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Speaking Out: Readers react to ‘Derelicte’ party and more…

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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."

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My Sisters’ Room owner says ‘valuable lesson learned’ during recent ‘Derelicte’ party controversy

The controversy surrounding a recent party at My Sisters’ Room has prompted the lesbian bar’s owner to speak out and say that the bar does not intend to discriminate against anyone.

Bedlam Presents and local gay singer and party promoter Barry Brandon and others promoted a party at MSR on March 11 based on the movie “Zoolander” and the fashion line “Derelicte” portrayed in the movie as “homeless chic.”

Advertising for the party included people being encouraged to dress in attire "inspired by homeless, vagrants and crack whores."

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Atlanta LGBT forum touches on racism, collaboration

A group of some 30 activists gathered at My Sisters' Room on Feb. 28 to air their frustrations about what they wish to see happening in Atlanta's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Organized by MSR owners and wife-wife team Susan Musselwhite and Patryce Yeiser along with party promoter and singer Barry Brandon, the forum's topics included racism and segregation, transgender people being left out, and the need for LGBT groups to collaborate with other groups at all times — not just when something is needed.

"I've been involved in Atlanta's LGBT community a long time and what I see is we are resource rich and collaboration poor," said Imani Evans, founder and executive director of Women Healing Women, a nonprofit that provides services to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

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Trans group hosts mixer at My Sister’s Room

T.E.A.M. Atlanta (Transgender Education and Mentoring) will host its first monthly mixer / discussion tonight at My Sister’s Room in East Atlanta from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is open to all transgender persons, families and friends.

The discussion will feature a wide array of topics, including hormone replacement therapy, dating and relationships, name change assistance and more.

A half dozen speakers are scheduled to appear: