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Queer Justice League meets July 5 to discuss investigations into Atlanta Eagle raid

Atlanta Eagle attorney Dan Grossman will be speaking at the Queer Justice League’s meeting on Tuesday, July 5.

The meeting begins at 8 p.m. and is being held at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307.

Grossman will discuss the recent investigations of the Atlanta Police Department and its action in the Sept. 10, 2009, raid on the Eagle, a Midtown gay bar. He will also discuss the implementation of policies the APD is mandated to undertake as part of a $1.025 million settlement with Eagle plaintiffs.

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Atlanta LGBT activists speak out against HB 87 for Saturday’s ‘March for Justice’

A queer contingent participated in Saturday's March for Justice to protest Georgia's immigration law that went into effect July 1.

Before the march, several members of Atlanta's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities released statements saying why the oppose the law, HB 87 and titled the "Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011."

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Apparently everything is sunny in Toronto

Must. Read. This.

The story popped on my Twitter feed this morning and it's absolutely consumed me since. Paul Aguirre-Livingston writes of the "Dawn of a new gay," for The Grid, a weekly "city magazine" in Toronto, giving presumably straight readers an insider's view from the cutting edge of gay life: "post-mos."

He writes:

"Post-mos don’t hang rainbow flags in their windows or plaster them on their bumpers. We don’t march in Pride and we probably never will. (After-parties only, please.) We don’t torture ourselves to fit in with other gays. In fact, most of us have come to resent the stereotypes and the ideals associated with preceding gay generations. It’s not that we hate gay culture; we just don’t have that much in common with it anymore. To be a twentysomething gay man in Toronto in 2011 is to be free from persecution and social pressures to conform. It’s also, in most ways, not about being gay at all."

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Mondo Homo brings queer culture to holiday weekend

8 Inch Betsy will perform at this year's MondoHomo

Sex.

We all like it. We all do it. But do we all celebrate it?

“Getting’ It On” is the theme for this year’s Mondo Homo festival over Memorial Day weekend and, yes, organizers want to celebrate queer sex.

“Our sexuality is important to queerness,” says Kiki Carr, a founder of the fest celebrating its fifth year.

“We want to encourage people to get it on. It’s a theme that works on multiple levels, for us to be more active in our community but also reminding people that sex is important to us — that it’s spiritually nurturing as well,” she says.

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Readin’, writin’ and rockin’ — Sunday concert benefits Atlanta Queer Lit Fest

Two of Atlanta's talented singer-songwriters — and they're queer, too — will play a show at Eddie's Attic Sunday to raise funds for the 5th Annual Atlanta Queer Literary Fest set for June.

Sonia Tetlow and Bucky Motter take the renowned acoustic stage at the Decatur venue on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Bucky Motter is a gender queer artist who also competes in bodybuilding. He's opened for such stars as BB King, Melissa Ferrick and the Manhattan Transfer. Motter's two CDs, "Outta Control" and "Pleasure and Pain" were released on his own Hey MISTER! label. Motter is now playing shows with friend and bassist Jerry Peek while also playing bass and co-writing songs with Flat Cat, an Atlanta power-pop band.

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YouthPride benefits from annual Walk for a Cure

The 8th annual Walk for a Cure to raise funds to fight the spread of HIV will be held at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church on Saturday and benefits YouthPride, a nonprofit that serves LGBT youth. The 5K walk will be held on the campus of the church.

“YouthPride’s focus has been to create culturally competent HIV prevention education based how youth brains function in the retention of educational messages,” said Terence McPhaul in a statement. McPhaul is executive director and CEO of YouthPride, a nonprofit offering services and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth living in metro Atlanta.

"Until that cure is found, we have to ramp-up quality care for those living with HIV/AIDS. And we have to be vigorous about getting formidable prevention messages to those most vulnerable," he said.

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LGBT youth blaze trails in Ga. high schools

Carly Baker (left) and her mother Vanessa Baker

As a 14-year old “queer” freshman at Apalachee High School in rural Barrow County, Carly Baker faces some tough odds.

She has clashed with other students who bullied her and her gay best friend. And when she approached her principal about starting a gay-straight alliance, she was told such a group wouldn’t fly in this part of the Bible belt.

But Baker, while appearing diminutive, is quite fearless and unwavering. She has armed herself with resources she obtained at the first annual Gay-Straight Alliance Youth Summit held on Feb. 19 at the UGA campus in Gwinnett County and is now researching the best way to again bring up her plans to school administrators.

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John Q collective introduces queer magazine JOSH to Atlanta

Dressed as police officers and wearing handcuffs, Atlanta's John Q artist collective piqued the interest of many who came to see the group debut its new performance while also signing copies of the Journal of Sexual Homos, or JOSH.

Wesley Chenault, Andy Ditzler and Joey Orr make up John Q and were the guest editors of the current and third installment of JOSH, a limited-edition magazine that is only sold in London, Berlin, New York, Chicago and, now, Atlanta, at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

John Q held a Feb. 23 reading from JOSH, which includes original works by artists and photographers. GA Voice's Art Director Bo Shell is included with several of his  photos from John Q's "Memory Flash" public art performance that explored the city's gay history and memories.