Category:  The Queer Agenda

PALS Bingo tackles Christmahanakiuzaka

imageSome holiday spirit showed through on Wednesday during Christmahanakiuzaka Bingo.

There were drag queens in holiday garb and a selection of Santa hats worn by bingo attendees in an evening titled to encompass Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The event, hosted by Bubba D. Licious (photo), helps PALS provide pet care, including free food and basic veterinary care, and support to the companion pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event.

You can also check out photos from past events, including Family Night Bingo on Nov. 12, Rodeo Bingo on Oct. 7 and Pretty in Pink Bingo on Sept. 10.

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Panelists to link gay, human rights struggles

A panel of gay and human rights activists will discuss how the struggle for gay equality connects to the larger battle for human rights across the globe during an event on Tuesday.

"From Prop. 8 to Yogyakarta: LGBT Rights are Human Rights" kicks off at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 and includes representatives from Amnesty International, Georgia Equality, the International Lesbian & Gay Association, Lambda Legal and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

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Toy Party draws thousands for charity

imageThe gay elves are still counting toys and collecting cash, but the buzz from the Toy Party & Silent Auction on Sunday shows that organizers continued their Midas touch.

A few thousand people filled an expansive atrium at the AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta for the gay charity event of the season, bringing with them scores of toys to gain admission to the sixth annual rendition of what started as the little house party that could and grew into the massive benefit that it is today (or was on Sunday night).

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‘Tis the season for a gay holiday tree lighting

imageIf there's a drag queen Santa and a drag queen holiday caroler, then 'tis the season in Midtown.

That was the scene at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday for the Third Annual GLBT Holiday Tree Lighting. The event, a benefit for the Atlanta Pride Committee, also included hors d'oeuvres, a raffle and holiday carols from OurSong and Panache from the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus.

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Weekend: Seven things to do

RUGBY: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club closes out its fall season with a day of events on Saturday called the Ruck-A-Buck Invitational. Teams from Phoenix and Minneapolis are in town for the event. Matches begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Walker Park with a "3rd Half" gathering after at Burkhart's. The Bucks also hold their monthly bar night at the Eagle beginning at 10 p.m.

RALLY: The furor over the passage of the gay marriage ban Proposition 8 is reaching Georgia on Saturday. At least five events are planned across the state, including two in Atlanta at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Read more about the events here.

BIRTHDAY BASH: Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates its 15th anniversary with an event beginning at 8 p.m. Read more about the store here.

OUTDOORS: The Women's Outdoor Network is hosting a hike on Saturday at the Elachee Nature Center and an indoor paintball session on Sunday.

SUNDAY BRUNCH: The folks behind the popular Social Tuesdays are offering a new event on Sunday — brunch. Salvation Sundays continues this week at Maxim Prime at the Glenn Hotel, the site of a Social Tuesdays event on Oct. 14. The theme? "80s Rewind." Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and specials include $5 Bloody Marys and $15 bottomless Mimosas.

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Plenty of tricks and treats tonight

There's plenty of tricks and treats to be had tonight.

From costume parties to erotically-charged masquerades, there's plenty of places to be seen this Halloween (and Saturday and Sunday).

Southern Voice and David Atlanta put together some pretty thorough lists. Find an event after the jump.
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Thursday: Four things to do today

PHONE BANK: Georgia Equality has a Cobb County judicial candidate in its crosshairs for ruling against a lesbian mother in an adoption case. From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight, the statewide gay rights group will continue its phone bank campaign in favor of his opponent in the race. Bring your cell phone. Pizza is on them.

PHONE BANK II: Gay backers of the Obama-Biden ticket are working a phone bank tonight at the Georgia for Change headquarters on Spring Street. The calling runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FOOTBALL: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues its fall season tonight at Mozley Park in west Atlanta. Games begin at 7 p.m.

SLAM DUNK: WNBA star Lisa Leslie and her husband Michael Lockwood appear at Charis Books & More at 7:30 p.m. to tout their new books. Yes, the athletic power couple has two new books out.    READ MORE »

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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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.

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AIDS Walk Atlanta draws thousands

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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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Zoo mixer set for this evening

imageThe Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce takes a walk on the wild side tonight.

The group hosts its "4th Friday Mixer" at Zoo Atlanta tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to give their monthly event a little extra twist. AGLCC is partnering with the Atlanta Executive Network for the event, which is sponsored by Friends of Anne Fauver. She is running for re-election to represent the heavily-gay District 6 on the Atlanta City Council.

The mixer is $15 for AGLCC members and $20 for non-members. And bring cash for the bar; there's not an ATM on site.    READ MORE »

Judy Gold hits Outwrite tonight

imageLesbian comedian and author Judy Gold stops at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse tonight to pitch her new book, "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother."

Gold is conservative, kosher, gay and the mother of two sons, ages 7 and 12. Her art is both reaction and tribute to her 86-year-old mom, Ruth. We caught up with the younger Gold as she rolled into town the other day and talked about, what else —- how she has unwittingly become her mother.


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G.E. wants to ‘Rally the Vote ‘08’

imageGeorgia Equality, the statewide gay rights group, wants your help to "Rally the Vote '08."

The group is seeking RSVPs and sponsors for the Oct. 29 event, which they hope will raise funds to support its education and mobilization efforts for gay and lesbian voters. The suggested donation is $35.

Georgia Equality announced the event in a statement sent to supporters today:

From local offices to the presidency, candidates for political office are spending more time and effort courting our community than ever before. Funds raised by the Rally the Vote event will support Georgia Equality’s work to educate and mobilize LGBT voters and support our ongoing work to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for LGBT citizens and their allies.
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J.L. King touts new novel during stop

imageGay author J.L. King, an Atlantan when he's not touring the country touting a new book, stopped by Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday.

He was, yes, promoting his newest work "Love is a Two-Way Street," the fictional tale of music mogul James Lamar "Juice" Kennedy and his ruthless drive for sex, money and power. And it's that J.L. King, the one who gained notoriety in 2004 with his book “On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of ‘Straight’ Black Men Who Sleep With Men."

View the Project Q Atlanta photo gallery from the event.

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E. Lynn Harris in photos

imageGay author E. Lynn Harris played to a hometown crowd on July 23 when he read from his latest novel. In its Aug. 6 edition, David magazine includes a spread of photos I shot at the event.

For a gallery of my photos from the event, go here.
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