5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 11

1) SCOTUS marriage plaintiff Jim Obergefell will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama and will sit in Mrs. Obama's box during President Obama's final State of The Union address on Jan.12. 2)ABC has cast o...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 13

1. The Wall Street Journal reports that some employers are telling gay workers that they must wed in order to keep health-care coverage for their partners. 2. Sweden has a novel approach to warding off Russi...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 21

1. “The key question about this book is how on earth such a distorted and ahistorical and polemical attack on the architects of the marriage equality movement can have been written.” Andrew Sullivan, Dan Savage...
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Last call for Stoli at several Atlanta gay bars


 Several Atlanta gay bars are dumping Stolichnaya as a way to protest the inhumane treatment of LGBT people in Russia, where this brand of vodka originated.

On June 15, Robby Kelley, co-owner of the Atlanta Eagle, announced his bar would stop serving the popular vodka and any other Russian booze.

"I know Stoli is not made in Russia but profits made from it goes there. The Atlanta Eagle will no longer carry these vodkas. When we are out, we are out. I'm a small bar but [feel] like [it's] my job [not] to support vodka or [products] from a country that just removed the rights of the lgbt community for the next 100 years," he said.

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‘Super’ gay controversy ahead of the weekend’s big game

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49er cornerback Chris Culliver found himself in a world of controversy ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl after saying that he would not embrace an openly gay teammate.

Culliver said earlier this week in a radio interview that he wasn't down with that “sweet stuff” when asked about the possibility of having of gay teammate.

The 49ers quickly released an apology on behalf of Culliver and, according to ESPN, Culliver himself apologized to reporters yesterday.

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Atlanta Police to premiere ‘It Gets Better’ video Dec. 12

The Atlanta Police Department will host the first viewing of its "It Gets Better" video on Dec. 12 at the Phillip Rush Center.

The video will be shown at 6:30 p.m. and features 23 gay and lesbian officers.

From a press release:

The Atlanta Police 'It Gets Better Video' showcases LGBT personnel from many ranks, including a deputy chief, a captain, several lieutenants, sergeants and officers. They talk about coming out, the difficulties of growing up ‘different’ and their ability to overcome it. Chief George Turner provides an introduction to the video.

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WATCH: Atlanta’s City Talk profiles Atlanta Police LGBT liaisons, discuss ‘It Gets Better’ video


City Talk, a public access TV show focusing on Atlanta's government, aired a segment recently about the LGBT officers in the Atlanta Police Department.

Officer Brian Sharp, the first male LGBT liaison for the APD, discusses the department's role to build bridges between the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and the APD.

Sharp also points out that the APD has made an "It Gets Better Video" and a community screening is planned for December. Sharp states in his interview the video would also be shared on APD's Facebook page and Twitter account. The video will be made public either Thursday or Friday, according to an APD spokesperson.

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‘It Gets Better’ founder recognizes straight allies


Author, journalist and “It Gets Better” campaign founder Dan Savage has released a new initiative this week meant to draw attention to straight allies that have helped progress the LGBT equality movement in recent victories in Washington state, Minnesota, Maryland and Maine.

The new website, called Straight Up Thanks, highlights photos and stories of straight allies submitted by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender friends and family.

From the site's description: