ruling says that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.    READ MORE »