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What is available to homeless LGBTQ youth in Atlanta?

Join members of Lost-n-Found Youth and JustUs ATL today at Charis Books & More to discuss what options are available to homeless LGBTQ youth in Atlanta.

The discussion is set for 7:30-9 p.m. at Charis in Little Five Points and is open to the public.

Lost-n-Found Youth was formed late last year to provide emergency shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth — those who were on the streets and needed a bed and shelter immediately. The issue the organization is facing now, however, is that it does not have enough room to house all the youth in need, according to organizers.

JustUs ATL is a youth-led organization that was formed earlier this year as an organization that is completely run and managed by young people ages 13-28.

From the Facebook invite for tonight's event:

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Stonewall: Gay civil rights icon Bayard Rustin remembered in ‘Lessons Learned’ readings

Bayard Rustin, the openly gay activist and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., would have turned 100 this year. To mark Rustin’s centennial, Atlanta’s Stonewall Month features a three-part discussion of his legacy.

“Lessons Learned: Then and Now” is based on the new book “I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters.” The discussion series is set for June 5, 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More.

“Bayard Rustin has been referred to as the ‘lost prophet’ of the civil rights movement. A master strategist, he is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests held in the U.S.,” said Lorraine Fontana, lead organizer of the lecture series, in a press release. “He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement and had major influence upon Martin Luther King, Jr.’s growth and leadership.”

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Local author events continue despite demise of Outwrite

Totally Tyler

The launch of a new visiting author series highlights a 2012 spring season ripe with events featuring both local and out-of-town LGBT authors.

With the closing of Outwrite earlier this year, local bookstores and businesses are working to fill the void. On March 22, Brushstrokes will begin its new author signings with Mixx Atlanta (both of which are near each other in Ansley Mall) with an appearance by Totally Tyler and his book “Your Boyfriend & Other Guys I’ve Kissed: The Tails of Totally Tyler.” Tyler, a former Atlantan whose blog about his dating life caught on, has now published a book about his experiences.  Tyler remembers his years living here by Madonna albums.  “I moved here in 1998, when ‘Ray of Light’ came out, and moved in 2008,” he says. “I was living alone in Midtown, the gay mecca of Atlanta, and I started writing about my bad dates.”

“Your Boyfriend & Other Guys I’ve Kissed” covers the year 2005 and Tyler says the next chapter will cover the following year of his dating escapades.   According to Tyler, the first book is PG-13, the second R and the next in the series “risqué.” He says he’s changed the name of some of his “dates” but the encounters are all true.

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Atlanta’s gay-owned bookstores strive to stay open

Charis Books and More

Sara Luce Look, co-owner of Atlanta’s Charis Books & More, remembers when the chain Barnes & Noble opened up a mega store in Los Angeles across the street from the small independent feminist bookstore Sisterhood in 1995.

Last month, that Barnes & Noble closed but not before it forced the closing of Sisterhood in 1999 — just a few years shy of Sisterhood’s 30th anniversary.

“Sisterhood was the oldest feminist bookstore in the country at the time and Barnes & Noble put them out of business. Now the major chain is closing and it’s sad that neither are there anymore,” Look said.

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‘Spoon Fed’ details lesbian writer’s hunger for meaning in food and life

Kim Severson set out to simply write about female cookbook authors. But the result was her memoir “Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Changed My Life,” the compelling tale of how lessons learned at the table helped her cope with alcohol addiction, drug use, coming out, and more.

Released in April 2010, “Spoon Fed” drew instant praise for Severson, who has worked as a journalist and food writer for newspapers in Alaska and California, and finally for the New York Times.

In November, Severson became the Atlanta bureau chief for the New York Times, and now lives in Decatur with her partner and their daughter. She reads from “Spoon Fed” Aug. 25 at Atlanta’s feminist bookstore, Charis Books & More.