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UPDATED: Jane Lynch calls out Atlanta Pride over annual Aquarium party

Jane Lynch

Actress Jane Lynch this week sent a letter to the Atlanta Pride Committee urging the APC to change the venue of its now-annual Pride Kickoff Party at the Georgia Aquarium over concerns for the animals’ well-being.

“These parties are supposed to be loud and boisterous—it’s a celebration!” writes Lynch in a letter to APC’s acting Executive Director Buck Cooke.

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Emory HIV team lands $6 million Gates Foundation grant

Gates Foundation

A team of researchers at Emory University has been awarded a $6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to aid in finding an effective vaccine for HIV/AIDS, the university announced today.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was created by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, to combat global poverty and to enhance healthcare across the world.

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Atlanta Pride Committee announces full festival entertainment lineup


The Atlanta Pride Committee is going all out to ensure a fun and lively entertainment lineup that includes Andy Bell of Erasure and Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, who also promise to entertain with songs from their solo work.

But there are plenty of other acts that will take the Coca-Cola and Bud-Light stages at the fest in Piedmont Park Oct. 13-14. Today, the APC released the full line up that includes local bands such as the Sexual Side Effects and singer and actress Kat Graham, who stars as Bonnie Bennett in CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” filmed in Covington, about 30 minutes from Atlanta.

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[Video] ‘My Life’ speaks to masculine identified lesbians about women’s health


Real Bois Talk, a program of the Health Initiative, released a public service announcement today urging masculine identified African-American gay women to make sure to get check ups, including Pap smears and mammograms.

“The PSA addresses the need for masculine-identified gay females to get chest and cervical exams. We don’t see ourselves in traditional messaging for things such as breast cancer awareness, so we often don’t see those things as our issues,” said Real Bois Talk program manager Amber Moore in a prepared statement.

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