A Fantastic Woman

5 LGBTQ things you need to know today, March 5

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5 LGBT things you need to know today, March 24

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5 LGBT things you need to know today, March 2

1. In a landmark move, the United Nations is sending a human rights expert to Argentina to assess anti-LGBT violence and discrimination in the country. Preliminary findings will be announced on March 10. 2. ...
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Local gay playwright Topher Payne explores long-term commitment

'Beauty and the Beast' returns to Atlanta

Openly gay writer Topher Payne is used to penning new plays, but with his current “Tokens of Affection,” he adds a new hat — that of director. His world premiere comedy opens at Georgia Ensemble Theatre this week.

Payne calls it “The Parent Trap” for grown-ups. “Tokens of Affection” is the story of siblings Charlie and Claire (Matt Myers and Kelly Criss), whose parents split after 37 years of marriage. Not happy with the idea of having two single parents in their 60s, the siblings scheme to get them back together.

Payne says he had a couple of inspirations for “Tokens of Affection.” The main one was marrying his husband in 2008.