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Atlanta Zoning Committee approves ordinances to oust Cheshire Bridge Road adult businesses

In a 3-2 vote, with one abstention, the Atlanta Zoning Committee voted to approve proposed legislation that would oust adult businesses along Cheshire Bridge Road by 2018.

Voting in favor were Keisha Lance Bottoms, chair of the committee; Alex Wan, co-chair and sponsor of the legislation; and Carla Smith. Voting no were Howard Shook and Ivory Lee Young. Joyce Sheperd, who arrived late to the meeting, abstained.

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Gay author Yolo Akili seeks emotional healing in ‘Dear Universe’


A former Atlanta resident who now lives in New York, Yolo Akili has worked as an anti-violence and emotional wellness counselor for young people and men for nearly 10 years.

He’s been on Huffington Post Live! and The Derek &  Romaine Show on Sirius XM and now he’s written a book titled, “Dear Universe.” He will give a reading and signing of this book Friday, May 31, at Charis Books & More at 7 p.m.

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Ga. gay veteran to testify before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Atlanta activist Danny Ingram, who was discharged from the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and serves as president of American Veterans for Equal Rights, is set to testify May 31 before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.

The briefing is titled, “Is the Federal Government Adequately Protecting the Civil Rights of Our Veterans and Service Members Who Have Fought for Our Rights?” Ingram was specifically invited to address LGBT issues.

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Openly gay Robbie Rogers on pro soccer return: ‘It’s good to be back’

Robbie Rogers 

Robbie Keane may have provided the Los Angeles Galaxy with the goals it needed to come away the victor from Sunday’s game against the Seattle Sounders, but it was Robbie Rogers who stole the show.

Rogers stepped onto the pitch in the 77th minute to a roaring crowd Sunday night. For the first time in American men’s professional sports, an openly gay man was a part of the competition.

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HBO’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ looks beyond gay pianist’s legendary flamboyance


It would be virtually impossible to make a film about the life of gay entertainer Liberace and not have plenty of campy, over-the-top moments. But Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh largely focuses on the human story over the flamboyance in his new HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” debuting May 26. 

Based on Liberace’s six-year relationship with Scott Thorson and Thorson’s memoir, “Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace,” the film opens in 1977 as a young Scott (Damon) goes to Las Vegas with a new friend to see pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) in concert.

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