Size matters for Piedmont Park

When it comes to size, the smaller the better for Piedmont Park.

Several thousand people are expected in the park this weekend for the second annual Atlanta Arts Festival. But not so many that the festival got booted from the park, like its larger cousins including the Atlanta Pride Festival. That's because the city of Atlanta's drought-related restrictions, put in place in January, banned festivals that draw more than 50,000 people. The Atlanta Arts Festival is expected to attract fewer than 20,000 people.

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Where’s the LGBT in Atlanta’s growing diversity?

A forum on Wednesday about the Atlanta region's changing demographics and workplace diversity touched on how gay men and lesbians might fit into that picture.

The event, part of the Atlanta Region Commission's long-range visioning effort, included a keynote address from Martha Farnsworth Riche, a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Riche detailed how the metro region's population will change from majority white to whites accounting for about 38 percent of the overall population by 2050.

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CNN reporter returns to airwaves

imageIt took a fire in the tunnel under the English Channel for me to notice, but Richard Quest is back on the air.

The gay CNN reporter was busted after being spotted in New York's Central Park after closing time. He was carrying meth and quickly entered rehab after his arrest. He apparently emerged two months later and rejoined CNN in London earlier this summer and returned to his duties hosting "Business Traveller."

But Quest is also back in larger circulation on CNN, reporting live from Spain this morning during coverage of the Chunnel fire. It appears his tough times are now behind him.    READ MORE »

McCain offers tribute to Mark Bingham

imageIn this day of ceremonies marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Sen. John McCain invoked the memory of Mark Bingham during an event this morning.

Speaking in Shanksville, Penn., McCain called attention to the role the gay rugby player had in attempting to thwart the takeover of United Airlines Flight 93 before it crashed. McCain spoke for 90 seconds and his comments were carried live on CNN.

"The only means we possess to thank them is to try to be as good an American as they were. We might fall well short of their standard, but there is honor in the effort," McCain said. "May god bless their souls.”

There's more, including McCain's eulogy for Bingham in 2001, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Soulforce to ride into Atlanta

imageA week into its launch, the 2008 Soulforce Equality Ride will make its way to Atlanta and two historically black colleges.

The upcoming ride, a youth-organized bus tour to faith-based colleges, opens Oct. 1 with a stop at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., before making its way to Columbia, S.C. and then to Morehouse College on Oct. 9 and Spelman College a day later as part of a 15-stop schedule across 11 states in the south.    READ MORE »

Drama finds Gay Softball World Series

A limit on the number of heterosexual players allowed on teams taking part in the Gay Softball World Series is kicking up a storm of protest.

The tournament, which unfolded in Seattle late last month, involved 10 teams from the Hotlanta Softball League, five of which placed in the top three in their divisions. One of those teams, the Atlanta Mudcats, is in the middle of a simmering dispute.    READ MORE »

Hope dims for Pride’s return to Piedmont Park


As if the Atlanta Pride Festival needed any more bad news.

Mired in six-figure losses from the event last July, festival organizers were doused this week with more bad news: Piedmont Park's efforts to find an underground source of water fell flat -- again.

Piedmont Park comes up dry—again

Piedmont Park's efforts to find an underground water source failed -- again.

That doesn't bode well for the crown jewel of Atlanta's park system or the large-scale events like the Atlanta Pride Festival that suffered when they were forced out.    READ MORE »

G-Braves and whistlepig open April 9

The Gwinnett Braves, the new Class AAA of the Braves, will open the season on the road beginning April 9.

After an eight-game road trip, they return home and start play April 17 in a new $49 million stadium taking shape in Gwinnett. Sometime soon, the team will unveil the name of its new mascot, the goofy whistlepig that will no doubt delight fans next season who paid for much of the new stadium.

The 2009 campaign will be the team's first in metro Atlanta after 43 years in Richmond, Va. See the full schedule here.    READ MORE »

Dream closes out home sked tonight

OK, lesbians and those who love their WNBA: Tonight is your last chance to see the Atlanta Dream play in Philips Arena this season.

The team, with three games left on its schedule, faces the Indiana Fever at 7 p.m. before closing out on the road with games Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles and Seattle.

The team stands at 3-28, but the atmosphere inside Philips remains festive. Take a chance and head downtown for the game tonight. Tip is 7 p.m.    READ MORE »

Outkast member says he’s a dandy, not a gay

imageOutkast's Andre 3000 admits to dressing well, but not to being gay.

"People feel like, just because you like to dress well ... that don't mean you're gay. I don't know where that came from."

Matthew Mitcham on Aussie stamp

imageLike this would ever happen in the U.S.

Matthew Mitcham, the gay Australian diver who shocked the Beijing Olympics by snagging a gold in the 10-meter platform, will soon be featured on a series of Olympic stamps from the Australian Post. But, according to a report from Outsports, he has yet to snag a sponsorship deal.    READ MORE »

The Peach, softball, Dream and cereal

image Atlanta Dream names Anne Barr a "woman of inspiration."
Peach tennis tourney aces its way through Labor Day Weekend.
Teams from the Hotlanta Softball League take on the Gay Softball World Series.
Marynell Meadors delivers stern lecture to the Atlanta Dream. It doesn't help, but the lesbians don't mind.
Shaun and Paul (photo) may go from modeling to wrestling (other guys).
Whistlepig the wonder hog may finally get a name.
Fast pass to the NFL -- if you've got $128.
image Matt Ryan makes the Detroit Lions his bitch for his NFL debut.
Gauging the impact of the gay golds in the Beijing Olympics.
Michael Phelps versus Bryan Clay (bottom photo) in the cereal wars.
Dan LeFevour's gunning for the Heisman Trophy. And our affection.
If there was a bromance between Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic, it's now over.


Matt Ryan to NFL: ‘Yeah, I’m a stud’

imageSomeone forgot to tell Matt Ryan he's the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons.

First pass in the NFL today? Touchdown. First game in the NFL today? Win. Not bad for a rookie, even if he is a rich one at that -- think 6-year, $72-million contract. And today, he told the rest of the NFL what his fans in Atlanta already knew -- he's a stud on and off the field.

Ryan took off down the field to celebrate, actually knocking over center Todd McClure as he raced toward Jenkins.

Ryan was the first quarterback to throw a TD pass on his initial NFL attempt since Michael Bishop for New England against Indianpolis on Oct. 8, 2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

It's too early in the 16-game NFL season to start celebrating. But isn't it nice after the dismal 2007 season to see something like the 34-21 win over the Detroit Lions? After all, there's not another pro sports franchise in the city that's winning too much these days.

Lesbians hooping it up with Dream

imageIt's no secret that the Atlanta Dream has come out of the closet in support of the team's lesbian fan base. In fact, I've been chronicling that since the idea of landing a WNBA team publicly surfaced early last year. (More proof: The Dream honored Anne Barr, founder of the Decatur Women's Sports League last week.)

But Southern Voice took another look this week as the team closes out its season. The Dream play the Indiana Fever on Monday for its last home game of the season    READ MORE »

No love loss between Roddick, Djokovic

imageNovak Djokovic bitch slapped Andy Roddick Thursday and apparently enjoyed it.

The pair had a verbal tussle before the match when Roddick whined about Djokovic's whining all week about his litany of injuries. But when Djokovic heard about Roddick's mocking, he promptly dispatched the American from the U.S. Open Thursday night.    READ MORE »

Pair goes from modeling to wrestling

imageThe 15 minutes of fame reserved for Shaun McCarron and Paul Anderson keeps getting stretched out.

The hunky pair, who gained popularity on Oxygen’s “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency," are now trying out wrestling. Professional wrestling, that is. The pair made their debut Thursday with Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling on “The Spin Cycle,” which is TNA’s new weekly YouTube broadcast.

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Fast pass to the NFL (for a fee)

Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve stepped into the Georgia Dome for a pro football game. It's the Falcons, after all.

Apparently, it can be an arduous affair with long security checkpoints not unlike a trip through the airport. But now, for an annual fee of $100 to $128, NFL fans in Atlanta, D.C., San Francisco and Denver can bypass all of that and slide through a speedier security line. It’s coming to Baltimore and Oakland next year, the same pay-for-speed program rolling out in airports. (Buying a pass for Falcons' games also gets you a pass for Hartsfield.)

What a crock. Like a game-day ticket and a few beers doesn’t already cost enough? And if it’s the same security we’re subjected to at airports, it’s not making us any safer. Just slower and crankier.    READ MORE »

David’s take on a ‘model marriage’

imageThe new issue of David hit the streets yesterday, covered by a piece exploring the hottie couple Shaun McCarran and Paul Anderson. Yes, the sculpted boys who got started with their 15 minutes of fame thanks to Oxygen's “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.”

There's also a piece previewing the six gay men in the running to become the queen of Atlanta Cotillion. That fundraiser for AID Atlanta takes place on Saturday.

Also of note: "Need Wood's" take on infidelity anxiety.

There's a photo of Shuan and Paul after the jump.


GOP finds release in Minneapolis

With the Republicans holding court in Minneapolis, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" went after the clandestine gay sex in, where else? The Larry Craig bathroom at the airport.

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