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[UPDATE] Independent task forces consider YouthPride closed; ED says LGBT youth agency is still open

Volunteer task forces says they now consider YouthPride closed and are implementing a contingency plan devised to relocate programming and services to other agencies. YouthPride is metro-Atlanta nonprofit organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth ages 13-24.

"The task forces are now treating YouthPride as if it's non-operational," Charlie Stadtlander told the GA Voice. Statdlander, a gay teacher, organized a Jan. 25 meeting of LGBT leaders and allies that resulted in the formation of two volunteer task forces to look at the financial and legal viability of the agency as well as how to deal with programming should YouthPride shut down.

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CHRIS Kids wins $25,000 award

CHRIS Kids, an Atlanta nonprofit that provides housing and support to LGBT and other young people, has been awarded $25,000 by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

The announcement, made today at the Community Foundation's Annual Meeting and to celebrate its 60th anniversary, named CHRIS Kids a 2011 Managing for Excellence Award winner. The other winner of a $25,000 award was Moving in the Spirit.

On Aug. 30 CHRIS Kids celebrated the grand opening of the CHRIS Counseling Center, Education Center and Summit Trail Apartment Community.