You said it: The week’s best reader comments

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We love that you’re never at a loss for words. This week set keyboards ablaze with gays in Mayor Reed’s transition team, Georgia’s anti-bullying bill, the long “Idol” auditions, and the ever-unpopular Senator Chambliss. Keep up the interaction in the comments section under our posts, on Facebook and via Twitter.

Re: Gay Atlantans picked to help Reed’s mayoral transition and Kyle Keyser tapped for police chief search
imagePolitical consultant Beth Schapiro, business owner Philip Rafshoon and anti-crime activist and former mayoral candidate Kyle Keyser (photo) were the three openly gay people among the dozens of names announced Monday for Mayor Kasim Reed’s 18-member transition committee and search committees for police chief and fire chief.

“Maybe there will actually be some representation for the third largest gay community in the country. This is awesome. I’ve met all the participants, and I know all of them will consider the candidates will a balanced viewpoint.”
–Timothy Ryan McGuckin

“Go Phillip! One of Atlanta’s finest. Nice guy and a great business owner. Go Outwrite!”
–Zak Topor Flint

“Kyle is amazing, demanding our place at the table, from the streets to City Hall!”

Re: Bullying bill gets OK from Georgia House panel
imageLegislation that provides a comprehensive definition of bullying in Georgia and mandates that school systems adopt policies banning it passed a key committee in the state House on Wednesday and could soon see action on the full House floor. Georgia Equality is watching the bill very closely, and Executive Director Jeff Graham (photo) was at the capitol for the decision.

“Historically, the big obstacle to measures like this is enforcement at the school level. By nature, humans are largely hypocritical, and this fact is not lost on school officials and bullies alike.

Although principals and teachers may preach tolerance at school, kids may go home and receive messages of hate from their families—people they love and see on a daily basis.

And then there is the biological fact is that school years are the times in kids’ lives where social segregation occurs. Ostracization will not go away. As adults, we’re all participants or victims, and our children see that.

Although it is a brilliant next step to have anti-bullying statutes on the books, how can we move beyond ‘do as I say, not as I do’?”
–Michael Eugene Adams

“This is long overdue!”
–Bella LaRue

Re: Project ‘Idol’: Hollywood Week, Part 1 and Part 2
imageIf you watched Hollywood week on “American Idol” and asked your boyfriend, girlfriend or cat “who the fuck are these people?” you’re not alone. The majority of singers seem new, but it’s typical “Idol.” There were some good performances, but even new judge Ellen Degeneres (photo) seemed aghast at much of the backstage shenanigans and the resulting performances.

“Let’s get to the competition! Dragging out the auditions two nights a week just to fill a season, filling the hours with crappy contestants who’ll never make it and not introducing us to the viable contenders, undermines the contest. Let’s get on with it!”

“Ellen looks positively scary wth all that makeup on… kinda butch no more.”
–Samantha Claar

Re: Saxby Chambliss: Gays in military ‘unacceptable risk’ and Chambliss defiant over ‘Don’t Ask’ quips
imageEven a week later, Project Q Atlanta readers are still pissed of at Georgia’s senior U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (photo) for his unequivocal opposition to gays in the military.

“Chambliss is a homophobic idiot. Crawl back under your rock, Saxby!”
–Scott Groves

“Can’t stand him. I already wrote him an e-mail expressing my disgust that he represents me.”

“I am completely amused by Chambliss’ jihad against tattoos.”


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