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Tyler Perry: Pull up your damn pants

imageOh, how we love Tyler Perry. Though he won't come out publicly -- probably concerned that the religious portion of his fan base will shun him, rather than use it as a teachable moment -- he is wont to tell others how to act.

On Saturday, Perry attended an Atlanta Urban League luncheon. When a reporter asked Atlanta's own entertainment giant if he had any grooming tips for black men, Perry offered this quip:

A few of us, not all of us but a few of us, need to pull up our damn pants.

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3 Atlantans attend White House Pride event

imageAt least three Atlantans were among the more than 250 LGBT leaders inside the East Room of the White House on Monday as President Obama recommitted himself to meeting campaign promises of ending the military’s ban on openly gay members, repealing a federal gay marriage ban and passing a federal hate crimes law.

Atlanta residents Paul Horning, a director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund; Harry Knox, director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign; and Knox’s husband Michael Bozeman were among the crowd at the historic event. With the address, Obama became the first president to officially celebrate Gay Pride and commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in the White House.

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Backpack in the Park expects to reach goal

imageScores of gay men and lesbians were among the crowd that enjoyed the carnival-like atmosphere of the 4th Annual Backpack in the Park on Sunday.

The event collects backpacks filled with school supplies to be donated to children in need as they head back to school this fall.

Though organizers didn't have a final tally on the number of backpacks or gift cards donated on Sunday, they did expect to meet their goal of 1,200 packs.

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Georgia Equality fetes gay do-gooders

imageDo some good work on behalf of LGBT causes and you might just get feted one day in an upscale cocktail reception with a room full of boldface names.

That was the scene Saturday during the fifth annual Evening for Equality from Georgia Equality, the statewide gay rights group that tries to do good by the gays despite working from an island of political blue in a sea of red.

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News  |  Pride

First-ever Miss Atlanta Pride crowned


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Gay-popular venue Bazzaar Lounge to close

imageA Peachtree Street lounge popular with gay crowds and partially owned by a veteran of gay nightlife venues will close Aug. 1 to make way for a new restaurant.

Bazzaar Lounge, which opened next to the Fox Theater in 2003, has catered to gay and straight party-goers with events including the Flux dance party with DJ Vicki Powell and Drag Is So Bazzaar and music acts including Lady GaGa and The B-52's. Bill Kaelin (photo), who co-owns the lounge with two business partners, announced Monday that he's selling his stake in the venture to the other co-owners. In turn, they expect to re-brand the space as a restaurant called Publik sometime in September.

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Parking deck collapse near Midtown gym

imageA portion of a parking deck in Midtown that serves a gym popular with gay fitness buffs collapsed Monday afternoon, reportedly crushing about three-dozen cars and crippling traffic around the site.

Centergy Parking garage, near the intersection of Spring and Fifth streets in Midtown, provides parking spaces for several businesses, including L.A. Fitness at 75 Fifth St. Police have closed roads in the area, clogging traffic in Midtown.

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City: No fine for My Sisters Room deck

imageThe East Atlanta lesbian bar My Sisters Room won't face a fine from city building inspectors for a deck that collapsed June 12, despite the city having no record that the structure ever was inspected and permitted.

But if the bar decided to rebuild the deck, which has since been removed, it would have to pay double the usual fee for a permit, a city spokesperson said Wednesday.

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City says My Sisters Room won’t be fined over lack of deck permit

imageThe East Atlanta lesbian bar My Sisters Room won't face a fine from city building inspectors for a deck that collapsed June 12, despite the city having no record that the structure ever was inspected and permitted.

But if the bar decided to rebuild the deck, which has since been removed, it would have to pay double the usual fee for a permit, a city spokesperson said Wednesday.    READ MORE »

City: My Sisters Room lacks deck permit

imageA code inspections official with the Atlanta Fire Department says their records for My Sisters Room don’t include a permit for the deck that collapsed on Friday, an incident that sent 12 people to the hospital.

The bar also did not include signs indicating an occupancy limit on the outdoor structure, which is a code violation, Chief Walter Parker told CBS 46 in a report that aired Friday.

The TV station, in the wake of the collapse at the popular lesbian bar, had a certified home inspector visit the East Atlanta venue on Friday. The inspector, Stan Garnett, criticized the construction of what he found.

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Deck collapse aftermath at My Sisters Room


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Deck collapse injures 12 at My Sisters Room

imageA deck collapse early Friday at My Sisters Room, a mainstay of lesbian nightlife, injured 12 people, though none seriously.

The incident, which took place about 2 a.m., comes less than a week after the deck was packed with patrons who were watching a charity boxing event (photo).

Seven of the injured were taken to Atlanta Medical Center, and another five were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Elizabeth Spencer, night administrator at Grady, said five women were being treated for injuries that she described as “not serious — certainly not life-threatening.”

Is Piedmont Park still a cruising destination?

imageIf you're one of the apparently few gay men in Atlanta that hasn't walked the trails of Piedmont Park, Southern Voice will take you on a tour.

The five-minute video, complete with shots of condoms and other debris, moves along the trails that snake through a portion of the park.

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Franklin turns to the gays for comfort food

imageMayor Shirley Franklin, her last yeasr in office mired in the city's crime woes and financial mess, apparently is turning to a trusted constituency for a little comfort: The gays.

At least twice recently, Franklin emerged from City Hall to head to the gayborhood to lunch on the tasty treats of MetroFresh. That's the Monroe Avenue eatery of gay former actor Mitchell Anderson.

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YouthPride adds events to Stonewall Week

imageThe schedule of events for the Stonewall Week festivities later this month keeps growing and growing.

The Atlanta Pride Committee, which is working with several community partners to offer more than 20 events in June under the Stonewall Week banner, announced Thursday that YouthPride is adding three events to the schedule.

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Ga. chief justice ‘stumped’ on gay marriage

imageWhen it comes to strong marriages, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears stands firmly in support of them.

When it comes to same-sex marriage, the usually outspoken justice, who retires this month, can't quite find the right words. On Tuesday, a question about gay unions even stumped her -- this from a jurist once rumored to be under consideration for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Spring Fling raises funds for lesbian groups

imageRain didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended Spring Fling last month.

But the weather did dampen the hopes of organizers from the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and Fourth Tuesday, the now merged-groups that hosted the annual fundraiser. Their goals of attracting more than 200 people and raising more than $5,000 seemed to suffer as storms on May 17 impacted attendance.

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Actor Charlie David warms up the crowd

imageActor and writer Charlie David stopped at Outwrite & Bookstore Saturday to read from "Mulligans" and promote his appearance tonight at Out on Film.

The actor, who's now signing autographs for fans at the store, stars in the LGBT horror series "Dante's Cove" as well as the travel show "Bump!" on Logo.

Tonight, he'll be on hand for a screening of "Mulligans," which also stars Dan Payne and Thea Gill. The event, part of the four-day Out on Film, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Plaza Theatre.    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.

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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.

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