Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Our existence is a partisan issue

One of the things we look at regularly in political science is why people are partisan — that is, why do they declare themselves a Democrat or a Republican, and then vote for that party? The surprising answer i...
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Supreme Court to rule Wednesday on marriage cases

Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule tomorrow on two cases that could shape the fight for marriage equality for years to come. Decisions will be released starting at 10 a.m. LGBT rights supporters will then gather at 5 p.m. at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue.

“Regardless of what those decisions entail, this will be a historic date for the LGBT community and will have a great impact on the ongoing struggle for equality in Georgia and around the country,” rally organizers stated in an open letter announcing the gathering.

The corner of 10th and Piedmont is in the heart of Midtown, Atlanta's gay mecca, and has played host to similar rallies in the past.

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Melissa Carter: Fun with Aunt Flo

Melissa Carter

There are so many issues that divide women. Whether it’s abortion rights, the decision to be a mother or whether to work outside the home, women often find themselves on opposite sides of an issue.

But there is one topic that all women can relate to and support each other on, and that’s the matter of your period and the accidents that occur because of it.

If you are a woman reading this, an embarrassing moment has already come flooding back to your memory when you weren’t prepared for a visit from “Aunt Flo.” It happens every month for nearly half of your life; still somehow she can sneak up on you when you least expect it.

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Young black gay men, HIV and the future

Charles Stephens and Kenneth Maurice Pass

On Dec. 1, we commemorate World AIDS Day. Last month, we celebrated the 22nd anniversary of AIDS Walk Atlanta, perhaps one of the most enduring rituals of the local HIV/AIDS community.

These two milestones are part of a series of significant events over the past few months locally and nationally: The United States Conference on AIDS, also in October; National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in September; and the much anticipated International AIDS Conference held in Washington, DC, back in July.

Throughout these high profile events and activities, one message remains clear: We are at a turning point in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Giving thanks: 15 reasons we are grateful for LGBT Atlanta

As we sit around the Thanksgiving table counting our blessings, we won't forget to put the best of life in LGBT Atlanta on our list. Sure, we live in a blue oasis in a red state. Sure, we're still fighting to pass an LGBT-inclusive hate crimes law and employment non-discrimination law, and same-sex marriage remains illegal here. Sure, the bars close earlier now than they once did.

But just like the relative that everyone always complains about but still fiercely loves and can't wait to see during the holidays, we can't imagine our lives without this city.

Here are 15 of the people, places and things that make us grateful to live in the undisputed LGBT Mecca of the South.

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Churches must make it safe to come out as LGBT and HIV-positive

Rev. Kenneth SamuelThis weekend people will fill the pews all over this nation. Among the many lives represented in our places of worship and congregations, there will be countless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, many of them people of color, whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

While the disease has devastated our communities for over 30 years, many of us have drawn on our faith, hope and dedication to spiritual principles that call us to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.” Our faith calls us to action.

As the members of President Obama’s Administration come to Atlanta today for the White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS, it is important to look deeply at the havoc the disease has caused, and how the black and LGBT communities are in this decades-long fight together.  

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Ten years after cancer diagnosis, a few thoughts on survival

Playwright and writer Topher PayneWhen I was 21, I went to the doctor because there was a problem with my balls. Men do not go to the doctor; it’s not ingrained in us. But a man will go to the doctor if there’s an issue with his junk, because we’re very protective of that area.

I came back with a diagnosis of Stage Three Lymphoma. That means it started in one location, and was on the move. Stage Four means it’s everywhere. There is no Stage Five.

Science says we know more about cancer than we used to. We understand how cells metastasize, how to detect it earlier, how to fight it faster. This sounds reassuring, but as a slasher movie geek, I know that giving the killer a more elaborate backstory doesn’t change the motive. It kills because that’s what it was designed to do.

There’s no logical plan of attack. People with Stage Four go on to have healthy lives. People who catch it at Stage One will be inexplicably resistant to treatment, and dead in 90 days. You can’t predict it.

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Out of the Closet

Playwright and writer Topher PayneI have a talent for taking very small projects which could be completed in 20 minutes, and through careful evaluation, finding a way for them to consume the better part of a week. My husband would tell you I do this intentionally, in a clever plan to force him to unload the dishwasher himself, because me doing it will somehow lead to the kitchen being repainted.

I prefer to think of myself as very thorough. I enjoy projects, in much the same way that people with OCD enjoy hand-washing.

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