Ga. leaders against the grain on gay rights

imageJoshua Trey Barnett is the co-creator and editor of GayInAthens.com and the contributing blogger behind Dawg Days, a weekly update from Athens for Project Q Atlanta.

Tuesday brought sad news for the LGBT community, but we can’t let the California Supreme Court’s bad judgment get in the way of all that we’re fighting for.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Tracks for your gay music weekend

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

If you’re recovering from Memorial Day or getting ready for Gay Days, there are some essential tracks to get your good time going. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this list, from hip-hop to rock-flavored dance tracks.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Gay unions foe with ties to Georgia arrested

imageA reporter with ties to a newspaper based in Macon, who describes herself as a Roman Catholic priestess, was swept away by security from a press area at Los Angeles International Airport near Air Force One on Thursday.

The woman, Brenda Lee, says she wanted to hand deliver a letter to President Obama urging him "to take a stand for traditional marriage." Lee writes for the Georgia Informer, a monthly publication in Macon, and says she has White House credentials.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Friday: 17 gay things to do today

image 4th Friday Networking with the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. It's really the fifth Friday this month, but who's counting? 5:30 p.m.
Softball with the Decatur Women's Sports League. 6 p.m.
Gay artist Paul Wolski's Alter Ego Pop Art Show opens at ART Station. 7 p.m.
Open play with the Hotlanta Volleyball Association. 7:30 p.m.
Swimming and water polo with Atlanta Rainbow Trout. 7:30 p.m.
Out on Film continues with "The New World" (photo) and "Finding Me." 7:30 p.m.

More events after the jump.    READ MORE »

Police blaming victim in Midtown murder?

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

Here we go again.

The murder in Piedmont Park Thursday -- 15 minutes before a second stabbing a few blocks away in Midtown -- was first pitched as a robbery attempt by the Atlanta Police Department. Now, the embattled agency hints in an email to an anti-gay nightlife activist that the homicide might have been the result of gay cruising. Huh?

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Friday: Cheering on Life U’s sexy ruggers

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Pretty Ricky, Cameau, Odd Girl, ‘marraige’

image The slut who won't shut up.
Gay candidate in Florida gets standing ovation for answering the "gay" question.
Gay high school swimmer’s lust for teammate.
Lesbian Latina sheriff is a straight shooter.
Pretty Ricky's Spectacular grinds in underwear, insists "I'm not gay."
Gay singer and songwriter Chris Cameau (photo) talks music and his new album.
Fact or fiction: Love is superficial for gay guys?
MSNBC's Anderson Cooper in drag?
National Organization for Marriage has trouble spelling, well, marriage.
The Odd Girl Out interview.    READ MORE »

Will a career test help my career path?

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: How do I know which career test is the right one for my situation?    READ MORE »

Atlanta teams compete for volleyball crown

Four Hotlanta Volleyball Association teams were among the 133 at the North American Gay Volleyball Association National Championships in Chicago last weekend. Project Q was there.    READ MORE »

One injured, one dead in Midtown stabbings

For anyone who enjoys the bars, retail spots and restaurants in the gayborhood and strolls through Piedmont Park, take note: Criminals are growing more emboldened.

A man in his early 40s was stabbed and murdered in Piedmont Park early Thursday as part of an apparent robbery. His body was found near the lake. About 2 a.m. -- about 15 minutes later -- another man was stabbed at Juniper and 6th streets and hospitalized.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Spears, White House, Miss Calif, marriage

image Gay rights demonstrators call on Obama to abolish 'don't ask, don't tell.'
Group begins ad blitz against same-sex marriage.
Gay rights advocates rip suit to undo Prop. 8.
Openly gay man voted prom queen at Los Angeles high school.
New York Democrat complains that same-sex marriage, governor will fail.
Miss California Carrie Prejean keeps quiet on state's Prop 8 ruling.
Britney Spears films fake gay perfume ad.
Transgender group pulls out of London Pride.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs (photo) pressed on Obama's marriage position.
India's first and only gay magazine tests taboos by making a comeback.    READ MORE »

Thursday: 14 gay things to do today

image YouthPride offers free HIV testing (5 p.m.) and T-Time (5:30 p.m.).
Texas Hold'em Poker at Blake's. 7 p.m.
Out on Film opens four days of LGBT films with "Fagbug" (photo). 7:30 p.m. Join "Fagbug" creator Erin Davies for a meet and greet at Bellissima after. 9:30 p.m.
Hit the pool with the Atlanta Rainbow Trout. 7:30 p.m.
Stop by Charis for a screening and discussion of "Unnatural Causes." 7:30 p.m.
The gay musical "Zanna, Don't!" continues at Actor's Express. 8 p.m.
Laugh out loud with Atlanta Pride Night at Laughing Skull Lounge. 8 p.m.
Gay singer Tom Goss appears at Smith's Olde Bar. 8 p.m.
Cocktail the evening away with Hydrate Thursdays and Thursday Night Cocktail. Both start at 9 p.m.
Bazzaar goes retro with Members Only: A True International Event. 9 p.m.
Disco at Mary's. 10 p.m.    READ MORE »

RuPaul joins Stonewall Week in late June

imageAs if Stonewall Week in June isn't shaping up to be fabulous enough, word has leaked out that legendary drag performer RuPaul is returning to Atlanta for a fundraiser on June 25.

The event at Primal, with tickets at $20, is being billed as a fundraiser for the Atlanta Cotillion that benefits AID Atlanta. Doors open at 9 p.m.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Thursday: Bare chested in the barnyard

image    READ MORE »

Music: Amos, Chesney, Kearney, Richie

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

Grab on to your wallet because the current crop of releases is going to make you hurt. New albums from singer/songwriter Tori Amos, “American Idol” alumna LaKisha Jones, pop/rock singer Mat Kearney, soul singer Lionel Richie, and 80s Europop duo Swing Out Sister join a greatest hits compilation from country superstar Kenny Chesney on the shelves, both physical and virtual.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

05-28: Out on Film opens four-day fest

imageAttention gay film buffs: Starting Thursday, you've got plenty to do.

Out on Film opens Thursday and offers eight films (and several shorts) over four days that should whet your appetite for an even larger fest this fall. Two of the films -- "Fagbug" and "Stand-Up 360: Inside Out" -- make their LGBT film festival debit with the Atlanta screenings this weekend.

So go ahead and splurge for a weekend pass, which costs $30, and enjoy all that the event has to offer. All the screenings take place at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.

Read the festival schedule after the jump.    READ MORE »

Lesbian former cop: City ‘burning me again’

imageA lesbian former Atlanta police officer gravely wounded in a 1997 shootout is among a group of broken and battered cops airing allegations that the city is fighting their care.

The charges from Pat Cocciolone, who was shot six times and suffered brain damage, and the other four officers are contained in a video produced and recently aired by a police union. The allegations have turned explosive, gaining local media attention and fueling a bitter reaction from Mayor Shirley Franklin.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Alex Wan seeks District 6 City Council seat

imageAn openly gay businessman and longtime resident of the Morningside neighborhood said Wednesday that he's seeking the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council.

The announcement by Wan continues a topsy turvy campaign in District 6, the gay-heavy area that encompasses much of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Druid Hills and Candler Park.

Charlie Stadtlander, a gay school teacher, stepped into the race in January, only to drop out when business consultant Steve Brodie, who also is gay, jumped in last month. Anne Fauver, a lesbian and two-term incumbent, initially indicated she would seek a third term, only to drop out last month.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Midtown rally focuses on Prop 8 decision

imageAbout 75 people armed with signs and some with whistles took to the streets of Midtown on Tuesday to protest a ruling that upheld a ban on same-sex unions in California.

The 6-1 decision from the California Supreme Court upholding the voter-approved Proposition 8, announced earlier in the day, spurred nearly 100 protests across the U.S. as part of Day of Decision.

More, including photos and a live blog replay from the event, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Mary Norwood says she backs gay marriage

imageMary Norwood, one of three major candidates to become Atlanta's next mayor, issued a statement Tuesday affirming her support for same-sex unions.

Norwood, along with state Sen. Kasim Reed and City Council President Lisa Borders, took part in a meet and greet with LGBT voters on Thursday. Norwood left before the candidates were asked for a one-word answer on whether they supported gay marriage. Borders said yes and Reed replied "civil unions." That answer, according to Southern Voice, drew some boos from the audience.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

 
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Ga. leaders against the grain on gay rights

imageJoshua Trey Barnett is the co-creator and editor of GayInAthens.com and the contributing blogger behind Dawg Days, a weekly update from Athens for Project Q Atlanta.

Tuesday brought sad news for the LGBT community, but we can’t let the California Supreme Court’s bad judgment get in the way of all that we’re fighting for.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Tracks for your gay music weekend

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

If you’re recovering from Memorial Day or getting ready for Gay Days, there are some essential tracks to get your good time going. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this list, from hip-hop to rock-flavored dance tracks.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Gay unions foe with ties to Georgia arrested

imageA reporter with ties to a newspaper based in Macon, who describes herself as a Roman Catholic priestess, was swept away by security from a press area at Los Angeles International Airport near Air Force One on Thursday.

The woman, Brenda Lee, says she wanted to hand deliver a letter to President Obama urging him "to take a stand for traditional marriage." Lee writes for the Georgia Informer, a monthly publication in Macon, and says she has White House credentials.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Friday: 17 gay things to do today

image 4th Friday Networking with the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. It's really the fifth Friday this month, but who's counting? 5:30 p.m.
Softball with the Decatur Women's Sports League. 6 p.m.
Gay artist Paul Wolski's Alter Ego Pop Art Show opens at ART Station. 7 p.m.
Open play with the Hotlanta Volleyball Association. 7:30 p.m.
Swimming and water polo with Atlanta Rainbow Trout. 7:30 p.m.
Out on Film continues with "The New World" (photo) and "Finding Me." 7:30 p.m.

More events after the jump.    READ MORE »

Police blaming victim in Midtown murder?

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

Here we go again.

The murder in Piedmont Park Thursday -- 15 minutes before a second stabbing a few blocks away in Midtown -- was first pitched as a robbery attempt by the Atlanta Police Department. Now, the embattled agency hints in an email to an anti-gay nightlife activist that the homicide might have been the result of gay cruising. Huh?

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Friday: Cheering on Life U’s sexy ruggers

image    READ MORE »

Pretty Ricky, Cameau, Odd Girl, ‘marraige’

image The slut who won't shut up.
Gay candidate in Florida gets standing ovation for answering the "gay" question.
Gay high school swimmer’s lust for teammate.
Lesbian Latina sheriff is a straight shooter.
Pretty Ricky's Spectacular grinds in underwear, insists "I'm not gay."
Gay singer and songwriter Chris Cameau (photo) talks music and his new album.
Fact or fiction: Love is superficial for gay guys?
MSNBC's Anderson Cooper in drag?
National Organization for Marriage has trouble spelling, well, marriage.
The Odd Girl Out interview.    READ MORE »

Will a career test help my career path?

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: How do I know which career test is the right one for my situation?    READ MORE »

Atlanta teams compete for volleyball crown

Four Hotlanta Volleyball Association teams were among the 133 at the North American Gay Volleyball Association National Championships in Chicago last weekend. Project Q was there.    READ MORE »

One injured, one dead in Midtown stabbings

For anyone who enjoys the bars, retail spots and restaurants in the gayborhood and strolls through Piedmont Park, take note: Criminals are growing more emboldened.

A man in his early 40s was stabbed and murdered in Piedmont Park early Thursday as part of an apparent robbery. His body was found near the lake. About 2 a.m. -- about 15 minutes later -- another man was stabbed at Juniper and 6th streets and hospitalized.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Spears, White House, Miss Calif, marriage

image Gay rights demonstrators call on Obama to abolish 'don't ask, don't tell.'
Group begins ad blitz against same-sex marriage.
Gay rights advocates rip suit to undo Prop. 8.
Openly gay man voted prom queen at Los Angeles high school.
New York Democrat complains that same-sex marriage, governor will fail.
Miss California Carrie Prejean keeps quiet on state's Prop 8 ruling.
Britney Spears films fake gay perfume ad.
Transgender group pulls out of London Pride.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs (photo) pressed on Obama's marriage position.
India's first and only gay magazine tests taboos by making a comeback.    READ MORE »

Thursday: 14 gay things to do today

image YouthPride offers free HIV testing (5 p.m.) and T-Time (5:30 p.m.).
Texas Hold'em Poker at Blake's. 7 p.m.
Out on Film opens four days of LGBT films with "Fagbug" (photo). 7:30 p.m. Join "Fagbug" creator Erin Davies for a meet and greet at Bellissima after. 9:30 p.m.
Hit the pool with the Atlanta Rainbow Trout. 7:30 p.m.
Stop by Charis for a screening and discussion of "Unnatural Causes." 7:30 p.m.
The gay musical "Zanna, Don't!" continues at Actor's Express. 8 p.m.
Laugh out loud with Atlanta Pride Night at Laughing Skull Lounge. 8 p.m.
Gay singer Tom Goss appears at Smith's Olde Bar. 8 p.m.
Cocktail the evening away with Hydrate Thursdays and Thursday Night Cocktail. Both start at 9 p.m.
Bazzaar goes retro with Members Only: A True International Event. 9 p.m.
Disco at Mary's. 10 p.m.    READ MORE »

RuPaul joins Stonewall Week in late June

imageAs if Stonewall Week in June isn't shaping up to be fabulous enough, word has leaked out that legendary drag performer RuPaul is returning to Atlanta for a fundraiser on June 25.

The event at Primal, with tickets at $20, is being billed as a fundraiser for the Atlanta Cotillion that benefits AID Atlanta. Doors open at 9 p.m.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Thursday: Bare chested in the barnyard

image    READ MORE »

Music: Amos, Chesney, Kearney, Richie

imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

Grab on to your wallet because the current crop of releases is going to make you hurt. New albums from singer/songwriter Tori Amos, “American Idol” alumna LaKisha Jones, pop/rock singer Mat Kearney, soul singer Lionel Richie, and 80s Europop duo Swing Out Sister join a greatest hits compilation from country superstar Kenny Chesney on the shelves, both physical and virtual.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

05-28: Out on Film opens four-day fest

imageAttention gay film buffs: Starting Thursday, you've got plenty to do.

Out on Film opens Thursday and offers eight films (and several shorts) over four days that should whet your appetite for an even larger fest this fall. Two of the films -- "Fagbug" and "Stand-Up 360: Inside Out" -- make their LGBT film festival debit with the Atlanta screenings this weekend.

So go ahead and splurge for a weekend pass, which costs $30, and enjoy all that the event has to offer. All the screenings take place at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.

Read the festival schedule after the jump.    READ MORE »

Lesbian former cop: City ‘burning me again’

imageA lesbian former Atlanta police officer gravely wounded in a 1997 shootout is among a group of broken and battered cops airing allegations that the city is fighting their care.

The charges from Pat Cocciolone, who was shot six times and suffered brain damage, and the other four officers are contained in a video produced and recently aired by a police union. The allegations have turned explosive, gaining local media attention and fueling a bitter reaction from Mayor Shirley Franklin.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Alex Wan seeks District 6 City Council seat

imageAn openly gay businessman and longtime resident of the Morningside neighborhood said Wednesday that he's seeking the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council.

The announcement by Wan continues a topsy turvy campaign in District 6, the gay-heavy area that encompasses much of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Druid Hills and Candler Park.

Charlie Stadtlander, a gay school teacher, stepped into the race in January, only to drop out when business consultant Steve Brodie, who also is gay, jumped in last month. Anne Fauver, a lesbian and two-term incumbent, initially indicated she would seek a third term, only to drop out last month.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Midtown rally focuses on Prop 8 decision

imageAbout 75 people armed with signs and some with whistles took to the streets of Midtown on Tuesday to protest a ruling that upheld a ban on same-sex unions in California.

The 6-1 decision from the California Supreme Court upholding the voter-approved Proposition 8, announced earlier in the day, spurred nearly 100 protests across the U.S. as part of Day of Decision.

More, including photos and a live blog replay from the event, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Mary Norwood says she backs gay marriage

imageMary Norwood, one of three major candidates to become Atlanta's next mayor, issued a statement Tuesday affirming her support for same-sex unions.

Norwood, along with state Sen. Kasim Reed and City Council President Lisa Borders, took part in a meet and greet with LGBT voters on Thursday. Norwood left before the candidates were asked for a one-word answer on whether they supported gay marriage. Borders said yes and Reed replied "civil unions." That answer, according to Southern Voice, drew some boos from the audience.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

 
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