5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 20

1. As the new president takes the Oath of Office today, it seems as good a time as any to review the LGBT advances brought to America by our outgoing leader. Thanks, Obama.2. Makonnen comes out as mainstrea...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 30

1. Someone decided to give Milo Yiannopoulos, the self-described "alt-right" openly gay editor at Brietbart, a book deal to spew his platform from. And by "someone," we mean the same company that publishes book...
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‘Biggest Loser’ trainer visits Atlanta to help ‘Maximize Your Life’

Jillian Michaels comes to Atlanta

Jillian Michaels is best known for her role as a tough but empowering trainer on the NBC hit “The Biggest Loser.” With her first live tour, she hopes to help others find success not just through losing weight, but also through “maximizing” their passions and potential.

Michaels, who just released her newest book, “Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss,” comes to Atlanta this month for her “Maximize Your Life” tour, which stops in 35 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

The tour will cover topics ranging from weight loss and workouts to increasing confidence and self-esteem, and Michaels knows of which she speaks.

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Eddie Long accuser Centino Kemp to release tell-all book next week

Centino Kemp releases a new book

In case you didn't get enough sordid details about New Birth Pastor Eddie Long's alleged affairs with young men from the legal cases filed against him, it looks like the tell-all book from accuser Centino Kemp will soon be available.

On Feb. 1, Kemp posted a photo of the cover of the book, titled "First Lady," on his Twitter account (@Centino Kemp). "Feels like I give birth to a baby," Kemp declared.

The book comes out on Valentine's Day, Kemp has tweeted.

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David Sedaris delivers more than laughs with ‘Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk’

An Evening with David Sedaris

If you haven’t read “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” yet, you are cheating yourself of an important moral guide for these troublesome times. Also, you’ll miss the opportunity to laugh so hard that you snort. How often can you get a two-for-one deal like this?

“Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” is the most recent book by gay humorist David Sedaris, who brings his sardonic wit and intellectual humor to Atlanta Symphony Hall on Oct. 27.

“Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” is a collection of 17 fables, little stories featuring animal characters illustrating some moral lesson, set in contemporary urban America.  You’re free to interpret them as taking place in New York City, but Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, or Miami would work just as well.

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Charis welcomes gay author Eric Sasson tonight

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As a lesbian-owned feminist bookstore, Atlanta's Charis Books & More sometimes gets a bad rap for not showing the love for queer and progressive men. The fact is, the bookstore — the oldest feminist bookstore in the South — continually gives recognition to gay men and their works.

Tonight, Charis welcomes gay author Eric Sasson from Brooklyn, NY, to the store to read from his book, "Margins of Tolerance," the 2011 Tartt First Fiction Award runner-up. Sasson reads at the store from 7:30-9 p.m.

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Dustin Brookshire: From rape to poetry

Dustin Brookshire

Dustin Brookshire, 29, credits Anne Sexton for his love of poetry and the ability to express himself through words. That love has grown to create his new chapbook, "To the One Who Raped Me." The book is currently available through pre-order by publisher Sibling Rivalry Press with a launch party for the book set for Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m at the Phillip Rush Center. We talked to him about the book and its haunting title and why it was important to him that $1 from each book sold go to the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center.

Tell us about the new chapbook you have coming out and why it is benefiting the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center.

My chapbook, “To The One Who Raped Me,” is currently in the pre-order phase from the fantastic Sibling Rivalry Press. The poems in the collection come from a period where I was trying to come to terms with the fact that I had been raped.

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Bravo’s media maven and ‘Talkative’ Andy Cohen coming to Atlanta

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Andy Cohen, the mastermind behind Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, series, hot mess — whatever you want to call the shows — as well as numerous other shows on the gayest network on TV will be in Atlanta on Wednesday to talk about his new book, "Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture" at SCAD-Atlanta.

You can attend Cohen's appearance at SCAD-Atlanta for free with the purchase of the book at the door or $10 without the purchase of the book. The event is being sponsored by Inman Park's A Capella Books and SCAD-Atlanta's writing program at Ivy Hall. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the main campus of SCAD-Atlanta at 1600 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

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[Video] Author of ‘Mind-Blowing Sex’ for women comes to Charis on Friday

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Author and sex expert Diana Cage visits Charis Books & More in Atlanta on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. to read from and sign her new book, “Mind-Blowing Sex" A Woman's Guide.” Cage's other books include “Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide,” “Box Lunch: The Layperson’s Guide to Cunnilingus,” “Bottoms Up: Writing About Sex,” and the groundbreaking “On Our Backs Guide to Lesbian Sex.”

She took a few minutes our of her busy schedule to talk to GA Voice about what exactly “mind-blowing” sex is, the research she put into it (her girlfriend didn't mind) and the importance of supporting Charis, the Southeast's oldest feminist bookstore.

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‘As We Are’ essay collection hopes to explore Deep South’s LGBT stories

Brit Blalock aims to tell southern stories

Brit Blalock, an Alabama poet, hopes to fund the publishing of a collection of essays written by LGBT Southerners and donate copies of the collection to libraries across the Southeast. “As We Are” is a planned collection of 15 to 20 essays written by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender authors who grew up in the so-called “Bible Belt” of the Deep South.

“I was writing a poetry collection and my poems were mostly about the overlap of growing up gay and being a child of the South,” Blalock, who identifies as queer, said by phone. “I really wanted to see what it was like for other people. I know there's a wide variety of experience.”

Blalock began looking for works but was unable to find a similar collection. An idea took shape and Blalock began accepting submissions from authors across the region over the summer.