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Sour-faced election losers start petitions to secede from the Union

Still gay in the GOP

Republicans continue to regroup after their general election loss and most still are none-to-happy about how things turned out.

Some have accused shadowy forces of rigging the election, while others are looking to leave the country to live with more freedoms. But why move out of the country when you can stay put and leave the country at the same time?

Over the weekend, around a dozen or more petitions calling on the U.S. government to allow individual states to “peacefully withdraw” from the Union began appearing on the White House's “We The People” petition site.

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Election Day anxiety: What to do while you wait?

GA Voice election issueIt's a gray Election Day in Atlanta, but that's no excuse not to vote. But what should you do after you cast your ballot? Here are 10 ways to pass the time for the rest of the day.

1. Help others vote. Drive a friend or neighbor to the polls, or volunteer to watch their kids at home or their phone at work so they can go. Ask those you know if they have voted and how you can help.

2. Facebook. Join the trend today and post a picture of yourself with your "I'm a Georgia voter" sticker; all the cool kids are doing it. Be sure to post about how easy it was to vote at your precinct (or how worth it if you had to wait in line) to encourage your friends to vote. Then post a few more news links (we suggest this one) or Facebook graphics backing your candidate.

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LGBT pundits react to Romney’s debate riff on two-parent families

Presidential debate

A number of LGBT bloggers expressed dismay Tuesday night that no question about same-sex marriage was posed during the first two presidential debates or in the only vice presidential debate.

But at a most unexpected moment during the Oct. 16 debate, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stumbled into an awkward riff about the importance of two parents being married before having children.

That set off a flurry of reaction among various LGBT bloggers who were posting their reactions to the debate live on Twitter.

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Morehouse students create Bayard Rustin scholars program to remember gay civil rights activist

Students from Morehouse College have formed a Bayard Rustin scholars program at the all-male college which will introduce a new chapter of social justice at the school, according to a story in the student newspaper the Maroon Tiger.

“The program is named after him because the motto of program is modeled after his theory and methods,” said sophomore Marcus Lee, one of three students to introduce the program. “[The scholars] will be learning how to community organize and learning how tackle more issues at once.”

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White House conference in Atlanta attracts activists from across the state

White House conference on HIV/AIDS

In 2009, some 2.6 million people were tested for HIV. Of those, only 4,100 were transgender.

That was one of the startling facts revealed at the White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS held April 19 at Morehouse School of Medicine. The conference was one of many LGBT-related conferences the White House plans to hold throughout the year.

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, now a professor at Morehouse, also noted that HIV infections continue to rise among gay and bi men. For example, 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.

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Churches must make it safe to come out as LGBT and HIV-positive

Rev. Kenneth SamuelThis weekend people will fill the pews all over this nation. Among the many lives represented in our places of worship and congregations, there will be countless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, many of them people of color, whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

While the disease has devastated our communities for over 30 years, many of us have drawn on our faith, hope and dedication to spiritual principles that call us to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.” Our faith calls us to action.

As the members of President Obama’s Administration come to Atlanta today for the White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS, it is important to look deeply at the havoc the disease has caused, and how the black and LGBT communities are in this decades-long fight together.  

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White House issues LGBT ‘Champions of Change’ video challenge

It's time to make your own YouTube for LGBT equality and submit what you see as a march for a more perfect union to equality through the o the White House's "LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge."

Videos are being accepted now — they can be music videos, PSAs, interviews — whatever your creativity inspires and will be accepted until May 4. Finalists will be selected in early June and the public will have a chance to vote on which video best represents the work for equality.

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White House conference on LGBT HIV/AIDS coming to Atlanta

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The White House recently announced it will host a LGBT conference on HIV/AIDS in Atlanta on Thursday, April 19.

The conference is part of a series of events hosted by the White House specifically for LGBT Americans. The conference will be hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Office of National AIDS Policy in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine.

The White House says that participants “will receive important updates from senior administration officials and have the opportunity to learn about Federal government resources and opportunities through workshop sessions.”