20 most popular posts from Project Q’s 10 queer years in Atlanta

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Project Q Atlanta turns 10 on Sept. 1, celebrating a decade of comprehensive coverage of LGBTQ Atlanta, from hard-hitting news and community milestones to arts, entertainment and just plain fun.

Below, click the headlines for a sampling of the most popular posts on Atlanta’s home site for daily queer news, photos, events and buzz since founder Matt Hennie launched Project Q Atlanta on Sept. 1, 2008.

Co-publisher Mike Fleming joined the team on the same date in 2009. The pair, along with Atlanta nightlife veteran Richard Cherskov, also began printing Q magazine in November 2017. 




Atlanta Police accused of harassment during Eagle raid

On Sept. 10, 2009, five years of Project Q coverage over one incident began when eight people were arrested at the Atlanta Eagle. Ultimately vindicated in court, the incident sparked mass LGBTQ protests, firings and sweeping new policies at Atlanta Police Department.


Popular Atlanta performer found dead

Transgender performer Lateasha Shuntel was found dead in November 2015. Her passing erupted into an outpouring of community emotion. Two years later, Project Q was there when a woman was found guilty and sentenced to 11 years for illegally injecting Shuntel with silicone that made its way into her blood stream.


Eddie Long tries, fails to put gay sex scandal behind him

A 2010 scandal enveloped the Atlanta mega-church pastor when five men accused him of coercing them into sex. Years of trials, denials and book deals were ongoing until Long’s death in 2016.


Activists confront Sharon Needles in Atlanta

Project Q was there for a sit-down meeting called by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Sharon Needles in June 2012 to dialogue with LGBT Atlanta detractors of racial imagery in her act and use of the word N-word. It got heated as Atlanta prepared for a Needles appearance and protest outside the club.


Gay Atlanta takes marriage rally to the streets 

A national flood of emotion over and celebration of the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court ruling to legalize marriage for gay couples turned into a local flood of partiers in Midtown.


Atlanta police arrest Baton Bob 

Sassy street performer Baton Bob took to Midtown streets in a wedding ensemble to celebrate the Supreme Court revoking the Defense of Marriage Act  in June 2013. During his one-man march, he had a scuffle with Colony Square security that escalated when Atlanta police responded, leading to his arrest. Bob dragged out the drama for a good long while.


Ria Pell’s 11 best moments on ‘Chopped’ 

The lesbian chef and founder of Ria’s Bluebird took down a church lady from New Orleans, a cocky guy who chases ghosts and some dude who nearly chopped off his finger on an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” in Nov. 2012. It was one of many public successes for Pell, who died with a huge outpouring of grief a year later.


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 in February 2018 and ended a decades-long run as a popular Midtown gay and drag bar. Midtown Moon officially opened in its place in May under the same owners as Oscar’s Atlanta.


Watch Nathan Deal explain why he vetoed HB 757

Gov. Nathan Deal in March 2016 vetoed a controversial “religious freedom” bill after delivering a nearly nine-minute statement during a news conference. Watch his full statement at the link.


Atlanta mourns victims of Pulse massacre in Orlando

Hundreds of LGBT Atlantans commemorated the victims of the gay nightclub massacre in Orlando in June 2016 with two vigils in Midtown, including one so large that it prompted the closure of a portion of 10th Street.


Click these links for more big Project Q Atlanta headlines:

Chick-fil-A funds anti-LGBT youth home in Georgia

Braves fans go anti-LGBTQ over GLAAD Spirit Day

Friends mourn death of young gay Atlanta man Josh Nicholson

Fulton fights HIV by opening no-cost PrEP clinic

ATL drag queen, go-go boy jailed for keeping sex slaves

Young transgender man who fought Georgia judge and won dies

HIV rate among gay Atlanta men as high as 1 in 2

Man attacks gay Atlanta couple with boiling water

Why these Atlantans come out as HIV-poz on Grindr

Man arrested after gay sex assault in LA Fitness

Thank you for an amazing 10 years, Atlanta! We look forward to serving you fresh LGBTQ Atlanta content daily right here at theQatl.com.


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