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AIDS Walk Atlanta set for Oct. 20

AIDS Walk Atlanta

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

Georgia Equality's Jeff Graham

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.

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Drenner: Resolution honoring Woolard shows ‘acceptance strategy’

Editor's note: This letter was submitted by Rep. Karla Drenner in response to a March 11 editorial by Laura Douglas-Brown titled "Gay state rep honors gay politician and lobbyist — only without the 'gay.'" Click here to read.

Dear Editor,

It was my great pleasure last week to author a resolution in the Georgia General Assembly to honor my longtime friend and colleague Cathy Woolard.

As most readers already know, Cathy is our very own Georgia treasure who has made her mark in this country and on the rest of the world. Her dedication to the needs of women and children, transportation, affordable housing, fair and equal treatment in the workplace, reproductive rights and human rights is remarkable. 

Cathy is also gay.

Because of her sexuality — or maybe in spite of it — Cathy has worked harder to bring fairness and justice to Atlanta, to this region, indeed to this nation. Her tireless efforts during her tenure in Washington, D.C., helped many gay employees realize workplace justice.

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Gay state rep honors gay politician and lobbyist – only without the ‘gay’

Editor's note: State Rep. Karla Drenner has responded to this editorial. You can read her letter here.

The Georgia House of Representatives approved March 3 a resolution honoring Cathy Woolard, the state's first openly gay elected official. But despite being sponsored by our first openly gay state legislator, the resolution never uses the word "gay" and does not mention Woolard's historic first.

Woolard made history in 1997 when she was elected to the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council, becoming the first openly gay elected official in Georgia. She made history again in 2001, when she was elected Atlanta City Council president, the first woman and the first openly gay person to hold the post.

Guess which one of those milestones made it into the resolution approved by the Georgia House of Representatives earlier this month?