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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

MLS Soccer Studs Coming To Atlanta

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that its newest team will be right here in Atlanta starting in 2017. The team owner, Arthur Blank, is the same man who controls the Atlanta Falcons. So it should be no surprise that the new team’s colors will be red and black. Other details about the team (like what they will be named) haven’t been decided yet. However, we do know they’ll play in the new football stadium downtown which will be soccer-friendly.

Source: WSB-TV, AJC

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Tom Of Finland Honored With Stamp Collection

Finland is honoring artist Touko Laaksonen, more commonly known as Tom of Finland, with a stamp collection that it describes as “confident and proud homoeroticism.” Tom of Finland is the creator of iconic gay illustrations enjoyed around the world. However, as Slate points out, “Finland isn’t notably LGBTQ-friendly; gay marriage has yet to be legalized, and citizens can only legally change their gender if they are surgically sterilized. (Before you gasp, note that 16 other European countries require the same).”

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Netflix Teases With Season 2 Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Trailer

What do you think? Excited for Season 2?

Catch Up With This Week’s ‘Gay Of Thrones’

Can you believe what happened last Sunday? We totally weren’t expecting that so soon!

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Egyptian Gays Fear Anti-Gay Government Raids

Gay life in Egypt is almost entirely underground– for good reason. Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt. However, the country still has “a flourishing underground gay community,” to use The Guardian‘s description. Until recently most gay Egyptians could avoid arrest by staying away from publicized gay parties and hangouts, however, gay Egyptians are now being arrested in their homes. “The latest and most concerning raid saw four men seized from their east Cairo apartment on 1 April within hours of signing the lease, according to activists. Within a week, the four were given jail terms of up to eight years – sentences unusual for both their length and the speed at which they were handed down,” The Guardian details.

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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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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

NYC Pride Calls Anti-Gay Catholic Leader’s Bluff

The anti-gay president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, was not very happy when New York City public officials and major corporations boycotted the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In an effort to get even with the gays, Donohue decided the submit an application to NYC Pride asking to march in the Pride Parade. He wanted to march in the parade with a banner reading “Straight Is Great.” (Let’s editorialize here for a moment: This was a stupid and hateful plan. Straight is great, we agree. But being gay is great, too!) Donohue must have anticipated that his application would get denied which would open the door for him to attack the LGBT community and the annual NYC Pride celebration. However, NYC Pride called Donohue’s bluff and they accepted his application and invited him to march. So, is the Catholic League going to show up and march behind their Banner? No. But why not? Donohue claims NYC Pride forces parade participants to attend “gay training sessions” and he’s not up for something like that. Like many other large parades throughout the country, NYC Pride requires parade participants to attend training sessions before the day of the event. It helps things run smoothly when there are half a million people attending. The march director, Dave Studinski, explained the training sessions to Gawker: “We hold March information and safety sessions, referred to as group leader trainings, so our participants are fully aware of rules and procedures come event day. These trainings address line-up times, check-in locations, our moment of silence, dispersal activity, NYPD safety policies, attire and vehicle/sound permits. It is imperative group leaders know this information.”

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Executive Says There Were Openly Gay Players In NFL Years Ago

Troy Vincent used to play in the NFL. Now he’s the Executive Vice President of Football Operations and he thinks openly gay players won’t be a big deal for the NFL. “I’m not going to share their names, but in my 15 years, there were six individuals who were at least openly gay in the locker room,” Vincent told the Palm Beach Post, “No problem. From my days in Miami until I ended in Washington, they were just my teammates. Just like my family members. … We ate together, we flew together, they’re roommates in hotel rooms. It was what it was.”

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Obama Highlights Support For Gay Rights Before Talks With European Leaders

President Obama spoke at the Palais Des Beaux-Arts in Brussels on Wednesday before talking with NATO and European Union leaders. He was there to discuss Russia’s military takeover of Crimea, however, the President also pointed toward Russia’s anti-gay laws. “Instead of targeting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, we can use our laws to protect their rights,” CNN quoted Obama saying, “Instead of defining ourselves in opposition to others, we can affirm the aspirations that we hold in common. That’s what will make America strong. That’s what will make Europe strong. That’s what makes us who we are.” These remarks were also made the day before Obama meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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College To Offer Course On Supporting LGBT Students For Future Teachers

The Ontario College of Teachers offers many different classes to prepare future educators for the rigors of the job. However, the school wants to expand their course offering with a new class called “Teaching LGBTQ Students.” The idea for the course came in response to teachers asking for advice on how to teach and support gay students in the classroom. According to The Record, the course has to be approved by the Canadian provincial government before the school makes the class available to students.

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Artist Creates Kickstarter Campaign For “The Gay Men Project”

Brooklyn artist Kevin Truong wants to create “the largest collection of stories of gay men around the world” and has started a Kickstarter campaign to make it happen. “The idea behind the Gay Men Project is quite simple,” Truong writes on his Kickstarter page, “For the past two years I’ve been traveling to different cities across the world and photographing as many gay men as I can. So far, I’ve photographed nearly 400 men, in 15 cities, 7 countries, and four continents. I then ask each man to write down his story, and publish all of these photos, along with the personal testimonials of each individual at: www.thegaymenproject.com. My goal is to create a platform to challenge stereotypes, and a resource and sense of community for others who may not be as openly gay.  I think it’s great when a professional athlete comes out, or an actor, or news anchor.  But let’s take a moment to celebrate the story of the kid that came out to his high school basketball team as well.” So far Truong has raised over $28,000. His goal is $30,000 and he only has 5 more days to attract more backers. “This project will only be funded if at least$30,000 is pledged by 

 

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Atlanta Gay News Flash


By D. David Kinney

From Georgia being one of the largest consumers of gay porn in America to South Carolina cutting college funding because professors assigned gay themed books, it’s a busy week for gay news headlines. Here are the seven headlines we’re discussing at FENUXE’s editorial meeting today: Only Mississippi and Louisiana Watch More Gay Porn Than Georgia // Abbott Laboratories Wanted Gay Juror Off Jury For HIV Drug Trial // South Carolina Cuts College Funding After Professors Assign Gay Books // Actor Who Plays Hodor On “Game of Thrones” Comes Out // Still No Gays In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade // Major League Soccer Wants To Help Gay Players // ACLU Files Lawsuit In Florida For Gay Couples Married Out-Of-State

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Only Mississippi and Louisiana Watch More Gay Porn Than Georgia

“Pornhub discovered that every single state in the South watches [gay] porn at a higher percentage than the average of states where gay marriage is legal,” Buzzfeed announced on Wednesday. Mississippi  watches the most gay porn. It is closely followed by Louisiana in second and Georgia in third.

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Abbott Laboratories Wanted Gay Juror Off Jury For HIV Drug Trial

Can you be dismissed as a juror because of your sexual orientation? Abbott Laboratories (you may know them as the makers of Androgel, Norvir, Humira, Ensure nutritional supplements, Selsun Blue, etc.) and SmithKline Beecham are currently involved in a lawsuit over HIV drug marketing and pricing. “A lawyer for Abbott wanted to keep one prospective juror off the jury because he is gay. Lawyers for SmithKline Beecham objected, and to shorten a long story, the matter wound up before the 9th Circuit,” NPR is reporting. The 9th Circuit ruled that a juror cannot be dismissed because of their sexual orientation. “The 9th Circuit said it based its ruling on U.S. v. Windsor — the case in which the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act — and that classifications based on sexual orientation must be subjected to ‘heightened scrutiny,’” NPR explained. This is a major step forward for the LGBT community. Anti-gay laws will have a hard time getting past heightened scrutiny. If this precedent holds water then the government must show that any existing or new anti-gay law is necessary and fair to the LGBT community. This ruling could help put the final nail in the coffin for gay marriage bans.

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South Carolina Cuts College Funding After Professors Assign Gay Books

The House of Representatives in South Carolina has “approved nearly $70,000 in cuts to two public universities on Wednesday in retaliation over reading material containing homosexual themes,” Fox News is reporting. The College of Charleston asked students in its “College Reads!” program to read “Fun Home” and the University of South Carolina asked students to read “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio.” The first book is graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel who is a lesbian. She is also the author of the “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip. Bechdel explores growing up with a closeted father and her own coming out. The second book was co-written by an associate professor at the university, Ed Madden, and gay rights activsit Candace Chellew-Hodge. The book was born from Madden’s radio show “Rainbow Radio: The REAL Gay Agenda” that airs on Air America in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Actor Who Plays Hodor On “Game of Thrones” Comes Out

Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays the lovable and loyal Hodor on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” came out to the world during an interview this week with winteriscoming.net.  The interviewer asked: “I have some friends in the gay community, “bears” as they’re wont to call themselves, who hold you on a pretty high pedestal. One good friend of mine (I’ve known since we were in the 5th grade together) says your bear following is “extensive.” Is this something you’re aware of?” Nairn responded: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about “the gay community,” you are talking about MY community, haha. I AM aware of it, yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that. I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, cos it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”

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Still No Gays In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Allied War Veterans Council, the group that organizes and sponsors the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will once again ban gay veterans “from making any reference to sexual orientation during the parade.” Groups annually fill out applications to participate in the parade. They create banners with their group name and march through Boston during the parade with bagpipes keeping their beat. But the no gay rule makes it functionally impossible for the group LGBT Veterans for Equality to participate in the same way. MassEquality, a group that advocates for the gay community in Massachusetts, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh had been working with the Allied War Veterans Council for weeks so that gay veterans could participate. He was able to convince the parade organizers to allow 20 gay veterans to march in the parade. However, the Boston Globe is reporting that LGBT Veterans for Equality won’t participate because the rules would force them to hide who they are and what their group stands for.

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Major League Soccer Wants To Help Gay Players

Major League Soccer has decided to “expand training for players and will post a Player Code of Conduct in home and visitor locker rooms underscoring that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not allowed,” the Huffington Post reports, “The new measures are part of the league’s “Don’t Cross the Line” anti-discrimination initiative, which launched last year.” It has been a little over a year since Robbie Rogers, who now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy as a winger and second striker, announced that he was gay.

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ACLU Files Lawsuit In Florida For Gay Couples Married Out-Of-State

Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states,” the AP announced on Thursday. The gay couples are asking for a federal judge to declare Florida’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages unconstitutional. This case asks the court to consider a different legal question from the gay marriage case previously filed this year. It asked a federal judge to strike down Florida’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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Awesome Gay Troops Perform Drag Show At Kadena Air Base


By D. David Kinney

The discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that haunted LGBT servicemen and women from 1994 until 2011 is most asseredly dead. Need proof? “U.S. military bases have hosted gay marriage ceremonies and potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, servicemembers [in Okinawa] may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops,” the Stars and Strips wrote. You can watch a video that was uploaded to YouTube below and read more about the event here.

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The Next Step: Building The LGBT Family


Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Christopher Daniel

With the legalization of same-sex marriage in 17 states the definition of family in America is evolving. For LGBT couples in particular, many are seeking to expand their homes with children. When it comes to planning parenthood and structuring families, no organization has been more instrumental in seeing the bigger picture quite like Georgia Reproductive Specialists (GRS).

GRS, a progressive medical practice with over forty employees and three offices located throughout Metro Atlanta, is one of the LGBT community’s greatest miracle workers and silent heroes. Since GRS’s inception 14 years ago, the organization continues to work passionately to accommodate couples looking to conceive with personable care, technology and cost-effective services.

GRS’s website IVF.com is full of helpful video demonstrations, newsletters, fact sheets, patient testimonials and statistical charts highlighting their success and cutting edge patient care. Sometimes even straight couples can’t conceive and it’s estimated that six-plus million people suffer from infertility. GRS’s staff works to ensure family building is a top priority. Their diverse team of doctors and nurses use their exceptional expertise and extensive research backgrounds to build awareness and educate their clientele on various health-related issues and reproductive disorders hindering them from adding on to their families.

The medical specialists will successfully determine the cause of infertility in each patient. The doctors research both the males’ and females’ medical histories. They perform fertility evaluations before determining proper treatment plans. Then the medical specialists counsel their patients on issues such as poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), miscarriages and poor sperm quality. Each procedure selected honors the particular needs and concerns of the patient or couple. In turn, the objective is to always honor the desired outcome each patient anticipates.

Any guests that enter GRS for assistance can expect a top quality, supportive environment. The lab specialists offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and technologies used in vitro fertilization as well as hormone and sperm analyses. Each doctor and nurse works in the best interest of one’s body type, religious and spiritual affiliation, cultural ethics, values and socioeconomic status. The doctors and nurses devise plans of action in response to the patient’s medical situation. More importantly, each patient is regarded as a partner or major collaborator throughout the entire process.

As part of GRS’ community outreach a specialist hosts a seminar on fertility options every second Wednesday of each month. The seminars are free sessions held after business hours from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Those who attend may get a tour of the facility, experience a formal presentation and participate in a Q&A session. Even patients who have no medical benefits are encouraged to meet with one of the physicians for consultation.

Gay male couples and single men will always have the need for donor eggs, known or unknown, and a gestational carrier or traditional surrogate. A gestational carrier has no genetic tie with the child she is carrying; donor eggs were used and IVF was performed. While rare, a traditional surrogate contributes her own eggs to be fertilized with the sperm and will share a genetic link to the child.

For women who have poor egg quality, non-functioning ovaries or are affected by genetics, GRS will help in matching a donor through their egg donation program. The egg donation process involves a donor selected by the recipient or recipient couple, either known or anonymous, who will go through ovulation induction to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are retrieved from the donor, fertilized with the sperm and the embryos are then transferred to the recipient. Each donor is screened and matched based on the recipient’s qualifications.

Despite Georgia’s ongoing battle with intolerance of the LGBT community, GRS has proven to be an ally and safe space. LGBT couples and prospective parents can go there with no judgment and they can be assured that they will be treated with respect. GRS has also been a longtime supporter of Atlanta Pride and the LGBT community. They take great pride in nurturing ongoing relationships with all of their clients and patients. The staff personally and collectively stays in contact with the families they assist.

For those individuals looking to be part of a family-oriented practice while taking a step in the right direction to create solid families, look no further—GRS lays a strong foundation to ensure this success. Even though marriage equality is still illegal in Georgia, GRS works tirelessly to honor and recognize family beyond conventional husband-and-wife unions.

Photo: lev radin / Shutterstock.com

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Gay Atlanta’s Weekend 101


By D. David Kinney

Something about this newfound warm weather has put a spring in our step and we’re ready to celebrate it with some awesome weekend events.

FRIDAY 2/21/2014:

7:00 p.m. Dinner & A Movie at Jungle Atlanta

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8:00 p.m. Amy Schumer’s Back Door Tour at the Cobb Energy  Centre

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

9:30 p.m. The Other Show at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. DJ Daryl Cox at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Mr/Ms Atlanta Eagle Bar Night at the Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. FUR at Heretic Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Charlie’s Angels at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. Got Leche? at Club Rush

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11:00 p.m. Femme Fatale at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

SATURDAY 2/22/2014:

12 – 6 p.m. “Protect Your Relationship” at the Phillip Rush Center

6:00 p.m. Miss Gutterball 2014 at Jungle Atlanta

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

8:00 p.m. Shakespeare Follies 4th Anniversary at The Arts Exchange

8:00 p.m. Armorette Night with Atlanta Blackjack at Opus 1

8:30 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

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9:00 p.m. Ruby’s Redd Light District at Jungle Atlanta

9:00 p.m. Drag Race at My Sister’s Room

9:00 p.m. Bitch, Please! at Mary’s in EAV

10:00 p.m. LovHer / LovHim at 10th & Piedmont

10:00 p.m. DJ Rob Reum at TEN Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Jockstrap Night at Eagle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. DJ Paulo at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. Karaoke Night at Felix’s

11:00 p.m. SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

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11:00 p.m. Drag-X-otic at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. Midnight Madness at 10th & Piedmont

SUNDAY 2/23/2014:

12 – 6 p.m. “Protect Your Relationship” at the Phillip Rush Center

12:30 p.m. Respect the Brunch at Eleven in the Loews Hotel

1 – 5 p.m. Bowling, Beer & Boys at Midtown Bowl

3 – 6 p.m. DRAGAVANZA 2 Beer Bust at TEN Atlanta

3:00 p.m. Shakespeare’s R&J at the Fabrefaction Theatre Company

3:30 p.m. The Armory Reunion at Amsterdam Atlanta

5:00 p.m. The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre

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8:00 p.m. The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. The Silicone Outlaw at Blake’s on the Park

8:00 p.m. Flashback Showgirls at 10th & Piedmont

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FENUXE Chats With The Guys From HBO’s “Looking”


Join FENUXE’s Dino Thompson-Sarmiento as he chats with the leading men of HBO’s new show “Looking.” The show documents the lives of three friends making their way through life and the San Francisco gay scene.

The show has been compared to other HBO favorites like “Girls” and “Sex and The City” only this show features a cast of gay characters. The similarities are there, but where “Looking” finds its true originality is in the fact that it isn’t about coming to terms with being gay or showing the audience a big coming-out story. The characters’ sexuality is presented matter-of-factly, which is truly refreshing and new. The qualms and queeries of the “Looking” characters are more universal and deal with issues such as getting older, finding your place in a relationship and, of course, finding love.

If you haven’t checked it out yet you’re missing out. You can currently watch the first five episodes on demand through your cable or satellite provider and the HBO GO app. 

 

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Point Foundation’s Inaugural Cornerstone Event Kicks Off Thursday


The Point Foundation’s Inaugural Cornerstone event will take this Thursday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Wimbish House (1150 Peachtree ST NE). Point Foundation is the largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit in the nation. Thursday’s event will be a unique opportunity to meet the Point Scholars and Alumni and hear their stories.

Point Foundation scholarships are made possible by donations from the organization’s Point Cornerstone Society members. These are members who contribute $500 or more each year. The Foundation also utilizes these donations for student mentoring and leadership training, too. 

John LemleyWABE 90.1 radio host and producer John Lemley will be the emcee during the evening. You probably know this out and proud radio personality from WABE’s City Café with John Lemley. John and his partner Mike Selk are no stranger to helping Atlanta-area non-profits so the evening is sure to be a wonderfully entertaining success. However, the evening wouldn’t be possible without the work of the host committee. Its members include Louis A. Gary, Ivan Pulinkala, James Richardson, Ken Thaxton and Jamie Woodard. 

You don’t have to buy a ticket to attend this event; however, guests are encouraged to register for free here

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Discrimination Is The Newest Olympic Sport


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The Olympics are for everyone – it says so in the official Olympic charter under Principle 6, which states:

“Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

But recent arrests in the Winter Olympic Games host city of Sochi, Russia are telling us different story. It’s a story that is being re-told in a powerful PSA produced by the Russia Freedom Fund and Athlete Ally, which proclaims that discrimination seems to be newest sport added to the Olympics.

In collaboration with the Fair Games Project, the two-minute clip shows us a same-sex couple hand in hand on a sports field being viciously attacked and beaten while a crowd cheers on offering their approval of the horrific events.

The video not only draws attention to the potential dangerous and extremely discriminatory treatment of gays in Russia, but also widens the focus by ending the video by showing these powerful statements:

In Russia the punishment for being gay is a $3,000 USD fine

In Belize the punishment for being gay is 10 years in prison

In Uganda the punishment for being gay is 14 years to life

In Iran the punishment for being gay is execution

In Saudi Arabia the punishment for being gay is Execution by public stoning

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Watch the video below and then go to RussiaFreedomFund.org and AthleteAlly.org. You can help by donating money or signing petitions that hopefully will help to improve the rights of LGBT people all over the world.

Source: Queerty

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