[Video] Cathy Woolard shares her ‘Crossroads’ moment about coming out, becoming an LGBT activist


In the newest edition of The Atlanta 100, a series of stories told in 100 words or 100 seconds, Cathy Woolard shares what prompted her join the front lines in fighting for LGBT equality.

"My crossroads came in 1986 when I had to come out publicly. I still didn't even know what that meant until I fell in love with a woman when I was in college. The sun came out and I realized why people wrote love songs," she says.

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AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K raises more than $1 million

The 23rd annual AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K run on Sunday, Oct. 20, raised more than $1 million, according to a press release from the organization.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of this year’s AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run,” said Cathy Woolard, interim executive director of AID Atlanta.

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Jon Jones seeks to be first gay black man elected to Atlanta City Council

Running on the platform of that he touts as direct democracy, Jon Jones said he is vying for the Atlanta City Council District 5 seat as a way to give constituents a direct role in what legislation is passed that directly impacts their lives.

Jones would also be the first openly gay black man elected to the city council. Alex Wan, seeking his second term as the District 6 representative, was the first openly gay man elected to the council as well as the first Asian American. Lesbians have served on the council, including Cathy Woolard, who was president of the council, and Anne Fauver, who also represented District 6.

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AID Atlanta launches national search for new CEO

After a year of strategic planning for the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act, AID Atlanta is ready to move on to its next stage of fulfilling its mission of serving some 50,000 people each year on a $7.6 million budget.

A committee is in place and a national and local search is underway to hire a permanent CEO who has a passion for heading up an organization that serves people with HIV/AIDS and is also knowledgeable about the health care system and the implications of what will happen when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect Oct. 1. AID Atlanta administrators plan to have the new CEO by January.

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Atlanta mayor names gay attorney as his LGBT advisor

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed now has an official “advisor on LGBT issues” after appointing gay attorney Robin Shahar to the position Monday. In 2010, Reed told GA Voice he would not have a designated LGBT liaison for his mayoral office, preferring instead a policy of full inclusion that puts gay people in prominent positions based on merit.

The appointment was made public in a press release sent to media late Wednesday evening.

Shahar is also the Chief Counsel in the city of Atlanta's Department of Law and has worked in the city's law department since 1993.

“I am pleased that Robin Shahar will assume this vital role in my administration,” said Reed in a prepared statement.

“In addition to her keen legal mind, she is well-respected in the community and will be an effective ambassador. My administration and I are dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging the LGBT community across the city," he added.

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AIDS Walk Atlanta set for Oct. 20

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The 23rd annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run will take place Sunday, Oct. 20, at the traditional Piedmont Park location, event organizers announced today. Last year's event raised $940,000 to help support several local HIV/AIDS organizations.

Some 10,000 walkers and runners are expected to participate in this year's event, billed as the largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event in the Southeast.

“AID Atlanta is excited to embark on our 23rd annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run campaign,” Cathy Woolard, interim executive director of AID Atlanta, said in a prepared statement. “The event brings a diverse group together in support of those living with HIV/AIDS, education and prevention to reduce new infections and a forum to remember those we have lost to the disease. We are most grateful to those who raise funds to support the campaign; the funds make it possible for us to continue our necessary work in metro Atlanta where the rate of HIV infection continues to rise.”

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AID Atlanta hires Cathy Woolard as interim executive director

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AID Atlanta announced today it has hired former Atlanta City Councilmember Cathy Woolard as its interim executive director.

"I'm very excited to work with the board and the management team of AID Atlanta during this pivotal time of transition for the agency," said Woolard in a prepared statement. “Our fundraising efforts remain strong and we’re going into 2013 with confidence.”

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LGBT political group fights GOP majority in Georgia legislature

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With just weeks until the Nov. 6 election, Georgia Equality has set its sights on one state Senate race and four House races as it works with other organizations to block Republicans from winning a constitutional majority — meaning the party will be able to pass whatever laws it wants under the Gold Dome.

LGBT Georgians will suffer if the GOP solidifies total control of the state legislature, Cathy Woolard, lobbyist for Georgia Equality, explained at a Sept. 24 briefing at the Phillip Rush Center.

“I can’t overstate how important it is that this [constitutional majority] not happen this time around, or the next time around. We need to not be moving toward this, we need to be moving away from this. This is too close to the edge,” Woolard said.