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Five tips for your career spring cleaning

imageContributing blogger John Long is a professional career coach and consultant in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He blogs at Atlanta Career Coach. Q: I am so nervous about continued layoffs at my company and my chances for finding a new job if the ax falls on me. What can I do to combat this anxiety surrounding my career? A: There is no denying the fact that the U.S. economy is in turmoil and the upheaval is profoundly impacting employment. That said, I think it is time to turn off the evening news. We have become so connected and this level of connectedness can translate into heightened states of fear, stress and anxiety. We need a 12-step program for information overload. More after the jump.

Is alcohol a good mixer for working out?

image Contributing blogger Troy Meyers is a certified personal trainer and sports conditioner with more than 10 years of experience. He owns Atlanta-based JockBoyLocker.com and contributes to the site’s Lockerroom Blog. Alcohol is nothing but empty calories. It doesn't have any nutrients, but does have a caloric value of seven calories per gram. In just one shot (1.5 ounce) of 80 proof vodka, there's nearly 100 calories. For those of you trying to lose fat, forget it if you are drinking. What happens is that your body is trying so hard to digest and metabolize the alcohol, that fat burning stops all together. More after the jump.

Michael Musto to Tyler Perry: Come out!

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community. Atlanta resident Tyler Perry's latest film “Madea Goes to Jail” may have topped the box office with more than $40 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend, but that's not the only thing that has Hollywood talking. More after the jump.

Transgender vets find VA tough to crack

imageContributing blogger Monica Helms has been an activist for the transgender community since 1998 and has lived in Atlanta since 2000. She is a co-founder and president of the Transgender American Veterans Association and blogs at Trans Universe. For the first time in the history of the Transgender American Veterans Association, a mainstream print media outlet presented the stories of transgender veterans and the problems they face. Journalist Carol Ann Alaimo conducted more than three weeks of interviews, research and education to create a two-part, 3,500-word article on our veterans. More after the jump.

Pedro Zamora: From MTV to the Big Screen

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community. The year was 1994 and MTV's "The Real World" was about to introduce us to a man that would become the face of one of the most devastating diseases mankind has ever had to endure, his name was Pedro Zamora. One of seven roommates chosen to have their lives videotaped over a six month period in San Francisco, this Cuban-American and openly gay HIV-positive man used the power of television to educate and inspire. On a weekly basis Zamora allowed the American public to see first-hand what life was like as an openly gay man and a man living with AIDS. He shattered widely held stereotypes about the lives of gay men and those infected with the virus. More, including video, after the jump.

A tranny who doesn’t find ‘tranny’ offensive

imageContributing blogger Monica Helms has been an activist for the transgender community since 1998 and has lived in Atlanta since 2000. She is a co-founder and president of the Transgender American Veterans Association and blogs at Trans Universe. This is one tranny who doesn’t find the word “tranny” offensive. I know that discussing this will make a lot of my trans friends angry. But it seems that the recurring label issue is brewing yet again. I have been reading in various places where people act incensed at the mere mention of the word “tranny.” More after the jump.

Perfect positioning for sex on Valentine’s Day

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who lives at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog. Is it, as comedian Lord Carret said, “her knees over my shoulders, with my wallet hidden where she’ll never think of looking for it?” Or is it a little more romantic than that? More after the jump.

How to read a company’s diversity barometer

Contributing blogger John Long is a career coach a in Atlanta who founded Two Roads Resources. He answers: "How can I find out if an employer offers an LGBT-friendly work environment?"

Applauding Dr. Phil for ‘Little Boy Lost’

imageContributing blogger Monica Helms has been an activist for the transgender community since 1998 and has lived in Atlanta since 2000. She is a co-founder and president of the Transgender American Veterans Association and blogs at Trans Universe. I’m not a fan of Dr. Phil. Never have been. Most of the time, he comes off as a pompous, arrogant, know-it-all. But on Jan. 13, Dr. Phil impressed me with “Little Boy Lost,” a sequel to an Oct. 24 show called “Gender Confused Kids.” From all that I’ve read and heard, that first show was not taken very well by the transgender community. But the episode earlier this month made up for that. There's more, including video, after the jump.

Stadtlander’s trans apology rings hollow

imageContributing blogger Monica Helms has been an activist for the transgender community since 1998 and has lived in Atlanta since 2000. She is a co-founder and president of the Transgender American Veterans Association and blogs at Trans Universe. After reading “Gay Atlanta City Council candidate apologizes for anti-trans comments,” I have to say that Charlie Stadtlander’s apology on how he characterized transgender people back in 2005 and 2006 is weak at best. Consider what he wrote just little more than two years ago: There's more after the jump.

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