The 15th Annual East Point Possums show took over the East Point Commons Saturday, June 15. Some 28 acts took to the stage for about three hours, ending promptly at 11 p.m, despite starting on “drag time” about an hour late.
The event benefitted the Philip Rush Center. Organizers estimate more than 1,500 people attended but a final tally on how much was raised wasn’t yet available. East Point, located south of Atlanta (not east) and, yes, very much inside the perimeter, is like a “gay Mayberry” say some. Others simply call it East Pernt. We just know we had a good time there.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will sit down with five local LGBT activists to discuss marriage equality. The private meeting is set for June 27.
Charlie Stadtlander, who started a Facebook page titled, “Mayor Reed, It’s Time to Evolve on Marriage Equality,” said the mayor recently agreed to the meeting. The mayor will be meeting with Stadtlander; state House candidate Ken Britt; Lawrie Demorest of Alston & Bird; Pator Dennis Meredith of Tabernacle Baptist Church; and attorney Doug Brooks, who is married and has children.
State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta), the only openly gay man in the Georgia legislature, is alleging homophobic tactics are being used by his opponents, including distributing what he calls an anti-gay flyer in black neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.
The flyer, provided to GA Voice via email, states: “The Real Rashad” with a photo of Taylor. Below the photo the flyer states: “The only openly gay male in the Georgia General Assembly [AJC 5/27/11]; Accused of using his position in the Legislature to solicit sexual relationships [AJC, 5/27/11]; Former roommates with Khaatim El [APN, 1/20/11]; Possibly lived with a male lover on Moreland Ave [APN, 6/11/12].”
The board of directors of AID Atlanta announced today the resignation of Tracy Elliott as its executive director. Elliott’s last day will be June 29.
Elliott served as executive director for five years and said in an email he is “pursuing other opportunities.”
A board will search for a new ED and during that time the organization will be co-led by Jon Santos, director of development; Nicole Roebuck, director or client services; and Neena Smith-Bankhead, director of education and volunteer services.