Outspoken

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Outspoken: Country singer Chely Wright, U.S. Rep. Steve King and more…

Country star Chely Wright recently came out of the closet

“When I first moved to Nashville, I worked at Opryland and there are a lot of gay boys running around at those themeparks. I was afraid there was some identifiable factor in me that they could pick up on, that they might know that I was gay.”

— Country singer Chely Wright, who recently came out, in a candid interview last week with Oprah Winfrey (“Oprah” via ContactMusic.com, May 19)

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There are crimes, and then there are hate crimes

Colle Carpenter, a transgender student from California, was attacked in the men's restroom on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, and had the word "it" carved into his chest.

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Mayor talks to TV, not GA Voice, on Eagle lawsuit

UPDATE II: Mayor's office responds to our blog.

It’s a frustrating fact of being a small media outlet, whether gay or straight. Often, politicians try to avoid taking a stand on controversial issues until the volume of media coverage forces them to get involved. And also often, what finally gets their attention is TV.

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Bittersweet Victory

Anger competed with relief as my dominant reaction to the news that an Atlanta judge tossed out all charges against the Eagle 8, the gay men who were baselessly arrested during an undisciplined raid conducted by the Atlanta Police Department last fall. Relief won in terms of immediacy, but the anger I felt — still feel — is far more intense.