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NeNe hits Outwrite to pitch new book

NeNe Leakes stormed Outwrite Bookstore Wednesday, bringing the outspoken style that earned her legions of gay fans from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Our photos catch the action.    READ MORE »

Cabaret a hit for busy Cotillion debutantes

The debutante season of the Atlanta Cotillion is in full swing, with those "gals" working it overtime to raise funds for AID Atlanta and toward this year's fundraising crown.    READ MORE »

Judy Shepard to promote new book in Atlanta

Judy Shepard, the mother of slain college student Matthew Shepard, an icon for activists against hate crimes, will appear in Atlanta next month to sign and promote her new book about the tragedy.    READ MORE »

Kiss-In protest set for Piedmont on Saturday

The Great Nationwide Kiss-In takes place Saturday in cities across the U.S., including Atlanta and Athens. We asked organizer Alex Oxford to share why he spearheaded the Atlanta protest.    READ MORE »

08-15: Bullying focus of town hall meeting

A town hall meeting Saturday will focus on bullying, which gained renewed attention since the April death of a DeKalb elementary student allegedly attacked because he was perceived as gay.    READ MORE »

Dream game to benefit nine LGBT groups

Nine local LGBT groups stand to benefit from the Atlanta Dream's Community Night on Saturday when the WNBA team takes on the Seattle Storm. Kardon Events, donates $5 of each ticket sold.    READ MORE »

Ed Wall’s potty problems are over—sort of

Former MARTA Board Chair Ed Wall, charged with having gay sex in an airport restroom received a fine, community service and probation. A judge released him early, but it's not quite over.    READ MORE »

Gay groups criticize Gaydar for satirical ad

A coalition of seven LGBT and progressive groups is criticizing a satirical ad in Gaydar Atlanta, claiming the weekly gay nightlife magazine "crassly mocked Muslim culture."

But Gaydar's publisher says the ad -- a fake promotion for "Burqa Ball '09" -- is an attempt to call attention to those who pervert Islam and mistreat women.

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Backpack in Park donates 1,600 packs

imageYou'll have to excuse For the Kid in All of Us for taking a few weeks to tally all of the stuff they raised at the 4th Annual Backpack in the Park on June 30.

But they finished counting, stuffing and delivering and announced Tuesday that the event helped fill 1,600 backpacks. The packs and the school supplies inside them are distributed to children in need as they prepare for the start of the school year. In short, Backpack in the Park exceeded its goal of 1,200 backpacks with an event taking place in the middle of a recession.

In an email to supporters on Tuesday, For the Kid President Frank Bragg calls the event "a tremendous success."

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Gay teacher launches school board campaign

imageCharlie Stadtlander went to the heart of District 3 on July 30 to formally launch his campaign for the seat on the Atlanta Board of Education. It also happened to be in Midtown, where Stadtlander -- a gay elementary school teacher -- could muster considerable support from the area's gay residents.

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Columnist: Unleash dogs on the ‘gay lovers’

imageConservative pundit Dick Yarbrough (photo) is fond of the phrase, "sic 'em dogs." But when he utters it, take cover. He wants to unleash the hounds on the gays.

Yarbrough writes in a recent column for the Marietta Daily Journal that city officials should train dogs to attack gay men in two of the city's parks known for gay cruising. His rant comes just a month after Grif Chalfant, a member of the Marietta City Council, called the men who frequent A.L. Burruss Nature Park for sex a “perverted bunch.”

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Is Facebook killing your relationship mojo?

imageIs your relationship in the toilet? Look no further than social media as a possible culprit.

No, not Manhunt, or Craigslist. Though those could be a problem, too. We're talking about Facebook and a new study that claims “increased Facebook use significantly predicts Facebook-related jealousy” in romantic relationships. Meaning: Spending more time with Facebook and trouble with your partner is bound to follow.

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Gay boys left homeless after gym closes

imageIt's been a tough week for gay-popular L.A. Fitness.

On Monday, the Irvine, Calif.-based company announced the immediate closing of its gym on 5th Street in Midtown, one of 26 metro-area locations. The next day, a gunman stormed an aerobics class at one of the company's fitness centers in suburban Pittsburgh and killed three people.

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Allen Thornell memorial service today at 2:30

imageLGBT activist and leader Allen Thornell will be remembered during a memorial service today.

The event -- set for 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church at 781 Peachtree Street in Midtown -- is expected to draw scores of friends, family and colleagues who were touched by Thornell's activism in LGBT and other progressive causes.

His death on Monday prompted an emotional outpouring of tributes and remembrances in media outlets, on his Facebook page, and on a group page called Allen Thornell is My Hero!

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Gay chamber preparing for gala dinner

imageThe Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, savvy business group that it is, knows a bargain when it sees one. So the organization extended its early-ticket pricing to the Community Awards Dinner, giving you an extra two weeks to nab your spot at the special evening at a discounted rate.

The black-tie optional event, set for Aug. 28, is built around a handful of awards recognizing the businessman and businesswoman of the year, member of the year and community ally.

The group is also honoring Jesse Peel (photo), a psychiatrist and early leader in the fight against AIDS who helped start Positive Impact and was instrumental in the creation of the Atlanta Interfaith AIDS Network. Peel will receive the chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Mary’s gets even more national props

imageThe accolades keep coming for the little East Atlanta gay bar with an outsized reputation.

Mary's, popular for its Mary-oke and eclectic theme nights, just earned another honor: The national gay glossy Out named it among "The 60 Greatest Gay Bars in the World."

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WABE airs report on Allen Thornell’s death

imageWABE weighed in on the death of Allen Thornell (photo) during its afternoon newscast Tuesday with a nearly two-minute report.

Reporter Charles Edwards interviewed Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, and public policy strategist Beth Cope for the piece, which aired during the radio station's local news break during "All Things Considered."

Graham most recently worked with Thornell at Georgia Equality, but the two met in the 1990s at a rally when Graham was working for AIDS Survival Project. He says Thornell's dedication to studying "the people and politics that shaped Atlanta" was quickly evident.

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Allen Thornell memorial set for Thursday

imageUPDATED | Tuesday, 3:01 p.m.

LGBT leader and activist Allen Thornell will be remembered during a memorial service on Thursday.

Thornell, 38, died Monday after complications from a stroke he suffered a day earlier. His death has prompted an emotional outpouring of tributes and remembrances in media outlets and on his Facebook page. Friends also organized a Facebook group for Thornell called Allen Thornell is My Hero!

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Stonewall Dems tap ATL man as interim head

imageLocal gay political activist Kyle Bailey is taking charge of the national Stonewall Democrats as interim executive director while the organization searches for its new leader.

Bailey, 26, was promoted to chief operations officer of the group in July; he joined as its national and chapter development director in June 2008. Stonewall Democrats cited his appointment as interim executive director in a press release Monday announcing the departure of Executive Director Jon Hoadley.

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Community mourns loss of Allen Thornell

imageTributes to Allen Thornell, the longtime LGBT activist and political insider, continue to pour into his Facebook page and media outlets just hours after his death. Thornell died Monday morning at Atlanta Medical Center after complications from a stroke he suffered Sunday.

In the wake of Thornell's death, friends created a Facebook Group called Allen Thornell is My Hero! to record tributes.

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