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Atlanta police: No report of ‘hate crime’ at Screen on the Green

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.

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Longtime Atlanta Pride volunteer dies suddenly

UPDATE: The memorial service for Greg Barrett will be Monday, June 7, at 3 p.m. at Christ Covenant MCC, 109 Hibernia Ave. Decatur, GA 30030. Directions to the church can be found online at www.christcovenantmcc.org

Greg Barrett, a long-time volunteer with Atlanta Pride as well as numerous other organizations, died today, said JP Sheffield, executive director of Atlanta Pride.

News of his death started appearing in Facebook updates about 4 p.m. today. Sheffield said he talked to Barrett’s husband, Tim, and everyone is still in shock.

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APN Editor sues city of Atlanta, council members

The editor of Atlanta Progressive News is suing the city of Atlanta and members of the Atlanta City Council, including Alex Wan, who is gay and represents District 6.
The lawsuit demands that the City Council make public a vote made during a council retreat about limiting public comments during council committee meetings.

Matthew Cardinale, who is gay, filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court on May 17 alleging the council did not keep an official record of the vote and therefore violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act.

Council members named in the suit are Wan, Ceasar Mitchell, Felicia A. Moore, Carla Smith, Ivory Lee Young, Howard Shook, Joyce Sheperd and H. Lamar Willis. They were served copies of the suit on May 24. Rhonda Dauphin Johnson, municipal clerk, is also named in the suit as is the City of Atlanta.

Cardinale has been writing about the suit on his website.

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Atlanta police want to sweeten relationship with LGBT community

Atlanta's new LGBT Liaison Officer Patricia Powell

Senior Patrol Officer Patricia Powell, the new LGBT liaison for the Atlanta Police Department, has stopped in at least one gay-owned business to introduce herself as part of her new duties.

“My initial thought [of Powell] is I’m impressed,” said Philip Rafshoon, owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, who said Powell dropped into his store about two weeks ago and also attended the Pearl Cleage reading on May 20.

Mayor Kasim Reed pledged earlier this year that Atlanta would have at least two fulltime LGBT police liaisons, but confusion remains as to whether Powell’s appointment truly fulfills that goal.