Gay activists focus on legislative session

imageGird your loins. The Georgia General Assembly returned to the State Capitol today.

This bastion of leadership -- the same folks that bring us legislation including Amendment 1, which banned same-sex unions in the state for the second time -- is back in session.

Let's hope a projected $2 billion budget deficit will keep the Republican-controlled building away from the social issues it tends to favor. It's not an election year, so lawmakers might not be so inclined to show off for their conservative constituents.

But there is already jockeying among anti-gay elected officials on the GOP side of the 2010 governor's race. Those candidates include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Karen Handel and state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.

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Divorce Day at the Georgia Supreme Court

imageIt's apparently Divorce Day for the seven justices of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Consider what's on their docket today:

The case of a Fayette County couple in which the ex-husband, who is gay, is attempting to overturn a lower court order that he not be allowed to bring the couuple's four children around his "homosexual partners and friends."

The case of Sheree Whitfield (photo), one of the stars of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

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Sharpton in ATL for gay-friendly church effort

imageRev. Al Sharpton is back in Atlanta today to help launch a new religious effort that wants to bring together gay-friendly churches.

Sharpton headlines the First Annual Human Rights Ecumenical Service at Tabernacle Baptist Church, the kick-off of the Alliance of Affirming Faith-Based Organizations. Sharpton, long a proponent of full marriage equality for gay men and lesbians, will be joined at the service by Rev. D.A. Meredith, the church's bisexual pastor and director of the alliance, and Shelia Merritt, president of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

The service begins at 5 p.m. at the church on Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward.

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Stadtlander launches Atlanta City Council bid

imageSo much for a break from politics and campaigns.

Charlie Stadtlander (photo left), a 28-year-old gay teacher, formally announced his bid for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council this week, a move he hopes will unseat Anne Fauver, a two-term incumbent and the council's only openly gay member.

Stadtlander made the announcement on Wednesday during an event at Cowtippers in Midtown, which sits inside the heavily-gay district he hopes to represent. The election is in November. Fauver has said she will seek a third term and the race may also include Steve Brodie, a gay man who lost a tight race to Fauver in 2005.

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Social Tuesdays back to Midtown tonight

Social Tuesdays wants a little "Steel" in their diet tonight.

The weekly gay networking event moves to a venue it first auditioned in November -- Steel Restaurant & Lounge inside Plaza Midtown on West Peachtree. The event starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Celebrate the new year with drinks and dinner. It's a fun time of cocktails, conversation and connections.

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Gay Atlanta City Council candidate apologizes for anti-trans comments


A gay man expected to formally announce his campaign for Atlanta City Council this week is apologizing for remarks he made three years ago when he said transgender people and drag queens were on the fringe of society and hurt the gay equality movement.

Charlie Stadtlander, a former Republican and leader of Log Cabin Republicans groups in Missouri and Atlanta, also said on Monday that his description of a drag show while a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as pornographic came at a time when he was lobbying for two gay rights measures from within a conservative GOP and was concerned the show might impact those efforts.

Stadtlander also said comments attributed to him as expressing disgust with consensual sex between two men were not his and part of a satirical piece that he disavows.

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Office banter:  I’m just sayin’

imageSometimes the office provides the best lines.

The new issue of David magazine hit the streets and inside is a funny wrap up of random bits of conversation from folks around their very gay office. Like this one:

“He can’t get somebody like that. Maybe a big girl, but not these lil’ chickens he’s chasing around the farm.”

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Social Tuesdays goes bowling for a cause

imageSocial Tuesdays is back after a week's rest and ready to start the New Year's celebrations a little early.

The gay networking group -- ok, it's a mix of cocktails, conversation and connections -- sets down in Ten Pin Alley. The upscale nightspot sits in the heart of Atlantic Station above Dolce Restaurant. So get your pump on at the gym down the street, grab your friends and join the fun this evening. It'll be a nice warm up to the bigger parties tomorrow.

And the evening has a charitable side, too. There's a raffle to raise money (and awareness) of Joining Hearts, the 21-year old event that benefits AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House. (The 2009 rendition is set for July 26.)

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Girdles for guys? Yes, that’s right

imageIn a development that pushes even limits of even metrosexuality, girdles for guys are catching on.

Australia-based Equmen comes out Jan. 10 with its Core Precision Undershirt, a body-slimming shirt designed to trim a few inches off around the middle through engineered compression technology.

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Atlanta mulls impact of its ‘boring’ nightlife

imageHere's a news story rife with irony.

The city of Atlanta, mired in a budget deficit and hurting to keep its hospitality industry afloat during a recession, now says its lacks a nightlife attractive enough to keep out-of-town guests coming back. To be completely accurate, it's the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau telling folks that downtown needs an after-hours component.

Kind of ironic, since it was the current City Hall administration, Buckhead business leaders and others -- including a few Midtown residents bordering on homophobic and racist -- that shuttered over the last several years much of what used to be a vibrant and fun nightlife in the city. Now, those actions are coming to haunt them as convention-goers, which help feed the hospitality industry key to Atlanta's economy, are turning to places with better 24/7 options.

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A little heavenly help for Atlanta’s pro teams?

imageThose muscular NBA refs couldn’t figure it out on Saturday. But longtime fans of Atlanta’s pro sports team know what it is — the Sports Gods are smiling on us again. It’s about time.

On Saturday, the Hawks dropped Chicago in a wild ride to hit 19-10 and remain in second place in the Southeastern Division. The Falcons notched a win today, boosting their record to 11-5 and taking the fifth seed in the NFC. What a long road it’s been.

It was just last season that the Falcons finished 4-12 and were nearly laughed out of the league, what with the Michael Vick scandal and the embarrassing break up of owner Arthur Blank and coach Bobby Petrino. Now they are in the playoffs for the first time in three years.

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Creating a gay escape in Morningside

imageIt's always fun to peek inside the home of folks who know how to decorate. That's what HGTV is all about, right?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution took a look inside the Morningside home of designer Chip Cheatham and realtor Ken Covers, who created an escape within their 3,500-square-foot through a fusion of Asian design and natural materials.

A sense of restfulness washes through the couple’s Morningside home, starting with the neutral color scheme and clean design and flourishing in thoughtful details like the pitter-patter of a backyard waterfall and the mix of natural materials and soothing background music that suggests it’s time to exhale.

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Stonewall 2.0 claims victims in California

imageMarjorie Christoffersen (photo) knows the burn of a gay man scorned.

She's the manager of a once-popular gay hangout in Los Angeles. After opponents of Proposition 8, which repealed same-sex unions in that state, learned that she chipped in $100 to support the ballot measure. they turned on her and the restaurant.

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Atlanta gay coalition wants Warren dropped

imageA coalition of black gay and lesbian activists called on officials of Ebenezer Baptist Church to rescind an invitation to a controversial pastor who will lead commemorative services for Martin Luther King, Jr. next month.

The call by the Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition, which formed last month to support social justice issues, was issued Dec. 24, just days after reports surfaced that Rick Warren, the California pastor embroiled in a controversy over his anti-gay views, would keynote the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer on Jan. 19.

The next day, Warren is expected to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, an invitation that has sparked criticism from gay and lesbians across the country.

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Rick Warren coming to Atlanta for MLK Day

imageRick Warren is coming to Atlanta.

The conservative mega pastor is scheduled to keynote the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday festivities in Atlanta in January. Warren has been embroiled in a national controversy over his anti-gay views since he was selected earlier this month to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

News of the Atlanta visit by the pastor of 22,000-member Saddleback Church in California broke on Monday, though King Center officials say they invited Warren to speak last May, well before the recent controversy erupted.

Warren’s Atlanta speech is already drawing interest from some gay activists who are considering whether to organize protests on Jan. 19, when the pastor is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. His stop in Atlanta comes a day before he’s expected to deliver the invocation at Obama’s swearing-in on Jan. 20.

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