5 LGBT things you need to know today, Sept. 4

1. “While this development is long overdue, inviting one group to march at the exclusion of all others ... is a far stretch from the full inclusion we deserve.” Gay activists are not exactly thrilled with the d...
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Hundreds expected for Southern Comfort trans confab

Almost 1,000 transgender people and allies from around the country are expected to gather in Atlanta Sept 4-8 for the 23rdannual Southern Comfort Conference, one of the largest and oldest events of its kind.

Alexis Dee, this year’s conference chair, has worn many hats for Southern Comfort over the years. She attended for the first time in 2005 and began volunteering not long after.

“Going that first year changed my life,” she said.

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Trans activist, former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck: ‘I’m on a new mission’

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Kristin Beck, who retired from the Navy SEALS in 2011 and made national headlines by coming out as transgender, was in Atlanta last weekend visiting First Metropolitan Community Church where she shared her story at its Sunday service.

On Saturday, she sat down with the GA Voice to talk about her future plans — including a planned bid for a Congressional seat in her home state of Florida as a Democrat. Her hometown is Tampa and the seat she would be running for is the 14th Congressional District, currently held by Democrat Kathy Castor.