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 JockBoyLocker.com 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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Wednesday: Pick up the pigskin

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Gay Atlanta man testifies in porn killing trial

imageA gay Atlanta computer consultant landed in the middle of a salacious murder trial unfolding in a Pennsylvania courtroom that involves charges that a gay pron producer killed a competitor over a top performer.

Howard Mitch Halford testified last week in the capital murder trial of Harlow Cuadra (photo), a former porn producer and hustler who is charged in the January 2007 murder of Bryan Kocis. Cuadra is accused of killing Kocis in an attempt to lure gay porn star Brent Corrigan away from Cobra Video, which Kocis founded.

Halford testified last week that he loved Cuadra and gave him the keys to his home when Cuadra was suspected in Kocis' death.

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Problems mounting for SoVo, David owner

There's more bad news for Southern Voice and David Atlanta, publications already stymied by a crashing advertising market and federal receivership.

Gay blog Queerty details that David Unger, the force behind the majority owner of the local gay pubs, is now being pursued by agents with the U.S. Department of Labor while the Small Business Administration has stopped its investment in the company. That's in addition to complaints from staffers and freelancers across the company about not being paid and resignations from high-level executives.

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Tuesday: Get ready for some softball

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Developing: More details on Midtown attack

The attack of a gay man in Midtown on Sunday is continuing to gain media attention.

WSB-TV weighed in with a live report tonight from Midtown during its 5 p.m. broadcast. The interview includes the same few details the Atlanta Police Department is providing about the incident, with reporter John Bachman adding that APD refuses to release the police report. He also talks with Philip Rafshoon, the owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, which is near where the attack took place.

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Career fairs aren’t the same old cattle calls

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answer: "With the job market in upheaval, should I reconsider career events in my job search?"    READ MORE »

L Word, Supermodel, Dora, Coors, the Rock

image NPR reporter bashes gays.
Will Martin Lawrence flick trade cheap gay jokes for a laugh?
My top pick for "Make Me a Supermodel": Sandhurst (photo).
"The L Word": Last words or launch pad?
Did Mattel turn Dora The Explorer into a tramp?
The path to economic recovery includes the irrational, downsizing and illusion.
Coors continues gay hockey sponsorship.
Our favorite escort ads.
Halle Berry shares her scent.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson camps it up on "Saturday Night Live."    READ MORE »

 
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