5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 30

1. A perfect moment for Memorial Day. Yesterday, Chicago unveiled one of the country's first monuments to LGBT veterans. 2. This Missouri teenager was assigned an essay at his Catholic school to defend the C...
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Plan your gay Memorial Day

Memorial Day flag raising ceremony at Piedmont Park

Pensacola Beach remains a top gay destination for Memorial Day weekend, including a full slate of women’s events put on by the Atlanta lesbian bar My Sister’s Room.
For those not headed out of town for the holiday weekend, the ATL has plenty of LGBT-friendly options to welcome in the summer. MondoHomo is a biggie, but other events promise to keep the city active as well.

The idea that Atlanta is a ghost town over Memorial Day Weekend is false, according to local promoter Chris Coleman.

“I think Atlanta is a great place to be during the weekend,” Coleman says.  “It’s a huge weekend, one of the biggest of the year. There is a ton of stuff going on – dance events, lounge events, outdoor events. I think Atlanta is underrated as a destination that weekend.”

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Nonprofit Spotlight: American Veterans for Equal Rights

Danny Ingram of American Veterans for Equal Rights

Although “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been officially repealed with President Barack Obama’s signature, when the repeal will actually be implemented is still not determined.

For more than 20 years, American Veterans for Equal Rights has sought fairness for LGBT people in the military and to make sure LGBT veterans have access to benefits, says Danny Ingram of Decatur. Ingram is the former Georgia AVER chapter president and now serves as the national president for the nonprofit organization.

Each year the Georgia AVER chapter holds a Taps service at Piedmont Park on Memorial Day.

“The national organization started about 21 years ago in Washington, D.C., and the Georgia chapter was formed about eight years by Jeff Cleghorn, who is now a board member for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund,” Ingram says.