Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board to meet with mayor, police chief

Members of the Atlanta LGBT Advisory Board will sit down next week with the mayor and police chief to discuss their dissatisfaction with the punishments handed down to officers involved in the controversial Atlanta Eagle raid.

Mayor Kasim Reed will meet with board members on Tuesday, July 26, and Chief George Turner will meet with the board on Friday, July 29. The meetings were requested after the LGBT Advisory Board held a town hall forum on July 13; they are intended to find ways to continue “in our work to strengthen the relationship between the LGBT community and the APD,” according to letters from the board to the mayor and police chief.

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Phillip Rush Center plans first survey to gauge needs of LGBT Georgians

The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and Georgia Equality are asking members of Georgia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities to fill out a short survey to help the organizations plan for the future of the Phillip Rush Center.

The survey takes just 10 minutes and “will likely be the most important thing you can do this week to help secure a fair and just Georgia,” said Linda Ellis, executive director of ALHI.

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[Video] Streaker in wedding dress gay marries Braves security

Atlanta Braves streaker

Saturday night, the Atlanta Braves were in the midst of a heated divisional game against the Washington Nationals when a man wearing a white wedding dress, a baseball glove and a Braves hat stormed the field. He was quickly, and violently, tackled by several security personnel and escorted off the field.

The man — who has not been identified publicly — was all smiles as he was escorted off the field by an Atlanta police officer.

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Religion blog: Domestic violence in LGBT relationships is our not so secret secret

As the whole Eagle mess took another turn as if it were some kind of horror soap opera, I was looking for something different to write about. I posted on my Facebook page a request for topics and was caught off guard by this particular request: “queer-on-queer violence (mental, emotional, and/or physical)”

This is a subject that does not get much press or community attention but as some research this afternoon made clear this is definitely an elephant in the room and it seems we have good reasons and are doing a good job of ignoring it.

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Emory University receives $26 million to study AIDS vaccine

Emory University shines in new LGBT campus index

Emory University has received a $26 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a vaccine for HIV/AIDS, according to a media release issued today by the university. The Emory Consortium for AIDS Vaccine Research in Nonhuman Primates will focus on preventing the earliest stages of infection in the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a disease similar to AIDS found only in primates, in a 5-year study.

Most SIV infections occur via mucous membranes through sexual contact. The study will attempt to develop an effective vaccine to block such infections at mucosal sites, according to the university.

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