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And now a petition opposing proposed legislation targeting Cheshire Bridge Road sex clubs

The new grassroots group QUEER UP! Atlanta is going toe-to-toe with supporters of proposed ordinances to rub out adult businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road with a petition of their own.

The group's petition is named, "Alex Wan & NPU-F's zoning proposal.: Atlanta City Council Members: Vote NO on Cheshire Bridge changes!" and is a direct response to a petition started Monday by those living in the neighborhoods surrounding the popular thoroughfare.

The group is also asking people to show up at the city's Zoning Committee meeting on May 29.

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Petition pops up urging Atlanta City Council to outlaw sex shops on Cheshire Bridge Road


A petition popped up this week on urging the Atlanta City Council to banish adult businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road.

Posted to the popular website by a group calling itself "Concerned Atlanta Residents" and made up of people living in the area, the petition states, "Adult businesses are incompatible with residential neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods were here decades before the adult businesses started appearing on Cheshire Bridge through a series of zoning loopholes and poor decisions/enforcement by the City of Atlanta."

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Gay, bisexual young people at highest risk for HIV infection

Every month, 1,000 young people in the U.S. become infected with HIV. Drug and alcohol use and unprotected sex are major reasons youth are becoming infected at alarming rates, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report released this month.

In a Nov. 27 conference call with reporters, CDC leaders said more must be done to ensure youth ages 13-24 are tested for HIV as well as educated about the preventable disease.

“This is our future generation and the bottom line is every month 1,000 youth are becoming infected with HIV,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC. “The cost of care is approximately $400,000 over a person’s lifetime.

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Georgia deletes questions about teen sexual behavior on national survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Survelliance Survey is given every two years to high school students in the U.S. to gather information and help guide policy on such topics as sex education, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, smoking and seatbelt use.

Georgia is one of five states, however, that deletes survey questions that address sexual behavior, according to an action alert from Georgia Equality. Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization, wants people to contact Gov. Nathan Deal and ask him to include the sexual behavior questions in this year's survey.

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[Video] Just a few days left to make Atlanta gay artist’s ‘Monster’ larger


Richard Marshall wants everyone to know how to protect their "one-eyed monster" and believes if he can raise $1,750 he can create animated shorts (way different than boxer shorts) that deliver safer sex messages in an informative and fun way.

With two animated shorts under his belt, Marshall still has more than $1,000 to raise in the next few days to fund his Indiegogo project to bring his local favorite "Protect Your Monster" cartoon to the YouTube screen.

"Protect Your Monster" is cartoon starring a furry green one-eyed creature who likes to give advice about playing safe. Marshall also draws a furry, purple character that represents, well, you know.

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[Video] Author of ‘Mind-Blowing Sex’ for women comes to Charis on Friday


Author and sex expert Diana Cage visits Charis Books & More in Atlanta on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. to read from and sign her new book, “Mind-Blowing Sex" A Woman's Guide.” Cage's other books include “Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide,” “Box Lunch: The Layperson’s Guide to Cunnilingus,” “Bottoms Up: Writing About Sex,” and the groundbreaking “On Our Backs Guide to Lesbian Sex.”

She took a few minutes our of her busy schedule to talk to GA Voice about what exactly “mind-blowing” sex is, the research she put into it (her girlfriend didn't mind) and the importance of supporting Charis, the Southeast's oldest feminist bookstore.

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Federal appeals court upholds former Grady doctor’s conviction on sex charges

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the 320-month prison sentence against former Grady Memorial Hospital emergency room physician Adam Wayne Lebowitz, according to a story in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Lebowitz, who is gay and HIV positive, was an Emory medical student when he worked at Grady Memorial. He was arrested, charged and convicted for coercing a minor to engage in sexual acts. He also produced child pornography.

Lebowitz was arrested after an undercover sting operation that included a 15-year old boy who worked with Coweta County law enforcement.

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CDC leader: Homophobia impacts funds for HIV prevention

Dr. Kevin Fenton

The latest numbers are staggering: 61 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S. are among gay and bisexual men, although this population accounts for only 2 percent of the country’s population, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Among black gay and bisexual men, the numbers are even more dire, with the CDC reporting a 48 percent increase in new HIV infections ages 13-29 between 2006-2009.

But funding for HIV prevention and research for gay and bisexual men is about half what it should be, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, the CDC’s director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

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[Video] Atlanta drag personality pleads guilty to sex charges; makes emotional plea for mercy

Former Atlanta drag personality Pasha Nicole, whose legal name is Christopher Lynch, pleaded guilty today to sexual exploitation of children and other charges before a Douglas County Superior Court judge.

Douglas County Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ackley today said Lynch pleaded guilty to one count of pimping, one count of pandering by compulsion and two counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Lynch was sentenced to 30 years to serve 14 in prison, Ackley added.

In a tearful and emotional plea before the judge, Lynch said what happened was a big mistake.