ATTA swings into action with ‘Hooch event

imageSome 66 gay and lesbian tennis players from metro Atlanta battled for titles in 11 divisions last weekend during the Chattahoochee Doubles Classic.

The annual tournament from the Atlanta Tennis Team Association played out March 5-8 on courts in Piedmont Park and Decatur.

More, including winners and photos, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Did I just out myself as a porn addict?

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Hollis Gillespie, the author of "Trailer Trashed," wrote a post on the unintended effects of porn. The money quote:

Today pornography has absolutely no effect on me whatsoever, except as a mild depressant over what’s obviously expected from me as a female these days — all the care and polishing involved with the breast implants, for example, or all the exacting topiary skills needed for uber-precise pube grooming and whatnot. It does a number on you, I swear.


I know what she means. Just like video lust can make women think less of their bust, it can make guys think less of their mess.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Atlanta police fip-flopping on Midtown attack

It's not a hate crime. It's a hate crime. Now it's a possible hate crime.

The confusion from the Atlanta Police Department over the beating of a 28-year-old gay man on Sunday would be laughable if it weren't such a serious matter. Instead it's just a dizzying example of the police department bungling its treatment of what's becoming a high-profile incident at a time when there is a public uproar over crime in the city (being led, in part, by a gay man).

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Thursday: No diving, Bucks!

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Tavis Smiley’s black union excludes gays

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Journalist Karen Ocamb has penned a thought provoking piece on Tavis Smiley's annual State of the Black Union. During the 10th anniversary of Smiley's much lauded and well attended think-tank, the presence of openly gay black leaders and issues affecting the black LGBT community were once again the elephant in the room.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

‘Maybe Baby?’ isn’t so simple for gay parents

imageContributing blogger Kathy Kelly is the executive director of MEGA Family Project, which supports LGBT families across Georgia. She lives in Decatur with her wife and their daughter.

As the leader of Georgia’s largest LGBT family organization, I frequently talk about helping people explore whether parenting is the right choice for them. Often, LGBT people over 30 didn’t grow up with the expectation that parenting would be an option for them so they haven’t been thinking about it for a long time.

But walk through Decatur or Piedmont Park on the weekend and you’ll see gay couples pushing strollers. That sight is helping people realize they can become parents.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Cops now term Midtown attack ‘bias crime’

The Atlanta Police Department continues to sort out conflicting details of an attack on a gay man in Midtown.

Initial reports of the incident, which happened Sunday after the 28-year-old victim left Blake's on the Park, termed the attack a hate crime, but when APD finally released the incident report, it stated there was no evidence of a hate crime.

But Southern Voice reports today that the department's LGBT liaison, after interviewing the victim on Wednesday, is calling the attack a "bias crime."

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Wednesday: Pick up the pigskin

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Have an image you'd like to see here first thing in the morning? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to us. Subject: Morning Fix.    READ MORE »

Gay Atlanta man testifies in porn killing trial

imageA gay Atlanta computer consultant landed in the middle of a salacious murder trial unfolding in a Pennsylvania courtroom that involves charges that a gay pron producer killed a competitor over a top performer.

Howard Mitch Halford testified last week in the capital murder trial of Harlow Cuadra (photo), a former porn producer and hustler who is charged in the January 2007 murder of Bryan Kocis. Cuadra is accused of killing Kocis in an attempt to lure gay porn star Brent Corrigan away from Cobra Video, which Kocis founded.

Halford testified last week that he loved Cuadra and gave him the keys to his home when Cuadra was suspected in Kocis' death.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Problems mounting for SoVo, David owner

There's more bad news for Southern Voice and David Atlanta, publications already stymied by a crashing advertising market and federal receivership.

Gay blog Queerty details that David Unger, the force behind the majority owner of the local gay pubs, is now being pursued by agents with the U.S. Department of Labor while the Small Business Administration has stopped its investment in the company. That's in addition to complaints from staffers and freelancers across the company about not being paid and resignations from high-level executives.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Tuesday: Get ready for some softball

image

Have an image you'd like to see here first thing in the morning? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to us. Subject: Morning Fix.    READ MORE »

Developing: More details on Midtown attack

The attack of a gay man in Midtown on Sunday is continuing to gain media attention.

WSB-TV weighed in with a live report tonight from Midtown during its 5 p.m. broadcast. The interview includes the same few details the Atlanta Police Department is providing about the incident, with reporter John Bachman adding that APD refuses to release the police report. He also talks with Philip Rafshoon, the owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, which is near where the attack took place.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Career fairs aren’t the same old cattle calls

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answer: "With the job market in upheaval, should I reconsider career events in my job search?"    READ MORE »

L Word, Supermodel, Dora, Coors, the Rock

image NPR reporter bashes gays.
Will Martin Lawrence flick trade cheap gay jokes for a laugh?
My top pick for "Make Me a Supermodel": Sandhurst (photo).
"The L Word": Last words or launch pad?
Did Mattel turn Dora The Explorer into a tramp?
The path to economic recovery includes the irrational, downsizing and illusion.
Coors continues gay hockey sponsorship.
Our favorite escort ads.
Halle Berry shares her scent.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson camps it up on "Saturday Night Live."    READ MORE »

Atlanta gay bar needs a bailout?

An interesting blind item in the March 5 issue of David Atlanta magazine asserts an interesting item about the possibility of one of Atlanta's larger gay nightspots being offered up for sale.    READ MORE »

Tim Gunn makes it work during ATL stop

imageFashion guru and Bravo icon Tim Gunn popped into Lenox Square Mall on Saturday, dishing out tips on how to add polish and fun to your personal look.

The Atlanta stop kicked off a multi-city tour for Gunn, who is sweeping through Kate Spade stores in several Southern cities in the coming weeks to offer his style tips and brag on the store's new Spring accessories collection. Gun, besides his roles with Bravo, is also chieff creative director for Liz Claiborne, which owns Kate Spade.

More, including photos, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Atlanta event focuses on blacks with HIV

Blacks continue to bear the brunt of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a fact made clear by looking at the numbers in Georgia.

Among the state's 28,599 residents living with HIV, some 20,759 (73 percent) are black. Among the 18,762 people living with AIDS in the state, 13,296 (71 percent) are black.

Those numbers will certainly spark discussion during the 10th annual conference on HIV/AIDS from the African-American Outreach Initiative next weekend in Atlanta.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Sunday alcohol dies again under Gold Dome

Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia is dead. Twice.

On Wednesday, the state Senate sponsor of legislation that would allow voters to say yes or no to Sunday sales at stores pulled his measure. He counted heads and didn't have the votes.

On Thursday, the state House sponsor of similar legislation said he'd stall his bill, too. It's the third consecutive year that the legislation has died.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

It’s a big gay sports weekend in Atlanta

image

It's going to be a busy, gay weekend in Piedmont Park this weekend.

Spring Training for two of Atlanta's gay sports leagues is set for this weekend, while another league will hold its annual spring tournament there.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Michael Musto to Tyler Perry: Come out!

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Atlanta resident Tyler Perry's latest film “Madea Goes to Jail” may have topped the box office with more than $40 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend, but that's not the only thing that has Hollywood talking.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

ATTA swings into action with ‘Hooch event

imageSome 66 gay and lesbian tennis players from metro Atlanta battled for titles in 11 divisions last weekend during the Chattahoochee Doubles Classic.

The annual tournament from the Atlanta Tennis Team Association played out March 5-8 on courts in Piedmont Park and Decatur.

More, including winners and photos, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Did I just out myself as a porn addict?

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Hollis Gillespie, the author of "Trailer Trashed," wrote a post on the unintended effects of porn. The money quote:

Today pornography has absolutely no effect on me whatsoever, except as a mild depressant over what’s obviously expected from me as a female these days — all the care and polishing involved with the breast implants, for example, or all the exacting topiary skills needed for uber-precise pube grooming and whatnot. It does a number on you, I swear.


I know what she means. Just like video lust can make women think less of their bust, it can make guys think less of their mess.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Atlanta police fip-flopping on Midtown attack

It's not a hate crime. It's a hate crime. Now it's a possible hate crime.

The confusion from the Atlanta Police Department over the beating of a 28-year-old gay man on Sunday would be laughable if it weren't such a serious matter. Instead it's just a dizzying example of the police department bungling its treatment of what's becoming a high-profile incident at a time when there is a public uproar over crime in the city (being led, in part, by a gay man).

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Thursday: No diving, Bucks!

image

Have an image you'd like to see here first thing in the morning? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to us. Subject: Morning Fix.    READ MORE »

Tavis Smiley’s black union excludes gays

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Journalist Karen Ocamb has penned a thought provoking piece on Tavis Smiley's annual State of the Black Union. During the 10th anniversary of Smiley's much lauded and well attended think-tank, the presence of openly gay black leaders and issues affecting the black LGBT community were once again the elephant in the room.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

‘Maybe Baby?’ isn’t so simple for gay parents

imageContributing blogger Kathy Kelly is the executive director of MEGA Family Project, which supports LGBT families across Georgia. She lives in Decatur with her wife and their daughter.

As the leader of Georgia’s largest LGBT family organization, I frequently talk about helping people explore whether parenting is the right choice for them. Often, LGBT people over 30 didn’t grow up with the expectation that parenting would be an option for them so they haven’t been thinking about it for a long time.

But walk through Decatur or Piedmont Park on the weekend and you’ll see gay couples pushing strollers. That sight is helping people realize they can become parents.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Cops now term Midtown attack ‘bias crime’

The Atlanta Police Department continues to sort out conflicting details of an attack on a gay man in Midtown.

Initial reports of the incident, which happened Sunday after the 28-year-old victim left Blake's on the Park, termed the attack a hate crime, but when APD finally released the incident report, it stated there was no evidence of a hate crime.

But Southern Voice reports today that the department's LGBT liaison, after interviewing the victim on Wednesday, is calling the attack a "bias crime."

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Wednesday: Pick up the pigskin

image

Have an image you'd like to see here first thing in the morning? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to us. Subject: Morning Fix.    READ MORE »

Gay Atlanta man testifies in porn killing trial

imageA gay Atlanta computer consultant landed in the middle of a salacious murder trial unfolding in a Pennsylvania courtroom that involves charges that a gay pron producer killed a competitor over a top performer.

Howard Mitch Halford testified last week in the capital murder trial of Harlow Cuadra (photo), a former porn producer and hustler who is charged in the January 2007 murder of Bryan Kocis. Cuadra is accused of killing Kocis in an attempt to lure gay porn star Brent Corrigan away from Cobra Video, which Kocis founded.

Halford testified last week that he loved Cuadra and gave him the keys to his home when Cuadra was suspected in Kocis' death.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Problems mounting for SoVo, David owner

There's more bad news for Southern Voice and David Atlanta, publications already stymied by a crashing advertising market and federal receivership.

Gay blog Queerty details that David Unger, the force behind the majority owner of the local gay pubs, is now being pursued by agents with the U.S. Department of Labor while the Small Business Administration has stopped its investment in the company. That's in addition to complaints from staffers and freelancers across the company about not being paid and resignations from high-level executives.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Tuesday: Get ready for some softball

image

Have an image you'd like to see here first thing in the morning? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to us. Subject: Morning Fix.    READ MORE »

Developing: More details on Midtown attack

The attack of a gay man in Midtown on Sunday is continuing to gain media attention.

WSB-TV weighed in with a live report tonight from Midtown during its 5 p.m. broadcast. The interview includes the same few details the Atlanta Police Department is providing about the incident, with reporter John Bachman adding that APD refuses to release the police report. He also talks with Philip Rafshoon, the owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, which is near where the attack took place.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Career fairs aren’t the same old cattle calls

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answer: "With the job market in upheaval, should I reconsider career events in my job search?"    READ MORE »

L Word, Supermodel, Dora, Coors, the Rock

image NPR reporter bashes gays.
Will Martin Lawrence flick trade cheap gay jokes for a laugh?
My top pick for "Make Me a Supermodel": Sandhurst (photo).
"The L Word": Last words or launch pad?
Did Mattel turn Dora The Explorer into a tramp?
The path to economic recovery includes the irrational, downsizing and illusion.
Coors continues gay hockey sponsorship.
Our favorite escort ads.
Halle Berry shares her scent.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson camps it up on "Saturday Night Live."    READ MORE »

Atlanta gay bar needs a bailout?

An interesting blind item in the March 5 issue of David Atlanta magazine asserts an interesting item about the possibility of one of Atlanta's larger gay nightspots being offered up for sale.    READ MORE »

Tim Gunn makes it work during ATL stop

imageFashion guru and Bravo icon Tim Gunn popped into Lenox Square Mall on Saturday, dishing out tips on how to add polish and fun to your personal look.

The Atlanta stop kicked off a multi-city tour for Gunn, who is sweeping through Kate Spade stores in several Southern cities in the coming weeks to offer his style tips and brag on the store's new Spring accessories collection. Gun, besides his roles with Bravo, is also chieff creative director for Liz Claiborne, which owns Kate Spade.

More, including photos, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Atlanta event focuses on blacks with HIV

Blacks continue to bear the brunt of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a fact made clear by looking at the numbers in Georgia.

Among the state's 28,599 residents living with HIV, some 20,759 (73 percent) are black. Among the 18,762 people living with AIDS in the state, 13,296 (71 percent) are black.

Those numbers will certainly spark discussion during the 10th annual conference on HIV/AIDS from the African-American Outreach Initiative next weekend in Atlanta.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Sunday alcohol dies again under Gold Dome

Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia is dead. Twice.

On Wednesday, the state Senate sponsor of legislation that would allow voters to say yes or no to Sunday sales at stores pulled his measure. He counted heads and didn't have the votes.

On Thursday, the state House sponsor of similar legislation said he'd stall his bill, too. It's the third consecutive year that the legislation has died.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

It’s a big gay sports weekend in Atlanta

image

It's going to be a busy, gay weekend in Piedmont Park this weekend.

Spring Training for two of Atlanta's gay sports leagues is set for this weekend, while another league will hold its annual spring tournament there.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Michael Musto to Tyler Perry: Come out!

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Atlanta resident Tyler Perry's latest film “Madea Goes to Jail” may have topped the box office with more than $40 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend, but that's not the only thing that has Hollywood talking.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

 
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