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2013 Best of Atlanta

Get ready, LGBT Atlanta. It’s time! For the month of May, we are asking you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Places, Pets, Eats, Shopping/Se...
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GA Voice Pet of the Week: Bynx

GA Voice pet of the weekEach week we meet a new pet available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta.

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations.

The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

If you adopt a pet featured as a GA Voice Pet of the Week, please let us know! We’d love to post a photo of you and your new furry family member.

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GA Voice Pet of the Week: Snow

GA Voice pet of the weekEach week we meet a new pet available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta.

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations.

The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

If you adopt a pet featured as a GA Voice Pet of the Week, please let us know! We’d love to post a photo of you and your new furry family member.

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For LGBT rights, what a difference three years makes

It’s now been three full years since the first issue of GA Voice hit the streets, and our anniversary comes as gay and lesbian people here in Georgia and around the nation eagerly away the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on two cases related to same-sex marriage.

With oral arguments looming March 26-27 and decisions expected in June, National LGBT Pride Month, it’s impossible to ignore that we are living in a defining moment for LGBT equality.

The milestone marriage cases bring equal parts excitement and trepidation. A big win could allow gay couples to marry around the country, while a big loss could delay federal marriage rights for years.

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Where the LGBT journalists are this weekend…

From bloggers to newspaper editors, LGBT journalists are converging on Philadelphia this weekend to learn about ways to broaden our coverage, plus put faces to the names we all read each day.

The fourth-annual LGBT Media "Convening" is hosted by Bil Browning of the Bilerico Project, sponsored by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, and paid for by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.

I'm thrilled to be among the attendees, along with journalists from LGBT media outlets around the country and prominent blogs like Feministing, New Civil Rights Movement, Towleroad, Think Progress, Joe.My.God, Mombian, and many, many more. Atlanta's own Mark King, whose columns from his blog My Fabulous Disease sometimes appear on our website, is on the list too.

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Georgia Bikes responds to Melissa Carter’s column on sharing the road with cyclists

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.

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Topher Payne: If you see something, say something

Playwright and writer Topher Payne

I’m on a Delta flight from New York to Atlanta, awaiting takeoff. I have the aisle seat. In the middle, a baby-faced guy who I’m pretty sure is a Mormon, or at least he dresses like one.

At the window, a fiftyish businessman type, brandishing a copy of an Ann Coulter book called “Mugged.” Ugh. I just cannot stand Ann Coulter. That woman is not a conservative, she’s a provocateur. Ann Coulter is like one of those performance artists who work with body fluids — there’s no meaning behind the action, they just want everyone to notice their poop on a wall.

So already, I’m not a fan of Window Seat, as I watch him tapping out very important texts on his Blackberry.

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GA Voice Pet of the Week: Hurley

GA Voice pet of the week

Each week we meet a new pet available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta.

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations.

The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

If you adopt a pet featured as a GA Voice Pet of the Week, please let us know! We’d love to post a photo of you and your new furry family member.

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Melissa Carter: My redneck lullaby

Melissa Carter

I was recently asked to speak at the Classic Center in Athens, for the Georgia AfterSchool & Youth Development Conference. Excited for the opportunity, I booked a hotel nearby so I could make the drive after work the night before and avoid traffic the morning of my talk.

I just wish someone would have warned me to pack some earplugs, since I didn’t come anywhere near getting a good night’s sleep.

I arrived at my hotel around 9:30 p.m. It was a renovated square-shaped collection of rooms and restaurants, with all the hotel doors facing outside. One restaurant was still open, and a live band was rousing the guests as I settled into my room.