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LGBT advocates help put Atlanta’s ‘banishment ordinance’ on hold

Chief George Turner

Up to 15 people representing a cross section of Atlanta will be named to Atlanta’s “Working Group on Prostitution” to make recommendations to the city to find ways to curb illegal sex work.

At the Feb. 25 Atlanta City Council Public Safety Committee work session, the city’s Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui made a request to put a hold on the proposed “banishment ordinance” so that she and Michael Julian Bond, chair of the Public Safety Committee, could appoint members to the working group.

The city’s backing off of the banishment ordinance, proposed by Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, came after stiff backlash from social justice activists, including many LGBTQ activists.

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’10’ opening up in spot of Five Napkins Burger as local version of gay fave ‘Hamburger Mary’s’?

When Five Napkin Burger closed less than a year in business at the spot at 10th Street and Piedmont where the gay fave Nickiemotos was once located, speculation arose of what would now go into the new vacant space in the heart of the gayborhood.

Well, tonetoatl.com (Tomorrow's News Today), a real estate blog, is reporting the restaurant 10 is going in the new spot. And according to its owners, it will be a "bistro by day and gay bar by night."

Toneatl.com said a banner making the announcement went up Tuesday, Sept. 25, and two owners were on site but refused to reveal much information.

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Victims help catch suspects who robbed them after leaving Blake’s

MugshotTwo men who were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night after leaving Blake's on the Park helped police catch their alleged assailants.

Fabian Gutierrez and Michael Davis were robbed at the corner off 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive as they walked to Gutierrez' apartment from Blake's on the Park, according to an Atlanta Police Department report.

The men had seen a white mini-van pass them moments before. They saw two men get out of the van – one in a white shirt, one in a black shirt — then split up. Then the two suspects approached them. The man in the black shirt put a handgun to Gutierrez' head as they searched both victims' pockets and stole Gutierrez' iPhone.

"The suspects then took off south toward 8th Street as Gutierrez followed," the police report stated.

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Aaron Born makes Fifth Ivory Public House a home

The Fifth Ivory

The Fifth Ivory Public House at the corner of Juniper and 10th Street is the kind of restaurant mash-up that requires several slashes in its description.

Piano bar / Southern kitchen / Irish pub might suffice, but to gay owner Aaron Born, the Midtown eatery’s hodgepodge is something much simpler: good, affordable food and drinks in comfortable surrounds with live piano six nights per week.

“It’s supposed to be a home,” Born says.

The restaurant, which was voted GA Voice’s 2012 “Best New Restaurant,” is a shared dream between Born and his longtime friend and now business partner Cam Murphy.

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Health Initiative to recognize Atlanta Sisters at Fall Garden Party

The Health Initiative today announced plans for its annual Fall Garden Party fundraiser. The event, now in its 17th year, will again be held at Midtown's Einstein's on Sept. 23 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Among the festivities this year, the Health Initiative will honor the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their work in the community with the Healing Angel Award.

Linda Ellis, executive director of Health Initiative, said the Atlanta Sisters were deserving of the honor for their work in LGBT advocacy across Atlanta.

“The Sisters are extremely deserving of this honor," Ellis said in a statement. "They spend countless hours working for the well-being of the community and we are excited to offer them this type of recognition for their efforts.”

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The early days of AID Atlanta

AID Atlanta

One weekend during the summer of 1982, Peter Aliberti went to an apartment complex near Monroe Drive and Dutch Valley Road to lounge poolside with a group of friends, and he wound up leaving as part of a group of prophets.

“I’ll never forget that day because it was the day that everything changed,” Aliberti recalled during a recent interview in Midtown. “We were just kids – we were in our late twenties, early thirties. We’d go there every Saturday and Sunday and be silly, lie in the sun, drink cocktails, whatever.”

The typically lighthearted banter between Aliberti and his friends turned frightening on this particular day, as the men shared news they were hearing from friends in New York and San Francisco about gay men in those cities suddenly dying of a mysterious disease.