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Sapphire and ‘The Kid’ visit Atlanta

Sapphire reads from

Sapphire, author of "Push," read from her new novel, "The Kid," at St. Mark United Methodist Church on July 26, 2011. The novel, written 15 years after "Push," which was made into the Academy-award winning film "Precious," picks up on the day of Precious Jones' funeral.

Sapphire explained that "The Kid" is not a sequel to "Precious" in the traditional sense by continuing to follow the life of Precious Jones, but it is a sequel in that it continues to explore the "socioeconomic and cultural addictions that created the life and of, course the death, of Precious Jones."

This journey is told through the eyes of Precious Jones' son, Abdul, and "The Kid" opens on the day of his mother's funeral.

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[Photos] Mondo Homo highlights

Mondo Homo

Sissy Bounce queen Katey Red knocks Friday's Mondo Musico out of the park

It was Mondo Musico Friday night as part of Mondo Homo's great music lineup over the weekend for its 5th annual alternative queer arts fest held in East Atlanta.

The Friday night action began with punk-rock group 8 Inch Betsy getting the crowd warmed up with their grrrrl rock sound, followed by hip hop music MC UNECC, and then Skate Night.

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International Day Against Homophobia honored by Atlanta LGBT activists, allies

International Day Against Homophobia

Progress is being made under the Gold Dome in the fight for LGBT equality, but sometimes “it’s a slow process,” said Candace Campen, director of community affairs for state Rep. Karla Drenner. Campen made the comments at the second annual Atlanta event to honor International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.

Campen, who is also Drenner’s partner, went on to explain at the event held at Unity Fellowship Church that Drenner, who could not attend because she was teaching a class a DeVry, works hard on both sides of the aisle to build coalitions.

In the waning days of the last state legislative session, Drenner introduced the Georgia Fair Employment Practices Bill, HB 630. The bill currently has 70 sponsors and cosponsors, including 12 Republicans and one Independent, according to Georgia Equality. It would cover Georgia’s 174,000 state employees. Currently 21 states bar job discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation, while 12 also ban job bias against state employees based on gender identity, Georgia Equality noted.

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Atlanta Journal Constitution skips Atlanta Pride

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta’s only daily print news outlet, completely skipped coverage of this year’s Atlanta Pride festival in its print edition. Atlanta Pride drew tens of thousands of people to Piedmont Park and was celebrating its 40th anniversary Oct. 8-10.

In an e-mail exchange with AJC’s Public Editor Shawn McIntosh, GA Voice reader Mike Canfield takes the newspaper to task for failing to cover one of the city’s largest annual festivals in its print edition.