Couple creates hope from pandemic hardship at their Beltline shop

Missy and Kristin Koefed are used to overcoming challenges, but nothing prepared themfor the wrench thrown into their business model by the coronavirus pandemic.

Groups helping homeless LGBTQ youth struggle during pandemic

Two organizations serving homeless LGBTQ youth in Atlanta have scrapped plans for new shelters, launched online fundraisers and shifted strategies in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Twisted Soul ‘struggling to survive’ coronavirus pandemic

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours pivoted its business model, pivoted back and unleashed a slew of precautions to stay safe and open through the coronavirus pandemic.

Grady HIV center avoids ‘devastating’ $4.7 million budget cut

Grady Health System’s Ponce de Leon Center faced losing one-third of its funding that would have led to 'massive' cuts to its HIV program, but lawmakers spared it after approving the new state budget.

How coronavirus hits LGBTQ people of color hardest

LGBTQ people of color are more likely to have work hours reduced, lose jobs and ask for delays in paying bills due to the pandemic, according to a new study.

LGBTQ officials: ‘Ridiculous’ for Kemp to block mask mandates

Doraville City Councilmember Stephe Koontz criticized Gov. Brian Kemp's ban on mask mandates and said it's keeping cities from protecting their residents from the coronavirus pandemic.

Meet three LGBTQ officials waging war on coronavirus in metro Atlanta

With the coronavirus pandemic surging, elected officials across metro Atlanta are struggling with how to protect their communities. And for two LGBTQ municipal leaders, the battle has turned personal.

Self-care crucial to enduring the pandemic, LGBTQ experts say

Staying present, keeping in touch with loved ones, getting exercise and cutting back screen time are ways that LGBTQ Atlanta experts recommend to get through the coronavirus pandemic.

SouthEast Leather Fest cancels 25th annual event

Organizers of SouthEast Leather Fest announced they are canceling this year’s event, as the coronavirus pandemic clears another occasion off LGBTQ Atlanta’s annual calendar.

Urban Body Fitness works out safe workouts amid pandemic

Urban Body Fitness has lost a third of its clients and laid off all of its instructors, but the gym’s out owner is determined...

Gravity Fitness owners and clients power through pandemic

Less than five months after Aaron Pols, David Goldstein and Ken Penvose bought Gravity Fitness, they faced their first big test as owners — a pandemic...

Woofs hangs tough through 40 percent drop in sales

The owner of Woofs is worried that the recent spike in coronavirus cases will cause the state to shut down businesses for the second...

My Sister’s Room closes after employees test positive for coronavirus

My Sister’s Room abruptly shut down on Thursday after two employees of the popular lesbian bar in Midtown tested positive for coronavirus. The closure –...

Brushstrokes goes mask for mask to fight coronavirus

There’s no statewide rule demanding face coverings are worn inside commercial businesses, but even before Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms imposed a local mandate,...

Atlanta Eagle strives to survive coronavirus pandemic

Visitors to the reopened Atlanta Eagle will find a now-familiar scene in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: temperature checks at the door, employees...

Atlanta Pride cancels outdoor festival and parade

LGBTQ Atlanta’s biggest event of the year – the Atlanta Pride festival in Piedmont Park and parade through Midtown in early October – has...

Coronavirus scare causes popular LGBTQ venues to close – again

A coronavirus scare prompted a trio of popular LGBTQ spots – a dance club, a bar and a restaurant – to close over the...

Coronavirus puts LGBTQ Atlanta’s signature events in limbo

The coronavirus pandemic has put LGBTQ Atlanta’s largest events this fall in a holding pattern, with organizers of Atlanta Pride, Black Gay Pride, AIDS...

LGBTQ Atlanta bars innovate to survive pandemic

LGBTQ Atlanta bar owners have adopted a wide range of ways to keep patrons and employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic, including limiting capacity,...

Spring awakenings turn to summer renos as ATL eases into reopening

Among thousands knocked for a loop by coronavirus restrictions, Atlanta’s LGBTQ businesses took one on the chin for the safety of their patrons. True...