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New book by Darian Aaron focuses on black gay men in committed relationships

Living OutLoud with Darian

Darian Aaron wants people to know that black gay men are in committed relationships with each other — something that that people don't typically see in the movies, TV shows, even in magazine ads.

As a black gay man in a committed relationship, he said he was tired of seeing images in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that did not represent him. So, he wrote his own book about black, same-gender male couples titled, "When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color."

"There's a quote from Toni Morrison that I truly believe in, 'If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it,'" Aaron says.

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Straight men posing as lesbian bloggers can choke on their keyboards

Good evening. My name is Dyana Bagby. I am a real lesbian and I write under my real name.

I just wanted to make this clear in case some of you had any doubts. And in light of an internet scandal that has rocked the gay — well, specifically, the lesbian — blogging world, those doubts would be understandable.

That "A Gay Girl in Damascus" blog you may have vested your time and emotions in, worrying about Amina Arraf as she wrote about participating in protests in the war-torn Syria, about surviving as a lesbian in such an oppressive regime, about how government officials apparently kidnapped her? Yeah, she's not real. "She" is a straight guy, Tom MacMaster, 40, married, from Stone Mountain, Ga. He fessed up after some in-depth reporting by the Washington Post after it and other news outlets became fascinated and concerned about this lesbian in Damascus facing possible violence because of who she is.

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Gay blog Queerty returns after short hiatus

Call it a break. Call it time apart. Whatever you want to call it, gay blog Queerty is back.

The popular gay blog that used snarky commentary and featured plenty of mostly naked boys, announced back in April that it was shutting down. Yes, it's really back. Go check it out. I'll wait.

The site's owner, David Hauslaib, sold Queerty to GayCities, an LGBT resource company based in San Francisco, according to an article on the site. GayCities says that many of the original staff, as well as some new faces, including my former co-worker Dan Renzi, are hopping onboard the new incarnation.

Reaction to the initial shuttering was far from mixed. Most of our readers and commenters online felt that Queerty regularly crossed the line in their coverage of closeted celebrities and the tone of the content was unnecessarily “snarky.”

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Highlights from the Sixth Annual Swiftwater Music Festival

The Glitter Biscuits at the Swiftwater Women's Music Festival

It was a perfectly beautiful weekend for the Sixth Annual Swiftwater Women's Music Festival in Dahlonega, Georgia. The event was well attended, but not crowded. There were around fifty women in attendance Friday night, the first night of the festival.

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It was a great setting for camping, with a mess tent that served cooked-to-order food.

On Friday night, the Glitter Biscuits (top photo) took the stage and played an amazing set, followed by the Opposite Life, the duo comprised of Hollin Gammage and Arrie Bozeman with Jaen Black on drums.

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Pat Robertson chimes in on King & Spalding DOMA decision

You know you've done something right if you get Christian televangelist Pat Robertson in a tizzy. Last night on the Christian Broadcast Network's “The 700 Club,” Robertson blasted the recent decision by law firm King & Spalding to not represent the United States House of Representatives in the ongoing legal battles over the Defense of Marriage Act.

Robertson encouraged his viewers who do business with the law firm to have a “long re-examination of your association.”

“It is a law that corresponds to the belief of the majority of the American people,” Robertson said. I guess he hasn't seen new polling data that suggests otherwise.

Anyway, check out a clip below for the crazy (courtesy of RightWingWatch.org):

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Queerty blog shuts down

The popular Queerty blog has shut down.

Posted to its website today is this message:

A message from Queerty

After more than five years of serving the LGBT community with news and entertainment, Queerty has come to a close. The decision to shutter the site was not an easy one to make, and it is with great pain that we say goodbye to our loyal readership. From all of Queerty's writers and contributors, from our first unto our last day, thank you for spending some time with us.

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Obama: LGBT disappointment not justified

President Obama said Wednesday that he doesn’t think the “disillusionment” that some LGBT people have for his administration thus far is “justified.” He also refused to say whether he believes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is unconstitutional. And he said he has a strategy for getting the military ban on gays repealed in the lame-duck session.

The remarks came during a 45-minute group interview Oct. 27 with a group of five progressive bloggers. Only one of the five was gay: Joe Sudbay, who blogs at americablog.com. The interview took place in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, a daily meeting room next to the Oval Office.

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‘Exclusively’ video by Atlanta gay artist shows two black men in love

We love the blog Living Out Loud with Darian and he’s tipped us off to a sweet video of two men courting each other in Piedmont Park. The video is for the song, “Exclusively,” by openly gay Atlanta artist Anye’ Elite.

“In a media market saturated with affirming images of white gays and lesbians it's a wonderful feeling to see images that reflect the experience of LGBT people of color,” he writes.

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Chambliss’ office responsible for anti-gay slur

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss admitted an anti-gay blog comment originated from his Atlanta office

Georgia LGBT groups were up in arms this week after an anti-gay death threat in an online forum was tracked back to the office of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). Georgia Equality, the state’s largest LGBT political group, organized supporters to call Chambliss’ local offices around the state, while the upstart Queer Justice League demanded that Chambliss apologize.

“We want an official, contrite apology for Senator Chambliss, to the LGBT community and to all Georgians,” QJL’s Art Izzard said in a press release. “We also want Sen. Chambliss to commit to engaging his employees in sensitivity training, to equip them to better handle the concerns of his constituents.”

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Queer Justice League meets with Chambliss staff over anti-gay comment left on blog

Members of the Queer Justice League

The Queer Justice League met with the staff of Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) this afternoon to deliver a letter in response to a malicious comment posted on the gay-oriented blog Joe.My.God. The post came moments after the U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a defense bill that included repeal language for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The commenter, who identified himself as “Jimmy,” wrote “All faggots must die” shortly after the vote.

Chambliss voted against the cloture measure, which postponed Congressional DADT action indefinitely.

Some 10 members of the QJL met at 4 p.m. at the senator’s offices, located off Galleria Parkway in Cobb County, to deliver the letter. They met with Camila Knowles, State Director and General Counsel for Chambliss and called the meeting “cordial.”

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Queer Justice League to reprimand Chambliss over blog comment

The Queer Justice League will respond tomorrow to a blog comment allegedly left by a member of Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ staff on the gay blog Joe.My.God. by delivering a letter to the senator calling for a public apology as well as for his staff to undergo “sensitivity training.”

The group will deliver the letter to Chambliss’ Atlanta office at 4 p.m. The group initially requested a meeting with the senator, but Chambliss will be in Washington, D.C. according to the QJL.