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Gay Atlanta men attacked in St. Lucia hate crime

st lucia house where atlanta men robbed

Michael Baker will never forget the last night of his recent vacation in St. Lucia. He recalls the sunset as the best yet of his trip, but what happened next may haunt him for the rest of his life.

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Rainbow Center readies for Purim Off Ponce

Purim Off Ponce returns March 12

The fifth annual Purim Off Ponce costume party on March 12 is going with an Egyptian theme this year and asking the Pharaoh to “Let My People Come Out.” The event is a fundraiser for the Rainbow Center, a Jewish non-profit with the mission of helping gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of all denominations.

“The theme of ‘Let My People Come Out’ is a way to say let people be themselves regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” says Rebecca Stapel-Wax, executive director of the Rainbow Center.

Each year the celebration honors “mensches” — people who have done good work for the community. This year the honorees are Charlie Chasen and Beverly Korfin.

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M.I.S.T.E.R. makes a Positive Impact

“Anything a gay man wants to find in Atlanta, he can find at MISTER” is the motto for Positive Impact’s M.I.S.T.E.R. program, a branch of the nonprofit AIDS service organization dedicated to providing culturally competent mental health and prevention services for people affected by HIV.

M.I.S.T.E.R. stands for Men’s Information Services: Testing * Empowerment * Resources.

Through state, federal and foundation grants, the M.I.S.T.E.R. program is able to offer free rapid HIV testing for walk-ins on Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as well as Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Help the AV 200 celebrate success

The AIDS Vaccine 200, the annual HIV fundraising bike ride, holds a closing party to present checks to Emory Vaccine Center, Jerusalem House and Positive Impact

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Ga. groups to share in new CDC HIV prevention grants

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention announced Tuesday morning that 133 organizations around the country will share $42 million in funding for community-based HIV prevention. The list includes for agencies in Georgia: AID Atlanta, AIDGwinnett, Positive Impact, and Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services.