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Atlanta Pride announces VIP program for 2013 festival

2011 Atlanta Pride kickoff party at Georgia Aquarium

The Atlanta Pride Committee today announced a VIP program for festival-goers to this year's upcoming Pride Oct. 12-13. Tickets start at $175 when purchased in advance but jump to $200 if purchased the weekend of the festival.

This is the first year in recent memory that Atlanta Pride has offered this level of VIP experience, organizers said.

Included in the VIP pass is access to a private seating area in Piedmont Park's meadow, private restroom facilities and other goodies.

Buck Cooke, Executive Director of the Atlanta Pride Committee, hyped the new passes in a statement released today.

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Woman alleges rape by Swinging Richards strippers

An unidentified woman claims that she was raped by two male dancers at Swinging Richards, the gay-popular strip club, on June 9 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption.

The Atlanta Police Department's report on the incident states that the woman began the evening at a friend's house, where they consumed several alcoholic beverages. The pair then went to Blake's on the Park, a gay bar on 10th Street, and found themselves at Swinging Richards later in the evening. The woman's identity is being withheld by police.

The story was first reported by Atlanta's ABC affiliate WSB.

The report goes on to state the woman purchased a lap dance from one of the two alleged rapists, who then took her to a V.I.P. room with her male friend. In the V.I.P. room, the report states that the two strippers “bent her over a table and had sex with her.”