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‘Stonewall Uprising’ explores turning point in LGBT history

“Before Stonewall” ended with the Stonewall Riots. “After Stonewall” began with them. Those documentaries from 1984 and 1999 respectively were reissued in a two-DVD set for Pride Month.

“Stonewall Uprising” sounds like it might have been called “During Stonewall,” but an opening title reveals the scarcity of photos and film footage of the actual events. Instead the new documentary uses reenactments and generic materials from the period, in addition to interviews with those involved.

Based in part on David Carter’s book “Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution” (with Carter helping vet the interviewees), “Stonewall Uprising” is mostly a variation on “Before Stonewall.” Except for a brief introduction the June 28, 1969, raid that triggers the riots doesn’t occur until 50 minutes into the film. The last half-hour is about the raid, the riots and the aftermath.

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Augusta hosts historic first Pride festival

2010 Augusta Pride parade

Grammy winner Thelma Houston closed out the stage for Augusta Pride on June 19, but there was one more inspiring moment awaiting the hundreds who withstood the withering heat to be there for the festival’s finale.

As Augusta Pride organizers took the microphone to thank attendees and celebrate the success of the city’s first-ever gay Pride, a faint rainbow arched across the sky.

“That was like a sign from God,” Augusta Pride President Isaac Kelly said.

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GA Spotlight: North Georgia Rainbow Coalition

For some, Marietta and Cobb County still carry the stigma of 1993, when the Cobb County Commission made international headlines with a resolution condemning the “gay lifestyle” as incompatible with community standards.

But much has changed in Cobb over the last 17 years. The gay bar LeBuzz continues to draw a steady crowd, and a gay man, Johnny Sinclair, serves on the Marietta City Council.

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StoryCorps ‘Out &OutLoud’ project documents LGBT Atlantans

StoryCorps oral history project

The “Out & OutLoud: Stories of Atlanta's LGBTQ Community” event at Radial Café Wednesday night, part of Atlanta Pride Stonewall Week and WABE 90.1 FM’s StoryCorps project, began with a sweet “coming out” story.

The event’s host, John Lemley, who also hosts WABE’s City Café weekdays from noon to 1 p.m., shared with the crowd that he had an exchange of emails prior to the event with Dave Hayward, a local gay historian. Hayward asked Lemley if he was going to come out as gay at the StoryCorps LGBTQ event. Well, Lemley said, if people didn’t already know he is gay, he asked, “Are we headless?”

The crowd responded with laughter and applause.

But it was the stories of local LGBTQ residents who recorded their stories with the Atlanta StoryCorps project that were the true highlights of the evening.

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Obama speaks at LGBT Pride Month reception

President Barack Obama spoke to attendees at the White House LGBT Pride Month reception last night.

Obama highlighted some of the administration's achievements for LGBT rights since taking office, including passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, expanding domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees and working toward ending "don't ask, don't tell."