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State audit: Ga. HIV unit had history of policy violations

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

Two investigations into the state’s Department of Community Health — now named the Department of Public Health — found a history of violated policies within the HIV unit when it came to contracting grants to community-based organizations serving those with HIV/AIDS.

The department’s internal Inspector General conducted and concluded a report in 2011. In January 2013, the state’s Department of Audits & Accounts reported its findings of an audit of the HIV unit requested by the Inspector General. Both reports specifically cite former HIV Prevention Program Director Leisha McKinley-Beach for circumventing policies.

The Inspector General in 2011 recommended McKinley-Beach be fired. She resigned instead in 2011.

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Seasons of Love, Purim Off Ponce offer good fun for good causes

Community benefits pack March calendar

From an all-volunteer cabaret to help kids to a costume party that celebrates a Jewish holiday while supporting LGBT rights, the weekend of March 9-10 will be busy with benefits.

CHRIS Kids, a local provider of housing and services programs for youth, will host its Seasons of Love cabaret benefit March 9-10 at the 14th Street Playhouse.
The annual event, celebrating its 10th year, features cabaret singing and dancing from an all-volunteer cast and crew over two nights.

This year’s event, “Encore! The Best of 10 Years of Seasons of Love,” will relive many of the best moments of the fundraiser’s history. Some 35 numbers will be performed, ranging from pop to Motown to Broadway classics, says JD Kellum, a CHRIS Kids boardmember and performer in the cabaret.

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Ga. LGBT organizations, local theaters seeking year-end donations

'Tis the season for giving and many of Atlanta and Georgia's LGBT nonprofits  as well as gay-friendly community groups are sending out emails asking for a final donations before the start of 2012.

Georgia Equality, the state's LGBT advocacy organization that works under the Gold Dome during the legislative session to track anti-gay bills as well as support pro-equality bills and does other advocacy work throughout the state, notes in its year-end message that less than 1 percent of the state's LGBT people regularly donate.

"In 2011, between Georgia Equality and Equality Foundation of Georgia, we raised and spent some $250,000 to advance your rights and the rights of your loved ones. Imagine what we could have accomplished if we had raised an additional $50,000 that could have been used for education, outreach or support of fair-minded candidates," says its letter titled, "Equality is Within Reach."