There were many poignant moments Monday evening as about 200 Atlantans gathered in Piedmont Park to mark the end of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. But none were more touching than when Danny Ingram, national president of American Veterans for Equal Rights, brought to the podium the very officer who had discharged him from the Army for being gay almost 20 years ago.
Festive as it has been over the past two decades, the Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Dinner has not always been a celebration. Many years, it’s been a place where LGBT Georgians lick the wounds caused by legislative setbacks and vow to persevere through daunting challenges.
The 24th annual Atlanta HRC Dinner, which takes place May 14 at the Marriott Marquis, promises to be a party.
It’s hard to imagine not having an exceptionally good time in a room where actress, talk show host and comedian Mo’Nique is standing behind a microphone, as she will be when she accepts the Ally for Equality Award at the black-tie dinner. And for the second year in a row, LGBT activists and HRC supporters will celebrate a major federal victory for the movement: the recent repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
The director of an Atlanta HIV agency and an activist who fought to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will be honored at this year's Human Rights Campaign Atlanta Gala Dinner, set for May 14.
Jeff Cleghorn, a retired Army major and Atlanta attorney, will receive the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award from HRC. As a staff member and now board member with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Cleghorn worked to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay soldiers.
In December, Cleghorn was one of at least four Atlantans invited to the White House to see President Barack Obama sign legislation that will repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who represents Georgia's Fifth Congressional District, can fairly be described as a civil rights icon. A veteran of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Lewis is now an outspoken advocate for the rights of others, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.
Perhaps that's why Fenn Little, the Republican who hopes to unseat the longterm Democratic congressman on Nov. 2, takes pains on his campaign website to also describe himself as a "civil rights attorney."
Unfortunately, it seems Little and Lewis wouldn't exactly agree on what that means.
Little's campaign tagline is "Faith. Freedoms. Fiscal Responsibility," and he cites his religious beliefs among the issues underlying his campaign.
The Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia will honor the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia and State Rep. Simone Bell on Oct. 28 at the organization’s 16th annual awards dinner.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be the featured keynote speaker at the dinner.
Atlanta attorney Jeff Cleghorn was interviewed by Fox 5's Paul Yates regarding yesterday's Senate vote on the Defense Authorization bill that included an amendment that would have allowed President Barack Obama to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy after the completion of a Pentagon review. Cleghorn also discussed Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss and the accusations someone from his staff posted a threatening comment on gay-blog Joe.My.God.
Gay rights supporters are urged to call their senators this morning as the U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill that would set in motion repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly gay service members.