5 LGBTQ things you need to know today, April 24

1. A Warner Robins police officer has come out as transgender. Anna Lange has worked for the Houston County Sheriff's Department for the past decade. When she came out, she expected to be fired. Instead, she wa...

Great game indeed, Mike Ritter

He told us loved us all the time, and I never once doubted it. As they were taking him back to the operating room, we held hands and I told him I loved him. He said it back. Then he said, “Timmy!” and reache...
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Atlanta woman sentenced to life plus 10 years for murdering girlfriend

Tonya Miller of Atlanta, 48, was convicted last week for killing her former girlfriend in 2005, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Miller received a life sentence plus 10 years for murdering Cheryl Miranda of Tampa, Fla. She was convicted on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and concealing a death. The verdict was handed down Friday. She was first convicted of the murder in 2008 but the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the ruling which led to a second trial.

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Atlanta mayor explains (at length) why he didn’t ‘flip-flop’ on gay marriage


Late Wednesday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's office issued a lengthy rebuttal to a Politifact.com ruling that he had performed a "full flop" on gay marriage.

Reed's office organized a social media campaign against the article, despite the fact that it detailed Reed's past support of LGBT rights and took great pains to clarify that a rating that he had changed his position need not be viewed as negative.

"First, a quick reminder about the Flip-O-Meter," the article states. "It makes no value judgment. Some might see a flip as a sign of weakness or political opportunism, but it can also be the outcome of an earnest re-evaluation of the facts."

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AJC calls out Atlanta mayor for gay marriage ‘flip-flop’


The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Politifact.com today released an analysis of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's recent embrace of same-sex marriages, calling the change of heart a “major reversal of position” and a political “flip-flop.”

Mayor Reed has been an advocate for LGBT causes during his time as mayor and as a state legislator, but instead of embracing the change of position, his comments on the article seem to indicate that he was in our corner the entire time. In truth, he was a friend and an advocate and supporter of civil unions, but he was not a supporter of marriage equality until quite recently.

From the mayor's official Facebook account this morning:

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AJC sports writer speaks out on Braves’ Roger McDowell anti-gay incident

Atlanta Journal-Constitution sportswriter Jeff Schultz

Jeff Schultz, sports writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has covered the Atlanta Braves — and all other Atlanta sports teams — for years.

When news broke that Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was accused of using anti-gay slurs against San Francisco Giants fans on April 23 at the San Francisco ballpark, Schultz wrote that the coach should be suspended at least 30 days.

“He needs to be hit with a suspension, and hit hard. The absolute minimum: 30 games without pay, a significant fine and court-mandated Saying Stupid Things Rehab. If even half what has been alleged is true, most of us would be fired,” Schultz wrote.

When McDowell was suspended by Major League Baseball for two weeks, Schultz said McDowell should consider himself "lucky."

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The personal is political for this gay boy and Chick-fil-A

My parents never pressured me into getting a job when I was in high school, but at 16, I found asking my mom for money more difficult than ever.

I needed a job to escape a truly horrific fashion moment.

I had just given myself a bit of a makeover, tossing aside my gigantic Jnco jeans and Doc Martin stack boots for more conservative Gap boot cuts and Abercrombie & Fitch golf shirts. It was all so expensive, but terribly necessary considering I'd spent the majority of my high school experience wearing glitter on my eyes, somehow pretending to be a glam rocker.

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Atlanta Eagle officers racked up large bar bills hours before raid

Atlanta police officers involved in the Atlanta Eagle raid spent a great deal of money on shots of liquor before the actual raid began, according to a news report.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that officer Bennie Bridges, the lead investigator of the raid and who was working undercover, spent $50 of APD funds on drinks on Sept. 10, 2009, the night of the raid. The AJC also states that Bridges spent another $60 on drinks on May 29, 2009, while working undercover into allegations of illicit sex and drug use taking place at the Midtown gay bar.

Another officer the night of the raid, Jared Watkins, also working undercover, spent $60 on drinks the night of the raid.