Jay-Z’s mother gives emotional award speech

Jay-Z's mother, Gloria Carter, has accepted an LGBTQ award. As she made a speech at the GLAAD Media Awards, she became visibly emotional. Carter, who is a lesbian, told the crowd the story of coming out t...
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GLAAD plans second Atlanta Gala to honor community leaders

Fran Drescher

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will host its second annual gala Oct. 6 to recognize local LGBT leaders who’ve done work to advance social change.

Some 28 honorees, including GA Voice Editor Laura Douglas-Brown, will receive awards.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by GLAAD and this award is shared with all of the staff who work so hard on GA Voice every day,” Douglas-Brown says.

Other honorees include Q100 morning DJ Bert Weiss, actress Fran Drescher, local fundraising drag troupe Armorettes and nightlife stalwart Blake’s on the Park (see sidebar for full list of honorees).

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Evening for Equality honors gay, HIV activists from across Ga.

Macon HIV activist Johnny Fambro

As the state’s largest LGBT political group held a gala dinner last night to celebrate victories and honor leaders, the group’s executive director had the future on his mind.

“It’s been a very good year for Georgia Equality, it’s been a very good year for LGBT people here in Georgia, but it has not been a great year,” said Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality executive director, as the group’s supporters gathered June 23 for the seventh annual Evening for Equality.

“We still face challenges. We still face challenges in schools, where kids get bullied and picked on to the point they commit suicide. We still can get fired from any job, anywhere, anytime, for simply expressing who we are, what our gender identity is, who we love,” Graham said.