Porn producer escapes death penalty

imageHarlow Cuadra escaped the death penalty but will spend the rest of his life in prison for the grizzly slaying of a competing gay porn producer.

The life sentence came after jurors in a Pennsylvania courtroom couldn't agree on the factors that would bring about the death penalty after more than five hours of deliberations.

Cuadra was found guilty last week of murdering Bryan Kocis. Cuadra's former boyfriend and business partner pleaded guilty last year for his role in the slaying. The case included an Atlanta tie, with computer consultant Howard Mitch Halford testifying that he loved Cuadra and attempted to help him once he was suspected in the homicide.

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Don’t expect quick arrests in Midtown attack

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

Read between the lines in the latest report on the March 8 attack on a gay man in Midtown and you'll find this: Don't expect this crime to be solved anytime soon.

Atlanta police said Monday that surveillance video in the area where John Evans was attacked shows only him and no suspects. The officer, in an interview with Southern Voice, also laments that alcohol is playing a role in slowing --if not downright stalling -- the investigation.

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Tuesday: Jay Leno’s homo humor

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Can blogs really help my unemployed self?

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach and consultant in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: "What’s the point of reading about someone else’s career issues?"    READ MORE »

So blue, Rush, marriage equality, monogamy

image It's just a blue penis, so get over it.
Send Rush Limbaugh’s “big ass” to Guantamano Bay.
Marriage equality has become the scapegoat for divorce.
The only thing I like about Scotch is that it keeps my AIDS in check.
Is monogamy essential to relationship bliss?
Michael Lucas latest: 'Rampant homophobia' scares black men from gay porn.
Which way is Obama's religion wind blowing.
A little gay panic on "Make Me a Supermodel."
Woman calls police 500 times over nearby nightclub.
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Atlantan among Lambda Literary nominees

imageTransgender writer and Atlanta resident Scott Turner Schofield is among the 105 finalists competing for a Lambda Literary Award.

The nominees, which span 22 categories and represent 72 publishers, were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation. The Los Angeles-based group for gay writers and readers will announce the winners May 28.

Schofield is among the nominees in two categories -- transgender and LGBT Drama -- for "Two Truths and a Lie" from Homofactus Press. Schofield describes the book as "a memoir passing as three solo plays" on his web site.

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Midtown attack suffering from fuzzy details

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

Crime reporting is never an exact science. Investigating a criminal act isn't as clear cut as "CSI," either. Mix the two and, well, you get results like the ones seen in the case of John Evans.

Evans is the gay waiter who was brutally attacked after leaving a Midtown gay bar on March 8. He suffered broken teeth and other facial injuries during the attack and a questionable police response since.

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Morning Fix: Our hometown ‘Piano Man’

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Weekend warriors: It’s time to shape up

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.

Warm weather is just around the corner. And with that, the winter’s couch potatoes will soon be up and ready to regain their status as weekend warriors.

For me, that means flag football. I’m a team captain with the National Flag Football League of Atlanta. We just had our preseason clinic and practice starts soon. For those weekend warriors that, like me, enjoy a game of flag football in Piedmont Park, here’s what you can to get conditioned for the upcoming season.

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Friday: Six gay things to do today

GLAAD FRIDAY: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is back in Atlanta tonight for its second "Thank GLAAD It's Friday" social networking event. The $35 admission gets you two hours of Absolut cocktails, a one-year membership to GLAAD and a handful of other items. The evening begins at 8 p.m. at Bazzaar. View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the Feb. 20 event.

SING A LITTLE: OurSong offers up "Just Desserts" tonight and Saturday at Oakhurst Baptist Church. The fundraiser and cabaret includes solos, ensembles and choral pieces that celebrate food, drink and merriment. Scrumptious! Event starts at 8 p.m. both nights. $25

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Porn producer guilty in case with ATL ties

imageFormer escort and porn producer Harlow Cuadra faces a possible death penalty since a jury on Thursday found him guilty of brutally killing a rival producer.

The case, which unfolded in a Pennsylvania courtroom over several weeks, included testimony from an Atlanta computer consultant and former escort client of Cuadra.

On Friday, the jury began deliberations on the sentence in what's expected to be a day-long hearing. No jury in Luzerne County has delivered a death penalty in more than a decade.

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Friday: A little gospel with your bingo


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Social Tuesdays finds cozy downtown spot

Just in time to take advantage of a burst of warm weather, Social Tuesdays ventured downtown this week to the expansive outdoor spaces of the Wine Loft's patio. Check out our photos.    READ MORE »

ATTA swings into action with ‘Hooch event

imageSome 66 gay and lesbian tennis players from metro Atlanta battled for titles in 11 divisions last weekend during the Chattahoochee Doubles Classic.

The annual tournament from the Atlanta Tennis Team Association played out March 5-8 on courts in Piedmont Park and Decatur.

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Did I just out myself as a porn addict?

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.

Hollis Gillespie, the author of "Trailer Trashed," wrote a post on the unintended effects of porn. The money quote:

Today pornography has absolutely no effect on me whatsoever, except as a mild depressant over what’s obviously expected from me as a female these days — all the care and polishing involved with the breast implants, for example, or all the exacting topiary skills needed for uber-precise pube grooming and whatnot. It does a number on you, I swear.

I know what she means. Just like video lust can make women think less of their bust, it can make guys think less of their mess.

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Atlanta police fip-flopping on Midtown attack

It's not a hate crime. It's a hate crime. Now it's a possible hate crime.

The confusion from the Atlanta Police Department over the beating of a 28-year-old gay man on Sunday would be laughable if it weren't such a serious matter. Instead it's just a dizzying example of the police department bungling its treatment of what's becoming a high-profile incident at a time when there is a public uproar over crime in the city (being led, in part, by a gay man).

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Thursday: No diving, Bucks!


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Tavis Smiley’s black union excludes gays

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.

Journalist Karen Ocamb has penned a thought provoking piece on Tavis Smiley's annual State of the Black Union. During the 10th anniversary of Smiley's much lauded and well attended think-tank, the presence of openly gay black leaders and issues affecting the black LGBT community were once again the elephant in the room.

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‘Maybe Baby?’ isn’t so simple for gay parents

imageContributing blogger Kathy Kelly is the executive director of MEGA Family Project, which supports LGBT families across Georgia. She lives in Decatur with her wife and their daughter.

As the leader of Georgia’s largest LGBT family organization, I frequently talk about helping people explore whether parenting is the right choice for them. Often, LGBT people over 30 didn’t grow up with the expectation that parenting would be an option for them so they haven’t been thinking about it for a long time.

But walk through Decatur or Piedmont Park on the weekend and you’ll see gay couples pushing strollers. That sight is helping people realize they can become parents.

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Cops now term Midtown attack ‘bias crime’

The Atlanta Police Department continues to sort out conflicting details of an attack on a gay man in Midtown.

Initial reports of the incident, which happened Sunday after the 28-year-old victim left Blake's on the Park, termed the attack a hate crime, but when APD finally released the incident report, it stated there was no evidence of a hate crime.

But Southern Voice reports today that the department's LGBT liaison, after interviewing the victim on Wednesday, is calling the attack a "bias crime."

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