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Lesbians allege hate crime at Midtown hotel over Atlanta Pride weekend

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A lesbian couple says they are victims of a hate crime when they were attacked and called anti-gay slurs in the early hours of Saturday morning at Atlanta Pride's host hotel, according to a report by Fox 5.

Kathryn Katalinich and Brooke Creef told the TV news station that two men pushed them to the ground because they are gay while they were at the W Hotel in Midtown located at 14th Street.

"It's just ridiculous there is so much hate," a tearful Katalinch told Fox 5.

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UPDATE: Gay senior citizens advocate wins racial job bias lawsuit against Fulton County

Doug Carl from SAGE

Doug Carl, known for his community work on issues facing gay elders, has won a federal lawsuit alleging he was passed over for a Fulton County job because he is white and male.

A federal jury ruled Carl deserves $300,000 in back pay, the Atlanta Journal-Constiution reported today.

Carl served as Fulton County's deputy human services director. In 2010, he retired when his job was cut, according to the AJC. Carl had sued five years ago alleging that he applied for a position as a director but was passed over because the county, including Commissioner Emma Darnell, wanted to hire a black woman.

"Its been long five-year journey. It sounds cliche, but when justice prevails it's an amazing feeling.I'm ready to move on," Carl said in an interview with GA Voice. Carl now works with the state Division on Aging and teaches competency training on LGBT issues to healthcare and others who work with LGBT aging citizens.

"I feel complete vindication. It's been a long five-year journey to justice and I've never felt like relief like this before," he said.

The county plans to appeal.

Here's more from the AJC on the case, which the county disputes:

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LGBT group issues statement saying it was not seeking ‘leniency’ for Brandon White attackers

The LGBTQ organization Southerners on New Ground, signers of a letter to the judge asking no more jail time be served by the young men who attacked Brandon White, issued a statement July 18 on its website explaining the motivation for doing so.

The letter was given to Fulton Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford before the sentencing hearing held July 12-13. The letter was also read aloud in court. The attack took place in southwest Atlanta on Feb. 4. The assailants can be heard shouting, "No faggots in Jack City" as the three young men pummeled White as he tried to escape.

The three defendants — Christopher Cain, 18; Dorian Moragne, 19; and Darael Williams, 17 — were sentenced to five years in prison and five years probation by Fulton Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford on July 13.

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LGBT activists ask judge for no more jail time for Brandon White’s anti-gay attackers

A group of Atlanta LGBTQ activists wrote a letter to Fulton Superior Court Judge Jackson Bedford asking a light sentence be imposed on two young men who pleaded guilty to the Feb. 4 beating of gay man Brandon White, the GA Voice has learned.

According to the letter, the activists believe the attack was motivated by homophobia, but they do not think it will be helped by the attackers serving further time in prison.

A hearing in the case is underway now at the Fulton County Court House, with several of the activists present. Please check back for updates throughout the day.

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Atlanta police make arrest in killings of Black Gay Pride attendees

Derrick Dnorris Burden

Atlanta police arrested a suspect this week in the killings of two men who attended 2010's Black Gay Pride.

The suspect, Derrick Burden, 22, was arrested by the APD's Fugitive Unit on April 23 on a warrant for the homicides of both Samuel Blizzard, 21, a Georgia State University student from Spring Cove, Va., and Calvin Streater, 26, of Atlanta. Police said they were found shot to death Sept. 5, 2010, inside a Richmond Circle apartment in southeast Atlanta.

A press release from the APD states a warrant for Burden was obtained April 13 charging him with two counts of murder. Police declined to comment about a possible motive.

Burden was taken to the Fulton County jail.

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[UPDATE] YouthPride files counterclaim against landlord Inman Park United Methodist Church

YouthPride is digging in to fight the lawsuit filed against the LGBT youth group by its landlord Inman Park United Methodist Church, which says the LGBT youth group nonprofit owes more than $40,000 in back rent.

A court date is set for March 20 in Fulton Magistrate Court to try to settle the dispute, according to online documents filed with Fulton Magistrate Court. The notice was mailed out to the church on Tuesday, March 13.

Inman Park UMC filed its lawsuit against YouthPride in Fulton Magistrate Court on Feb. 17 including an eviction notice to be served on the organization mandating it leave the premises.

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Lesbian attorney sworn in as Sandy Springs Assistant Solicitor

Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner and partner Jane Morrison

Jane Morrison, lesbian attorney and partner of Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, the first openly gay person elected to the commission, was sworn in before the Thanksgiving holiday as Sandy Springs Assistant Solicitor.

From the Sandy Springs press release:

“Jane brings a wealth of experience to the Solicitor’s Office,” said Sandy Springs Municipal Court Chief Solicitor Bill Riley. ”Jane has worked with me since she was a prosecutor under the 3rd Year Practice Act in the Fulton County D.A.’s office under Lewis Slate. Her career not only includes prosecution skills, but Jane also served as a judge in the criminal courts of Fulton County. That experience adds a unique perspective to our solicitor office.”

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Joan Garner takes oath of office as first openly gay Fulton Co. Commissioner

Joan Garner, Fulton Co. Commission District 6

It was an historic day today as Joan Garner, the first openly gay person elected to the Fulton County Commission, took her oath of office and officially began work as a member of the governing board.

At her side as she was sworn in was her partner of 11 years, attorney Jane Morrison.Garner also had a cheering section in the room who clapped as she entered the room with the other Fulton County Commissioners who were also sworn in today as part of the inauguration ceremony.

Garner was sworn in by her friend, Cynthia D. Wright, Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County.