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Play about marriage equality fight gets first Atlanta reading

Dustin Lance Black's '8'

Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black’s play “8” will make its Atlanta debut Oct. 15 via a collaboration among several local organizations, including Georgia Equality, Actor’s Express, Stonewall Bar Association, and John Marshall School of Law’s OUTLaws and Allies student group. 

The high-profile play, dealing with the fight for marriage equality, was performed last year on Broadway and then was telecast from Los Angeles this spring around the world, both times with A-list readers/cast members. 

“8” is based on the real life Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial, which sought to overturn the California ballot measure known as Proposition 8, which ended same-sex marriage in the state. High-profile lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson represented two gay couples who wanted to get married.

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Stonewall Bar announces Kay Young scholarship winners

The Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia announced today two recipients of the 5th annual Kay Young Scholarship. Elizabeth Redpath, a second-year law student at Emory University, and Jasmine Rice, a third-year law student from the University of Georgia School of Law, will each receive $1,200 to attend the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair held Sept. 8-10 in Hollywood, California.

The Kay Young Scholarship is named in honor of the late Kay Young, a Stonewall Bar board member and attorney who passed away in 2007.

Redpath, a former advertising executive with David Atlanta and Southern Voice, is the co-president of OUTLaw, Emory Law School's LGBT group.

Rice is a former legal intern for Georgia State Senate’s Democratic Caucus and worked as a law clerk with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia's legal department.

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Kathleen Womack named to State Bar of Georgia’s board of governors

Kathleen WomackKathleen Womack, past president of the Stonewall Bar Association and former chair of Georgia Equality’s board of directors, has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia.

The Board of Governors is a 160-member body that sets the policies of the State Bar.

Womack was appointed to the post by State Bar President-elect Robin Frazer Clark, according to a press release from the State Bar of Georgia.

Womack, who is openly gay, made an unsuccessful bid for Sandy Springs City Council in 2005 in the city’s first election after it incorporated. She was endorsed in this campaign by Georgia Equality and the national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and also endorsed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Stonewall Bar Association honored by state legal group

The Stonewall Bar Association (think lawyers, not nightclubs) was honored last week by the State Bar of Georgia.

The group for legal professionals who support LGBT rights  won the Best New Entry Award for voluntary bar associations. The honor was given June 3 as the state bar association's annual meeting.

“We are so proud that Stonewall Bar Association has been honored with this significant, meaningful recognition,” SBA President Brian Basinger said in a press release. “During the last year, we sought to elevate the dialogue of LGBT legal issues among the Georgia Bar throughout the state with our social receptions, community outreach events, and continuing legal education seminars in Atlanta, Macon, Athens, Augusta, and Savannah.”

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Atlanta’s gay chamber teams up with Stonewall Bar Assn. for night of networking

Attendees at the AGLCC's Fourth Friday networking event

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Stonewall Bar Association for the chamber's popular monthly Fourth Friday Networking on Feb. 25 at the recently expanded Phillip Rush Center.

Radial Cafe, right next door to the Rush Center, provided the food while the Stonewall Bar Association provided the alcohol.

During the networking and social event, people toured the renovated Rush Center which is now home to Georgia Equality, the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative, Atlanta Pride, MEGA Family Project, AGLCC, In the Life Atlanta and SAGE, an organization for LGBT seniors. Nearly 30 organizations use the space for meetings or trainings as well.