WSB gets inspired by two gay Atlanta volunteers

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With an LGBT civic leader and a young gay man struggling with drug addiction and HIV while he turns his life around, WSB took a deep dive into how Atlanta's new civil rights museum can inspire a new generation of human rights activists.

Watch above as the story, which aired Thursday, includes Justin Ziegler (top image) and Ryan Peterson exploring the limited gay material at the new Center for Civil & Human Rights. Then it pivots to the work Ziegler and Peterson do with the new thrift store operated by Lost N Found Youth. Ziegler is a board member of the organization, which cares for homeless gay youth, while Peterson volunteers at the store.

Ziegler pushed the rights fight forward through a shelter that brings LGBT youth off the streets. People like Peterson pitch in to raise money at the group's Lost and Found consignment store.

Peterson is HIV positive, fighting an addiction to methamphetamine and grateful for the grace of a second chance.

“Every day my emotions are coming back and I'm able to feel things again,” Peterson said. “Every day I wake up and I'm so glad to be alive.”

Ziegler said he uses that for motivation. He believes complacency is a current stumbling block, and urged the younger generation in metro Atlanta to pick up the baton from civil rights greats to carry equality forward.

Lost N Found opened the massive thrift store in February to help fund its operations. The group is renovating a three-story building in Midtown to boost the number of beds it can offer to homeless LGBT youth.

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