05-28: Out on Film opens four-day fest

imageAttention gay film buffs: Starting Thursday, you've got plenty to do.

Out on Film opens Thursday and offers eight films (and several shorts) over four days that should whet your appetite for an even larger fest this fall. Two of the films -- "Fagbug" and "Stand-Up 360: Inside Out" -- make their LGBT film festival debit with the Atlanta screenings this weekend.

So go ahead and splurge for a weekend pass, which costs $30, and enjoy all that the event has to offer. All the screenings take place at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.

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Lesbian former cop: City ‘burning me again’

imageA lesbian former Atlanta police officer gravely wounded in a 1997 shootout is among a group of broken and battered cops airing allegations that the city is fighting their care.

The charges from Pat Cocciolone, who was shot six times and suffered brain damage, and the other four officers are contained in a video produced and recently aired by a police union. The allegations have turned explosive, gaining local media attention and fueling a bitter reaction from Mayor Shirley Franklin.

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Alex Wan seeks District 6 City Council seat

imageAn openly gay businessman and longtime resident of the Morningside neighborhood said Wednesday that he's seeking the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council.

The announcement by Wan continues a topsy turvy campaign in District 6, the gay-heavy area that encompasses much of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Druid Hills and Candler Park.

Charlie Stadtlander, a gay school teacher, stepped into the race in January, only to drop out when business consultant Steve Brodie, who also is gay, jumped in last month. Anne Fauver, a lesbian and two-term incumbent, initially indicated she would seek a third term, only to drop out last month.

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Midtown rally focuses on Prop 8 decision

imageAbout 75 people armed with signs and some with whistles took to the streets of Midtown on Tuesday to protest a ruling that upheld a ban on same-sex unions in California.

The 6-1 decision from the California Supreme Court upholding the voter-approved Proposition 8, announced earlier in the day, spurred nearly 100 protests across the U.S. as part of Day of Decision.

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Mary Norwood says she backs gay marriage

imageMary Norwood, one of three major candidates to become Atlanta's next mayor, issued a statement Tuesday affirming her support for same-sex unions.

Norwood, along with state Sen. Kasim Reed and City Council President Lisa Borders, took part in a meet and greet with LGBT voters on Thursday. Norwood left before the candidates were asked for a one-word answer on whether they supported gay marriage. Borders said yes and Reed replied "civil unions." That answer, according to Southern Voice, drew some boos from the audience.

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Stage set for next marriage fight in Calif.

imageContributing blogger Patrick Saunders is a freelance copywriter and LGBT activist in Atlanta.

A quick word on the Proposition 8 decision today.

Short term, the California Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold Prop 8 is disappointing. But long term this might actually be a good thing for LGBT rights.

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Protest set for today in Piedmont Park

imageSame-sex marriage will again take center stage in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Gay marriage activists are organizing a rally set for 5:30 p.m. in Piedmont Park. When the event -- part of a national campaign called Day of Decision -- was announced, organizers from GLBTATL weren't sure if it would become a celebration of gay marriage once again being legal in California or a protest of the state's Supreme Court decision upholding Proposition 8. With the 6-1 decision now public, it's clear the event is shifting gears to become a protest.

And a noisy one at that. Organizers want people to bring whistles, their friends and even the candidates who want to become Atlanta's next mayor. (Project Q Atlanta will blog live from the event.)

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Gay marriage ban upheld by California court

An effort to once again make same-sex marriage legal in California suffered a setback Tuesday as the state's Supreme Court voted 6-1 to uphold Proposition 8.

The court's decision ended a long-shot effort by same-sex marriage activists that argued that the ban revised the California constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature's approval.

The decision is sparking protests across California and the nation as part of an organized effort called Day of Decision. The effort includes nearly 100 protests set for Tuesday afternoon and evening, including one in Atlanta at Piedmont Park.

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Friday: There’s MondoHomo to do today

imageThanks to the organizers of MondoHomo for letting us know that, well, we screwd up.

We included the alterna-queer cultural festival in our community calendar, but through a programming glitch that was our fault, the event didn't appear in the calendar today. So, when our event gurus pulled together The Gay Agenda for today, MondoHomo was left out of the mix. When we said there were Nine Gay Thngs to Do Today, we really meant there were 10.

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Are buyers sniffing around SoVo, David?

imageIs David Unger, the force behind the majority owner of Southern Voice and David Atlanta, looking to ditch his media properties before a federal receivership does it for him?

That's the spin on a post from Queerty, which has been tracking the executive level troubles at the companies for some time. The website is now reporting that Unger has sent letters to 30 companies and individuals to gauge their interest in all or part of the companies, which include the two Atlanta pubs along with the Washington Blade, 411, Express Gay News and New York Blade.

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DeKalb report: ‘Gay’ means happy

imageA new report from the DeKalb County School System says that Jaheem Herrera, the 11-year-old bullycide victim, was not taunted and bullied at his elementary school, despite reports from his mother and the parents of classmates.

In fact, the report from retired judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore, hired by the school system to produce the report, also says that despite repeated use of the word "gay" at the school, students didn't use the word as a slur.

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Thursday: 19 gay things to do today

image YouthPride offers a full schedule, including free HIV testing at 5 p.m., T-Time at 5:30 p.m. and the Spice World Party at 7 p.m.
Meet the candidates at the LGBT Community Mayoral Candidate Forum. 6 p.m.
Meet the boys in swimsuits at Swim 2009 with Atlanta Executive Network and David Atlanta. 6:30 p.m.
MondoHomo opens its five-day alterna-queer fest with an evening of activities beginning at 7 p.m.
Texas Hold'em at Blake's. 7 p.m.
Cancer Support Group meets at the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative. 7 p.m.
Discuss how film has influenced our view of HIV/AIDS with AID Atlanta. 7 p.m.
MEGA Family Project's coming out support group meets. 7 p.m.
Cliterati Open No-Mic at Charis. 7:30 p.m.
The gay-funny musical "Zanna, Don't!" (photo) continues its run at Actor's Express. 8 p.m.
Laugh the evening away at Atlanta Pride Night at Laughing Skull. 8 p.m.
Pearl Day continues its Launch Week at 14th Street Playhouse, 8 p.m., and its Tickled Pink VIP Reception at Hydrate Thursdays at 10 p.m.
Cocktail the evening away at Hydrate Thursdays and Thursday Night Cocktail. 9 p.m.
Bazzaar goes retro with its Members Only: A True International Retro Event. 9 p.m.
Mary's gets Big Primpin'. 10 p.m.    READ MORE »

Big Gay Supper Club back on the scene

imageThe Big Gay Supper Club got up a little early on Saturday and tried its hand at brunch.

The result was some tasty eats at Baraonda on Peachtree Street. They might just be onto something here.

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Is Morehouse softening its homophobia?

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.

Morehouse College hasn't exactly been a welcoming and affirming place for it's gay students.

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Tuesday: Marco Andretti shaves it down

Gillette Fusion - Marco Andretti

Should my employer offer affinity groups?

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: "I've heard the term 'affinity group' at work, but what does it mean?"    READ MORE »

Alabama Prom Night bingo a big hit for PALS

With a theme like Alabama Prom Night, how could Pets Are Loving Support go wrong with its monthly bingo benefit hosted by Bubba D. Licious?    READ MORE »

Build your way to bigger shoulders

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.

Building bigger shoulders is a balance between positioning, stress and overstressing the shoulder joint.

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Your weekly peek inside David Atlanta

imageDavid Atlanta delves into some fun stuff this week's issue.

They go with Margaret Cho's invasion of Atlanta for the cover. The fag hag comedian is spending some time here taping the new Lifetime show "Drop Dead Diva," where she plays an assistant to the lead character.

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Saturday: 16 gay things to do today

image Cheer on the riders of the AIDS Vaccine 200 as they start their two-day journey. 7 a.m.
Trek through the streets of Atlanta with Front Runners Atlanta. 8 .m.
Weigh in with the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative. 8 a.m.
Watch the jocks of the National Flag Football League of Atlanta 9 a.m.
Learn about creating an LGBT family with MEGA Family Project. 9:30 a.m.
Akoma Book Club meets at Charis. 10:30 a.m.
The Big Gay Supper Club goes for brunch. 11:30 a.m.
The boys and blossoming drag queens of the Hotlanta Softball League work the runway for the HSL Pageant. 5 p.m.
Atlanta Rollergirls host their fourth bout of the season. 5 p.m.
Atlanta Xplosion (photo) tackles its way through the final home game of the season. 6 p.m.
Bar night with the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club at the Eagle. 10 p.m.
DJ Alexander spins at Jungle. 10 p.m.
La Familia Reunion brings the House music to Bazzaar. 10 p.m.
Mary-oke at Mary's 10 p.m.
LeBuzz offers its Saturday Night Fever. 11 p.m.
Mary Edith Pitts brings her unique drag show to Burkhart's. 11:30 p.m.    READ MORE »