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GA Spotlight: Project LifeVest

In April, Derrick Martin, a gay teen from Cochran, Ga., was asked to leave home after publicity surrounding his decision to take his boyfriend to the high school prom. On July 12, Martin launched Project LifeVEST to help other LGBT people in similar situations.

States the new group’s website: “Our mission is simple: ‘To be a helping hand, a life vest, to as many LGBTQ teens and adults as possible. We will carry out this mission through the establishment of safe places in as many cities as possible; through opening a call center with a qualified and well-educated and experienced team of counselors who can give advice and guidance where needed; through finding qualified and screened families who can, if the need arises, host rejected teens while they finish schooling or find a new place.’”

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Atlanta Rainbow Trout swim team, water polo team practice Tuesdays

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GA Spotlight: MEGA Family Project

MEGA, or Marriage Equality Georgia, was founded in the wake of the 2004 state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The group evolved into the MEGA Family Project, offering a variety of proactive, positive educational and social events for LGBT families.

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GA Spotlight: First City Network

Despite Atlanta’s reputation as a gay mecca, the organization that bills itself as Georgia’s oldest continuous LGBT group isn’t located in the state capital. Savannah’s First City Network was founded in 1985, and continues to serve the coastal city with a wide variety of services.