The Atlanta Pride Festival will return to Piedmont Park this year, but the event will shift to October.
The changes to the festival, which suffered financial losses and smaller crowds after a move last year, were announced today by the Atlanta Pride Committee and the City of Atlanta.
The announcement also means a shift by city officials, who closed the crown jewel of the city's park system to large-scale festivals a year ago. At the time, they cited concerns over the state's long-running drought and outdoor watering ban and whether the events would damage the park's greenscape.
The three-day Pride festival moved from Piedmont to the Atlanta Civic Center in 2008, a move that also shifted the festival to early July. Last October, Pride officials said the festival would return to its traditional late June date and be staged at the civic center and nearby Central Park.
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The national uproar over Rev. Rick Warren spilled into the streets of Atlanta during services for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.
About 75 mostly gay and lesbian people stood across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Warren headlined the annual service, and chanted their disapproval for the selection and the California pastor's views against marriage equality and other progressive causes.
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Rev Rick. Warren is in Atlanta this morning and gay activists are preparing to protest.
It's one of a handful of gay events set for today as part of the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday commemoration:
The Jan . 19 protest begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue, which is across from the church. (Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. in a staging area at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Jackson.) Other progressive groups, including the newly-formed GLBT ATL, are expected to take part in the event, which ends at 10 a.m. Warren is scheduled to speak during a 10 a.m. service.
Gay and lesbian activists say they will "peacefully protest" the appearance of Rev. Rick Warren on Monday when he stops in Atlanta to take part in the holiday commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.
Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in California, has been the subject of controversy since President-elect Barack Obama selected him to deliver the invocation during the inaugural on Jan. 20. Then news surfaced that Warren, who supported the anti-gay Proposition 8 in his home state and made unflattering comments about gay men and lesbians, would headline the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Jan. 19.
Those silly straight folks continued to make a mockery of marriage on Monday, this time before the Georgia Supreme Court.
Sheree Whitfield, one of the attitude-driven members of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," pushed her divorce case to the high court on Monday, before dismissing her appeal of a divorce settlement at the last minute. The legal tussle just adds to the drama and fans of the show here are getting a bonus, just like what you might find as extras on a DVD release of the show's first season.
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It'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."
It'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.
Marjorie 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.
A 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.
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.
Recession be damned. My dog needs a staircase for the bed.
Pets are like people for most of us, especially in our gay families. So it's no surprise that as the bedding industry has raised the height of its products, the pet stairs business is booming. There's a medical reason, of course, as vets are seeing more dog injuries as they jump from high beds without fear. But there seems to be a bit of pampering at play, too.
Even amid the downturn, pet stairs are strong sellers. "From day one through today our pet segment has been steady, growing by 10% annually," says Joel Lederhause, owner of Discount Ramps.Com, which about five years ago added pet ramps to a wide range it sells for other purposes.
About 50 gay and lesbian protestors marched through a busy intersection on Saturday afternoon to call attention to marriage equality.
"All I Want for Christmas is Equal Rights" was the second day of action in metro Atlanta since California voters approved Proposition 8. The measure overturned a court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. The Nov. 4 vote in California sparked protests across the country, including two events in metro Atlanta that attracted an estimated 1,500 people to the State Capitol and a candlelight vigil that drew hundreds to the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street.
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If you haven't noticed, it's "Day Without a Gay" today. It's becoming the not-so-successful follow-up to the widely popular series of rallies held across the country on Nov. 15.
Those protests, which included five across Georgia, were organized by Join the Impact, an online effort that galvanized after Prop. 8 was approved by California voters in November. The measure overturned the legalization of same-sex unions in the state.
Today, organizers are asking gay and lesbian employees to call in "gay" and take the day off work to demonstrate our numbers and economic impact. The boycott has gained national attention in the media, though it's tough to quantify the success of this boycott.
That the Toy Party was a resounding success on Sunday is not a surprise. In its sixth year, the annual toy drive delivers thousands of presents to its beneficiaries each time thousands of gay men and lesbians (and others) attend.
The battle over Proposition 8 reached into the pocketbooks of some 308 Georgians. But could the money have been better spent?
The anti-gay marriage amendment California, which voters approved on Nov. 4, received nearly $72,000 in donations from supporters and opponents across Georgia, according to Southern Voice. The newspaper reviewed donations through a donor tracker from the Los Angeles Times that allows you to find out who gave donations of $35 or greater and find them based on name, city, zip code or state.
Of the $71,579 in donations from Georgia, $60,329 was from opponents of the measure, with $11,250 from those supporting. Both sides on the Prop. 8 battle raised a combined $75 million to fund their campaigns.
But could those thousands of dollars in donations be better spent in Georgia?
The Atlanta group is the 13th affiliate of the organization, which provides resources for gay employees and companies to promote equality in the workplace. More than 500 people attended the event, held inside a ballroom of Twelve at Atlantic Station.
Lesbian radio personality Melissa Carter (photo) presided over the evening, which included a tribute for the National Transgender Day of Remembrance and an extensive program calling attention to advocates and efforts to promote workplace equality.
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Georgia residents and businesses sent $71,579 to California during the Proposition 8 ballot measure fight — with those opposing the measure to ban gay marriage sending $60,329 and those supporting the measure sending $11,250.
These amounts are taken from the California Secretary of State’s campaign finance information and include donations of $35 or more. Southern Voice utilized the Los Angeles Times’ donor tracker to determine totals for Georgia. The data available listed 308 donors. READ MORE »
You can bet that when Leah Ward Sears, the progressive chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, planned a national summit on marriage, she didn't know it would coincide with a national uproar over same-sex unions in the wake of three more states approving gay marriage bans earlier this month.
Nevertheless, Sears held firm that the summit would include a discussion of the contentious issue when the court's Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law held the two-day session this week.
Though the event included the Institute for American Values, whose president opposes same-sex unions, a panel discussion Wednesday also included a leading proponent of gay marriage, Jonathan Rauch, who wrote "Gay Marriage: Why it is God for Gays, Good for Straights and Good for America."