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One less place for dancing queens in Athens

imageIt seems the dancing queens in Athens don't get their jig on nearly enough for one club owner in the heart of Bulldog Nation.

Blur, the dance club located at Hull and Dougherty streets in downtown Athens, closed last weekend to rebrand itself away from the gays, drag shows and dance parties and more to the liking of music hall fans. That's from owner Mark Bell, who also was on hand to close Boneshakers, one of the city's first gay clubs.

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Gay group to host wedding reception at UGA

imageThose queer Bulldogs in Athens are staying quite busy this summer.

On Friday, the group Equal Love Allies hosts a joint wedding reception for a lesbian couple and a heterosexual couple under the Arch on the University of Georgia campus. An organizer of the group, Jonas Hopkins, offered some details to Gay in Athens:

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Sykes cancels for tonight; Tee still on

imageIf you want to see a lesbian comic tonight, your options just got trimmed to one: Wanda Sykes (photo) has canceled, citing food poisoning.

That leaves Amy Tee, who performs at Bellissima at 9 p.m.

Sykes, scheduled for four performances Thursday and Friday at Uptown Comedy Club, is apparently ill and unable to make the trip to Atlanta.

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ALHI’s Health Fair to Go proves succesful

imageThe crowd of people milling about the DeKalb Avenue offices of the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative on Saturday was a hint that the non-profit was on to something with its Health Fair to Go.

It turned out that the partnership between ALHI, Piedmont Hospital and several service providers proved popular. During the four-hour event, hospital staff conducted 75 health screenings and 18 clinical breast exams, while the DeKalb County Board of Health completed 27 HIV tests. And all of that was free to the people being pricked, prodded and screened.

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Pucker Up: Atlanta kiss-in set for Aug. 15

imagePucker up, folks. Details for the Atlanta event tied into the Great Nationwide Kiss-In are now set.

The effort, hoping to call attention to the July 9 arrest of a gay couple after locking lips near Salt Lake City’s Mormon church temple, already includes events in nearly four-dozen cities across the U.S. on Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. The Atlanta event, according to a Facebook event invitation sent Wednesday evening, will take place in front of the visitor center at Piedmont Park.

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Coroner: Heart attack killed E. Lynn Harris

imageBlack gay author E. Lynn Harris, who created his best-selling works here in Atlanta, died of a heart attack last week, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Harris died on July 23 while on a business trip on the West Coast, but a cause of death was not known. The author, in Los Angeles to discuss the sale of television rights to his books, fainted earlier in the day but became ill a second time, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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ATL’s police review board lacks gay members

imageOne of the city's many paper tigers, this one known as the Citizen Review Board, lacks any openly gay members. It's a panel that's charged with investigating citizen complaints against the Atlanta Police Department and, according to it's charter, is supposed to "represent the diversity of this community."

Given the police department's troubled track record when it comes cases with gay angles, you might think an LGBT member on the panel could offer some useful insight. You also might think that since the panel's charter was written by H. Lamar Willis (photo), an Atlanta City Council member who heavily courts gay voters and holds an annual event during Pride, its members might better reflect the population of the city. In case you hadn't noticed, a few gay and lesbian residents call the city home.

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Some schools love the gays more than Emory

imageThe list of the top colleges for gay and lesbian students doesn't include any campuses in Georgia, which is surprising given the progressive cultures at Emory and Agnes Scott. On the flip side, none of the most anti-gay campuses are in the state, either.

That's according to the Princeton Review's latest college rankings, "The Best 371 Colleges." The Top 20 lists come from surveys of more than 122,000 students and look at 62 categories, including "gay community accepted." Colleges are ranked under two lists -- "Is there very little discrimination against homosexuals?" and "Alternative lifestyles not an alternative."

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Great Nationwide Kiss-In includes ATL event

imageThere's a rally afoot, fellow gays. Get ready to, um, kiss for our rights.

Yes, the internet is abuzz with yet another grassroots movement. First, it was an effort to protest the California Supreme Court's decision in the Proposition 8 case earlier this year. Now, the cyber activists are planning an Aug. 15 kiss-in in response to the July 9 arrest of a gay couple after locking lips near Salt Lake City's Mormon church temple.

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Joining Hearts rocks Piedmont for charity

imageA sold-out Joining Hearts packed the refurbished Piedmont Park Aquatic Center on Saturday, raising tens of thousands of dollars for two local HIV-related non-profits.

The annual summer event pulsated with the sounds of DJ Roland Belmares, who returned after providing the tracks for the event in 2008 when it was held at the Atlanta Civic Center.

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Reports: E. Lynn Harris dies during book tour

imageUPDATED | Friday, 4:25 p.m.


Gay Atlanta author E. Lynn Harris died Thursday night while staying at a Beverly Hills hotel during a publicity tour for "Basketball Jones."

Reports of the nine-time best-selling author’s death surfaced in blogs Friday morning. A Harris publicist and publishing executive confirmed his death with the Associated Press and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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AAA South changes policy on gay couples

imageAAA South announced that it's backing away from a policy that treated gay couples differently than straight ones, after being pressured from a coalition of gay groups that included Georgia Equality.

AAA South in the past has said LGBT partners can be added as primary members, but not associates. The prohibition can be costly, meaning gay couples pay $34 to $59 more than married, heterosexual couples for an annual membership based on the plan they purchase.

Georgia Equality and Tennessee Equality Project joined with an effort led by Equality Florida last month to pressure the AAA affiliate to mend its ways. The effort apparently paid off, according to Tom O’Brien, president and CEO, AAA Auto Club South, after a face-to-face meeting on Wednesday.

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Kristine W. to headline Pearl Day in Sept.

imageThe fall event season is getting more interesting.

On Tuesday, the Atlanta Pride Committee announced details of Opening Night for the former fun festival of summer that is now relegated to late October.

And Thursday, the folks putting together the Big Gay Out at Six Flags -- officially known as the resurrected Pearl Day -- announced that Kristine W. and Kelly Rowland are among the performers in place for the Sept. 11 event.

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Atlanta’s tops getting busy at record rates

imageWhat we learned on the Internet today:

Georgia ranks among most states in being top heavy -- as in more tops than bottoms. Seriously. That's according to an unscientific study from Manhunt, which trolled its user profiles to find that more of its members in Georgia describe themselves as tops. Keep in mind those categories are self-reported.

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Accident leads to ‘better’ My Sisters Room

My Sisters Room reopens on Friday after a five-week closure, something we reported on Monday. And as Southern Voice adds, the East Atlanta lesbian venue is putting the best spin possible on renovations in the wake of a partial deck collapse last month:

“The place just looks really, really clean,” [co-owner Patryce Yeiser] said. “I hate that this [deck collapse] happened, but it was a good opportunity for us to make My Sisters’ Room even better.”


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Marietta pol frets over ‘perverts’ in park

imageOh, those crafty cruisers in Cobb County.

They seem to have outwitted police and city officials in Marietta and have made A.L. Burruss Nature Park a safe-haven for cruising and public sex between men.

All the hand-wringing has them debating whether to close the park for two years or spend millions to upgrade the facility to attract more people who want to enjoy nature but do so without engaging in public sex.

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Ed Wall’s potty sex bust saga finally ends

imageEd Wall got his day in court -- finally. Well, kind of.

The smooth-talking investment banker and former MARTA board chair, busted for having sex with another man in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport two years ago, pleaded no contest to a single count of public indecency last week. The move short-circuited a trial that was scheduled to start on Monday.

A no contest plea means Wall didn't admit guilt, but that's quite a change from a defiant Wall in the days after the arrest.

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AIDS Walk benefits from Stonewall T-dance

imageThe last full day of Stonewall Week on Sunday featured a long list of events where the music was loud, the drinks plentiful and the boys were dancing.

Papi's Stonewall T-Dance For A Cause at Las Margaritas on Cheshire Bridge was no exception. And like several events during Stonewall Week, this one also had a larger purpose: A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited AID Atlanta's AIDS Walk.

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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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