As the Gay Men’s Outreach coordinator at AID Atlanta, I often find myself having to explain what it is exactly that I do. I often joke that I’m a “professional homosexual.” I’ve been called an activist, an educator, a public speaker, a fundraiser and a social advocate. I guess I’m all of those things – and probably a few more. At the end of the day, however, what I’m most identified with being is Gay.
After two months of online balloting and more than 20,000 votes cast, we present the best of the best — our inaugural Best of Atlanta winners.
It all started back at the beginning of May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Nightlife, Dining, Retail, Pet Services, Internet, and Outside Atlanta.
The top three finalists — or more, in the case of a tie — in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.
Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.
Evolution Center, a project of AID Atlanta, is a community center created for young black gay men ages 18-28. Located on Auburn Avenue, the center is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Evolution Center was founded in 2006. In addition to free HIV and STD testing, it offers a variety of social and support groups designed to empower young black gay men, who often face both high degrees of discrimination and high rates of HIV.
Friends and family of Greg Barrett came together at Christ Covenant MCC in Decatur this afternoon to honor his life and remember his community volunteerism. Barrett died suddenly June 3.
Community leaders and family remembered Barrett for his dedication to local nonprofit organizations as well on the impact he had on friends and family.
For the next three months, six diverse and accomplished young ladies will work to better themselves and their communities, before making their formal debut into society at the Atlanta Cotillion.
The catch? These young debutantes are actually men, raising money in a unique competition to fund the fight against HIV.