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Pastor, politico Mitzi Bicker indicted in Atlanta bribery scandal

Pastor, politico Mitzi Bicker indicted in Atlanta bribery scandal

Mitzi Bickers – a political strategist and lesbian pastor – has been indicted on 11 criminal charges in connection with the ongoing federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall where she once worked.    READ MORE »

Oscar’s owners buy Burkhart’s, plan renovations and return to drag
News  |  Nightlife

Oscar’s owners buy Burkhart’s, plan renovations and return to drag

The home of once-popular Burkhart's Pub will soon re-open with new owners and a fresh take on a two-story space that has served gay Atlanta nightlife for decades.    READ MORE »

Gay Atlanta nightlife veterans buy Midtown Tavern
News  |  Nightlife

Gay Atlanta nightlife veterans buy Midtown Tavern

The owner of former gay dance club Jungle has partnered with the creator of popular nightlife events to buy Midtown Tavern, a bar and restaurant on Piedmont Avenue.    READ MORE »

DeKalb sheriff fights to keep job after Piedmont Park cruising arrest

DeKalb sheriff fights to keep job after Piedmont Park cruising arrest

DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey Mann – arrested last year after allegedly cruising for sex in Piedmont Park – fought to retain his law enforcement certification on Thursday. Without it, he would be forced out of his job.    READ MORE »

Cowtippers to remain open thanks to outpouring of support

Cowtippers to remain open thanks to outpouring of support

The mix of drag queens and an outpouring of LGBT support has helped convince owners of Cowtippers to keep the long-running steak restaurant open – nevermind that closing party a few weeks ago.    READ MORE »

Burkhart’s closes in wake of racist social media controversy

Burkhart’s closes in wake of racist social media controversy

After weeks of controversy over racist social media posts, Burkhart's closed its doors for good on Sunday and ended a decades-long run as a popular Midtown gay and drag bar.    READ MORE »

Ex Burkhart’s entertainers launch Queens United, plan benefit shows

Ex Burkhart’s entertainers launch Queens United, plan benefit shows

Former entertainers at Burkhart's have formed Queens United to combat inequality in gay Atlanta nightlife and scheduled a series of benefit shows to raise funds to support themselves since quitting the bar in protest over racist social media posts.    READ MORE »

Burkhart’s scandal prompts pub crawl of black LGBTQ-owned bars

Burkhart’s scandal prompts pub crawl of black LGBTQ-owned bars

LGBTQ civic activists – in the wake of the controversy at Burkhart's over racist social media posts – have responded with a bar and lounge crawl on Saturday celebrating black, LGBTQ-owned businesses.    READ MORE »

Former Jungle owner considers buying Burkhart’s

Former Jungle owner considers buying Burkhart’s

As Burkhart's scrambles to contain a controversy over racist social media posts and a mass resignation of its entertainers, the bar's owners are exploring a potential sale to the former owner of Jungle.    READ MORE »

Burkhart’s entertainers say bar’s racism runs deeper than owners

Burkhart’s entertainers say bar’s racism runs deeper than owners

Performers who quit Burkhart's made it clear during a public forum they won't return unless the bar is swept clean of owners and managers who they say put in place racist policies and show little appreciation for them.    READ MORE »

Burkhart’s remains closed as purported sale collapses

Burkhart’s remains closed as purported sale collapses

Burkhart's – the gay Midtown bar embroiled in controversy over racist social media posts – remained closed Saturday after a purported sale did not materialize.    READ MORE »

Entertainers quit Burkhart’s over racist social media posts

Entertainers quit Burkhart’s over racist social media posts

The entertainers who perform in the weekly schedule of drag shows at Burkhart's resigned on Thursday, just days after the popular Midtown gay bar became embroiled in controversy over racist social media posts.    READ MORE »

Trans woman who helped reform Georgia prisons arrested again

Trans woman who helped reform Georgia prisons arrested again

Ashley Diamond – the transgender woman whose federal lawsuit helped reform how Georgia prisons treat trans inmates – is again behind bars after being arrested in northwest Georgia where she lives.    READ MORE »

Gay favorite restaurant Cowtippers to close in late January

Gay favorite restaurant Cowtippers to close in late January

Cowtippers – an iconic and popular LGBT restaurant for more than two decades – is shutting its doors and closing in late January, likely making way for new Beltline-adjacent apartments.    READ MORE »

Federal court upholds Atlanta’s firing of anti-LGBT fire chief

Federal court upholds Atlanta’s firing of anti-LGBT fire chief

A federal judge sided with Mayor Kasim Reed's decision to fire former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran over a self-published religious book that attacked LGBT people and called for celebrating their deaths.    READ MORE »

U.S. Supreme Court rejects case of Atlanta woman fired for being gay

U.S. Supreme Court rejects case of Atlanta woman fired for being gay

The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear the case of Jameka Evans, an Atlanta woman harassed and then fired from her job for being a lesbian.    READ MORE »

Hall County official fired for ‘intimate encounter’ with firefighter

Hall County official fired for ‘intimate encounter’ with firefighter

David Kimbrell – a longtime fire chief and emergency management director in North Georgia – was abruptly fired after a video surfaced of him engaged in 'an intimate encounter' with a male employee he hired.    READ MORE »

Kennesaw mayor criticized for doing drag at charity show

Kennesaw mayor criticized for doing drag at charity show

Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling is firing back at conservative critics who have blasted him for dressing in drag for his performance at a charity event that raised $250,000 to help Alzheimer's patients.    READ MORE »

Georgia lawmaker says call for HIV quarantine ‘taken out of context’

Georgia lawmaker says call for HIV quarantine ‘taken out of context’

Rep. Betty Price – the Georgia lawmaker who suggested quarantining people with HIV – refused calls for her to apologize and instead said her 'provocative and rhetorical' comments were misconstrued.    READ MORE »

Georgia lawmaker suggests quarantining people with HIV

Georgia lawmaker suggests quarantining people with HIV

State Rep. Betty Price, a Republican from Roswell, suggested quarantining people living with HIV during a House study committee meeting addressing the barriers HIV-positive people face.    READ MORE »

 
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