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Phillip Rush Center plans first survey to gauge needs of LGBT Georgians

The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and Georgia Equality are asking members of Georgia's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities to fill out a short survey to help the organizations plan for the future of the Phillip Rush Center.

The survey takes just 10 minutes and "will likely be the most important thing you can do this week to help secure a fair and just Georgia," said Linda Ellis, executive director of ALHI.

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[Photos] Atlanta’s Stonewall Week

Congregation Bet Haverim's Pride Seder

Atlanta Stonewall Week wrapped up this weekend with numerous events to bring the community together to celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, that is credited as the start of the modern day lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement.

On Friday, June 24, Congregation Bet Haverim and the Atlanta Pride Committee hosted the Pride Seder, similar to the Jewish traditional Seder meals held during Passover but with an obviously LGBT twist. The event included readings of key moments in Atlanta’s LGBT history as well as a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of AIDS. Congregation Bet Haverim’s chorus also entertained the crowd of more than 100 people with traditional Jewish hymns as well as a fun medley of gay favorites such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

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Six LGBT Atlantans to attend White House Pride reception

xenos family going to white house

Daniele Xenos and her partner, Sherry Lambert, are going to make a vacation of their visit to the White House next week to rub elbows with other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders from around the country. Xenos, a volunteer with the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative, is one of several Atlanta activists invited to attend the White House's LGBT Pride Reception on June 29.

"I've only been to Washington, D.C., once. We're driving up the day before and we decided to make a vacation of it," she said. "I'm really excited."

Xenos and Lambert have two daughters, Elizabeth, 5, and Katherine, 7. In addition to volunteering with ALHI, Xenos works with the Courage Campaign, an online organizing network that fights for LGBT equality. She is also a women's study major at Emory University and said she hopes to go to law school.

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Georgia Equality endorsed candidate in runoff for House seat in Oconee County

Dan Matthews in House District 113 runoff

Dan Matthews of Watkinsville, endorsed by Georgia Equality, is in a runoff for House District 113 after a special election held June 21. The runoff is slated for July 19.

Watkinsville is located in Oconee County, about 70 miles west of Atlanta and near Athens.

In an email sent to supporters today, Georgia Equality, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, asks for people across the state to support Matthews by making donations to to his campaign try to defeat the favored opponent, Republican Chuck Williams.

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Atlanta trans activist selected as White House ‘Champion of Courage’

Dee Dee ChambleeDee Dee Chamblee, founder of LaGender Inc. in Atlanta and a longtime transgender activist, was recently selected as a "Champion of Courage" by President Barack Obama’s administration.

The Champions of Courage campaign by the White House recognizes people making accomplishments in certain areas, such as immigration, education and clean energy. Chamblee, who also provides Gender Identity/Diversity Trainings as Senior/Consultant of TransWorld Consulting Agency, was one of nine people from across the country recognized for her contribution in the fight against HIV and AIDS as part of the White House recognizing the 30th anniversary of AIDS.

Chamblee, in an essay titled, "Creating a Path to Transgender Equality," discusses the unique needs of transgender people when it comes to stemming the tide of HIV infections in this community.