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Former gay mayoral candidate organizes rally to amp up anti-crime efforts

Kyle Keyser, a community activist and former mayoral candidate, announced plans to hold a vigil / rally on Jan. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the steps of Atlanta’s City Hall.

The vigil is aimed at reminding city and community leaders of the impact of crime in 2010. A prayer service will be followed by a call for reduced crime in 2011 and beyond by asking the city’s leaders to address its root causes.

“It is my opinion that Mayor Reed has done a good job in his first year addressing our public safety infrastructure and the police department,” said Keyser, who is gay and ran a grassroots campaign for mayor in 2009, when Reed was elected.

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Accused Army whistleblower for WikiLeaks is gay

The U.S. Army soldier at the center of an investigation regarding the release of classified and secret information to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks is gay, according to the Windy City Times.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, a former defense analyst, is accused of transferring more than 250,000 diplomatic documents and a video showing a U.S. helicopter crew attacking and killing two Iraqi children and two Reuters employees known as “Collateral Murder” to WikiLeaks.

According to the article, Manning was frustrated with his career and personal life, which led to his decision to leak the classified information. The administration, as well as the State Department, have condemned the leaks.

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Alleged gay bashing by Marines not considered hate crime

The alleged beating of a gay man in Savannah by two Marines is no longer being considered a hate crime, according to a spokesperson for the Chatham County District Attorney.

Christopher Stanzel, 23, and Keil Cronauer, 22, of Beaufort are charged with misdemeanor battery in the attack on Kieran Daly, 26, on June 12 in Savannah. Daly, who is gay, alleged that he was attacked because one of the Marines said he winked at him.

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Why Georgia needs a Hate Crimes law

As I sat to write, the City of Atlanta is gearing up for a busy weekend of queer activity. The headlining event of Labor Day weekend, Atlanta’s Annual Black Gay Pride celebration, is sure to attract tens of thousands of the “Children” to what is considered the largest Black pride festival in the world.

Throw on top of that a joint Georgia Equality/HRC sponsored protest and picket of local Target and Best Buy retail stores taking place on Saturday, bringing awareness to their recent flush donations to support a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate running on an anti-gay platform, and the fact that many will be toasting the end of summer in style during the ensuing three-day weekend, and it seems like every queer in the metro area will have something do.