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Did Lady Gaga put the gay back in ‘Tar-gay’?

In an interview with Billboard magazine, Lady Gaga says an exclusive edition release of "Born This Way" with Target was made only with the promise the retailer would donate to and align itself with pro-LGBT causes.

Target made a $150,000 donation to a political action committee that supported GOP candidate Tom Emmer, who opposes gay marriage, when he ran for governor of Minnesota last year. Emmer lost.

But Lady Gaga's decision to release the exclusive edition of "Born This Way" — who some have deemed the next "gay anthem" —raised the eyebrows of many of her more social justice activist Little Monsters.

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Lisa Ling talks gender transition on ‘Daily Show’

Journalist Lisa Ling on The Daily Show

Last night, journalist Lisa Ling appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to discuss her new show, “Our America with Lisa Ling,” on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.

Ling discusses an episode of her show centering on transgender people at different points in transition.

“It's a really beautiful show,” Ling says. “We cover people at different stages of transitions, including a six-year-old child who was born Harry but never identified with being a boy.”

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Faith & Religion: Many options for LGBT worshippers

Rev. Glenna Shepherd (left to right), Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Rev. Paul Graetz and Rev. Antonio Jones are among LGBT faith leaders in Atlanta

Gay and lesbian people of faith are in the midst of a modern Great Awakening. Once deemed outcasts from the majority of religions, they now have more opportunities to worship in affirming environments — whether gay churches, gay-friendly congregations and even more traditional churches that have tempered their hostility to homosexuality — than ever before.

Many LGBT worshippers and religious leaders are also re-examining their position in spiritual circles, moving from the fringes into more mainstream areas in order to keep up with rapid generational changes in society’s views of God and gays. Some are choosing to be advocates for gay inclusion in traditional congregations, while others are switching denominations in an attempt to join into “one body” with heterosexual members of their faith.

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New Jane Lawless tale a worthy addition to lesbian mystery series

Author Ellen Hart

Your accountant is so proud of you.

Like the good saver you are, you’ve tried to invest a little money here or there. A few acres of land, maybe. A good education for you or the kids. Perhaps you’ve even stuck a buck into stocks or bonds for the future.

If Chester “Chess” Garrity had his way, you’d invest in antiquities. He’s got valuable loot on his hands and in the new book “The Cruel Ever After” by Ellen Hart, he needs to get rid of it, pronto.

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‘Exit, Pursued by a Bear’ breaks mold for gay character

Judith Ivey directs 'Carapace' at Alliance Theatre

Playwright and former Atlantan Lauren Gunderson’s comedy “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” is about to have its world premiere locally, courtesy of Synchronicity Performance Group, with gay actor Clifton Guterman part of the cast.

Described as one part “I Love Lucy,” one part revenge tragedy and one part feminist ballad, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” is the tale of Nan (Veronika Duerr), a woman living in the North Georgia mountains. She loves her husband Kyle but is in an abusive relationship with him.

With the help of her best friend Simon (Guterman), a gay man, and a stripper named Sweetheart, Nan decides to leave and get revenge. Revenge is served by tying Kyle up and re-enacting bad moments from his past, making him realize what a bad husband he has been — and by putting meat and honey beside him to draw attention from bears.

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Sweet, sweet Auburn

Bell Street Burritos

We have a historic gem in our city called Sweet Auburn, and I’m sure somewhere in the South there’s a drag queen with the same name and she’s fierce.

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market is a huge farmers market located in Downtown Atlanta on Edgewood Avenue that features restaurants and specialty culinary shops.

Whatever craving you have can be found here.

Like any good Southern drag queen, Sweet Auburn has character and charm. You get a sense of historic Atlanta while the convivial merchants are only too happy to guide your palate into simple satiation or splendid nirvana like the Sweet Auburn Bakery, with transcendental strawberry cheese Danish, or Miss D’s New Orleans Pralines.

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‘Dragnique’ finale on Friday to crown Atlanta’s next drag diva

Dragnique ends Friday night with the crowning of Atlanta's next drag superstar, and I'm kind of bummed to see the end of a fun weekend tradition.

Some combination of my friends and I have made it out each Friday for the past six weeks to see the competition at Jungle, and from the very beginning it was clear that Draqnique was to be a unique offering to Atlanta's already diverse drag scene.

I've seen a lot of drag since I moved to Atlanta almost six years ago. I dated a former drag queen and during our time together, it often felt like we went from drag bar to drag bar to see what amounted to a lot of the same thing over and over again. While I believe it takes talent to transform oneself from male to believably female, my patience for lip-syncing songs with mediocre stage presence is fleeting.

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Facebook relationship status update: In a Civil Union

Facebook — where you can read all about the ups and downs of people's relationships — is now adding "In a Civil Union" and "In a Domestic Partnership" to its relationship statuses.

Some LGBT people are able to record their relationships as "married" because they've been married in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Washington, D.C ,  the few states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

But now in a move for more inclusivity, Facebook is adding more options for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who can't legally married but are in legal relationships.

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Faith & Religion issue

From inclusive worship to how to counter anti-gay religious arguments, our new print edition spotlights spirituality