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Register now for OutlantaCon, save $5

imageAll of you gay sci-fi and gaming fans take note: Tomorrow is the last day to pre-register online for the upcoming OutatlantaCon convention.

The event, set for May 1-3, is offering a $35 registration fee through April 15. After that, you'll be stuck paying $5 more at the door during the convention.

The event includes a full slate of panels, gaming, film screenings and yes, a masquerade ball so you can dress up. There's even a planned session on erotic rope tying and a screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

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Harry Knox speaks out on White House post

imageTo say this week has been hectic for Harry Knox is, well, an understatement typical of the part-time Atlantan’s soft-spoken demeanor.

He spent the better part of two days this week inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House for briefings with more than 60 religious leaders and Obama administration officials.

On Monday, he was named to the advisory council to the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Knox took a few minutes Wednesday to discuss with Project Q Atlanta his new role.

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Apparently, you can’t keep a good ‘ho down

We always enjoy when local gay establishments get a little recognition from the national gay press.

Take the Advocate, for example. The gay glossy weighed in recently with its list of "Top 10 Gay C&W Bars" in the country.

The geographically-diverse list stops in Dallas, Oklahoma City, Denver, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago and Tampa.

It also had this to say about a place right here in Atlanta, which landed as the No. Two best country and western gay bar in the U.S.

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Beer pong, liplocks don’t mix at Agnes Scott

imageBeer pong and lesbians seem to be a touchy subject for some at Agnes Scott College.

The all-women school in Decatur is often the punchline for jokes that have to do with lesbians. It's something the campus confronted late last year when student Louisa Hill (photo) complained in a blog about Agnes Scott becoming "the cesspool for Hollywood's C-list sequels." Hill and other students were upset when the filming of "Road Trip II: Beer Pong" came to campus.

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Atlanta Pride announces slate of June events

imageYou might not even notice that the Atlanta Pride Festival is missing this June.

The event, shifted to late October to pave the way for a return to Piedmont Park, at first left a gap in the calendar for late June, which this year is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. The events are often credited with starting the modern day gay civil rights movement.

But the Atlanta Pride Committee is moving quickly to fill your calendar with a slate of events in late June.

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Pearl Day sets Sept. comeback for Six Flags

imageGird your loins, Six Flags Over Georgia patrons. The gays are coming.

Pearl Day, a laid-back effort aimed at packing the amusement park near Interstate 20 in Cobb County with LGBT fans, took a year off in 2008, but is planning a return this year. Organizers want 10,000 people to help take over the park Sept. 11 and take part in a weekend of activities.

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Design couple razes, rebuilds in Midtown

imageA white modern box of a home dropped into a Midtown neighborhood with more traditional bungalows. Who's responsible for such edgy design? The gays, of course.

The 3,300-square-foot home of life and business partners Lee Bryan and Joe Keller was recently profiled in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, showing once again why gay men get a reputation for exquisite taste when it comes to interior design.

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HRC to honor former Spelman prez at gala

imageThe Human Rights Campaign's signature event in Atlanta is coming soon and the organization announced late last week its pick for one of the event's top awards.

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, the first African-American woman to serve as president of Spelman College, will receive the Ally of Equality Award at the 22nd Annual Atlanta HRC Dinner & Silent Auction, which is set for May 2.

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Atlanta Pride wants your festival logo

imagePride begins with you -- at least that's the case if you're a creative graphic artist.

The Atlanta Pride Committee wants your designs for a new logo to go along with their new theme ("Pride begins with you") and new date for the annual event (Oct. 31-Nov. 1). Though the contest for the logo design has been going on for several weeks, now you need to hurry. Submissions are due by Friday.

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Bring a little gay to Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’

imageBravo, the other gay network, comes to Atlanta on Sunday in search of chefs for the next round of its popular "Top Chef."

The current crop of gays -- Patrick (photo), Richard and Jamie -- are gone as the current season moves to a conclusion this week and next.

But top chef Tom Collicchio, who recently opened Craft in Atlanta, is bringing the scouting crews here on Sunday. They'll be in his Peachtree Road restaurant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Local artist Robert Sherer speaks to AEN

imageGay artist Robert Sherer spoke to the Atlanta Executive Network last month, bringing with him a mix of his rural Alabama roots and contemporary work.

Sherer, an art professor at Kennesaw State University, is well known for his past use of HIV-positive blood in his drawings. More recently, he announced the creation of an endowed scholarship for gay art students at the school.

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Pride issues open letter to discuss changes

The Atlanta Pride Committee released an open letter on Wednesday, further explaining how the festival was able to return to Piedmont Park this year and why the event moved to late October. The letter follows the announcement by city officials and Pride organizers on Monday of the change in date and venue. Last October, the festival said it would be held in the Atlanta Civic Center and nearby Central Park after city officials declined to open Piedmont to more than one festival per event season.

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More on Pride’s return to Piedmont Park

imagePiedmont Park or bust.

That was the message officials with Atlanta Pride took to city officials in their plea to return to the 190-acre park in Midtown, a venue that hosted the festival until last year when park officials booted all large-scale events.

The plea from Pride worked. The Atlanta Pride Committee announced on Monday that the festival will return to Piedmont in October. The festival will run Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, an apparent scaling back from the event’s traditional three-day schedule.

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Pride returns to Piedmont, moves to October

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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Protest greets Rick Warren during ATL stop

imageThe 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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Protest, breakfast, parade part of MLK events

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.

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Gay protest set for Rick Warren’s ATL stop

imageGay 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.

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‘Real Housewife’ does cameo in high court

imageThose 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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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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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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