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Ala. lesbian beaten at girlfriend’s Thanksgiving dinner

Mallory Owens via Facebook

A 23-year old lesbian from Mobile, Ala., was allegedly beaten by her girlfriend's brother on Thanksgiving in what some are calling a blatant anti-gay hate crime. Mallory Owens was attacked by Travis Hawkins, Jr., Thursday, Nov. 22, at the home of her girlfriend, Ally Hawkins, according to Alabama NBC affiliate Local 15.

Hawkins has been charged with second degree assault.

Equality Alabama, a statewide LGBT organization, is continuing to collect facts surrounding the case, according to State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Jefferson), the organization’s chair. Equality Alabama is confident in the investigators, Todd added in a phone interview with GA Voice today.

“The only reason she was beaten is that she was the partner of the sister,” Todd said.

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[Video] LGBTQ youth of color to ‘Ignite’ activism in Atlanta Sept. 14-16

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More than 150 LGBTQ young people of color from states in the Deep South are gathering in Atlanta this weekend for the first-ever “Ignite 2012 Queer and Trans Youth of Color Convening”  that will include networking, workshops, resources and, perhaps most important of all, providing a place for LGBTQ young people living in rural communities to realize they are not alone.

Organized by Atlanta-based SPARK, which works for reproductive justice in Georgia and the South, the convening will bring together youth from Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, New Orleans, Tennessee and Texas as well as Georgia.

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‘Stride Into Pride’ steps up with numerous events, parties planned before Atlanta Pride arrives

It's time to start dusting off your gay apparel (and shoes) with more than a dozen events and parties planned for "Stride Into Pride" during the weeks and days leading up to Atlanta Pride set for Oct. 8-9.

From parties at Jungle and the W Midtown to a legal forum and an AIDS vigil, Atlanta Pride is offering numerous options for people to become involved before the weekend fest at Piedmont Park.

Included as part of "Stride Into Pride" is a public invitation to Yom Kippur services with Congregation Bet Haverim. Atlanta Pride this year is held during Yom Kippur, which led to talks between the Pride committee and members of the gay-founded Reconstructionist synagogue to find a way to honor the Jewish holy day during Pride.

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Atlanta Pride rolls out schedule for Stonewall Celebration in June

Atlanta Pride today announced the schedule for the annual Stonewall Celebration that kicks off with the wildly popular East Point Possums Show on June 18 and wraps up with a movie viewing of “March On!” on June 26.

The Stonewall Celebration also includes a Pride Seder on June 24 titled, “A Spiritual Celebration of the LGBTQ Movement,” presented by Congregation Bet Haverim. When Atlanta Pride announced its dates for the fest on Oct. 8-9, the committee did not realize the dates coincided with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

After learning of the oversight, the Atlanta Pride Committee reached out to Rabbi Josh Lesser of Bet Haverim and other LGBT Jewish leaders to discuss options for recognizing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jewish community.

Other highlights of the Stonewall Celebration include StoryCorps “Out & OutLoud” event on June 22 celebrating LGBT stories and hosted by WABE’s John Lemly as well as the 7th Annual Evening for Equality presented by Georgia Equality on June 23.

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Police investigating death of gay campground employee

Local law enforcement investigators have ruled the death of a gay campground employee a murder and are investigating the crime as a “homicide by gunshot.”

On Sept. 8, victim Todd Tumlin was found in the woods off Pulliam Mill Rd. near the site of River’s Edge, a gay campground where Tumlin worked. Tumlin had been reported missing on Aug. 28 and had last been seen in the immediate area.

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Southern Comfort Conference celebrates 20 years

Chaz Bono will speak at this year's Southern Comfort Conference

When Atlanta’s Southern Comfort Conference begins next week, it does so with its core mission in place, but with a renewed emphasis on entertainment – and with some star wattage in the form of Chaz Bono.

According to Alexis Dee, the chair of the conference as well as a board member, this is the 20th anniversary of the conference, designed for the transgender community.  Dee feels the conference has changed over the years from being information-only. That is one reason this year’s theme is “Party Hearty."

When the conference was launched in 1991, it was done more to provide information to bring the transgender community up to speed, according to Dee. That’s still of vital importance, and the 2010 convention will have the same kinds of information as in previous years.

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Furor continues over Miss. high school that dumped prom rather than allow lesbian couple

Constance McMillen pushes for gay couples to attend prom

FULTON, Miss. — The media whirlwind continues for Constance McMillen, the Mississippi student whose desire to take her girlfriend to the high school prom led to the cancellation of the event and a lawsuit from the ACLU against the school district.

McMillen’s media appearances have included “The Wanda Sykes Show,” the CBS Early Show, MSNBC and “The Joy Behar Show,” according to the Facebook page “Let Constance Take Her Girlfriend to the Prom!” set up by the ACLU. At press time, the page had almost 290,000 fans.