Five gay Atlanta must-reads of the week

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It’s hard to keep up with all the LGBT news, water-cooler hot topics and happenings in a vibrant gay Atlanta. That’s OK. Here are the most popular posts of the last seven days to keep you up to speed.

Activists confront Sharon Needles in Atlanta

What was intended as a sit-down meeting called by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Sharon Needles to dialogue with LGBT Atlanta detractors of racial imagery in her act and her use of the word “nigger” got heated at Jungle Wednesday as the club prepared for a Needles appearance and coinciding protest. Read the full confrontation post, then check out Needles firing back at ‘haters’ from the stage (video) as well as her controversial performance to a sold-out crowd (photos and video).

Popular Atlanta drag queen murdered in robbery

A popular Latin drag queen was shot and killed in her Dunwoody apartment on June 22, the apparent victim of a botched robbery by a 20-year-old man who preyed on sex workers advertising their services online. Roberto Calderon-Guzman, a 28-year-old drag performer known as Noxy Cassandra at gay nightspots including Club Rush, was found dead Friday. The suspect used a previous victim’s cell phone to set up his meeting with Noxy. Read the full post.

Anti-gay Ga. counseling martyr loses case

In a scathing rebuke, a federal court last week shot down the case of Jennifer Keeton, dismissing the graduate student’s lawsuit over being sanctioned out of Augusta State University’s graduate counseling program for refusing to treat LGBT clients if she couldn’t counsel them as “morally wrong.” Read the full post.

Not just for big guns: Rock the gay tank top

Gay men with the arms for it never really let go of the tank top as an option, but the early ‘80s must-have is back as a white-hot trend for everybody this summer, and as usual, Atlanta’s gays are all over it. Rejoice, gay men who have been waiting for this fashion reboot. At least for this year, your go-to tank is back in style. Read the full post complete with photographic evidence.

Gay jocks show their pride in 5K run [photos]

A year older and 12 seconds slower, Andrew Sullivan showed that he’s still got his Pride magic: He won the annual Pride Run on Saturday for the second consecutive year. Nearly 330 people took part in the race to benefit Jerusalem House and Atlanta Pride. View our Pride Run photos and full results, and check out all of this week’s great photo albums: Mr. Hotlanta Softball Hunks, Radical Faeries Midsummer Night, Mash Attacks! with DJ Robin Skouteris and more.

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