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Atlanta celebrates LGBT Pride at Piedmont Park

Over the years, Atlanta Pride has changed in many ways – leadership, dates – as well as the events surrounding it. Though there are scores of activities leading up to the Southeast’s largest Pride celebration, the weekend itself is still the hotbed of activity.

Buck Cooke, executive director of Atlanta Pride, is hoping for large crowds again this year.

Atlanta’s queer ‘Magick Cool Bus’ drives to be a revolution on wheels

A struggling queer activist in Atlanta who wants to attend a transgender conference in Philadelphia might not ever get the chance to go because of lack of funds or companionship or, quite simply, a ride.

But Lucian Vale, aka Mx. Drizzle, a trans and genderqueer activist and artist in Atlanta, hopes to change that with the Magick Cool Bus, an idea that puts LGBTQ people in the driver's seat and gives them the resources to roll out a new revolution — a "mobile queer community."

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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 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


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.

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[Video] Atlanta LGBTQ activists ask for our hand to ‘Marry the Movement’


I'm in love. And I hope we all say, 'I do.' And how could you not to such a dapper looking group of people asking for our help to continue to fight for equality for all people.

Southerners on New Ground, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is honoring the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage by urging LGBTQ people and allies to "Marry the Movement."

Check out this great video released the day after the historic SCOTUS rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 that features Atlanta-based LGBTQ leaders including Pat Hussain, Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Ashe W. Helm-Hernandez, Step Guillod and Holiday Simmons.

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Atlanta Poly Weekend hosts third annual conference


 More than 200 people from Georgia and around the world are expected at this year's Atlanta Poly Weekend, slated for March 15-17. Dozens of presenters will hold workshops and seminars to educate and inform those in the polyamorous lifestyle.

"This is our third year and we've been growing steadily," said Billy Holder, program director for the conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Select Atlanta-Perimeter/Dunwoody.

There are about 160 people pre-registered for this year's conference and Holder said he expects close to 250 people to actually attend. This number is about 100 more people than attended last year. This year's charity auction will benefit Lost-n-Found Youth, an organization serving homeless LGBT youth in Atlanta.