A reporter with ties to a newspaper based in Macon, who describes herself as a Roman Catholic priestess, was swept away by security from a press area at Los Angeles International Airport near Air Force One on Thursday.
The woman, Brenda Lee, says she wanted to hand deliver a letter to President Obama urging him "to take a stand for traditional marriage." Lee writes for the Georgia Informer, a monthly publication in Macon, and says she has White House credentials.
A lesbian former Atlanta police officer gravely wounded in a 1997 shootout is among a group of broken and battered cops airing allegations that the city is fighting their care.
The charges from Pat Cocciolone, who was shot six times and suffered brain damage, and the other four officers are contained in a video produced and recently aired by a police union. The allegations have turned explosive, gaining local media attention and fueling a bitter reaction from Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Same-sex marriage will again take center stage in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Gay marriage activists are organizing a rally set for 5:30 p.m. in Piedmont Park. When the event -- part of a national campaign called Day of Decision -- was announced, organizers from GLBTATL weren't sure if it would become a celebration of gay marriage once again being legal in California or a protest of the state's Supreme Court decision upholding Proposition 8. With the 6-1 decision now public, it's clear the event is shifting gears to become a protest.
And a noisy one at that. Organizers want people to bring whistles, their friends and even the candidates who want to become Atlanta's next mayor. (Project Q Atlanta will blog live from the event.)
An effort to once again make same-sex marriage legal in California suffered a setback Tuesday as the state's Supreme Court voted 6-1 to uphold Proposition 8.
The court's decision ended a long-shot effort by same-sex marriage activists that argued that the ban revised the California constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature's approval.
The decision is sparking protests across California and the nation as part of an organized effort called Day of Decision. The effort includes nearly 100 protests set for Tuesday afternoon and evening, including one in Atlanta at Piedmont Park.
A new report from the DeKalb County School System says that Jaheem Herrera, the 11-year-old bullycide victim, was not taunted and bullied at his elementary school, despite reports from his mother and the parents of classmates.
In fact, the report from retired judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore, hired by the school system to produce the report, also says that despite repeated use of the word "gay" at the school, students didn't use the word as a slur.
They found an ideal setting in the gay-owned Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store there to call attention to the national black gay civil rights group. The event offered presentations, music, conversation, food and drinks, along with an appearance by longtime LGBT activist Duncan Teague, whose performance included poetry delivered in a light-hearted style mimicking an NPR fundraising appeal.
When anti-gay religious groups spew venom and criticize someone for being hateful, the irony gets a bit thick.
That's the case with Harry Knox, the part-time Atlanta resident (and longtime gay activist) who was appointed last month to the advisory council for the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Now, a long-list of conservative and religious groups -- many of which have histories of being anti-gay -- are up in arms over the appointment and sent President Obama a letter describing Knox as "a virulent anti-Catholic bigot" who should be dropped from the council.
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The Atlanta Pride Committee, not content to wait until their two-day Pride festival in late October, unveiled on Tuesday nine more events for late June. That brings the total number of events under the Stonewall Week banner to 18 and highlights several new partnerships Pride organizers have struck with local bars, promoters, non-profits and community groups.
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The announcement came Saturday at a vigil for the boy, who committed suicide after continued anti-gay taunts and bullying from classmates. His death prompted an outcry that included gay clergy members holding a vigil and an ongoing investigation by the DeKalb District Attorney.
The proposed gay-inclusive Center for Civil & Human Rights in downtown Atlanta gained a little more national exposure this week when the Wall Street Journal took a look at fundraising for the initiative in the midst of a recession and the election of a black president.
The center has about half of the $120 million it needs, though backers are finding it's getting more difficult to make the case for another temple to civil rights. To help, the exhibit space will be split among the classic story of the 1950s and 60s civil rights movement, the Revolution to World War II and the "modern era" starting in the 1970s. That's where the gay content comes into play, though that now seems to be drawing some fire.
Hundreds of people filled a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Downtown last Saturday for a black tie affair that drew a diverse gay audience and a host of elected officials.
The 22nd Annual Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner & Silent Auction unfolded over several hours of speeches, dinners and awards May 2, an annual tradition that draws a Who's Who of LGBT Atlanta. Actress Cybill Shepherd (photo) attended as the dinner's guest speaker and to receive the Ally for Equality Award. HRC President Joe Solmonese was also on hand.
Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey took on bullying in schools during her show Wednesday, coverage that included the mother of a DeKalb County boy who committed suicide last month.
The show included Masika Bermudez, the mother of 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera. The student killed himself April 16 after facing anti-gay taunts and bullying by classmates. His death prompted an outcry that included gay clergy members holding a vigil and an ongoing investigation by the DeKalb District Attorney.
Gay sci-fi and gaming fans enjoyed three days of reveling in their world last weekend during a convention in Atlanta.
Organizers say about 150 people attended OutlantaCon, which offered panels, gaming, vendors and well-known guests. Author Andy Mangels (photo), best known for his work in the "Star Trek" universe, actress Tucky Williams -- think zombie killer Vix in "Dead Moon Rising" -- and Eric Watts, who directs "Star Trek" programming for DragonCon, were just a few of the well-known personalities on hand.
If you haven't seen a group of nearly 125 people -- mostly gay men -- adorned in purple dresses, you just can't fully appreciate an event that unfolded Saturday in and around four bars and restaurants in Midtown.
To understand the expanse of people Phillip Rush touched during his years of work with gay organizations and other non-profits, all you had to do was spend a few minutes Friday at a gathering in his honor.
Friends and colleagues packed Frogs Cantina in Midtown during a community gathering for the longtime gay activist. The crowd included leaders of several LGBT organizations, elected officials and former co-workers from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, where he worked for 15 years. Rush, 55, died on April 28 from complications relating to a blood clot.