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FBI, military investigate alleged gay bashing in Savannah

The FBI confirmed it is investigating the alleged assault on a gay man in Savannah by two U.S. Marines as a possible hate crime under the federal hate crimes law. The Marine Corps is also conducting its own investigation as is the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department.

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Gay man beaten in Savannah by two Marines

A gay man in Savannah was attacked early Sunday by two Marines who face misdemeanor battery charges. The alleged victim, however, tells police he was the victim of a hate crime and is disturbed Georgia remains one of only five states without a hate crimes law.

The Savannah Morning News reported today that Keil Joseph Cronauer, 22, and Christopher Charles Stanzel, 23, were arrested in the serious beating of 26-year-old Kieran Daly. Cronauer and Stanzel are stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C., the newspaper reported.

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No Georgia hospitals rated ‘top performers’ by HRC

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay political group, released its annual Healthcare Equality Index on June 7. Two Georgia hospitals, both in Atlanta, were among the 178 facilities rated on policies affecting LGBT patients and staff.

Emory University Hospital received credit for having an equal employment opportunity policy that includes sexual orientation.

Piedmont Hospital received credit for having a gay-inclusive Equal Employment policy, as well as visitation policies that give same-sex couples the same access as opposite-sex couples and next of kin, visitation polices that give same-sex partners the same visitation for their minor children as opposite-sex partners, and cultural competency training that includes healthcare issues that impact LGBT people.

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Gov. candidate Karen Handel dogged by past gay support

The gay Republican activist who stated in a 2003 interview that Karen Handel supports gay adoption and domestic partner benefits told the Georgia Voice that he stands by the quote, and provided email exchanges with the GOP politician that show her desire to win gay support.

Meanwhile, another gay Republican leader noted that the staff of Nathan Deal, who is attacking Handel on gay issues as they battle in the GOP primary for governor, welcomed and helped him when he visited Washington, D.C., for the gay Log Cabin Republicans national conference.

“We will be continuing our support for Karen Handel,” Marc Yeager, then-president of the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans, told Southern Voice newspaper in an article published Aug. 15, 2003. “She demonstrated in her last run that she was supportive of domestic partner benefits, and she’s supported same-sex adoptions on the basis of the best interest of the child.”

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ARCA seeks volunteers for historic HIV vaccine trial

ARCA principal investigator Dr. Melanie Thompson

The AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta is currently seeking 10 to 12 volunteers to help test the safety of a vaccine that shows the potential of reversing HIV viral loads in HIV-positive individuals.

The 77-week trial of a vaccine from GeoVax, a biotechnology company based in Smyrna, Ga., that specializes in developing an HIV vaccine, is the first of its kind.

This study is “the first therapeutic trial ever conducted using a promising HIV vaccine candidate from GeoVax, Inc.,” according to a May 18 press release from ARCA.

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Ga. Senate race pits longtime ally against gay-friendly newcomer

State Senate contendees Graham Balch and Vincent Fort

In the Democratic primary for state Senate District 39, one of the strongest LGBT allies in the Georgia General Assembly faces a challenger who is also drawing gay support.

The district, currently represented by Sen. Vincent Fort, stretches from East Point to Buckhead, includes much of Midtown, and is home to one of the largest concentrations of gay voters in the city.