Simone Bell, Alex Wan celebrate victory [photos]

Add this share


Simone Bell and Alex Wan spent their evenings huddled with supporters at election watch events in Candler Park and Midtown. As results trickled in, the buzz turned to excitement and eventually celebration.

Both candidates made history. With her win the District 58 state House race, Bell (top photo) will become the second openly gay member of the Georgia General Assembly. Her win Tuesday also makes her the first African-American lesbian elected to a state legislature in the U.S.

With his victory, Wan (bottom photo) becomes the first openly gay and Asian-American man elected to the Atlanta City Council. In winning the District 6 post, he also will add to the 12-year run of a gay person representing the City Council district.

Bell joined supporters at the Phillip Rush Center in Candler Park to watch results and later claim victory. Wan rallied with supporters at a packed Cowtippers in Midtown.

View the photo album from election night parties for Simone Bell and Alex Wan.



Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...