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Driving To An Island


By D. David Kinney 

No summer could possibly be complete without a trip to the beach, and without a doubt one of the best things about living in Atlanta is being centrally located in the South. So we’re taking a look at some of our favorite sandy island spots that are within driving distance from Atlanta. From the Cape Fear Coast in North Carolina to the sunny and warm beaches of Florida, this list has us ready to pack a bag and hit the highway on a summertime beach getaway.

Tybee Island, Georgia : Drive Time: 4 Hours

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Did you know that Tybee Island is the easternmost point in the state of Georgia? This island beach is incredibly popular thanks to its proximity to Savannah and the relatively short drive time from Atlanta. Walking down the beach it isn’t uncommon to see a familiar face here and there. You may even see Paula Deen who owns a house in Tybee that’s available to rent. In fact, renting a house for your stay at Tybee is a great way to experience Georgia island life.

If you want to experience an incredibly fun event on the water check out the Tybee Floatilla “Float for Loggerheads” event on July 20. Tybee Floatilla organizes unique tubing adventures and this special edition benefits the Tybee Marine Science Center. Tubers are shoving off in their floats at 10:30 a.m. and should arrive at The Crab Shack at around 2 p.m. for their return to terra firma.

St. Simons Island, Georgia: Drive Time: 5 Hours

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Known as one of the best island beaches in America, St. Simons Island is a peaceful retreat and the perfect weekend getaway. If you’re looking for a world-class experience book a room at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. From playing 18 holes on their award-winning par 72 golf course to simply relaxing by the pool, this property has everything you could possibly want during your summer beach trip.

If you’re looking for an adventure head toward Pier Village and Neptune Park near the southern tip of St. Simons Island. You’ll find the island’s beautiful lighthouse that stands at 104 feet tall and was built in 1872. If you hear voices, don’t worry, you’re not going crazy as the lighthouse is reportedly haunted. The story starts with Frederick Osborne who was the lighthouse caretaker in 1880 along with his assistant John Stephens. Together they kept the lighthouse operating 24-hours day and their families even shared the lighthouse keeper’s home. However, two families under one roof rarely goes well. One day Osborne addressed Stephens wife in an inappropriate way and Osborne was shot and killed. Bam! Now it’s haunted. Today you can take a tour of the lighthouse and even climb the stairs to the top. It provides an incredible view.

Amelia Island, Florida: Drive Time: 5 Hours

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Head to this beautiful seaport in the northeast coast of Florida for 13-miles of white sand beaches and crystal clear water. If you’re looking for a resort in the area consider the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. The property recently enjoyed an $85 million facelift and guests are raving about the experience. However, what keeps people coming back to Amelia Island and the Omni year after year is the golf. There are two world-class golf courses located at the hotel. Oak Marsh (designed by Pete Dye) and Ocean Links (designed by Bobby Weed) share a pro shop on-site. Additionally, located just a mile and a half down the road, golfers can enjoy the resort’s members’ course Long Point. Even if you’ve never hit a golf ball in your life you can still get in on the fun. Private instruction is available from the resort’s pro shop and costs $60 per half hour.

After all of that time working on your golf game you’ll inevitably need a little rest and relaxation. So head to the Omni Amelia Island’s full-service spa and salon. From a stylish new hairdo to a rejuvenating massage, they’ll have you feeling good-as-new and possibly wanting to extend your vacation by a few more days.

Kure Beach, North Carolina: Drive Time: 6.5 Hours

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This is a classic Carolina beach town nestled on an island near the North and South Carolina border. When you’re planning your trip, skip the hotel search entirely and rent a beachfront home while you’re here. The experience is completely different and really fun if you have multiple people coming along. You can find properties available to rent by reaching out to local real estate agencies. Whether you want to stay a week or just a weekend, odds are you’ll find what you’re looking for here. However, you need to look early. Things book up quickly during the summer months.

Whatever you do don’t miss the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It isn’t as large as the Georgia Aquarium, but it is definitely worth a visit. The local marine biologists working at the aquarium are incredibly passionate and their aquariums are top-notch. You can even sign up to take a class where experts teach everything from crabbing to caring for sharks.

When you’re ready to bust a move and enjoy a cocktail, follow the local gays into the city of Wilmington and check out the Ibiza Nightclub. It’s always going strong on the weekends and has a fun and diverse crowd. On your way there stop by Fish Bites Fresh Market & Seafood Restaurant for some of the best food in the area. The owner is a local seafood aficionado and only serves freshly caught items. Everything I’ve tried from there has been absolutely incredible.

 

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‘The Hunger Games’ Releases Trailer For Next Movie. Spoiler Alert!


By D. David Kinney

“The Hunger Games” released a teaser trailer and posters for its next film “Mockingjay Part 1″ and we’re already obsessed. First of all, the men featured in the District Heroes posters are wickedly hot. Where were they at when the show was filming in Atlanta?  Second, the trailer that was released on Wednesday reveals a small spoiler. Check out the clip and the posters below:

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Uber Takes Flight With New Helicopters. Protests Snarl Europe.


By D. David Kinney 

Uber. If you’re a city dweller and haven’t heard of the smartphone private car reservation service by now you must be living under a rock. The company is wildly popular here in Atlanta and there are some good reasons why. Uber cars are typically cleaner, the drivers are usually more friendly, the ride is tracked by the Uber app keeping drivers honest and paying for your ride is super simple. It’s a far cry from just hailing a regular taxi. In Atlanta you can now choose between their traditional Black Car service, a larger SUV or a more economical uberX car. Sounds like everything you could ever need, right? Not according to Uber in Mumbai, India. They’ve added a new transportation option: Chopper!

That’s right… helicopters! I wonder how long it will be before you can charter your own Uber chopper to avoid rush hour traffic in Buckhead? Late for your flight at Hartsfield-Jackson? Don’t sweat it! Just use Uber to call a chopper.

If you happen to be in Mumbai (and I hope you’re not because homosexuality is illegal in India!) this Father’s Day weekend the friendly folks at Uber are running a special where you can get Rs. 500 off by using one their now famous discount codes. Uber uses helicopters from Deccan Air and typically costs Rs. 4,999 (including black car service to and from the chopper).

Uber announced the new Chopper service in India on the same day that protests against the car reservation service are grid-locking traffic in Europe’s largest cities including London, Madrid, Paris and Berlin. Taxi drivers are intentionally causing traffic problems as a way of protesting Uber. They claim Uber is threatening their industry by operating under different rules. The taxi drivers believe this unfair advantage prevents them from being able to compete.

Uber has faced similar criticism here in Georgia, however, we haven’t seen taxis causing traffic jams. Atlanta traffic is bad enough. Intentionally causing a traffic jam would likely backfire on the taxicab companies rather quickly. Instead of clogging our streets Rick Hewatt, the owner of Atlanta Checker Cab, and Fasil Muche, the owner of Crown Cab, joined the Atlanta Taxicab Company Owners Association in supporting legislation aimed at regulating Uber and Lyft. However, Uber and many local Atlanta residents believe the legislation is a bad idea. Instead, Uber points toward Colorado who recently introduced legislation to regulate ridesharing as a sensible approach. Colorado created a new class of vehicle named “Transportation Network Campanies.” This new class of vehicle requires that a driver pass a background check, that the car pass a safety inspection and that every ride be insured.

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CDC Launches ‘Start Talking. Stop HIV’ Campaign


By D. David Kinney

Atlanta’s very own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new campaign on Wednesday called Start Talking. Stop HIV. The goal is to foster dialogue between gay and bisexual men about HIV risk and prevention by highlighting “real-world gay and bisexual men talking openly with their partners and sharing their experiences about HIV.”

It’s a bold step forward by the CDC, and the campaign’s timing is spot on after last week’s major announcement that the CDC now recommends health-care providers consider prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to patients at risk of contracting HIV. If you’d like to learn how PrEP works, click here.

According to the CDC, “Research suggests that communication leads to behaviors, such as testing and HIV status disclosure, that can help reduce HIV risk. However, important conversations about HIV do not occur within many relationships due to fear of discrimination.”

For more information about the CDC’s new Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign, click here.

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Who Are You Voting For?


By D. David Kinney

With a marriage equality victory in Oregon yesterday and news today that Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional, it’s a great day to go vote! But who are you going to vote for when you get inside the booth? Here is a list of local candidates endorsed by Georgia Equality:

State Senate:

District 22 – Harold V. Jones II (D)

District 36 - Nan Orrock (D)

District 38 - Horacena Tate (D)

District 42 - Kyle Williams (D)

District 44 - Gail Davenport (D)

State House:

District 39 – Erica R. Thomas (D)

District 54 – Bob Gibeling (D)

District 58 – Simone Bell (D)

District 60 – Keisha Waites (D)

District 74 – Roberta Abdul Salaam (D)

District 85 – Karla Drenner (D)

District 86 – Michele Henson (D)

District 91 – Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D)

District 105 – Tim Hur (D)

District 113 – Ram Dickerson (D)

Fulton County Commission:

District 7 – Robert Pitts (D)

District 2 – Eric Broadwell (R)

District 4 – Joan Garner (D)

District 5 –  Brenda Muhammad (D)

State School Superintendent:

Alisha Thomas Morgan (D)

Allen Fort (R)

 

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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

A Victory For Marriage Equality  In Pennsylvania

Yesterday we saw Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage declared unconstitutional and on Tuesday Pennsylvania’s ban has bit the dust. This makes Pennsylvania the nineteenth state to see same-sex marriage legalized.

HRC President Chad Griffin released the following statement regarding the marriage equality victory in Pennsylvania: “Today a federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush became the latest to uphold the most sacred ideals of this nation and our Constitution – that justice and equality matter above all else. It seems that every passing day brings LGBT Americans a new victory in our unwavering march toward justice.  And thanks to our friends at the ACLU of PA and ACLU National, the attorneys of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, and the proud plaintiffs who brought this case, the inescapable reality of full equality under the law is now one step closer.”

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Judge Strikes Down Oregon’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Despite Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s refusal to defend her state’s gay marriage ban, the National Organization for Marriage asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to let them argue against same-sex marriage on behalf of the state. However, NOM’s efforts were not successful and Judge Michael McShane rejected their request. In his ruling today, Judge McShane wrote: “Expanding the embrace of civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples will not burden any legitimate state interest… The state’s marriage laws unjustifiably treat same-gender couples differently than opposite-gender couples. The laws assess a couple’s fitness for civil marriage based on their sexual orientation: opposite-gender couples pass; same-gender couples do not. No legitimate state purpose justifies the preclusion of gay and lesbian couples from civil marriage.”

In response to the positive news from Oregon, the Human Rights Campaign’s President, Chad Griffin, issued a statement saying: “Today’s ruling from Judge McShane affirms what a majority of Oregonians already knew: discrimination has no place in our society, much less the state constitution, Human Rights Campaign President, Chad Griffin, wrote in a statement released Monday, “The plaintiffs and their tremendous attorneys Lake James Perriguey, Lea Ann Easton, Perkins Coie LLP, the ACLU of Oregon and the ACLU, should be incredibly proud of their historic victory.  Thanks to their willingness to fight and the decades of work done by groups like Basic Rights Oregon and countless others, America is now one giant step closer to full equality nationwide.”

Source: ABC News

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HBO’s John Oliver Explores Nintendo’s New Gay World

People weren’t very happy when news began to spread that Nintendo’s new Sims-like video game, “Tomodachi Life,” would not allow for same-sex relationships. The situation attracted so much attention from gay and allied gamers that Nintendo eventually released a statement. “We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life,” Nintendo wrote , “Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch.” 

As you can imagine this was pretty low hanging fruit for HBO’s John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight. Check out the hilarious clip from his show on Sunday:

Source: CBS News, Huffington Post

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Craig Ferguson’s Character In ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2″ Comes Out

Gobber, from the hit animated movie “How To Train Your Dragon, is out of the closet! The character is voiced by talk show host Craig Ferguson, and his coming out was a complete surprise – even to the show’s writer and director, Dean DeBlois. “It wasn’t that deliberate. It was an ad-lib that Craig Ferguson added,” DeBlois told FOX, “I’d written the line ‘This is why I never married.’ And then he had tagged that on to it. And we all started chuckling and said that’s right, Gobber’s coming out in this movie. I just love that about Craig. He’s always got just a little extra something for you. I think it’s nice. It’s progressive, it’s honest, and it feels good, so we wanted to keep it.” Kudos, Mr. Ferguson! 

Gay Articles From Around The Web Worth Reading:

The Wire – “Corporate America Doesn’t Have Any Openly Gay CEOs. Or Does It?

Forbes – “How Many Gay CEOs Should There be In The USA Anyway?

Huffington Post – “Costa Rica’s Presidential Palace Displays Gay Pride Flag

LA Times – “Mark Ruffalo Was Schooled By ‘Normal Heart’s’ Pioneering Gay Playwright

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2014 FENUXE 50 Winners – The Best Of Atlanta


By D. David Kinney 

Every year FENUXE invites the gay community to vote for the best businesses and organizations in Atlanta. The competition was tough in 2014, however, the votes are in and the results are here! Join us in celebrating the 2014 FENUXE 50 - the Best of Atlanta winners:

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Best Shopping

Lenox Square Mall

With 1.5 million square feet of retail space, Lenox Square Mall is Atlanta’s premier shopping destination. The mall originally opened its doors on August 3, 1959 and looks incredibly different than it does today. Back then it was an open-air shopping center and featured a bowling alley, indoor golf driving range and a grocery store called Colonial Stores. Now you can find world-class upscale retail and anchor department stores including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s Zara, Diesel, Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus.

Best Hair Salon

Bubbles Salon

Out with the old and in with a new do at Bubbles Salon in the Ansley II Shopping Center on Monroe Drive. It’s easy to see why Atlanta loves Bubbles with their super convenient online booking and a wide range of services. Your hair is definitely in the care of skilled hands at Bubbles. A men’s haircut is only $20 and getting the grey out only costs $25. Is your stache in need of a trim? You can get a beard and mustache trim for only eight bucks.

Best Dog Groomer

Piedmont Bark

Happy yelps from playing pups at Piedmont Bark explains why it’s a perennial Atlanta favorite. Dogs dig this canine hotspot and the groomers do great work. Your pooch may not find getting groomed to be their favorite outing, but Piedmont Bark goes above and beyond to make sure each pet is cared for and has a good experience. If you’re looking for doggie daycare or boarding (for that Memorial Day weekend trip coming up) they’ve also got you covered.

Best Men’s Clothing Store

Boy Next Door

From the perfect bathing suit for the upcoming pool season to wicked cute graphic tees, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect outfit at Boy Next Door. Plus, they’ve got two convenient locations on Piedmont Avenue and at Ansley Mall. What’s best is that Boy Next Door has been supporting Atlanta’s gay community and keeping us fashionably clothed since 1980. Being named “Best of Atlanta” right before your 35th birthday – that’s one fashionable legacy.

Best Home Furnishings Store

Intaglia

With an unparalleled assortment of beautiful and affordable furniture, Intaglia Home Collection is Atlanta’s favorite spot to shop for new home furnishings. The store’s success stems from its design philosophy that aims to introduce customers to furniture they’ll love. It’s a simple philosophy, but it’s effective and has kept customers returning since it opened in 1999. If you need some advice on designing your dream home talk to their incredible designers JoJuana Davis and Bobby Krechnyak.

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Best Event

Atlanta Pride

There’s no other event in Atlanta quite like Atlanta Pride. It’s a week-long celebration of our community and our great city that rivals the best Pride celebrations in the world. Every year the Atlanta Pride Committee continues to up the ante with a bigger and better event. Plus, our annual Pride Parade is one of the oldest in country. This year’s 44th annual Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park will take place on October 11 and 12.

Best TV Show Filmed In Georgia

The Walking Dead

We asked which TV show filmed in Georgia was your favorite and “The Walking Dead” won by a country mile. It wasn’t even a contest because Rick, Carl and the always lovable Walkers blew the other shows out of the water. With this many fans no wonder the show is the undead belle of the TV ratings ball. And what’s not to love? There’s more zombie-killing action than you can shake a stick at and it takes place here in our neck of the woods. We only have one bone to pick with the show. There’s no way we can wait until next season to learn what is going to happen at Terminus!

Best Local TV News Program

11 Alive

The news team at Channel 11 has been serving Atlanta since 1951, but they weren’t always WXIA 11 Alive. In fact, they were originally an ABC affiliate and the name 11 Alive didn’t come about until 1976. Today you’ll find Brenda Wood and DeMarco Morgan anchoring the news desk and keeping Atlantans well-informed. They’ve become increasingly more popular over the past few years while they “hold the powerful accountable.”

Best Gay Character On TV

Cameron Tucker – Modern Family

When three families become one hilarity and heartbreak are sure to follow. “Modern Family” on ABC follows the Pritchett, Dunphy and Tucker families as they navigate life and extended family relations. However, it’s one character, Cameron Tucker, that has Atlantans falling in love and continually laughing week after week. Six different gay TV characters were nominated in this category, but Tucker garnered over 50 percent of the votes even with the crowded field. Keep it up, Cam!

Best Music Festival

Music Midtown

Even with massive amounts of rain during last year’s Music Midtown, the festival proved that great music will keep Atlantans grooving in Piedmont Park no matter what. The two-day festival features a lineup that spans multiple stages and is always a well-organized and extremely fun event. Just don’t delay in getting your tickets because this major music event is always popular. The 2014 headliners haven’t been announced, however, FENUXE will feature all of the details when they’re released.

Best Movie Theatre

Landmark Theatres Midtown Art Cinemas

Grab a cocktail from the bar and enjoy a flick at this great theatre on Monroe Drive in Atlanta. Midtown Art Cinemas has been bringing the movies to Atlanta since 1987 and they’re still pleasing audiences. It may not be as big as the mega theatres OTP, but don’t let its size fool you. In addition to all of the latest Hollywood blockbusters you can also catch a wide range of indie films on their eight screens. They’ve even got DLP digital projection and sound so your movie experience is crystal clear and pitch perfect.

Best Live Performance

Sing For Your Life

Featuring singers from all over the area, Sing For Your Life continues to wow Atlanta audiences with great music and an engaging live show. Contestants are grouped with show mentors Barry Brandon, JL Rodriguez and Michael Robinson to hone their craft and advance in the competition. Sing For Your Life Season 2 recently wrapped up and singer Christy Clark was named the winner. Look for her story in an upcoming issue of FENUXE Magazine.

Best Gay Chorus

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus is a beloved Atlanta institution and has been filling our lives with music for 33 seasons. If you’ve never experienced the joy of an AGMC show mark June 27 and 28 on your calendar. The guys are bringing us the best of Cher in their upcoming show “Cher Determination: You Better Sit Down, Kids!” and you don’t want to miss it. Keep singing, fellas!

Best Theatre

The Fox Theatre

If you love a good show odds are you’re a regular at the Fox Theatre. The former movie palace features a beautiful Moorish design and seats 4,678 Atlantans in its large auditorium.  The building is definitely one of the most interesting in Atlanta and an attraction in itself, but its the great variety of shows at the Fox that keep patrons coming back. In one season you can see everything from Eddie Izzard live onstage to Disney’s “The Lion King.”

Best Weekly Event

The Other Show

After dominating Atlanta’s Dragnique competition two years ago, Edie Cheezbuger expanded her drag artistry with the creation of “The Other Show” at Jungle Atlanta. It’s an avant-garde, highly-conceptual show that has captivated Atlanta and attracted a fiercely loyal fan base. Ms. Cheezburger and the glamorous cast continue to push Atlanta drag higher, and we can’t wait to see what “The Other Show” will have in store for us next.

Best Concert Venue

Tabernacle

The Tabby is a pretty wicked spot for concerts in Atlanta, but did you know it was originally a Baptist Tabernacle church? It didn’t turn into a performance venue until the Olympics came and developers turned it into a House of Blues. Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and John Goodman, performing as The Blues Brothers, were first people to perform in the repurposed Atlanta landmark.

Best Comedy Venue

Laughing Skull Lounge

Some comedy lounges are more about alcohol sales and food than stand-up. If that’s your scene this isn’t your comedy club. Laughing Skull Lounge brings the best stand-up comedians (including Margaret Cho and lots of gay performers) to Midtown for side-splitting hilarious shows. If you can’t get your funny bone tickled here it may have died. Think you could be the next great gay comedian? Try one of their 4 week intense comedy courses that ends with you doing two open mic nights.

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Best Neighborhood Bar

Burkhart’s Pub

This category was a true horse race. Burkhart’s Pub, Blake’s on the Park and TEN Atlanta were neck and neck until the very end. However, it was Burkhart’s Pub who ultimately received the most votes. With friendly bartenders, great food, top-notch drag entertainment, stiff cocktails and a spacious patio, Burkhart’s has everything you could possibly want from your favorite neighborhood bar.

Best Place To Dance

TEN Atlanta

After the votes were tallied it’s clear that Atlanta has several favorite hotspots for dancing the night away. However, it was TEN Atlanta who came out ahead by five percentage points. TEN regularly throws great parties that start up after the restuarants transforms into a nightclub at 10 p.m. Another great thing about TEN Atlanta is their new menu. If you haven’t tried their new dishes you should definitely get a table this weekend. Just dance!

Best Bar Entertainment

Burkhart’s Pub

From the biggest names in drag entertainment to Atlanta’s newest artists, Burkhart’s Pub continues to offer the best bar entertainment in gay Atlanta. Last year we partied with Shangela and only a few weeks ago Raja was thrilling a packed house. That’s in addition to their incredible weekly shows which include the Armorettes, Ruby Redd, Phoenix, Destiny Brooks, Justice Taylor, Monica Van Pelt and Darlene Majewski.

Best Sports Bar

Woofs

Whether you’re cheering on the Bulldogs or Braves, four out of every five FENUXE 50 voters said Woofs is the best place to catch the action. They have plenty of TVs so you can always keep up with the score and lots of great guys to enjoy the game with. You can even get your own match going with a round of billiards if there aren’t any games on.

Best Bar For Bears

Atlanta Eagle

For the past 27 years the Atlanta Eagle has been Georgia’s go to leather, Levi and bear bar. From the Southern Bears’ monthly night to the Atlanta Bear Fest and weekend cubcake nights, the Atlanta Eagle is the place for bears to see and be seen. Don’t miss Jockstrap Sister Twister night with the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Best Adult Entertainment

Swinging Richards

Banana hammocks, jockstraps and au naturale, oh my! Lose your inhibitions and marvel at the incredible beefcake on display because Swinging Richards is gay Atlanta’s favorite when it comes to adult entertainment. Get those bills ready cause there is always a gorgeous man on stage who will catch your eye.

Best Overall Value

Burkhart’s Pub

Burkhart’s Pub literally ran away with the crown in this category. They received nearly double the amount of votes as the runner-up and it’s easy to see why. There is never a cover charge and they’ve got an entertaining event going on every night. Plus, you can enjoy an entire evening at Burkhart’s Pub with dinner from their tasty menu followed by drinks and a show.

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Best Gym

Urban Body Fitness

If you think all gyms are the same you’ve never experienced Urban Body Fitness in Midtown. From an extensive selection of cardio and strength training equipment to group classes and top-notch personal trainers, Urban Body Fitness has what you need to meet your fitness goals. You can also receive chiropractic care on-site and take advantage of their tanning options.

Best Gay Organization

GLAAD

In this category there were several nominees vying for the top spot with close vote totals. However, it was GLAAD who narrowly edged out AID Atlanta and Lost-N-Found. GLAAD advocates for the LGBT community and works toward building support for equality. They’re also monitor news and entertainment media outlets and respond when they fail to fairly and accurately depict our community. Keep up the great work!

Best Charitable Organization

Lost-N-Found Youth

All of this year’s nominated charities received lots of votes, however, the race came down to Lost-N-Found Youth and AID Atlanta in the end. Both are wonderful organizations, but there can only be one winner. Many Atlantans learn about Lost-N-Found Youth from their incredibly fun and successful “Big Gay Game Show” fundraiser at Jungle Atlanta, however, the organization is beloved by our community for their work behind-the-scenes helping Atlanta’s homeless gay youth.

Best Gay Rights Advocate

Georgia Equality

With gay rights in Georgia taking center stage over the past few months (and hopefully more so in the future) Georgia Equality’s work has become more important than ever. In fact, Georgia Equality was instrumental in preventing recent anti-gay “Religious Freedom” bills from passing in the Georgia House and Senate. They’re our Georgia gay rights advocates and they’re doing a great job. Kudos y’all!

Best Gay & Gay-Friendly Sports League

Hotlanta Softball League

The Atlanta Rainbow Trout gave Hotlanta Softball League a run for its money, however, Hotlanta got the win on the last day with a final spike in votes. The league was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit and for the past 33 summers they’ve welcomed gay and straight players alike to suit up. Besides, who can resist guys in gym shorts and baseball pants?

Best Sports Team

Atlanta Bucks

“The Bucks appreciate the support we receive from our community and are excited to be recognized as best sports team!  We are currently gearing up for our biggest fundraiser of the year – The Purple Dress Run on May 10. Money raised will benefit Lost-N-Found Youth and help send the Bucks down under to Sydney, Australia to defend our title at the Biennial Bingham Cup Rugby Tournament,” team president Jason Parris tells FENUXE.

Best Neighborhood

Midtown

It came down to only a few votes and Midtown narrowly edged out East Atlanta for the win. Both neighborhoods are beautifully diverse and offer lots of options to work, live and play. However, no other Atlanta neighborhood is as gay as Midtown. It’s got the corner of gay and gayer (Piedmont and 10th Street) where you can get a great meal from one of the tasty dining spots nearby and party the night away. Did we mention Piedmont Park? Midtown has it all.

Best Local Art

Legendary Children Atlanta

The gay Southern artists behind Legendary Children Atlanta are on a mission to promote acceptance of the LGBT community through art. They document and celebrate Atlanta’s young drag entertainers in their artistic works that range from performance art to photography, film, music and writing. The show was originally featured as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography and later ran for two months at Gallery 1526.

Best Medical Clinic

AbsoluteCARE

AbsoluteCARE makes keeping healthy a lot easier with their wide array of medical services. Under one conveniently located roof you’ll find bilingual primary care, a pharmacy, mental health services, its own CLIA certified laboratory, chiropractic care, after-hours urgent care and Board Certified Infectious Disease physicians. “We are a team that is committed to providing the highest level of care to patients and we look forward to working with you,” AbsoluteCARE tells its patients.

Best Dentist

Chip Hill, DDS

You’ve got to keep those pearly whites in good health and dentist Chip Hill is helping Atlanta do that at his Peachtree Street practice. From teeth cleanings to root canals, dentist Chip Hill has the expertise and state-of-the-art technology to keep you comfortable and smiling. If you want to see some examples of his work check out the smile gallery on his website.

Best Vision Care

Ansley Eye Care

Eyesight not what it used to be? It may be time to visit Dr. Reena Gupta and Dr. Blair Lamey at Ansley Eye Care in Midtown. They combine top-of-the-line eye care technology with all of the latest eyewear styles making this Atlanta’s best one stop shop for your eyes. If you’re located near Vinings check out their second location called Atlanta Eye Shop.

Best Pet Supply Store

Pet Supermarket – Ansley Mall

If you live or work in Midtown odds are you’re familiar with Pet Supermarket even if you don’t have a pet. They’re the guys at Ansley Mall who regularly feature pets available for adoption in front of their store. It’s almost impossible to drive through Ansley without seeing their cute snouts. Whether you’re looking for dog food, cat nip, tropical fish or play toys, you’ll find what you need at Pet Supermarket.

Best Gay Dance Group

Hotlanta Squares

Put on your cowboy boots and get to steppin’ cause Hotlanta Squares is Atlanta’s best gay dance group. The group brings Modern Western Square Dance to the LGBT community with classes and fun events throughout the year. Their next event, Dancing at the Hanger, will be at Briscoe Field at the Gwinnett County Airport on April 26 starting at 6 p.m. with a pot luck supper.

Best Veterinary Clinic

Briarcliff Animal Clinic

When your furry best friend needs medical attention you want to go to the best vet. Hands down Briarcliff Animal Clinic ran away in this race and got the overwhelming majority of the votes. For over 50 years their passion for pets, quality of care and affordable prices have earned them a loyal pack of patients. You can visit one of their three locations in Atlanta, Sandy Springs and College Park.

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Best Atlanta Attraction

Georgia Aquarium

Who has the largest aquarium in the world? Atlanta, that’s who! Explore Georgia Aquarium’s exhibits that feature over 100,000 animals in over 10 million gallons of water. If you haven’t experienced the majesty and grace of the peaceful tiger shark floating just feet away from you we suggest heading to the attraction now. Coming in only a few votes behind the Georgia Aquarium was the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We don’t think you can go wrong either way.

Best Day Trip From Atlanta

Helen, GA

Pack the Griswold family into the station wagon and enjoy the best day trip from Atlanta to the charming Bavarian Alps replica town of Helen, Georgia. Stroll down its cobblestone alleys past old-world towers and architecture that will make Atlanta feel thousands of miles away. Don’t miss your chance to see the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls nearby as well. This is a perfect day trip, weekend getaway or fun date option.

Best Gay Outdoor Group

Wilderness Network of Georgia

The Wilderness Network of Georgia is a group of great guys who enjoy taking outdoor trips all over America and sometimes even abroad. Members plan curated adventures based on their interests and other members can sign up for the trips they’d like to join. With over three hundred guys participating there are always lots of different trips going on that range from intense outdoor adventure to something more easy going like outdoor grilling.

Best Car Service

Uber

Uber is providing Atlantans a new way to hire a car, and it’s clear from the FENUXE 50 voting results that the service is well-liked. It received over 80 percent of the votes in its category. And why not? The Uber app is very easy to use and UberX costs less than the dirty old cabs that are sketchy and unreliable. However, unlike traditional taxis Uber charges its customers more during peak demand times.

Best Car Dealership

Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead

Whether you’re looking for a new or used luxury car, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead can help you find your dream car while providing unparalleled customer service. Getting your car serviced? Treat yourself to a fresh sandwich or salad from their Café Benz. You’ve got to try their great coffee! When a dealership starts off by saying your happiness if their guarantee it’s easy to see why Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead was voted the best of Atlanta.

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Best Patio

Joe’s on Juniper

What’s a warm Atlanta day without a few glorious hours with friends on the best patio in Atlanta at Joe’s on Juniper. From Sunday Funday to summer beer busts, Joe’s patio is always packed with gay guys and girls sipping delicious cocktails and noshing on tasty tavern fare. The patio is also dog-friendly so you can bring your sweetie, bestie and fido.

Best Restaurant For A First Date

The Optimist

There’s something special about The Optimist. Yes, the food is absolutely incredible and the staff members are warm and welcoming. But it’s something else. It’s the entire experience. Few restaurants excel at providing a stellar experience from start to finish, but these guys make it look easy. Visit this Howell Mill dining oasis and treat yourself to the seafood that is making other Atlanta restaurants step up their game.

Best Foodie Spot

Your DeKalb Farmers Market

Since 1977 Your Dekalb Farmers Market has been providing high quality food at competitive prices. It’s current building offers 140,000 sq. ft. of items from all over the world including products made fresh on-site. If you haven’t tried their handmade pasta you’re in for a treat. It’s located in Decatur and is certainly worth the drive. If you want to take the bus it’s super easy. Just catch the number 36 and it will take you all of the way there.

Best Cocktail

10th & Piedmont

If you’re looking for the best vodka list in Atlanta look no further. 10th & Piedmont has an impressive variety of vodkas and they work them into superb cocktails every day. If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail to enjoy this spring on a warm day try the cherry blossom. It’s made with Breckenridge vodka, orchard cherry liqueur, angostura bitters and splashes of cranberry and orange juice.

Best Brunch

Radial Cafe

Is it the yummy homemade ketchup or scrumptious sweet potato hash? Maybe it’s Radial’s commitment to farm-to-table dining and local ingredients. Whatever it is – it is delicious! Everything we’ve tried off the menu has been fantastic and their full bar makes brunch even better. Worried about a long wait on the weekends? You can call ahead and get on the list before you leave home.

Best BBQ

Fox Bros. BBQ

Roll down your car window when you get close to Fox Bros. BBQ and follow the delicious smell of smoked and grilled meat. These brothers know how to work their meat, and their sauce is so good you can find it at stores all over Atlanta. From their super tasty smoked chicken salad sandwich to the tender pulled pork, you can’t go wrong with anything on the Fox Bros. menu.

Best Dog-Friendly Patio

Henry’s Midtown Tavern

Henry’s goes all out in making you and your dog feel welcome on their big patio. The restaurant is even named after the owner’s dog. Your furry friend will get their own water bowl and servers even walk around with treats saying hello. Add that to their delicious menu and refreshing cocktails and it’s easy to see why Henry’s Midtown Tavern is Atlanta’s favorite dog-friendly patio.

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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

Former Drag Emcee Wants New Job As Anti-Gay Conservative Candidate

If you ever visited Club Odyssey in Winston-Salem, North Carolina you may have met Miss Mon Sinclair. She was hard to miss as an emcee at the club. However, you won’t find Miss Mon Sinclair stuffing dollar bills in her bra or feeling up hunky dancers anymore. The man behind Miss Mon Sinclair, Steve Wiles, is now an anti-gay Republican and conservative candidate running for the NC State Senate. Despite working at the gay bar from 2002 until 2010 and working as a promoter for the 2011 Miss Gay America pageant, Mr. Wiles now leads a very different life and wants voters to forget his drag past. He attempts to explain his position against gay marriage in the Facebook post below:

Photo: Facebook

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America’s Oldest Gay Bookstore Closing Soon

The Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) revealed last week that Giovanni’s Room, “thought to be the oldest gay bookstore in the country,” will go out of business on May 17. The store has served Philly’s gay community for 38 years and is owned and operated by Ed Hermance. The owner blamed Amazon for the store’s closure closure during an interview with PGN. “The government is allowing Amazon to tighten their fingers around the throats of the publishers and drive their retail competitors out of the business by clearly monopolistic methods,” he explained. 

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Anti-Gay Owner Sparks Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott

If you’ve ever stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel or the Hotel Bel-Air you’ve helped make the Sultan of Brunei a little richer. Why are gay activists and Hollywood actors alike upset by this? “The Sultan is implementing sharia law in his country, which can include the stoning to death of gays and lesbians, amputation for crimes like theft and the public flogging of women who have abortions,” Los Angeles’ ABC Channel 7 explained. 

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Another Fox News Contributor To Be Keynote Speaker At Anti-gay Fundraiser

Two weeks ago Fox News contributor and host of Atlanta’s Evening News on Talk WSB Radio, Erick Erickson, held a fundraiser for an anti-gay group here in Georgia. Mr. Erickson used his TV and radio fame to rake in anti-gay dollars for a Georgia anti-gay group. Now another Fox News contributor, Ben Carson, is using his TV news fame to raise money for an anti-gay group. (FENUXE Editorial Moment: Is it just us or is it weird that a news channel devoted to being “fair and balanced” is allowing their on-air contributors to raise money for political groups.)

Source: Media Matters

 

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Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood Announces 2014 Concert Season


By D. David Kinney

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood has announced their 2014 concert season and they’ve got some big names lined up to play. But they’re not only bringing in big names from the world of music. The amphitheatre is also bringing in Atlanta food truck superstars like Decatur’s Nectar and Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles to better the concert experience.

Saturday, April 26:                            Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Friday, May 2:                                     Arcade Fire with Kid Koala and Tune-Yards
Thursday, May 15 – Saturday 17:  Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr
Saturday, May 24:                             A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band
Friday, May 30:                                   Journey and Steve Miller Band with Tower of Power
Saturday, June 7:                              Zac Brown Band: The Great American Road Trip Tour
Sunday, June 22:                               Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham
Sunday, July 13:                                 Tim McGraw with Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope
Friday, July 18:                                    KISS and Def Leppard
Thursday, July 24:                              Vans Warped Tour
Friday, July 25 – Saturday 26:          Luke Bryan with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell
Wednesday, July 30:                         Fall Out Boy and Paramore
Tuesday, August 5:                            Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
Friday, August 8:                                Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden
Saturday, August 9:                          Flashback Festival
Tuesday, August 19:                         OneRepublic
Tuesday, September 9:                    Kings of Leon with Young the Giant and Kongos
Thursday, September 11:                Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana

 

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Commissioned For A Better Atlanta


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Joan Garner is originally from Washington D.C. but she has called Atlanta home since 1978. In fact her love for the city prompted her to become a Fulton County Commissioner in 2010 – a job she appreciates so much that she will be running for re-election this year.

In 2010, Joan Garner made history by becoming the first openly gay commissioner to serve Fulton County, GA. She has since proven her worth to the residents of Fulton County by performing official duties l like setting policy, approving the county budget and providing funding for Grady hospital. Her 2010 campaign focused strongly on building healthy communities and her 2014 re-election campaign’s focus remains overall the same: “Healthy citizens means you have a healthy county where people are able to work and create value,” Commissioner Garner explains, “I strongly endorse preventative measures that will create a strong and healthy work force and I will continue to do so in my new campaign.” In her mind, it is important to address the needs of all citizens, which for her means taking a bird’s eye perspective on things when it comes to promoting health and building a better community.

Because of her personal relationship – she is married to Judge Jane Morrison and they reside in the Old Fourth Ward – Garner also has an eye on current LGBT issues in Atlanta and Georgia as a whole.

“Discrimination is still a factor when you look at it broadly,” Joan Garner says, “There are still issues that directly target our rights as LGBT people. Gay marriage is still not legal and gay people still experience discrimination when it comes to housing and employment. The same goes for parenting and adoption where LGBT people just don’t have the same rights as others.” She also sees HIV/AIDS as a major issue for Atlanta’s gay community. Although the fight against HIV/AIDS is largely improving, it still has the power to instill fear in others and, for example, prevent people from coming out in the workplace. “It is still a group of citizens whose rights are not protected and, of course, I want to work toward changing that,” Commissioner Garner says, “The fact that I am an out lesbian provides me with a unique lens that I use when looking at legislation policy to make sure it becomes more inclusive.”

In the big picture, the U.S. has come a long way concerning gay rights, but zooming in on Georgia there are still major breakthroughs to be had. Gay marriage is still not recognized and legislation here seems to move very slow. Also, there have recently be en attempts made to approve bills that could potentially legalize discrimination against gays. Garner acknowledges that there is a long way to go: “Personally, I cannot sit still and let this happen, because I know what discrimination feels like—albeit from another arena. I’m not sure it will go away, but I do see an opportunity here. Because if there is something that needs to be protected, let’s come together and make that happen. I believe that out of push-back and out of friction comes growth.”

And how about gay marriage? When will it become legal in Georgia? Will it ever? Commissioner Garner remains optimistic here also. Being married herself (they tied the knot in Massachusetts), Garner strongly believes in the official union of two people: “I’ve been married four years now, but I don’t think Georgia is there yet. But I think we have a strong case with a lot of legislators that back it up. We have a good civil debate and also the mayor has come out in support of gay marriage—kudos to him on this action. It’s people like him and other fair-minded legislators that have voiced their support who will help turn this around for us. So maybe we won’t see legalized gay marriage this year or not even next year. But it is gaining momentum.”

The primary election for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners is May 20. Republican-led redistricting means Garner, elected to the District 6 post, is running for the District 4 seat. Garner’s re- election bid has been officially endorsed by Georgia Equality.

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