The word “homosexual” is not negative; it’s descriptive, but when we imbue it with pride, we make it a positive word
I think it’s wonderful to be homosexual. I, for one, am a proud homosexual Atlantan. I am also a member of the gay community, or the LGBTQI community, or, you know, I’m “family.”
For many years I have advocated for the proud and unashamed use of the word “homosexual” in order to reclaim it as a positive word.
As news editor of Atlanta Progressive News, I have used the word pretty consistently and published an editorial policy statement about it in 2006. Over the years, I have had a lot of debates with friends and colleagues about it. Recently, I received a call from State Rep. Karla Drenner, who insisted she is not homosexual; she is a lesbian.
The Atlanta Progressive News will host a town hall meeting tonight at the Spring4th Center in Midtown to discuss the BP oil disaster. The forum will feature six speakers and a question and answer session.
Topics to be covered include government accountability, reducing our dependence on oil and how to take direct action.
The editor of Atlanta Progressive News is suing the city of Atlanta and members of the Atlanta City Council, including Alex Wan, who is gay and represents District 6.
The lawsuit demands that the City Council make public a vote made during a council retreat about limiting public comments during council committee meetings.
Matthew Cardinale, who is gay, filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court on May 17 alleging the council did not keep an official record of the vote and therefore violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act.
Council members named in the suit are Wan, Ceasar Mitchell, Felicia A. Moore, Carla Smith, Ivory Lee Young, Howard Shook, Joyce Sheperd and H. Lamar Willis. They were served copies of the suit on May 24. Rhonda Dauphin Johnson, municipal clerk, is also named in the suit as is the City of Atlanta.
Cardinale has been writing about the suit on his website.