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Lesbian author hits mainstream success with trilogy set on the streets of Atlanta

Amanda Kyle Williams

Amanda Kyle Williams typically begins writing her acclaimed mystery novels with a first scene and then a last scene.

“And then about 110,000 words in between,” she says.

Years after writing lesbian mysteries for Naiad, a small press, Williams has found mainstream success with a series set in Atlanta.

Conceived as a trilogy, the series centers around Keye Street, a Chinese-American former FBI profiler who was fired from her job due to alcoholism. Street now runs her own detective agency and does odd jobs while also consulting with the Atlanta Police Department on some of the more heinous crimes to hit the city.

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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.”