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Atlanta police still seeking interview with victim in alleged anti-gay bashing

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Days after he told police he was attacked in an apparent anti-gay assault, John Mark Parker is still being sought by the Atlanta Police Department for a critical follow-up interview to determine if the attack should be investigated as a hate crime.

Parker, 50, told APD Aug. 4 he was punched in the face by a white male at Atlantic Station as he was walking to the Fenuxe Fire Party. He has yet to respond to repeated requests for an interview by the APD. Parker said the male asked him, "Are you gay?" and when Parker said, "Yes," he was punched in the face and knocked to the ground.

"We continue to reach out to the victim, but have not yet been successful in reaching him in order to complete an interview for investigative follow-up. Zone 5 investigators  need to conduct that interview so we can get specific details on the incident," said APD spokesperson Carlos Campos.

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Atlanta Police release report on alleged gay bashing at Atlantic Station

An Atlanta Police Department report states the victim in an alleged gay bashing Aug. 4 in Atlantic Station kept telling police it was "not a big deal" and did not want medical treatment.

The report also indicates surveillance cameras were located in the area.

The victim, John Mark Parker, 50, of Decatur, told police a white male punched him in Atlantic Station on Aug. 4 after asking him, "Are you gay?"

The report further states Parker, a white male, was walking in the West District of Atlantic Station when he stopped a couple to ask for directions. The alleged victim was attending the Fenuxe Fire Party located in the old Fox Grill.

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UPDATED: Gay man attacked Saturday at Atlantic Station

A gay man was attacked in Atlantic Station on Saturday night after being asked if he was gay by an unknown male who fled the scene on foot, according to a friend of the victim. The assailant has not yet been arrested, according to a statement from the Atlanta Police Department.

The victim was going to the Fenuxe Fire Party when he was attacked. The Fire Party was held at the Old Fox Grill at 261 19th St.

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Suspect arrested in slaying of Atlanta drag queen


 Dunwoody police have arrested Christopher Williams, 20, of Stone Mountain in the killing of Roberto Calderon-Guzman, 28, known to many in Atlanta's nightlife community as drag artist Noxy Cassandra Calderon.

Williams is charged with murder and possession of a firearm while committing a felony and is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail, said Sgt. Mike Carlson of the Dunwoody Police Department.

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Third attacker in anti-gay assault to appear in court June 11

Brandon White attacker

Christopher Cain, one of the attackers in the brutal assault of a gay man, will appear Monday, June 11, in Fulton Superior Court to charges related to the assault. He is listed on the plea and arraignment calendar, according to a spokesperson from the Fulton District attorney's office.

Cain, 18, has remained in jail since his arrest Feb. 11 after being denied bond by Judge Jackson Bedford for being a threat to the community and for being on probation for when he was arrested.

Two of the other attackers pleaded guilty on May 29 to being part of a gang as well as the attack of Brandon White, 20, on Feb. 4.

A video of the the assault in the Pittsburgh community of southwwest Atlanta in which the attackers repeatedly called White "faggot" went viral after it was uploaded to a hip hop website.

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Packed up and moved out, YouthPride still has no new home


Three movers from All My Sons Moving and Storage showed up at 1017 Edgewood Ave. June 1 ready to load up YouthPride's belongings that are apparently being relocated to a storage facility.

The LGBT youth organization was forced to move out of its space by May 31 at Inman Park United Methodist Church as part of a court settlement over unpaid rent and fees. YouthPride missed the May 31 deadline but church officials said they allowed the organization an extra day to move out.

While the LGBT youth organization states on its website it will close for the weekend and reopen Monday, YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul refuses to say where that space will be. He has been confrontational in the past when asked and not returned numerous emails, phone calls as well as text messages.

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Guilty pleas entered by two men accused in brutal attack of gay Atlanta man


Dorian Moragne, 19, and Dareal Demare Williams, 18, pleaded guilty today in Fulton County Superior Court in the brutal assault Brandon White, a black gay man, on Feb. 4 in the Pittsburgh community.  Sentencing hearing will be held in July and the men face up to 15 and 20 years on each count.

During the hearing today before Fulton Superior Court Judge Jackson Bedford, prosecutor J. Gabriel Banks said the assault was instigated by another suspect, Christopher Cain, who alleged that the victim, White, 20, made a sexual advance toward him. Another suspect, Javaris Williams, was also allegedly involved in the attack that was videotaped and uploaded to a hip hop website.

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Police: Despite TV reports, no increased violence among Midtown crossdressing prostitutes

11Alive and WSB-TV went on air Wednesday night with sensational segments that stated cross-dressing and "transvestite" prostitutes were terrorizing residents living in  Midtown. The commander of the Atlanta Police Department's vice unit said Thursday the stories are not true.

The neighborhood in question is Piedmont Avenue and 3rd Street as well as Myrtle Street. Both stations interviewed residents of the area who alleged there were prostitute gangs as well as prostitutes approaching residents and threatening them.

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Atlanta police make arrest in killings of Black Gay Pride attendees

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Atlanta police arrested a suspect this week in the killings of two men who attended 2010's Black Gay Pride.

The suspect, Derrick Burden, 22, was arrested by the APD's Fugitive Unit on April 23 on a warrant for the homicides of both Samuel Blizzard, 21, a Georgia State University student from Spring Cove, Va., and Calvin Streater, 26, of Atlanta. Police said they were found shot to death Sept. 5, 2010, inside a Richmond Circle apartment in southeast Atlanta.

A press release from the APD states a warrant for Burden was obtained April 13 charging him with two counts of murder. Police declined to comment about a possible motive.

Burden was taken to the Fulton County jail.