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Would you watch reality TV about Atlanta activists?
Re: “Taking a peek into black gay Atlanta” (March 9)
"Instead of a reality TV show spotlighting gay people in Atlanta obsessed with their egos, their nightclubs, their bling, their Mercedes and their own self-adulating, lip-glossed fabulousness, how about a reality TV show about gay people in Atlanta who are working for nondiscrimination, who are working for marriage equality, who are serving in the military, who are serving the HIV/AIDS population, who are gentrifying and renovating the run-down neighborhoods, and oh, can’t forget, who are running the gay media? I’d be a lot more interested in that show."
Gay customers at a new Macon, Ga., club said they were not allowed entrance because the owner was catering to a straight crowd and did not want people who "act gay" to scare others off.
According to a Saturday late report by WGXA-TV in Macon, the new club, Club Element, held its grand opening on Friday, March 4. The club on Cherry Street was formerly Synergy, a gay club.
On opening night, customers said they were turned away because they were gay.
"One of the bouncers pulled us out of the line and to the side and said this a straight club now and you aren’t allowed to act gay when you are in there," Colby Cain, a former Synergy customer, told WGXA-TV.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people are sharing their stories on the website, “We Are the Youth” that invites youth to share their stories of coming out, the challenges they face as a sexual minority and the triumphs they’ve achieved.
“We Are the Youth” is a “photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of LGBT youth in the United States” according to the website.
“Through photographic portraits and written interviews highlighting the participants’ voices, We Are the Youth captures the incredible diversity and uniqueness among the LGBT youth population,” the website adds. “We Are the Youth addresses the lack of visibility of LGBT young people by providing a space to share stories in an honest and respectful way.”