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Better Georgia aims to build progressive majority

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Athens-based Better Georgia is a nonprofit political advocacy organization with the mission of addressing real problems faced by Georgia's residents, something its gay executive director says the state's politicians simply do not do.

Founded in 2011 by Bryan Long, who is gay, Better Georgia is a progressive response to the state's political leaders who are decidedly conservative. But Long says that Republican leadership or not, it is still possible to solve problems and advance progress in a way that benefits all Georgians.

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SAGE Atlanta announces referral help line for LGBT seniors

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Specifically geared toward LGBT seniors, the Health Initiative's SAGE Atlanta program offers a variety of services for Atlanta's LGBT elders. Today, the program announced a new information and referral service it hopes will connect those in need with more than 25,000 local providers.

Originally founded in 1996 by Dennie Doucher, Sherry Hale and Linda McGehee as the Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative, the Health Initiative has gone through a series of changes in its 17-year history, but its focus has always centered around health and wellness.

Information and Referral Assistance will allow those in need to find solutions that match unique needs, such as income and other factors, the Health Initiative says. I&R/A will be a free service thanks to a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission. It's also open to those with disabilities, not just elders.

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Toy Party celebrates 10 years with ‘Cirque de Jouets’

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Downtown Atlanta will be more bustling than Santa’s workshop on Dec. 2, as thousands of LGBT Atlantans turn out for the 10th annual Toy Party at AmericasMart #3.

For more than a decade, the Toy Party has allowed LGBT locals and an increasing number of heterosexuals to play Santa’s elves by donating holiday gifts for underprivileged children in Atlanta.

“It’s amazing how every year it gets bigger and bigger,” says Nick Gold, a member of the advisory board of For The Kid in All of Us, the volunteer non-profit that organizes Toy Party. “It’s amazing to see, and we expect maybe as many as 5,000 people will attend the Toy Party this year.”