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UPDATED: Fired Atlanta Eagle raid officer wins appeal to get job back

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Former Atlanta Police Sgt. Willie Adams, a supervisor of the unconstitutional raid on the Atlanta Eagle, won an appeal in court today in his attempt to get his job back with the APD.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee ruled in Adams' favor in his attempt to get back on the Atlanta police force where he was a 20-year veteran before being fired in the midst of the Eagle raid scandal. His firing was upheld in 2011 by the city's Civil Service Board and then appealed to court.

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Former Eagle raid officer says Atlanta police had arrest quotas

An Atlanta Police Department officer who was fired after a city investigation into the unconstitutional raid of the Midtown gay bar Atlanta Eagle has said in court documents that officers were required to meet arrest quotas, according to a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Cayenne Mayes, who was fired from the APD for lying during the investigation of the 2009 Eagle raid, was also part of another lawsuit filed by young men who said they were illegally strip searched by Mayes and other APD officers who were part of the now disbanded Red Dog Unit.

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Pride: Famed DJs, hot parties on tap for Pride weekend

Atlanta Pride nightlife

Atlanta Pride is a time to celebrate — during the day at the festival in Piedmont Park, and at night with special events in many of the city’s bars and nightclubs.

For shirtless guys dancing and celebrating their freedom, the Heretic, Jungle and after-hours Xion serve up a “100 percent genuine big slice of Atlanta Gay Pride” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-14.

On Friday, after partying with the fishes at the official Atlanta Pride kick off party at the Georgia Aquarium, Pride revelers can get into the groove at Jungle for the official Pride Aquarium After Party with DJ Ed Bailey, or go across Cheshire Bridge Road to the Heretic with DJ Joe Gauthreaux.

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Mixx blends social, upscale atmosphere

Mixx blends social, upscale atmosphere

The owners of Mixx are in the middle of a series of renovations designed to make the club more comfortable and upscale — something they believe is lacking in LGBT Atlanta’s nightlife scene.

The bar first opened in 2009 as one of the only non-smoking venues in Midtown and has since become a popular after-work destination.

The 3,200 square-foot club features a large dance floor, two bars, a covered outdoor area and a wall-sized projection system that plays music videos.

Mixx hosts a variety of weekly events, including local pianist David Reeb, Texas Hold’em Poker and the weekly Grown and Sexy Party, but the bar’s owners are planning a series of upcoming events they hope will make Mixx a local nightlife fixture.

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[Photos] MSR brings some ‘bad girls’ to the club – and others who just like to dance

My Sister's Room

DJ M, My Sister's Room and Twee threw down Aug. 16 with its "We Love Biggie" edition of Dance Fever at the lesbian bar in East Atlanta. Women (and some guys) packed the dance floor to the beats of the 80s, 90s, disco Top 40 as well as hip hop.

The GA Voice arrived too late on Aug. 17 to witness any action, but word was from party organizers and witnesses that "Bad Girls Club" filmed a scene at MSR. And a fight broke out. Apparently the reality TV show that takes a bunch of bad girls, puts them in a house and records the hilarity and violence and, well, embarrassing situations arise is now filming in the ATL and will also be filming at the Pure Heat festival in Piedmont Park on Sept. 2 during Black Pride over Labor Day weekend.

Are girl fights really that popular still? Anyone see any "Bad Girls Club" filming going on anywhere?

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Backpack in the Park, Marietta Rainbow Festival bring the heat

Backpack in the Park and Marietta Rainbow Festival

Next weekend brings two opportunities to gather with LGBT friends, celebrate community and help young people.

The 7th annual Backpack in the Park hopes to take party-goers back to their childhoods to help a new generation of young people get a successful start in the new school year.

This year’s theme, “Summer Camp,” gives attendees the chance to relive such childhood camp classics like crafting and s’mores while collecting backpacks and school supplies for Georgia’s less fortunate kids.

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Clayton Sheriff hires fired Eagle raid officers

The Clayton County sheriff has hired two of the former Atlanta Police Department officers who were fired in the aftermath and investigations of the botched and unconstitutional Eagle raid, according to a report by WSB TV.

Clayton Sheriff Kem Kimbrough told WSB reporter Mark Winne he had no worries about hiring former APD Sgt. Willie Adams and Officer Cayenne Mayes. APD Chief George Turner fired the two men for lying during an in investigation of the 2009  raid on the gay bar.

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Gay Cinco de Mayo party more than margaritas at Las Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo at Las Margaritas

Don't tell gay Atlanta that Cinco de Mayo isn't the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico. The landslide of bar events is too grande to stop and besides, El Dieciseis de Septiembre just doesn't roll off the tongue.

The man at the helm of Midtown's largest Cinco fiesta is Oscar Alfredo Valdivieso, better known as the mile-a-minute "Papi" by friends and regulars who frequent his Latin restaurant, Las Margaritas.

"This is not just tacos and margaritas," Valdivieso says of his second annual Cinco de Mayo Outdoor Latin Carnaval. "They're going to go crazy."