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Trans woman aces round with LPGA

Just in time for this week’s LPGA Tour Championship, a victory for the transgender community makes a hole in one.

Lana Lawless filed suit against the LPGA on Oct. 12 in the U.S. District Court of San Francisco, a direct result of her rejected application for tour membership. The 57-year-old retired police officer suspected a violation of her rights, considering she underwent sex-reassignment surgery five years ago.

This past Tuesday, the LPGA voted an epic change to its constitutional bylaws during a players meeting to begin including members that were not assigned “female at birth.”

LPGA president Michelle Ellis noted, “This was the first hurdle. This had to be done first.”

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‘NOM World’ impersonating anti-gay hate group

The National Organization for Marriage released a warning to its followers today regarding a new online presence from a group calling themselves “NOM World.”

NOM is accusing the fake group of mimicking its logo and misleading its followers. “NOM World” uses the name ‘be4marriage’ on Twitter.

“Please understand that this group is not related to NOM, and is only attempting to confuse and mislead NOM’s followers and potential followers on Facebook and Twitter,” a NOM blog post states. “They are openly in favor of same-sex marriage and accuse NOM of being a hate group.”

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Dave Koz concert

Saxophonist Dave Koz releases first CD since coming out

Acclaimed saxophonist plays concert tonight at Cobb Energy Centre

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Holiday theater offerings

Holiday theater offerings are plenty in Atlanta

Each year, the holiday season in Atlanta seems to grow longer and longer. The first week of November, for instance, saw the debut of “White Christmas,” the kind of production normally reserved for December. The long season, however, means there’s no shortage of holiday fare in local theaters, from the familiar to the edgy.

Of course, no holiday season would be complete without Horizon’s annual “The Santaland Diaries,” based on gay writer David Sedaris’ “Holidays on Ice.” This is the 12th year for the show, which stars Harold Leaver as the often grumpy, openly gay Crumpet, forced to serve as a department store elf one holiday season. Back is sidekick Enoch King, the usual doses of snideness and “plenty of fresh jokes and references,” promises Leaver.

“The Holiday Ice Spectacular” will feature laughs as well as skating. It stars a cast of 16, including some recognizable skating names. Among the cast is openly gay skater Michael Stack, who promises fun for all kinds of audiences, gay and straight.

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Take a break from leftovers with hearty steaks, warm soups

Parker's on Ponce offers tasty steaks and more...

We were in Decatur, already tired of thinking about turkey, and wanted a nice hearty steak with a spicy glass of pinot noir, but we didn’t feel like paying high Buckhead prices. Plus we wanted something “neighborhoody.” Parker’s on Ponce was the perfect choice.

Open since 2008, Parker’s offers style and class without being pretentious. It’s the perfect setting for good friends or a holiday gathering. The romantic interior is warm with dark woods and soothing ambient stone fireplaces, causing Parker’s to immediately release your stress. When we were there the scene was a Decatur mélange of gay, lesbian and straight. Service was convivial and inviting. They are open for brunch and there’s a big bar. The large scenic patio will be nice in the spring.

The cuisine is decadent without being too over the top.  Sometimes it’s nice to revisit classic steakhouse fare like fried calamari, and Parker’s take was fresh and crispy with a drizzle of garlic and onion aioli. We decided to continue the splurge and split the lamb lollipops, little savory chops with mint balsamic reduction. Our friend got the Irish beer cheese soup with a white cheddar crouton.   It was a butch French Onion.

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Saxophonist unveils ‘whole’ self in first original album since coming out

Saxophonist Dave Koz releases first CD since coming out

Music has rescued Dave Koz’s spirit during some of the most difficult times in his life, and the acclaimed saxophonist hopes his latest album, “Hello Tomorrow,” can be an uplifting “survival guide” during these somewhat bleak times.

“Everybody seems to be going through these massive changes, and these are very unfamiliar times, where life looks very different than you thought it was going to be looking,” Koz tells the GA Voice. “How do you get through it? How do you come out on the other side and embrace all these challenges? Music has an ability to touch people on a level that can help at times like this.”

Koz will also stimulate holiday cheer when he kicks-off his “Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas” tour with a Nov. 27 show at the Cobb Energy Centre. Now in its thirteenth year, the Christmas tour started as a lifesaver for Koz, “a nice Jewish boy.”

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WERKing it at Spelman College — drag fashion show a hit on campus

WERK drag fashion show

Spelman College's Afrekete and Morehouse College's Safe Space program, both serving the LGBT students on their respective campuses, combined forces for the second annual WERK, a drag fashion show featuring men and women, as part of Spelman's second annual Pride Week.

More than 100 people packed into the Cosby Lobby Friday, Nov. 12, on Spelman's campus for spoken word, hip hop and, of course, the main event — a drag fashion.

Last year, for Spelman's first Pride Week, the college was able to get the OK for a drag show to be held on campus — the first time an historically black college has held a drag show as part of official campus programming.