Will Atlanta elect its first openly LGBT mayor?

Cathy Woolard is used to being first and she intends to keep it that way. She was the first candidate to declare in the upcoming Atlanta mayoral race, the first openly gay official in Georgia history when elect...
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Lost-N-Found Youth drop-in center for Atlanta homeless LGBT teens to open Dec. 2

Lost-N-Found Youth, a metro Atlanta helping LGBT homeless youth get immediately off the streets, plans to open a drop-in center on Dec. 2.

The drop-in center will be located within the 13,000 square feet of space that houses the organization's newly opened thrift and consignment store located at 2585 Chantilly Drive, Atlanta, near Cheshire Bridge Road and Interstate 85 in Midtown, said Rick Westbrook, executive director of Lost-N-Found Youth.

The non-profit organization is also set to open a new shelter in Midtown:

Lost-N-Found Youth, a volunteer-led organization founded two years ago, is hoping the thrift store will bring in approximately $100,000 annually. The group's annual budget is currently $100,000 funded 80 percent by individual donations.

UPDATE: Mary Norwood wins back seat on ATL City Council

UPDATE: Mary Norwood is the winner, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County election office, winning 53 percent to 47 percent. She issued this statement Wednesday morning:

I am so grateful to you all! Our campaign was a tremendous TEAM effort, with Atlantans from all over our city coming together and supporting my return to City Hall to serve you again.  What an exciting, action-packed campaign we had! Each of you was amazing in your dedication and determination to have me represent you—your commitment of time and resources made the difference in our win and I appreciate every single effort–-knocking on doors, talking to friends, sending contributions, making phone calls, displaying yard signs – WOW! It’s a GREAT DAY, Atlanta! And I’m ready and excited to work for you all again!


Former Atlanta City Council member and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood defeated incumbent Aaron Watson in the Post 2 At-Large city council seat, a seat she once held before running for mayor in 2009.

With all of the precincts reporting, Norwood 24,628 votes for 53 percent while Watson got 22,005 for 47 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County election office.

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Politifact finds gay Atlanta City Council candidate Matt Rinker’s accusations ‘mostly false’


A heated race in Atlanta City Council District 5 took an interesting turn this week when the incumbent, Natalyn Archibong, took two of her opponents to court — openly gay Christian Enterkin and Matt Rinker — and accused them of slander and libel.

The judge threw the lawsuit out on Friday, but the accusations made by Rinker that Archibong has missed some 80 to 90 percent of City Council meeting between 2011 and 2012 was found to be "mostly false" by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Politifact.