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Georgia queer writer named Lambda Literary Fellow

Sarah Fonseca

Sarah Fonseca of Atlanta is currently finishing up her BA in Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. and writing a memoir on being a queer Latina working in a Mexican restaurant. Recently, she was selected as the only person from Georgia to be a Lambda Literary Fellow.

Being named a Fellow is a dream come true for the 23-year old student and she hopes to raise enough money to make the trip to Los Angeles for the emerging writer’s retreat — or “queer writers boot camp” — and study under the likes of LGBT authors such as Dorothy Allison.

“On the last day the Lambda Literary Fellow application could be postmarked, I pawned my computer to make the fee. There was no afterthought: The Lambda Literary Emerging Writer’s Retreat is where I need to be. Had I not been accepted this year and the world remained intact after 2012, I would’ve applied next year, and the one after that,” she writes in a bio for the foundation.

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Georgia queer writer named Lambda Literary Fellow

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Sarah Fonseca of Atlanta is currently finishing up her BA in Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., writing a memoir on being a queer Latina working in a Mexican restaurant and was recently the only person from Georgia to be selected to be a Lambda Literary Fellow.

As part of the fellowship, Fonseca, 23, has the opportunity to attend an emerging writers' retreat in L.A. — but she readily admits she doesn't have the funds to make the trip. She's asking for donations from individuals willing to help her achieve a major goal. People can donate by visiting this link.

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Carl Black: Sharing life via social networks

Carl Black

If you don’t know Carl Black IRL (in real life), then you may follow him on many of the social networks available — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Once the King of Yelp (yes, really), Black, who is gay, always has a cheerful tweet or photo to share with his virtual network as well as an eternal smile he likes to share with close friends and people he meets at various social and volunteering functions.

And if you want to see the places, food and sunsets he loves to share, check him out at http://about.me/cblack.

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Brain & Body Solutions offers unique therapies

Dr. Stephanie Rimka

Dr. Stephanie Rimka of Brain and Body Solutions has a simple message for those looking to stay healthy: “Stop and breathe,” she says. “It’s free, it doesn’t take a lot of time and nobody does it.”

But for people dealing with more severe health issues, taking a moment to breathe might not be enough to overcome ADHD, memory loss, anxiety, sleep problems or depression.

That’s where Rimka and Brain and Body Solutions come in. The wellness practice offers several different kinds of therapies, such a neurofeedback, sound therapy, nutrition and chiropractic services, that can help alleviate ailments without the use of drugs and surgeries.

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Out in office: Meet Ga.’s only openly gay mayor

Kathie deNobriga

You can safely say that Pine Lake’s 2012 Inaugural Ball was unlike any other held this year for elected officials in Georgia.

The new mayor held a pink wand as she made her first speech, and danced with the town’s First Woman.

Kathie deNobriga, 61, is a longtime advocate for the arts; she now works as a consultant and is a certified mediator. She moved to Pine Lake to be with her life partner, poet Alice Teeter, and was first elected to the City Council in the tiny Atlanta suburb in 2002.