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Reformed Evangelical mom to speak to PFLAG Atlanta on Sunday



Susan Cottrell of Austin, Texas, is a reformed Evangelical Christian. When one of her daughters came out as a lesbian and another came out as bisexual, she and her husband, Robert, knew that their love for them was stronger than any church teaching them to "love the sinner, hate the sin."

Susan runs a blog at www.freedhearts.com where she writes about her experiences and tries to help other parents who find conflict with their Christian beliefs and that of accepting LGBTQ people.

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The Health Initiative to receive federal funds to help LGBTQ people seeking health care

The federal government announced $67 million in grants to organizations assisting people in signing up for coverage in new health plans as part of the Affordable Care Act — and Atlanta-based The Health Initiative will be receiving some federal funding to help people with open enrollment beginning Oct. 1.

How much federal funding The Health Initiative will receive and the exact details of the grant is not yet known at this point. The Health Initiative is a resource for LGBTQ seeking health care resources.

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These queer youth of color are on FYRE — and seek aid to have their voices heard



Atlanta-based SPARK is a reproductive justice organization with queer leadership. In keeping with its mission, the organization also sponsors an annual program for LGBTQ youth of color and allies ages 18-24 named FYRE — Fierce Youth Reclaiming and Empowering.

The annual program, held earlier this month, exposed youth from throughout the Southeast to the art of radio, to give them a voice to tell their own stories. But FYRE still needs funding to ensure this program continues and is hoping to raise some $3,200 in one week.

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Fulton demands $18K back from YouthPride for failure to provide services

YouthPride logoYouthPride did not provide services to LGBTQ youth as promised as part of a $40,000 grant from Fulton County during 2011-2012 — and now the county government is demanding some of its money back.

Cynthia McRae, District 6 administrator of the Fulton County Housing & Human Services Department's Office of Grants & Community Partnerships, told GA Voice Friday that YouthPride failed to provide the services of the $40,000 F.R.E.S.H. grant awarded in 2011-2012.

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Woo hoo, y’all! Atlanta celebrates DOMA ruling — and it was beautiful

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The corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Midtown was taken over by hundreds of gay and queer people basking in victory on Wednesday, June 26, as just one of dozens of Day of Decision rallies taking place across the country. It was beautiful.

We were there to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling against DOMA and its ruling that the supporters of Prop 8 in California had no standing, leading to legal same-sex marriages starting back up on Friday. And it was beautiful.

The clever signs, the cheers, the smiles, the hugs, the loud honking from supportive motorists passing through the busy intersection  — all of it was part of a community coming together for some merry making. And it was beautiful.