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Atlanta’s Baton Bob says he was physically threatened, called anti-gay slur


Baton Bob, the self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Mirth" known for wearing tutus and other costumes while twirling a baton on the streets of Atlanta, said he was accosted Wednesday afternoon by a man who called him a "damn faggot."

Baton Bob, 60, also known as Bob Jamerson, created the Baton Bob character 11 years and for the past  several years has been sighted all over Atlanta dancing and strutting in his outrageous costumes with a baton in hand and a whistle hanging around his neck. He has also become a popular sight at neighborhood festivals as well as the Atlanta Pride parade. He recently introduced a new character, Shake-a-Bag Bob who shakes pom poms rather than twirling a baton.

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Pushing Congress to regulate content over anti-gay beating not the answer


It was hard to watch, but I had to see it.

The video posted to that showed Brandon White being assaulted outside of an Atlanta corner store drew views from around the world. As of today, it's been watched more than a million times.

Local activists are understandably angry at the anti-gay crime, but a new focus on pushing Congress to regulate websites like is misplaced.

“I believe websites like World Star Hip Hop have a responsibility to report this type of activity to some type of law enforcement agency,” said Devin Barrington-Ward of Change Atlanta in a statement released today. Barrington Ward was an organizer for the Feb. 11 rally held at the scene of the video-taped attack.

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Pressure on GOP candidates over LGBT positions ahead of primaries

GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann

The Grand Old Party has had a hard time dealing with LGBT activists this campaign season. From “glitter bombs” to awkward responses in town hall meetings, this year's crop of GOP presidential candidates has been forced to stand by their positions on marriage, gays and lesbians in the military and employment non-discrimination.

Thanks to the power of social media and the accessibility of amateur video for the world to see, activists have been able to highlight the often hypocritical or nonsensical anti-gay positions as the GOP's candidates make their way across the early primary states.

Take Michele Bachmann, for example. She and her husband Marcus run a Christian-based counseling clinic that practices “reparative” therapy in her homestate of Minnesota. “Pray the gay away,” in other words. That, and Michele's anti-gay positions, led to a series of “glitter bombs” and even an occupation of the Bachmann clinic by “gay barbarians” over the summer.

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Activist meet-up

Queer Justice League holds monthly meeting at Phillip Rush Center

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Atlanta activists scold Ga. Rep. Franklin over anti-gay comments

Ga. Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta)Atlanta's Queer Justice League, a local advocacy group, plans to hold State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta) accountable for his statements regarding the repeal of the military's anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

During an interview with the Marietta Daily Journal, Franklin compared gays to drug dealers while discussing his opposition to DADT’s repeal:

"The Bible says it's a capital offense," Franklin said. "You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior? And it's not just that, neither should adulterers, neither should thieves, neither should a lot of things. The church is full of sinners, but we're told in 1st Corinthians it rattled off the homosexual, the adulterer, the thief, the liar, and such were some of you, but you've been washed, you've been justified and so forth. It's not what you were. You're not punishing a thought. But do you want an unrepentant drug dealer in the military? Same thing."

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Queer Justice League looking to recruit Atlanta activists

Atlanta’s Queer Justice League will host its first-ever open meeting Tuesday night at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer from 7-9 p.m.

The organization is seeking people interested in LGBT activism and will offer ways for participants to become more involved in local and national issues.

The QJL recently met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) after his office admitted a member of the senator’s staff left an anti-gay comment on the gay blog Joe.My.God. The staffer has since been "removed."

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Obama AIDS strategy targets gay, bisexual men

A long-awaited National HIV/AIDS Strategy document the White House released July 14 calls for devoting more funds and attention to HIV prevention programs that target four high-risk population groups, especially gay and bisexual men.

The 45-page strategy document that took 15 months to prepare says state and federal AIDS prevention programs have so far failed to adequately target gay and bisexual men and transgender people.

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DADT pressure continues

North Carolina activists protest DADT in Washington

North Carolina group visits Washington to press for repeal of military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy