Georgia Voice 2015 Best of Atlanta winners: Services

DOCTOR Readers chose Melanie Thompson, founder and executive director of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA), as top physician this year. She is a dedicated provider of care and advocacy for peopl...
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Faith & Religion: Coming out of the religion closet

Each community has its own taboos, practices and interests that people don’t always discuss openly, and for some it’s sharing that they are both gay and religious.

As the executive director for the MEGA Family Project, Kathy Kelly is one of the most well-known names amongst Georgia’s gays with kids set. She’s helped couples adopt children, conceive them, and talked people through the thorny issues of gay parenting in the Deep South — but one thing she doesn’t often share is her faith.

“I find that I’m somewhat closeted when I’m out in the community… it’s not something that I bring up or find the need to talk about it. Even though faith is a very important thing in my life I don’t talk about it,” Kelly said. “I think that faith in the gay community is like being bisexual — people don’t like to talk about it because it’s not politically correct.”

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MEGA Family Project faces dire financial straits

MEGA Family Project Executive Director Kathy KellyMEGA Family Project, the seven-year old nonprofit organization that caters to LGBT families and prospective parents, is in financial trouble. Kathy Kelly, the organization’s executive director, sent an email to supporters July 29 announcing the need to scale back services and work toward creating a leaner and more sustainable organization.

“We’re very low on funds and our expenses exceed what we’re bringing in,” Kelly said in an interview Aug. 2. “We’re struggling but at the same time we’ve been trying to regroup to make the organization smaller and leaner. We’re basically starting over. ”

The message emailed to MEGA supporters said the group “does not have enough money to meet its expenses.”