Atlanta homeless LGBT youth organization Lost-n-Found Youth ran away with this year’s race for best LGBT nonprofit. The group has continued to capture the state (and the nation’s attention) and is looking forward to opening up a new, larger shelter in Midtown to address the problem of LGBT youth homelessness.
The Counter Narrative Project (www.thecounternarrative.org) took second place while Latino LinQ (www.latinolinq.weebly.com) placed third.
HIV/AIDS NONPROFIT AID ATLANTA
Atlanta has one of the highest rates of new HIV/AIDS infections and AID Atlanta (www.aidatlanta.org) continues the ongoing fight. The group named longtime employee Nicole Roebuck as executive director in April and their annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is always a huge draw for the city’s LGBT community and allies.
Positive Impact Health Centers (www.positiveimpacthealthcenters.org) placed second this year and Living Room (www.livingroomatl.org) is third.
LGBT EVENT ATLANTA PRIDE
Atlanta Pride is back on top of this category again after coming in second to Out On Film last year. The annual event attracts hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors from around the country every October, highlighted by Sunday afternoon’s Pride March through downtown and Midtown Atlanta.
Coming in second was Out On Film (www.outonfilm.org) and rounding out the list in third was Morehouse Pride Week (www.facebook.com/morehousesafespace).
SPORTS TEAM/LEAGUE ATLANTA BUCKS
The boys in purple win this game. Gay rugby team the Atlanta Bucks (www.atlantabucksrugby.org) have been battling it out on the pitch since 2003 and they’re not stopping anytime soon. Plus the community loves their various fundraisers put on around town throughout the year, especially the annual Purple Dress Run.
The Decatur Women’s Sports League (www.decaturwomenssports.com) placed second this year, while the Atlanta Team Tennis Association (www.atta.org) takes home the bronze.
LGBT CHARITY BENEFIT EAST POINT POSSUMS
What’s better than 30 or so drag queens and kings lighting up the night for charity every summer? Nothing if you ask Georgia Voice’s readers. The East Point Possums show beat out some tough competition to take first place in this category again. The event, put on in partnership with Atlanta Pride, raised funds for Lost-n-Found Youth this year.
The annual pool party fundraiser Joining Hearts (www.joininghearts.org) placed second this year and the holiday shindig The Toy Party (www.forthekid.org) landed in third.
HOUSE OF WORSHIP NEW COVENANT CHURCH OF ATLANTA
Bishop Randy Morgan and Apostle Johnny Layton lead this LGBT-inclusive church just off Cheshire Bridge Road. And they should be used to leading in this category as they were picked first last year as well. Atlanta’s LGBT community can’t seem to get enough of New Covenant Church of Atlanta (www.newcovenantatlanta.com).
Second place goes to Just As You Are (www.justasyouare.org), and Saint Mark United Methodist Church (www.stmarkumc.us) takes third.
LGBT BLOG OR WEBSITE PROJECT Q
This category might as well be named the Project Q Atlanta award. Project Q (www.projectqatlanta.com) lands on top of this category yet again and it’s no surprise why with their mix of breaking news, pictures of hunky guys and more.
Wussy Mag’s (www.wussymag.com) coverage of queer nightlife, art and culture earned second place while category mainstay Equally Wed (www.equallywed.com) rounds out in third.