YouthPride, existing in an apparent limbo because it still does not have a complete board of directors after at least two years of puzzling leadership, was officially evicted by Fulton County marshals June 28 from its most recent location west of downtown Atlanta in the Ashview Heights neighborhood.
YouthPride is a nonprofit dedicated to serving LGBT and questioning young people, but has struggled with funding and leadership. Questions over who serves on YouthPride’s board, and whether the organization is in compliance with its bylaws that require a five-member board, have lingered since GA Voice began asking about YouthPride’s leadership in the wake of the organization’s desperate plea for funds in late 2011.
The most recent eviction process began April 30, according to documents filed in Fulton Magistrate Court, after three months of unpaid rent.
At the heart of Melissa Carter’s commentary, “Cars aren’t the problem with ‘Share the Road'” is a tired, culture war approach that pits drivers against cyclists as if we were different species. The outpouring of comments on her piece shows most of us - whether driving or biking - are beyond all that.
In the past, drivers in Atlanta viewed sharing the road much like Melissa does - I’m driving a faster, heavier vehicle, so get out of my way.
What Melissa and other old-school drivers fail to consider is that when I’m riding my bike somewhere, I'm not trying to get in drivers' way, any more than small cars are trying to delay tractor trailers on the highway. I'm just trying to get where I'm going - mostly work or my kids’ school - safely and in a reasonable amount of time. When I was a newbie and tried courteously share the lane with cas, drivers routinely “buzzed” me, coming within inches at high speeds - a recipe we all recognize as poisonous. I learned to take the lane to protect my own skin.
Melissa Carter’s op-ed on February 15th, “Cars aren’t the problem with ‘Share the Road,’” generated quite a stir throughout the state. Fans of the piece applauded her targeting of people on bikes, while those who ride bicycles (or support those who do) expressed outrage at many of her opinions.
I’d like to set the record straight and discuss the facts about bicycling in Georgia.
First off, Ms. Carter says she does not “believe in sharing the road.” With all due respect, it’s not a matter of belief. As in every state, bicycles are recognized as vehicles in Georgia. Sharing the road is a legal responsibility as well as a basic act of courtesy.
The definition of racism: “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races” and the expression of such prejudice”
What this definition is ultimately talking about is “power and control,” the belief that somehow among humans there is a sense of superiority over other people because of skin color and culture and therefore the privilege to rule over another group of people.
Now there are lots of other -isms’s that could be brought up which are just as brutal, unfair and theologically incorrect. However, if we could just get to a place where we really understand what “racism” is and where it takes us, then it is a simply step to eradicating the other -ism’s because they all work the same way.
A new play inspired by the friendship between openly gay artist Robert Sherer and the late conservative Baptist preacher/folk artist Howard Finster has Finster’s Georgia-based family claiming the playwright doesn’t have the legal permission to produce the work – and hurling accusations at Sherer.
“Hidden Man,” a joint collaboration between the University of Georgia and 7 Stages, is a fictionalized account of how Sherer’s life changed as a result of the unlikely camaraderie with Finster in the 1980s. After its world premiere in Athens last week, the play is slated to open March 8 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.
Playwright Pamela Turner says that as she was working on the project, she contacted the Finster family to let them know about it but did not hear back. But on Feb. 14, Beverly Finster-Guinn — Howard’s daughter — sent an email stating that the Finster family had not given “legal permission” to “use Howard Finster’s image or to use his name in the play or any association to the play.”
East Side Pride is organizing a JC Penney “buy-cott” to show support for the retailer's decision to stand by new spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres.
On Feb. 18, East Side Pride will meet at the Northlake Mall JC Penney from 3-6 p.m. to “shop until you drop” to support the retailer.
An anti-gay group called One Million Moms created a campaign to have DeGeneres fired from her new role and threatened to boycott the retailer until DeGeneres was gone. JC Penney stood by DeGeneres.