Lesbian mayor coasts to re-election in DeKalb’s Pine Lake

Melanie Hammet wants to continue championing the arts and the environment when she begins her second term as mayor of Pine Lake, Ga., next month.    READ MORE »

Atlanta Black Pride shooting not a hate crime, police say

A man who was beaten and shot in the back during an Atlanta Black Pride party was not targeted for his sexual orientation, according to police.    READ MORE »

CDC director ‘confident’ Atlanta counties will get funds to end HIV

Local, state and federal public health officials met in Decatur on Monday to discuss a plan to end HIV in the U.S., but carrying it out will require a divided Congress to fund the $291 million plan as part of its 2020 budget.    READ MORE »

Health Initiative leader Linda Ellis resigns after 17 years

Linda Ellis stepped down as executive director of the Health Initiative and the Rush Center, capping a long career at the center of all things LGBTQ Atlanta.    READ MORE »

Trump administration launches free PrEP program to battle HIV

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched a national program on Tuesday to provide free PrEP for uninsured people to prevent the spread of HIV.    READ MORE »

Fight over trans access to restrooms lands in Atlanta court

The battle over access for transgender students to school restrooms that match their gender identity reached a federal court in Atlanta on Thursday, with one attorney bemoaning the “profoundly damaging discrimination” faced by trans students.    READ MORE »

80% of people who could benefit from PrEP aren’t taking it

Less than one in five people who could benefit from PrEP are taking it, only two-thirds of those who have HIV have it under control, and new HIV infections have remained stable in the U.S. after years of declines, according to federal health officials.    READ MORE »

WSB-TV hires station’s first openly gay anchor

WSB-TV has hired popular Orlando-based anchor Jorge Estevez to join the station as an evening anchor starting in January, according to the AJC.    READ MORE »

Brookhaven pushes toward vote on LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy

Brookhaven will vote on a sweeping LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in January, putting it in line to join a handful of other metro Atlanta cities who’ve adopted such protections in the past year.    READ MORE »

Canton elects openly gay mayor in a landslide

Bill Grant won the Canton mayoral race by 50 points and will join rare company by becoming the third openly LGBTQ mayor in Georgia.    READ MORE »

Georgia prison pushed trans woman to suicide, lawsuit claims

The parents of a transgender woman filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Valdosta State Prison officials ignored their daughter’s mental health crisis and “encouraged her to commit suicide" moments before she ultimately did.    READ MORE »

Atlanta group launches bid to save Heretic from possible demolition

A gay preservationist wants to protect the Heretic from a new MARTA station that could one day lead to the demolition of the longtime gay dance bar.    READ MORE »

Gay Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X makes Grammy, CMA history

Lil Nas X broke new barriers by becoming the first openly gay rapper nominated in the Grammys’ major categories and the first openly gay black artist to win a Country Music Association award.    READ MORE »

Lambda Legal hires Emory administrator to lead Atlanta office

LGBTQ Atlanta’s own Michael Shutt has been chosen to lead the Southern Regional Office of the country’s most prominent LGBTQ legal group.    READ MORE »

AIDS Quilt leaving Atlanta after 18 years for San Francisco

The NAMES Project Foundation is moving its headquarters and the beloved AIDS Memorial Quilt from its longtime Atlanta home in early 2020.    READ MORE »

Someone Cares hosts conference on holistic approach to ending HIV

Health providers, researchers and activists will come together this week for training sessions and workshops focused on ending HIV in metro Atlanta, which is a leader in new HIV infections in the U.S.    READ MORE »

Georgia’s LGBTQ elected officials split on presidential picks

A quarter of Georgia’s 16 openly LGBTQ elected officials have announced their presidential endorsements, with two of them backing the man who could be the first openly gay U.S. president.    READ MORE »

Atlanta perfect on LGBTQ equality index for seventh straight year

The City of Atlanta earned its highest-ever score on the 2019 Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, while nine other Georgia cities and areas received failing grades.    READ MORE »

Decatur adopts sweeping LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy

The Decatur City Commission unanimously passed a broad LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance on Monday, making it the sixth Georgia city to do so.    READ MORE »

Chick-fil-A stops funding anti-LGBTQ groups after uproar

Chick-fil-A cut off funding to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes after years of protests and bad press about the groups’ anti-LGBTQ ways.    READ MORE »

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