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YouthPride tax return lists wrong board of directors

The most recent tax return for YouthPride lists board members who say they were not involved with the group at the time, echoing ongoing questions about leadership and accountability at the Atlanta-based LGBT youth agency.

The handwritten tax return, which is riddled with crossed-out numbers, is for the YouthPride fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2010, and ended Sept. 30, 2011.

The return was stamped received by the IRS on Sept. 18, 2012. It was filed by YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul, who dated his signature May 30, 2012.

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YouthPride leadership remains a puzzle one year later

YouthPride logoThe call went out in January 2012 that if YouthPride did not raise some $40,000, the youth LGBT nonprofit would be forced to close its doors. After the public plea for funds, it was discovered YouthPride did not have a five-member board of directors in violation of its bylaws and that a full board had not met since December 2010.

Now, a year later, the agency is once again sending out fundraising emails — the most recent, sent Dec. 21, has the subject line “Acceptance is a Precious Gift” — but leaders still refuse to grant interviews and either can’t or won’t list a five-member board.

After YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul made a public plea for funds in early 2012, an independent task force volunteered time to investigate the financial and leadership struggles of YouthPride and determined the agency was deep in debt and faced possible state and federal fines for not filing tax forms on time.

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Top local news of 2012: Atlanta backs marriage

Alex Wan and Kasim Reed

Whether it was the threat of the end of the world or just plain old fashioned holiday spirit — or most likely political timing — the month of December brought Atlanta officials together in a cornucopia of outspoken support for LGBT equality. 

First, on Dec. 3, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution 11-2 stating its support for same-sex marriage. The resolution was introduced by Alex Wan, the only openly gay council member, after months of discussion with his colleagues about the difference between civil unions and marriage equality.

Wan, who represents District 6, said he pushed for the resolution because it was “the right thing to do.”

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[Photos] Rainbow Jam a tasty treat — and fundraiser — for Atlanta LGBT youth group

JustUS Atl's Rainbow Jam

JustUs ATL, a youth-led and youth-run organization, held its first fundraiser on Aug. 17 at the Phillip Rush Center with a Rainbow Jam, an an open mic and variety showcase that featured young people performing everything from drag to music therapy songs on the guitar to stand up comedy.

Closing out the night was Nipplephobia, an all transgender band that, well, specializes in making loud noise. And making their fans scream with joy.

Dozens of people packed the  Rush Center for the fundraiser that included dinner donated by local restaurants and several raffles. Organizers said early estimates were JustUs ATL raised several hundred dollars at its first major event.

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YouthPride moves to house in West End, also home to Christian addiction ministry?

YouthPride House

YouthPride, the troubled Atlanta LGBT youth agency, has moved to a house located at 955 Washington Place in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, according to its website. YouthPride was evicted from its Edgewood Avenue home on June 1 for non-payment of rent and posted a series of delayed openings before finally announcing the new address June 21.

Executive Director Terence McPhaul refused an interview June 21 at the new location. He and board members continue to decline interviews on the status of the organization, which has been mired in a financial and leadership crisis since December 2011.

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YouthPride relocates to West End; ED still refuses interviews


The executive director of YouthPride refused to discuss the status of the LGBT youth agency and its new location in West End today after the GA Voice visited the site.

The new address, noticed today on YouthPride’s website, is listed as 955 Washington Place SW, Atlanta. The address is posted at the very bottom of the page, but at the "contact us" link YouthPride's address is still listed as 1017 Edgewood Ave. YouthPride was evicted from its Edgewood Avenue home on June 1.

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YouthPride has blast at Childish Gambino hip hop concert — but no news where it will relocate

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YouthPride officially moved out of its space at 1017 Edgewood Ave. on June 1 after being evicted by its landlord Inman Park United Methodist Church for nonpayment of rent. The organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth ages 13-24 still hasn't publicly announced where its new location is or how it is providing services.

However, YouthPride did have a great time at the June 10 Childish Gambino hip hop concert at The Tabernacle, as Executive Director Terence McPhaul noted on the organization's website.

"Thanks to everyone who stopped by YouthPride's table at the Childish Gambino concert on Sunday!"

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YouthPride in limbo after move

YouthPride movers

Since March 20, YouthPride’s executive director and board of directors have known the organization needed to move out of its location at 1017 Edgewood Ave. by May 31 at 5 p.m.

Instead, movers arrived on the evening of June 1 to move the organization’s belongings into a storage facility after the landlord, Inman Park United Methodist Church, agreed to give the LGBT youth group an extra day to move out.

Postings to YouthPride’s website and Facebook accounts promised the organization would reopen on Monday, June 4. The new location of YouthPride would also be revealed on Monday via the website and Facebook, the group pledged.

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YouthPride still closed; no new location announced


Six days after YouthPride moved out of its space in Inman Park and promised to reopen in a new site, there is still no word on the new location or if the organization will resume services.

The organization serving metro Atlanta lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth closed June 1 after it was forced to move from its home at 1017 Edgewood Ave. Facebook and website postings for the nonprofit at first promised the organization would reopen on Monday at a site to be announced Monday. However, Terence McPhaul, executive director, then stated on the YouthPride website and Facebook pages that the organization "is closed through Wednesday."