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‘Gay In America’ photographer Scott Pasfield visits Atlanta

Gay in America book signing event

Scott Pasfield’s “Gay In America” is a beautiful coffee-table photo book with an ambitious goal: shatter stereotypes by photographing gay men from all 50 states, while also including their first-person accounts of their lives.

Released Sept. 27 by Welcome Books, “Gay in America” consists of 140 gay men, all of whom responded to a call for photographic subjects. They encompass a range of ages and races, creating a colorful portrait of 21st century gay life.

Their stories are as compelling as their images — no coincidence, according to Pasfield, who will sign copies of the book Oct. 27 at Atlanta’s Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

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[Photos] Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce celebrates business leaders

Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce community awards

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce filled the ballroom at the W Midtown Hotel on the evening of Friday, Aug. 26, to celebrate the organization and announce the winners of its 2011 Community Awards.

The AGLCC presented Philip Rafshoon, owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In remarks accepting the award, Rafshoon acknowledged his mother, who was in attendance, discussed the tough times facing Outwrite and the bookstore industry, and joked about feeling too young to receive a “lifetime” achievement award until he learned that Madonna won one at age 28.

The lifetime achievement award was announced in advance, while winners in the following categories were revealed during the dinner:

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Best of Atlanta: Shopping

Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse wins two Best of Atlanta awards

After two months of online balloting and thousands of votes cast, we present the best of the best — our second annual GA Voice Best of Atlanta winners.

The selection process began in May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Places, Eats, Shopping, Arts & Entertainment and Nightlife.

The top three finalists in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.

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Outwrite pleads for customer support in light of economic downturn

Activists gather at Atlanta's Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, an institution in Atlanta's gay community, sent an email to customers this afternoon expressing concern over the store's future in light of a down economy and a changing landscape in the publishing industry.

According to Philip Rafshoon, owner and operator of the gay bookstore at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, Outwrite is in the midst of operational and organizational changes that it hopes will help sustain the business. Rafshoon, however, acknowledges that increased customer support is needed to keep the doors open in the long-term.

"Everyone says, 'we love your store and we love what you do for the community,' we just have to get more people in here and get them to stop taking us for granted," Rafshoon said in an interview.