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LGBT youth blaze trails in Ga. high schools

Carly Baker (left) and her mother Vanessa Baker

As a 14-year old “queer” freshman at Apalachee High School in rural Barrow County, Carly Baker faces some tough odds.

She has clashed with other students who bullied her and her gay best friend. And when she approached her principal about starting a gay-straight alliance, she was told such a group wouldn’t fly in this part of the Bible belt.

But Baker, while appearing diminutive, is quite fearless and unwavering. She has armed herself with resources she obtained at the first annual Gay-Straight Alliance Youth Summit held on Feb. 19 at the UGA campus in Gwinnett County and is now researching the best way to again bring up her plans to school administrators.

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Seasons of Love fundraiser all about CHRIS Kids

Seasons of Love fundraiser for CHRIS Kids

A thirteen-year-old boy provided the cast and crew of Seasons of Love a living reason why they donate their time and talent to raise money for CHRIS Kids.

Since its inception, the variety cabaret has raised over $300,000 to help CHRIS Kids provide housing, counseling and support for homeless youth in Atlanta. But a chance encounter brought the immediacy of their work home to Director Mike Beecham.

“One of the first days of rehearsals, we were at a gym and across the street there was this 13-year-old kid who was new to the streets and he was asking for things to keep him warm. He had tears in his eyes as he was asking for things,” Beecham says, remembering how the boy was looking for anything to help him get through what would be one of his first nights on the street.

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First ‘Gaybie Hawkins Dance’ brings LGBT teens together for fun, fellowship

Queer youth in Cobb County are proclaiming their identities proudly and ready to show off on the dance floor with the first “Gaybie Hawkins Dance” — a way for LGBT teens from outside Atlanta to gather with others who are like them.

Planned for Feb. 18 and organized by the Metro Atlanta Queer & Allied Teens (MAQAT), the dance — a gay take on traditional Sadie Hawkins Dances — aims to become an annual party held near Valentine’s Day.

Being open about your sexual orientation and gender identity in the very socially conservative Cobb County (home of Newt Gingrich) is not easy, but is something queer teens want desperately to be able to do.

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Gay Georgia organizations

Use the links below to find information on many of Georgia's LGBT organizations. To add your listing, please e-mail editor@thegavoice.com with your organization's details (including name, website, phone number,...