Atlanta gay activists, lawmakers donate personal papers to Emory

The papers of some of Atlanta's most well-known gay activists will be donated to Emory University on Thursday during a screening of "Breaking Through," a documentary about openly gay politicians.

Donating their personal papers to Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) are Doraville City Councilmember Brian Bates, state Rep. Karla Drenner, veteran political activist Ken Britt and Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Jones Room at Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Library.

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Atlanta Pride officials issue alert of meningitis outbreak risks among gay men ahead of weekend fest

Atlanta Pride's medical director is issuing an alert to those coming to the fest this weekend of the risks of a meningitis outbreak that has been seen in Los Angeles and New York among gay and bisexual men, especially those who are HIV positive.

And while public health officials in New York recommended men attending Gay Pride in that city in June to receive a meningitis vaccination, Atlanta Pride's medical director is not recommending vaccinations for those attending Atlanta Pride this weekend.

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[Videos] Candler School of Theology students, alumni protest anti-gay minister’s award

Last week, Emory University's Candler School of Theology honored anti-gay minister Rev. Dr. H. Eddie Fox, head of World Evangelism for the World Methodist Council, with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Controversy surrounded the decision because of Fox's anti-gay stances within the United Methodist Church and plenty of students and faculty joined a chorus of displeasure with the decision.

Holding signs that stated, "Don't honor exclusion," "No Awards for Homophobia" and "Fox is not fantastic," dozen of students, alumni and allies gathered at the "Rally for an Inclusive Emory" at the building where the awards luncheon was held on Sept. 27. Check out some of the action captured on video:

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UPDATE: Emory’s Candler School of Theology defends honoring anti-gay reverend

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Emory University's Candler School of Theology is well-known for being accepting of LGBT students and faculty. But plans by the renowned theology school to recognize a well-known United Methodist Church reverend who helped organize an effort to ensure the UMC keep its longstanding stance that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching" has school administrators on the defensive. 

Rev. Dr. H. Eddie Fox, head of World Evangelism for the World Methodist Council, is set to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. That news rankled many students and led to a 2.5 hour meeting on Sept. 13 between Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics in the Candler School of Theology; other faculty and members of Sacred Worth, a student government organization.

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Cyclists take to the streets to raise funds for AIDS vaccine

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For two days this May, cyclists will ride 200 miles from Emory University to the Oconee National Forest as part of the AIDS Vaccine 200. The event, now in its 11th year, is organized by Action Cycling Atlanta and is a benefit for the Emory Vaccine Center. The AV200 will take place over two days, May 18-19.

The goal of the event, according to organizers, is to raise money while bringing about greater awareness of HIV and AIDS. Last year's fundraiser collected just shy of $300,000, the largest haul in the event's history.

“Using friendship, respect and sportsmanship, the AV200 creates a spirit of hope that shows what can be accomplished when we strive for a common purpose and support each other in doing so,” the ACA website states.

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Um, of course it was political to get Chick-fil-A kicked off Emory’s campus

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There will soon be no Chick-fil-A on the campus of Emory University and the student newspaper the Emory Wheel is pleased as sweet iced tea ― regardless of how the decision was made.

FACE, or the Food Advisory Committee Emory, said it decided the controversial food chain based in Atlanta would not be back for another year in Cox Hall because, well, students didn't like it. They just weren't eating there that much. The decision has nothing to do with the controversy surrounding the gay-marriage-hating Dan Cathy and his family's Atlanta-based restaurant, nor the boycott organized by Emory students ― that perhaps led to few students eating there, right?

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Campus newspaper: Chick-fil-A to leave Emory University

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The Chick-fil-A restaurant on Emory University's Atlanta campus, the target of protests due to the company's anti-gay stands, will be removed this summer, the college newspaper reported today via Twitter.

"Chick-fil-A to be removed from Cox Hall this summer as part of FACE's new Cox Hall layout," tweeted the Emory Wheel, the independent campus newspaper.

After controversy over Chick-fil-A heated up last summer, following Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy bragging to a Christian media outlet that his company was “guilty as charged” in opposing gay marriage, Emory's LGBT alumni group, GALA, sent a letter Aug. 23 to Emory President James Wagner raising concerns about the company’s millions in donations to groups that oppose LGBT rights.

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Emory professor represents NFL stars in gay marriage brief to Supreme Court

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There’s an Atlanta angle to the friend-of-the-court brief filed by NFL stars Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings and Brendan Ayanbadejo of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens urging the Supreme Court to sack California’s Proposition 8.

No, nothing to do with the Atlanta Falcons for fans still stinging from the team's lost chance at this year's Super Bowl. But one of the attorneys who filed the brief on behalf of the NFL players is an Emory University professor.

Timothy Holbrook, Emory's Associate Dean of Faculty and a professor of law, along with his friend Minneapolis attorney John Dragseth worked with the two players to file the brief.