As 2013 approaches, the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have a few wishes for LGBT Atlanta.
Selected as this year's GA Voice People of the Year for their non-stop charity work and their role in founding Lost-N-Found Youth, an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth, the Sisters are undoubtedly committed to community.
And their wishes for LGBT Atlanta are for all of us to make the same commitment to helping others and making the communities we live in a better place to be.
From President Obama coming out in support of marriage equality to celebrities like Anderson Cooper just plain coming out, 2012 provided plenty of notable quotables.
Here is a look back at some of the most memorable LGBT media moments of the year.
OBAMA SAYS ‘I DO’
“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”
— Vice President Joe Biden on Meet the Press, touching off debate over whether he had gone beyond President Obama, who did not support gay marriage but has said his views are “evolving.” (Meet the Press, May 6)
YouthPride's landlord Inman Park United Methodist Church will change the locks of the LGBT youth facility at 1017 Edgewood Ave. on Friday, June 1, and soon move in a new tenant, but where YouthPride will relocate remains unknown.
YouthPride was to move out of its space in Inman Park on May 31 according to a court settlement with Inman Park UMC. YouthPride had failed to pay some $50,000 in rent and fees and the church said it had no choice but to take legal action.
On the YouthPride website, an entry states: "Movie night is canceled for tonight, Thursday, May 31, 2012. YouthPride will be closed Friday, June 1, 2012, and Saturday, June 2, 2012. Will reopen Monday, June 4, 2012."
A post to the YouthPride Atlanta Facebook page also stated the organization will be closed Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, and reopen Monday, June 4.
While Atlanta Pride is now held in October, organizers of the LGBT fest continue to recognize the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in June with numerous events and collaborations honoring the what many consider to be the beginning of the gay rights movement.
This year, the Atlanta Pride Committee incorporates Augusta Pride into its Stonewall Week.
“We are excited to feature our sister organization, Augusta Pride, as they celebrate their third festival. They have done an amazing amount of work in such a short time and we are delighted to feature their event and encourage folks to make the trip to Augusta to enjoy the fruits of their labor," said Atlanta Pride Committee board chair Glen Paul Freedman in a statement.
Students with Berry College who are determined to get an official LGBT group started at the Christian liberal arts school say they are hopeful that the campus will soon get an official LGBT campus organization after faculty and administrators discussed the issue at a meeting on April 17.
An earlier version of this story stated students also met with the faculty and administrators, but that was incorrect.
According to the Change.org petition started to get the LGBT group, LISTEN, to move from unofficial status to an official campus organization, a group of students met April 17 with faculty. They said the "meeting was productive and pointed to a commitment on the part of the college to move Listen towards an official student group in a timely, though not immediate, manner."
Renewed effort comes after alleged hate crime on campus
A petition for Berry College in Rome, Ga., to recognize an official LGBT organization on campus is gaining steam after a student received a note that included an anti-gay threat and racial slur.
On March 26, a student returned to his dorm room and found a note saying "faggot nigger fuck off," as well as liquid bleach poured into his two top dresser drawers, according to the college's campus newspaper, The Carrier.