Thursday’s showing of “Dreamgirls” at Screen on the Green in Piedmont Park drew a much smaller crowd and none of the violence that plagued the event two weeks ago.
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The June 10 viewing of the movie was postponed after fights broke out during the showing of “Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen” on June 3 at Piedmont Park and spilled onto the streets, including alleged beatings and muggings and harassment against gay movie goers.
The Atlanta Citizens Review Board upheld Thursday night the allegation of a false arrest made by David Shepherd, the Atlanta Eagle bar employee who lived in the apartment of the bar and who was arrested in his home during the controversial raid last September.
The same day the Atlanta police chief finalists met in a town hall forum, the popular “Screen on the Green” movie showing in Piedmont Park ended abruptly after several fights broke out and there were unconfirmed reports of gunfire.
Jesse Rhodes, who is openly gay, said what happened at Screen on the Green on June 3 was an “insult” to the people of Midtown, including its gay residents. He lives at Post Parkside and walked to the park with a group of gay friends. While the fights and rowdy behavior broke out around them as they tried to watch “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” he and his gay friends felt very vulnerable, he said.
“We felt like sitting ducks,” he said. “They were definitely targeting gay people. One of my good friends, who is gay and works at Swinging Richards, got jumped by five people and beat up.”
At the recent town hall forum to let the public meet the three finalists to be the next Atlanta police chief, Mayor Kasim Reed acknowledged that many believe there has been a breach of confidence between the city’s residents and the police department.
“Tonight we begin repairing that breach,” Reed said during opening remarks on June 3 at the Atlanta Civic Center.
The three candidates are interim Chief George Turner; Dr. Cedric Alexander, head of the Transportation Security Administration at the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas International Airport; and Robert White, the Louisville, Kentucky Metro police chief.
Friends and family of Greg Barrett came together at Christ Covenant MCC in Decatur June 7 to honor his life and remember his community volunteerism. Barrett died June 3.
Attendees remembered Barrett, 43, for his dedication to local nonprofit organizations as well on the impact he had on friends and family.
A long-time Atlanta Pride volunteer, Barrett was actively involved with several Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations, including the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and AIDS Walk Atlanta.
The Atlanta Citizens Review Board will discuss tonight its investigation into the allegation of a false arrest made by David Shepherd, the Atlanta Eagle bar employee who lived in the apartment of the bar and who was arrested in his home during the controversial raid last September.
F.R.O.G.S. Cantina was the victim of burglary this morning, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay political group, today released its annual Healthcare Equality Index. Two Atlanta hospitals were among the 178 facilities rated on policies affecting LGBT patients and staff.
Update: The June 10 Screen on the Green showing of "Dreamgirls" has been postponed due to last night's melee. The series will resume with "Dreamgirls" on June 17, according to Peachtree TV.
"The Piedmont Park Conservancy, Peachtree TV, the City of Atlanta and other sponsors are committed to continuing this summer tradition in the city's landmark park, and are working together to ensure that it remains a safe and fun family event," according to a statement on Peachtree TV's website.