CNN reporter returns to airwaves

imageIt took a fire in the tunnel under the English Channel for me to notice, but Richard Quest is back on the air.

The gay CNN reporter was busted after being spotted in New York's Central Park after closing time. He was carrying meth and quickly entered rehab after his arrest. He apparently emerged two months later and rejoined CNN in London earlier this summer and returned to his duties hosting "Business Traveller."

But Quest is also back in larger circulation on CNN, reporting live from Spain this morning during coverage of the Chunnel fire. It appears his tough times are now behind him.    READ MORE »

McCain offers tribute to Mark Bingham

imageIn this day of ceremonies marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Sen. John McCain invoked the memory of Mark Bingham during an event this morning.

Speaking in Shanksville, Penn., McCain called attention to the role the gay rugby player had in attempting to thwart the takeover of United Airlines Flight 93 before it crashed. McCain spoke for 90 seconds and his comments were carried live on CNN.

"The only means we possess to thank them is to try to be as good an American as they were. We might fall well short of their standard, but there is honor in the effort," McCain said. "May god bless their souls.”

There's more, including McCain's eulogy for Bingham in 2001, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Hope dims for Pride’s return to Piedmont Park


As if the Atlanta Pride Festival needed any more bad news.

Mired in six-figure losses from the event last July, festival organizers were doused this week with more bad news: Piedmont Park's efforts to find an underground source of water fell flat -- again.

Piedmont Park comes up dry—again

Piedmont Park's efforts to find an underground water source failed -- again.

That doesn't bode well for the crown jewel of Atlanta's park system or the large-scale events like the Atlanta Pride Festival that suffered when they were forced out.    READ MORE »

Survey: Judge on job performance only

Your co-worker might just be a little more tolerant than you think.

Results from the Out & Equal Workplace Survey show that seven in 10 heterosexual adults agree that how an employee performs at their job should be the standard for judging an employee, not whether or not they are transgender. Nearly eight in 10 heterosexual adults strongly or somewhat agree that how an employee does his or her job should be the standard for judging an employee, not their sexual orientation. The survey also revealed that a majority of heterosexual adults are supportive of marriage-like workplace benefits for same sex couples virtually across-the-board.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Some big Georgia firms score well on corporate equality index

imageSeveral of the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in metro Atlanta scored high on the newest Corporate Equality Index, which ranks hundreds of businesses across the U.S. on its treatment of gay and lesbian employees, consumers and investors.

Five of those Fortune 500 companies -- Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Enterprises, SunTrust Banks, Newell Rubbermaid and United Parcel Service -- scored a perfect 100 on the report, released Tuesday from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Six other companies headquartered in Georgia also notched a perfect score in the rankings, among a total of 22 companies in the state included in the report.    READ MORE »

Gay youth program gets attention

A program focusing on gay youth has helped PricewaterhouseCoopers become one of eight finalists for the Metro Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council's 2008 IMPACT awards.

The IMPACT winner receives a $15,000 grant to the non-profit partner of its choice and the other winners will each receive $5,000 grants for their non-profit partners.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP helped started a program two years ago that focuses on healing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender/transsexual youth who have been abused, neglected and rejected and preventing youth homelessness through education, job and life skills training. Its nonprofit partner is CHRIS Kids Rainbow Program.


Will Fay boost fortunes of Atlanta Pride Festival?


Will the remnants of Fay help boost the fortunes of the Atlanta Pride Committee?

The festival, mired in debt and without its top two paid staff members, suffered in part from its move out of Piedmont Park during the three-day event in July. City and park officials booted all large-scale festivals out of Piedmont in January over concerns about the state's lingering drought.

But as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay drench Atlanta and the Southeast, the steady rainfall is dealing a blow to the drought, according to weather experts. It's also meant more water for Lake Lanier, which feeds the region's water supply.    READ MORE »

Atlanta Pride issues plea for financial support

The Atlanta Pride Committee emailed supporters today asking for their financial help to prepare for the 2009 festival.

The committee is reeling in the wake of the three-day Atlanta Pride Festival, which moved to the civic center and shifted to early July. Attendance dropped, income was reduced and the cost to rent the facility for the long weekend also helped break the event's budget.    READ MORE »

Cobb courts a steamy place

A former Superior Court administrator in Cobb County so enjoyed his job that he didn't want to leave -- at least for sex. That's the result of a report issued Tuesday concerning allegations leveled at Howard Chesshire, who left his job in February after the allegations began surfacing.

Sex in a judge's chambers, trysts at local hotels during business hours, obscene phone calls to female workers and a desire to see lesbian sex are among the many accounts of what was going on with the top Superior Court official in Cobb County for the past two decades.

The report says Chessire denied all of the allegations.    READ MORE »

Piedmont digs a wishing well

The possible return of sports leagues and Atlanta Pride to Piedmont Park took another hit as park caretakers announced their efforts to dig a well failed.

Now the Piedmont Park Conservancy will try again, drilling a second time beginning Wednesday. If they can hit water, the park hopes it would be enough to irrigate the park and skirt the drought-related regulations that prompted the booting of sports and large-scale festivals from the area earlier this year.

Without a well, the conservancy says, the park won't be inviting its former inhabitants bak anytime soon.    READ MORE »

Action Cycling delivers big number


With the final numbers crunched, Action Cycling 200 announced its fund-raising tally on Sunday: $106,000.

The amount surpassed the $100,000 goal organizers of the annual event set for themselves this year, and far exceeded fund-raising totals from past years. Since its inception in 2003, the event has raised more than $400,000 for the Emory Vaccine Center, a facility that researches vaccines for AIDS and other infectious diseases.

The announcement came Sunday during Action Cycling’s closing event in the Sky Lounge at MidCity Lofts in Midtown, where riders, volunteers and officials with the vaccine center joined to toast the event, celebrate its fund-raising prowess and display an over-sized, six-figure check.

Some 65 riders gathered about an hour after sunrise on May 17 for the event, which is a two-day, 200-mile journey from Decatur to Eatonton and back.

To see photos from the ride, go here. For a gallery of photos from Sunday's closing event, go here.    READ MORE »

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