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this show — this live show — about
lesbian lovers of Miami!”
—Man-hungry “Golden Girl” Blanche, played by
Rue McClanahan, lamenting when ditzy Rose
casts Blanche and Dorothy on a local TV segment
about “women who love each other and sleep
together.” McClanahan died June 3 at age 76.
(Advocate.com, June 3)
“If you are straight, gay or bisexual,
I want to walk through the scrip-
tures with you.”
— Rev. Ted Haggard, who lost his conservative
mega-church in 2006 after a scandal with a male
prostitute, on the new church he is founding
with his wife, Gayle. Haggard maintains he is
straight and his same-sex desire came from being
molested by a man. (The Guardian, June 6)
“One thing I stand for is hip hop
music. And hip hop music knows no
race, no color, no age, no gender, no
sexual orientation — none of that.”
— Hip hop artist Wale speaking from the stage at
DC Black Pride over Memorial Day Weekend. The
performance drew controversy when one of Wale’s
staffers initially canceled it, claiming he didn’t know
Black Pride was an LGBT event. Wale apologized for
the mishap. (Metro Weekly, June 1)
Screen on the Green gay audience
target of melee? Page 4
Atlanta Police chief finalists
meet in town hall forum. Page 4
Gov. candidate Karen Handel
dogged by past gay support. Page 6
ARCA seeks volunteers for
historic HIV vaccine trial. Page 8
U.S. House, Senate committee
vote to repeal DADT. Page 10
No Georgia hospitals rated
‘top performers’ by HRC. Page 10
Longtime LGBT volunteer
Greg Barrett remembered. Page 12
Guest column: Sylvia Rivera Community
Brunch is important to Pride. Page 14
Mike Ritter Cartoon: Scandal
in the Wind. Page 14
Speaking Out: Readers react to new APD
gay liaison, anti-bullying bill. Page 15
Chely Wright comes out of the country
closet. Page 16
The road to country music’s first openly
gay star. Page 17
Art: Gay artist tackles homophobia in
black community. Page 18
Books: ‘Mama Deb’ finds happy ending
to grim fairy tales. Page 20
Across the Table: Best tacos
under the sun. Page 21
Theater: ‘Little House’ may have special
meaning to LGBT fans. Page 23
Atlanta’s Stonewall Week honors Pride’s
beginnings. Page 25
Georgia celebrates Pride month. Page 26
Milestone: Erica French and Nina Gooch
celebrate 21 years. Page 26
Pages 28-30
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“I promise you I did not kiss her and it is ridiculous that two
entertainers can’t even rock out with each other without the
media making it some type of story.”
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with another man since 1977 in
order to be permanently banned
from donating blood
Years that a person who has had
heterosexual sex with someone
who is HIV-positive is banned from
giving blood
Times the Food & Drug Administration has
reconsidered the gay blood ban. In 2000
and 2006, the FDA decided to keep the
policy; it is set to be studied again in
meetings June 10-11.
27
Years since the lifetime ban
on gay male blood donors was
instituted in 1983, during the
height of the HIV epidemic.
219,000
Estimated pints that would be added to the US blood
supply per year if the gay ban is lifted
— Pop singer Miley Cyrus, 17, defending her recent performance on “Britain’s Got Talent,” in
which the Daily Mail reported she simulated a kiss — but did not actually touch lips — with a
female backup dancer. (Us Magazine, June 5)
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
NEWS
VOICES
CALENDAR
COMMUNITY
Sources: CNN, HRC, The Body.com, Williams Institute
PRINCESS CHARLES
DRAG PERSONALI TY & EMCEE
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4 GA Voice June 11, 2010 News www.theGAVoice.com
By Dyana Bagby
dbagby@thegavoice.com
The same day the Atlanta police chief f-
nalists met in a town hall forum, the popular
“Screen on the Green” movie showing in
Piedmont Park ended abruptly after several
fghts broke out and there were unconfrmed
reports of gunfre.
Jesse Rhodes, who is openly gay, said what
happened at Screen on the Green on June 3 was
an “insult” to the people of Midtown, including
its gay residents. He lives at Post Parkside and
walked to the park with a group of gay friends.
While the fghts and rowdy behavior broke out
around them as they tried to watch “Transform-
ers: Revenge of the Fallen,” he and his gay
friends felt very vulnerable, he said.
“We felt like sitting ducks,” he said. “They
were defnitely targeting gay people. One of
my good friends, who is gay and works at
Swinging Richards, got jumped by fve people
and beat up.”
The friend did not fle report of the incident
to police.
Rhodes added that when he was walking
out of the park he was called “faggot” and other
obscenities and said women at the event were
also called lesbians.
“I was called a faggot. There were a couple
of fghts in front of Blake’s [the gay bar on 10th
Street] — it was all pretty pathetic,” he said.
“I was verbally discriminated against based on
my sexual preference.”
Rhodes said he was called the anti-gay slur
while walking along 10th Street from Charles
Allen toward Piedmont Avenue.
He said the people causing the problems
were not from Midtown.
“They were young and defnitely looking
for trouble,” Rhodes said.
“It went from the people with Chick-fl-A
being overwhelmed to females being called les-
bians. It was more of an insult to the people of
Midtown regardless of who we are,” he said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted a
Newnan man as saying he and his friend were
victims of a “hate crime” during the melee, and
later clarifed that the man felt targeted because
he is white and his attackers were black. Josh
Hice and his friend were hit while they were in
Hice’s open Jeep driving past Piedmont Park.
Sgt. Curtis Davenport, public information
offcer for the APD, told the Georgia Voice he
looked through numerous reports from June 3
and said nothing in the reports stated anything
about a hate crime against anyone at the park.
“I have not heard anything about that and
nothing is mentioned in any of the reports,”
he said.
A call to Offcer Patricia Powell, the new LGBT
liaison for the APD, was not returned. A follow-up
email this week was also not answered.
‘Take Back Screen on the Green’
Davenport said the APD was not providing
security for the event. Screen on the Green is
sponsored by Peachtree TV in conjunction with
the Piedmont Park Conservancy and the spon-
sors are required to provide security. The spon-
sors submitted a security plan to the APD for
approval, Davenport said.
“We are investigating whether what was ap-
proved was actually what was in place,” he said.
APD Interim Chief George Turner said there
were 23 off-duty offcers providing security for
the approximately 10,000 people who showed
up to watch the movie.
When the fghts became very disruptive, the
security company on site asked APD for assis-
tance, Davenport said.
“This was an off-duty event [for the APD].
They [the sponsors] provide security. APD was
called in when the event was canceled and we
deployed nine or 10 offcers and had the park
cleared out in 15 minutes,” he said.
Police cannot confrm whether there was gun-
fre as reported by some attendees. Davenport said
the APD did receive reports from the prior week’s
Screen on the Green that freworks were used.
Davenport added that it appeared there were
two groups of females and a group of males that
were causing the disruptions and fghts.
Rhodes, who said he was distressed there
was not more of a police presence at the park to
provide security, started a Facebook group ask-
ing people to “Take Back Screen on the Green.”
“It’s time to stand up as a community and
boycott Screen on the Green. This past Thurs-
day’s event was full of hatred, and unlawful
people. Midtown is home to a proud, and di-
versifed group of people who already fght
social prejudice, we don’t need to invite it into
our own backyards,” he states on the page.
The APD public information offce could not
be reached this week for a follow-up interview to
fnd out if there were any actual incidents reports
as a result of Screen on the Green, but the AJC
reported June 7 only one was fled. The report
was fled by a teen whose purse was stolen.
The June 10 Screen on the Green showing of
“Dreamgirls” was postponed due to the June 3
violence. The series will resume with “Dream-
girls” on June 17, according to Peachtree TV.
By Dyana Bagby
dbagby@thegavoice.com
At the recent town hall forum to let the
public meet the three fnalists to be the next
Atlanta police chief, Mayor Kasim Reed ac-
knowledged that many believe there has been
a breach of confdence between the city’s resi-
dents and the police department.
“Tonight we begin repairing that breach,”
Reed said during opening remarks on June 3
at the Atlanta Civic Center.
The three candidates are interim Chief
George Turner; Dr. Cedric Alexander, head of
the Transportation Security Administration at
the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas International Air-
port; and Robert White, the Louisville, Ken-
tucky Metro police chief.
Reed said he would make an announcet-
ment of his choice to lead the APD between 10
to 12 days after the June 3 town hall meeting.
Gay issues were addressed briefy dur-
ing the nearly two-hour forum by emcee Bill
Nigut, southeast regional director of the Anti-
Defamation League.
“How do you balance, in these times espe-
cially, your force’s ability to be tough on crime
but sensitive to the concerns of various elements
in the community. For instance, being able to
deal with various constituent groups who feel
discriminated against. We had the Eagle bar raid
which the gay community believes was a slap in
the face,” Nigut said, adding that Hispanics and
Muslims also complain about alleged bias.
Turner responded by acknowledging the
department gets “a number of complaints on
Red Dog on how we deal with citizens.”
The Red Dog Unit, a paramilitary narcotics
street force, was utilized in the Atlanta Eagle bar
raid in September. Some patrons and employ-
ees of the gay bar alleged they were roughed
up during the raid and also had anti-gay slurs
hurled at them the Red Dog Unit. Many in the
bar during the Sept. 10 raid are plaintiffs in a
federal lawsuit against the city and police.
Turner defended the Red Dog Unit’s work
without mentioning directly its participation
in the Atlanta Eagle raid.
“Our Red Dog offcers arrested as of to-
day more than 1,000 people and made those
arrests where people are being challenged to
live in their own homes.
“[But] we have to be responsible to citizens,
we have to treat people correctly … we have to
make sure we have offcers that the citizens are
pleased to have on the street,” Turner said.
White answered by saying the police de-
partment must treat all citizens the same.
“It’s a leadership issue. People have to be-
lieve that there’s a department that cares about
its community and treats everyone … regard-
less of their station in life the same. The fip
side is they have to believe in a department that
can hold offcers accountable,” he said.
Alexander said police have social respon-
sibilities as well as being frm on crime.
“We have to be clear about the line that
does not get crossed. It doesn’t give offcers
the right to mistreat people, to degrade peo-
ple,” he added.
Screen on the Green’s showing of ‘Dream Girls’ in
Piedmont Park was postponed from June 10 to June
17 after violence erupted at the June 3 event, which
featured ‘Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen.’
(Photo courtesy Dreamworks)
The three fnalists for Atlanta Police Chief participated in a recent town hall forum. From left are
Dr. Cedric Alexander; interim APD Chief George Turner; and Robert White. (Photo by Dyana Bagby)
Gay slurs cited in Screen on the Green melee
Violence causes
delay of Piedmont
Park flm showing
Gay issues mentioned in forum for Atlanta police chief fnalists
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6 GA Voice June 11, 2010 News www.theGAVoice.com
By Laura Douglas-Brown
lbrown@thegavoice.com
The gay Republican activist who stated in a
2003 interview that Karen Handel supports gay
adoption and domestic partner benefts told the
Georgia Voice that he stands by the quote, and
provided email exchanges with the GOP politi-
cian that show her desire to win gay support.
Meanwhile, another gay Republican leader
noted that the staff of Nathan Deal, who is attack-
ing Handel on gay issues as they battle in the GOP
primary for governor, welcomed and helped him
when he visited Washington, D.C., for the gay
Log Cabin Republicans national conference.
“We will be continuing our support for Kar-
en Handel,” Marc Yeager, then-president of the
Georgia Log Cabin Republicans, told Southern
Voice newspaper in an article published Aug.
15, 2003. “She demonstrated in her last run that
she was supportive of domestic partner benefts,
and she’s supported same-sex adoptions on the
basis of the best interest of the child.”
At the time, Handel was running for Ful-
ton County Commission chair. The quote has
dogged her in her race for governor, with Deal
— a former congressman and one of Handel’s
fve opponents in the July 20 GOP primary —
using it to paint her as not a true conservative.
“Records prove Handel’s support of gay
adoption, domestic partner benefts,” reads a
May 11 press release from Deal’s campaign.
Handel’s camp now says the comment from
Yeager was inaccurate, but she never asked
Southern Voice for a correction or retraction.
Yeager told the Georgia Voice on June 7 that
Handel, with whom he had frequently talked and
emailed, never told him that it was wrong, either.
“As closely as I was working with her at the
time, I certainly would not have made any state-
ment like that if it had not been expressed from
herself and clearly understood that that was her
position,” Yeager said.
Yeager said at the time he had personal rea-
sons for being concerned about gay adoption,
adding to his certainty about Handel’s position.
“I had friends who are same-sex parents,
and at the time my partner and I were also con-
sidering adoption, so it was a personal issue,”
he said. “Certainly if she had the position she is
affrming now, I would not have been as active
in her campaign as I was at the time.”
Yeager also confrmed that Handel was a
dues-paying member of the Georgia Log Cabin
Republicans, noting that the LCR database
shows she became a member in July 2002 and
he remembers receiving a check for the mem-
bership from Handel at the LCR booth at the
Atlanta Pride Festival, held at the end of June.
“She defnitely was a member of Log Cabin
and she was for at least two years,” said Yeager,
who is no longer a leader in the group.
Neither Handel nor Deal’s campaigns re-
sponded to interview requests by press time.
Emails show relationship
between Handel, Yeager
Handel lost her bid for an at-large seat on the
Fulton County Commission in 2002, then won
the Fulton County chairmanship in a special
election in 2003 after Mike Kenn resigned.
Handel’s outreach to gay voters in her Ful-
ton County races included seeking endorse-
ments from Log Cabin and Georgia Equality,
the state’s largest gay political group.
This week, Yeager provided copies of three
email exchanges with Handel from 2002 and
2003. They show the two had a friendly as well
as political relationship, with Handel inquiring
about Yeager’s vacations while also telling him
about gay endorsement interviews and seeking
advice on the Georgia Equality survey.
The frst exchange, from July 2002, shows
Handel sending Yeager a draft of her answers to
Georgia Equality’s candidate survey, and Yea-
ger responding with recommendations.
“As I’ve told you, I do support domestic part-
ner benefts, and confrm my position here, al-
though I do have concerns about a domestic part-
ner registry,” Handel writes in the email. “Bottom
line is that I will work with you and other GLBT
leaders to develop workable legislation. Give me
a call if you have questions.”
In an exchange in mid-October 2002, Han-
del and Yeager discuss her interview for Geor-
gia Equality’s endorsement and her stand on
domestic partner benefts. Handel said she sup-
ports the benefts for county workers, but has
privacy concerns about a DP registry open to
all Fulton residents.
The third exchange, from September 2003,
came after Yeager’s comment to Southern Voice
about Handel’s support for gay adoption, and
shows Handel continued to seek his advice after
that interview. In these emails, Handel responds
positively to Yeager’s invitation to join Log Cabin
in the Atlanta AIDS Walk, and recounts more dis-
cussions with Georgia Equality.
As part of Southern Voice’s election cover-
age, the newspaper invited political candidates
to submit statements from a gay supporter. The
Oct. 31, 2003, issue included a statement sub-
mitted by Handel’s campaign. In it, Log Cabin
member Mike Horton noted that Handel “has
long supported domestic partner benefts” and
was a member of Log Cabin.
Changing stands
Handel has tried to disavow her outreach to
gay voters in her bids for state offce, including
her successful 2006 campaign for Secretary of
State and her current gubernatorial race.
In 2006, Bill Stephens, one of Handel’s GOP
primary opponents for Secretary of State, also
made an issue of her past stands on gay issues.
On June 7, her current campaign spokesper-
son, Dan McLagan, told the Atlanta Journal-Con-
stitution that despite being written in the frst per-
son and signed “Fondly, Karen,” the email with
the draft of the Georgia Equality survey was sent
by her campaign manager, not Handel, and did
not accurately refect her positions.
He did not comment on the veracity of the
other email exchanges, which also showed
Handel actively courting gay votes.
Handel would not speak directly to the AJC.
McLagan also told the daily paper that the
Georgia Equality survey was never submitted.
However, the same August 2003 Southern
Voice article that included Yeager’s comment
on gay adoption included a quote from then-
Georgia Equality Executive Director Allen
Thornell, who referenced the survey that Han-
del submitted the year before.
Reads the article: “In the candidate survey
Georgia Equality distributed last year, Handel
indicated support establishing a domestic part-
ner benefts policy, but opposed creating a do-
mestic partner registry, citing privacy concerns,
Thornell said.”
Thornell passed away last year.
McLagan also noted that “the one opportu-
nity [Handel] had to vote on the issue, she voted
against them.”
The Fulton County Commission approved
domestic partner benefts for county employ-
ees in 2003, when Kenn was chair. The issue
Handle voted against was whether to also expand
the county’s pension plan to include domestic
partners — and that vote came in 2006, the same
year she ran for Secretary of State.
Log Cabin leader welcomed
by Deal’s congressional offce
Asked about Handel’s past stands on gay
rights, the current president of Georgia Log
Cabin Republicans, Jamie Ensley, focused on
Deal’s decision to attack Handel on the issue.
“I’m extremely disappointed with former
Rep. Nathan Deal using the same tired old gay
boogeyman scare tactic against Karen Handel,
and I think it refects a losing campaign,” Ens-
ley said. “I would rather former Rep. Deal ad-
dress his corruption accusations instead of this
nonsense, it really makes his campaign appear
to be a few clowns short of a circus.”
Deal consistently opposed LGBT issues in
Congress, but Ensley noted that Deal’s U.S. House
offce “was very helpful to me” when he attended
the national Log Cabin conference in April 2006.
“His offce staff gave me a private tour of
the capital, and arranged a tour of the White
House for me, so I’m totally baffed by his new
bipolar political affiction,” Ensley said.
Other GOP candidates for governor include
Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxen-
dine, who tried unsuccessfully to bar private
insurance companies from offering domestic
partner benefts; Eric Johnson, who opposed
gay issues in the Georgia General Assembly;
Jeff Chapman and Ray McBerry.
Log Cabin does not plan to make an en-
dorsement in the primary, Ensley said.
Note: Southern Voice shut down on Nov.
16, 2009, when its parent company fled for
bankruptcy, causing its archives to no longer
be available online. A separate company pur-
chased the assets in bankruptcy court in Feb-
ruary 2010 and sporadically publishes a new
newspaper with that name.
As the G0P gubernatorial primary heats up, Nathan Deal is attacking Karen Handel on her previous
stands on gay issues — positions Handel and her campaign are trying to refute. (Handel photo from
campaign Facebook page; Deal photo from U.S. Congress)
Gay baiting in GOP primary for governor
Under attack by Deal,
Handel tries to deny past
support for gay issues
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By Matt Schafer
The AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta
is currently seeking 10 to 12 volunteers to help
test the safety of a vaccine that shows the poten-
tial of reversing HIV viral loads in HIV-positive
individuals.
The 77-week trial of a vaccine from Ge-
oVax, a biotechnology company based in
Smyrna, Ga., that specializes in developing an
HIV vaccine, is the first of its kind.
This study is “the first therapeutic trial ever
conducted using a promising HIV vaccine can-
didate from GeoVax, Inc.,” according to a May
18 press release from ARCA. “Although the
GeoVax vaccines are currently being studied
for HIV prevention, this is the first study using
the same products for treatment of persons who
already have HIV infection. ARCA is the only
site for this trial.”
The GeoVax vaccine boosts the body’s im-
mune system by increasing T-Cell counts and
anti-HIV antibody response. Dr. Harriet Rob-
inson began her research in the 1990s and has
been moving the vaccine through the clinical
trial process.
Data from Robinson’s primate trials show
that the vaccine was effective in preventing
simian HIV from spreading, and controlling
HIV in positive primates. The animal studies
were conducted at the Yerkes National Primate
Research Center, an affiliate of Atlanta’s Emory
University. The preventative portion of the vac-
cine is currently in a Phase II human trial.
“We were very impressed with the animal
data that GeoVax has for this vaccine… Mon-
keys aren’t people, but it’s very impressive data
and we wanted to work with them to design a
study to see if this would be applicable to hu-
mans,” ARCA principal investigator Dr. Mela-
nie Thompson said.
Thompson helped found ARCA 21 years ago
to perform HIV clinical trials and has helped to
investigate 27 HIV drugs now licensed by the
federal Food & Drug Administration. For the
GeoVax trial, the non-profit organization needs
a very narrow group of people.
“They are people with very special char-
acteristics, and so we know it is not going to
be easy to find these people,” Thompson said.
“Based on study in monkeys it appears that
people who are earlier in their infection are
most likely to benefit from the vaccine, so what
we are looking for is people who know roughly
when they were infected, and have that docu-
mented with a negative test and then followed
that up with a positive test.”
Specifically, ARCA is looking for volun-
teers who tested negative for HIV six months or
less before a positive HIV test. Volunteers must
have gone on medication within six months of
the initial test and that medication must have
successfully suppressed their viral loads. Be-
cause of the amount of testing required volun-
teers must live in the Atlanta metro area or be
willing to relocate to the city.
GeoVax CEO Dr. Bob McNally is confident
that the vaccine will reproduce its effects in hu-
mans the way it did in the primate tests.
“One of the objectives of a trial like this is
to ultimately wean people off their meds and
let their immune system fight the virus on their
own,” he said. “It’s the meds that have the huge
cost and over time some of them stop working,
and so it’s really not a long-term solution.”
The study consists of four vaccinations
given about eight weeks apart. After the vac-
cination stage there would be an interruption
of medication so that researchers can monitor
if the vaccine suppresses the viral load and a
T-Cell count to gauge how the immune system
handles the HIV virus.
After this information is gathered, volun-
teers will go back on their medications.“We
have gone through of effort to make sure that
people are very well observed during the in-
terruption phase,” Thompson said. “We have
built-in safeguards to make sure that if they get
into a situation where they could be in trouble
they will be returned to their medication, but
based on the data we saw in primates we don’t
expect that to happen.”
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NOT ALL HOSPITALS
ARE EQUAL
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE HOSPITALS IN
ALL 50 STATES THAT DO NOT FULLY PROTECT LGBT
PEOPLE FROM HEALTHCARE DISCRIMINATION?
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation researched 200 of the largest healthcare facilities in
the country as part of our HEALTHCARE EQUALITY INDEX and found that 93 percent do not
have fully inclusive policies to protect LGBT patients from discrimination.
By working directly with hospitals, clinics and healthcare networks, HRC is leading the way to
establish policies that support and affirm our families. Until there is full legal recognition and equal
treatment across the country for all families, HRC will fight for you.
Find out how healthcare facilities in your area are rated. Visit WWW.HRC.ORG/HEI for more
information and to find resources on how you can protect your healthcare rights.
10 GA Voice June 11, 2010 News www.theGAVoice.com
By Laura Douglas-Brown
lbrownt@thegavoice.com
Efforts to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” policy gained signifcant momen-
tum May 27 when both the U.S. House and
the Senate Armed Services Committee passed
amendments to repeal the ban.
“Just like the military helped end segrega-
tion based on race, we should have put an end
to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ long ago. It is an af-
front to human dignity and to the dignity and
the worth of every man and woman serving in
our military,” U.S. Rep. John Lewis said during
debate on the House foor.
“We cannot wait. We cannot be patient,”
Lewis said. “We must end discrimination in the
military, and we must end it now. Discrimina-
tion is wrong, and we must end it now.”
Both the House and Senate efforts would
add “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal to the mas-
sive Defense Department authorization bill.
The Defense bill still has to pass the full Sen-
ate, where debate could begin as early as June
18, and some Republicans, including Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.), have threatened flibuster.
After the Senate, the bill would then go
through a conference committee to resolve
any differences between the House and Sen-
ate versions, and then the House and Senate
would have to vote to approve conference re-
port, according to Servicemembers Legal De-
fense Network, before it would go to President
Obama for signing.
The full U.S. House voted 234-194 May 27
in favor of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal
amendment, which was sponsored by Rep. Pat-
rick Murphy (D-Pa.) and needed 217 votes to
pass. Only fve Republicans voted in favor of
repeal, while 26 Democrats voted against it.
All of the Republicans in Georgia’s del-
egation voted against repeal. Two Democrats
from Georgia, Reps. Sanford Bishop and Jim
Marshall, were among the 26 Democrats who
crossed party lines to oppose repeal.
Kingston said he opposes repealing “ Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” because it would somehow
lead to recognizing gay marriage.
“With homosexuals serving openly in the
military … there would be no option but to rec-
ognize a man’s husband or a woman’s wife and
to provide spousal benefts thus contradicting
the federal law,” he said in a press release.
Kingston also suggested chucking DADT
would “lead to further acts of censorship and a
clamp down against religious freedom.”
“What happens when clerics are told they
can no longer preach against a practice their
By Laura Douglas-Brown
lbrownt@thegavoice.com
The Human Rights Campaign, the na-
tion’s largest gay political group, released its
annual Healthcare Equality Index on June 7.
Two Georgia hospitals, both in Atlanta, were
among the 178 facilities rated on policies af-
fecting LGBT patients and staff.
Emory University Hospital received credit
for having an equal employment opportunity
policy that includes sexual orientation.
Piedmont Hospital received credit for hav-
ing a gay-inclusive Equal Employment policy,
as well as visitation policies that give same-
sex couples the same access as opposite-sex
couples and next of kin, visitation polices that
give same-sex partners the same visitation for
their minor children as opposite-sex partners,
and cultural competency training that includes
healthcare issues that impact LGBT people.
It is not included in the survey, but Pied-
mont Hospital has also partnered with the At-
lanta Lesbian Health Initiative to provide free
health screenings.
According to the Healthcare Equality In-
dex, neither Atlanta hospital offered a patients’
bill of rights that includes sexual orientation
or gender identity, or an equal employment
policy that include gender identity.
Nationwide, some 42 facilities answered
“yes” to all of the gay and transgender-inclu-
sive policies. That includes the Kaiser Per-
manente Network, which includes several
locations in Georgia, although none are listed
individually in the index.
Kaiser Permanente updated its patients’
bill of rights to include LGBT patients and
their families, with the new policies taking ef-
fect June 7, according to HRC.
The new policies make Kaiser Permanente
the frst health network, as opposed to an in-
dependent hospital, to earn HRC’s “top per-
former” status, the group notes.
“The healthcare landscape for LGBT pa-
tients and their families is about to change
dramatically,” Joe Solmonese, president of the
HRC Foundation, said in a press release.
“We all know horror stories of loved ones
torn apart, already heart-wrenching decisions
made even harder, and basic human rights
denied. Bold action by the president and the
Joint Commission mean many of those stories
will be a thing of the past — and not a moment
too soon, because as of right now huge chal-
lenges remain on the books.”
In April, President Barack Obama issued
a memorandum directing the Department of
Health & Human Services to create policies
requiring all hospitals that receive federal
funding through programs like Medicare and
Medicaid to treat LGBT people fairly in visi-
tation and other services.
In addition, HRC reports, “the Joint Com-
mission, which accredits and certifes health-
care facilities, has announced new, fully inclu-
sive patient non-discrimination standards as
part of their accreditation process.”
Grady partners with Pride
Atlanta’s non-proft Henry W. Grady Health
System, which includes Grady Hospital, was
not included in the Healthcare Equality Index
Lisa Borders, president of the Henry W. Gra-
dy Health System Foundation, said she could not
determine by press time if the survey was sent
to the hospital, but Grady is working to build its
relationship with the LGBT community.
Borders previously served as Atlanta City
Council president and was endorsed by Geor-
gia Equality in her unsuccessful mayoral bid
last year.
“Clearly the LGBT community is im-
portant to me, personally and professionally.
I have always been LGBT inclusive, and I
continue that approach with my presidency at
Grady Health Foundation,” Borders said.
Grady Health System will be the medical
vendor for Atlanta Pride this year, a relation-
ship Borders said she brokered and hopes to
build on for the future.
“We’re very excited and want to continue
to grow it into an even more impactful rela-
tionship,” Borders said.
Grady includes sexual orientation in its
non-discrimination statement and offers do-
mestic partner benefts to employees, accord-
ing to Borders and Georgia Equality.
U.S. House, Senate committee vote to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
No Ga. hospitals rated ‘top performers’ in Healthcare Equality Index
Two Ga. Democrats cross
party lines to vote ‘no’
Emory, Piedmont hospitals cite some gay-supportive policies
During debate on the House foor, Rep. John
Lewis (D-Ga.) called the ban on openly gay peo-
ple serving in the military ‘an affront to human
dignity.’ (Courtesy photo)
Lisa Borders, president of the Grady Health
System Foundation, notes that for the frst time,
Grady will provide medical services for Atlanta
Pride this year. (Courtesy photo)
How Georgia’s U.S.
House delegation voted
YES on repeal
DEMOCRATS
District 4: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Lithonia)
District 5: Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta)
District 12: Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah)
District 13: Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta)
REPUBLICANS
none
NO on repeal
DEMOCRATS
District 2: Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Albany)
District 8: Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon)
REPUBLICANS
District 1: Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah)
District 3: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville)
District 6: Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell)
District 7: Rep. John Linder (R-Duluth)
District 10: Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens)
District 11: Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta)
Note: District 9 seat is vacant
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Compromise plan delays implementing DADT repeal
Friends and family of Greg Barrett came to-
gether at Christ Covenant MCC in Decatur June
7 to honor his life and remember his community
volunteerism. Barrett died June 3.
Attendees remembered Barrett, 43, for his
dedication to local nonproft organizations as
well on the impact he had on friends and family.
A long-time Atlanta Pride volunteer, Barrett
was actively involved with several Atlanta-based
nonproft organizations, including the Atlanta
Gay Men’s Chorus and AIDS Walk Atlanta.
JP Sheffeld, executive director of Atlanta
Pride, said of Barrett, “Greg was a really, really
good man. I know Pride was really important
to Greg, but everything he did was important.
That’s the kind of character he had.”
“I can’t count the number of times Greg
Barrett was there for me,” Sheffeld said at the
memorial service.
Barrett also staffed the bar at the Atlanta
Eagle every other week and donated his tips to
Atlanta Pride.
“It’s because of people like Greg that we
have a voice in this town,” Atlanta Eagle co-
owner Robby Kelley said at the service.
Barrett leaves behind his partner, Tim Garrett,
and many other family members and friends.
Memorial donations are requested for Atlanta
Pride and the Atlanta Gay
Men’s Chorus.
Originally from Dora,
Ala., Barrett was a 1984
graduate of Corner High
School and a 1987 gradu-
ate of the University of
Alabama at Birmingham.
According to a police
report obtained by Proj-
ect Q Atlanta, Barrett was
visiting a friend on June 2
and inhaled the recreational drug poppers and
took a tablet of Levitra, a prescription drug for
erectile dysfunction. When he did not wake the
next morning, the friend called an ambulance;
Barrett was dead at the scene.
Levitra warns that it should not be used with
poppers. Police do not think Barrett’s death was
the result of foul play, but they are awaiting the
results of a toxicology report, Project Q reported.
Barrett was chair of the Atlanta Pride Op-
erations Committee, putting him in charge of
the golf carts, radios, and tens of thousands of
dollars worth of equipment needed to put on the
annual festival.
In an interview, Sheffeld estimated Barrett
had been volunteering with Atlanta Pride for at
least 15 years.
“He was the one always doing the work and
all our organizations have people like him,” he
said. “They’re not in the paper or getting awards
and Greg was a shining example of that. Even if
people didn’t know him, we should all be grate-
ful for his work.”
—Ryan Watkins & Dyana Bagby
Greg Barrett
(Photo via Facebook)
faith tells them is wrong,” Kingston asked.
Bishop issued a statement explaining that
he voted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell” through the Defense bill, even though he
supports repeal, because he wanted Congress to
wait until a Pentagon study is complete.
“I agree with the Secretary of Defense and
the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that
the time has come to repeal the current ‘Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, which dishonors men
and women who are willing to give their lives in
service to our country and also prevents capable
men and women with vital skills from serving
in the armed forces. However, I believe a vote
today is premature,” Bishop said.
In addition to Lewis, Democratic Georgia
Reps. Hank Johnson and John Barrow voted
for the amendment.
The House vote came just hours after the
Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-
12 in favor of a similar amendment.
The Human Rights Campaign had called on
Georgians to call Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.),
who serves on the Armed Services Commit-
tee, to ask him to vote in favor of repeal.
But only one Republican on the committee,
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), voted in favor
of the repeal amendment. Only one Democrat,
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), voted against it.
National LGBT groups heralded the votes
as a signifcant step towards ending “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“The importance of this vote cannot be
overstated — this is the beginning of the end of
a shameful ban on open service by lesbian and
gay troops that has weakened our national secu-
rity,” said Human Rights Campaign President
Joe Solmonese in a press release.
The current amendments are a compro-
mise plan that attempts to reconcile the desire
of LGBT rights advocates and congressional
supporters to repeal the ban now, before the
end of this Congress when vote counts could
be impacted by the November elections, with
Pentagon leaders who want repeal to wait until
after the military completes a study on remov-
ing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The study is not
expected to be fnished until December.
The White House announced support of the
compromise early in the week before the vote.
It would delay implementation of the repeal un-
til the Pentagon study is complete; the presi-
dent, Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that repealing the
policy will not negatively impact the military;
and then after a 60-day waiting period.
MILITARY, continued from Page 10
Greg Barrett
remembered for
community work
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Guest column
By Cain Williamson
I’m not missing a minute of this, it’s the rev-
olution. That’s what Sylvia Rivera said of the
Stonewall Riots. And she was right. Not just
about the beginning of the revolution but about
a lot of things.
We commonly credit the Stonewall Riots with
being the tipping point for the modern gay rights
and Pride movements. And it was. But what we
don’t commonly acknowledge is that the demog-
raphy of the rioters is not the demography of the
contemporary leadership of the movement.
Sylvia started life as Ray, a Hispanic boy who
was abandoned by her father, orphaned when her
mother committed suicide when she was 3 years
old, and maligned by her grandmother for being
an effeminate boy and wearing makeup to school
in the 4th grade. Living on the street from the age
of 11 as a gender non-conforming Latina in early
1960s New York, she lived life as one of the most
marginalized segments of society. So you can
imagine that she did not have an easy life.
Nor did the drag queens and transgender
people who raised her and helped to keep her
safe. But these are the people to whom we owe
our movement. These are the people who said
“Enough!” one night in June of 1969. And for
the past 40 years, Pride events across the globe
have commemorated the riots at Stonewall.
Since the riots, Pride has been the most vis-
ible aspect of the modern gay rights movement,
a movement that has bettered the lives of gay
people around the world. But unfortunately, it is
also a movement that has left the marginalized
in a similar place from which they started the
movement —marginalized. Trans people still
find themselves fighting for acceptance, much
less for equality.
So this year, on our 40th anniversary, At-
lanta Pride is going back to our roots. With Jux-
taposed Center for Transformation and Trans-
gender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT),
Atlanta Pride is co-sponsoring the Sylvia Rivera
Stonewall Community Brunch. The event will
focus attention on the issues still faced by the
most marginalized segments of our community
in hopes of moving us all forward toward full
equality and acceptance.
Pride will still be the open, honest, and vibrant
celebration of the gains our diverse community
has made over the last 40 years or so. But it will
be in October, adjacent to National Coming Out
Day. After all, the world doesn’t change if we
don’t make ourselves known and what better
way to do that than with a Pride celebration.
The world has evolved since Sylvia and her
sisters took the first step on the long road to equal-
ity. We’ve not reached the goal yet and hopefully
more change is to come. And for our part, Atlanta
Pride is changing our approach this year.
By cosponsoring the Sylvia Rivera Stonewall
Community Brunch on the last weekend in June
and moving Pride to coincide with National Com-
ing Out Day, we feel we are honoring our history
as a movement and remembering how far we have
yet to go, while simultaneously casting a hopeful
eye to the future and the better times ahead.
I hope you will join us for both.
Cain Williamson is chair of Atlanta Pride’s
board of directors. He can be reached via this
publication.
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VOICES OPINION & REACTION
Honoring Pride’s true roots
Today, our movement’s
leadership rarely
reflects those who
started our revolution
MORE INFO
Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch
June 26, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Central Presbyterian Church
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www.atlantapride.org
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Since the Stonewall Riots, Pride has
been the most visible aspect of the mod-
ern gay rights movement, a movement
that has bettered the lives of gay people
around the world. But unfortunately, it is
also a movement that has left the margin-
alized in a similar place from which they
started the movement — marginalized.
Trans people still find themselves fighting
for acceptance, much less for equality.
Sylvia Rivera (right), a participant in the 1969
Stonewall Riots, speaking at the Stonewall Inn in
2002 (Photo via Sylvia Rivera Law Project)
15 Voices June 11, 2010 www.theGAVoice.com GA Voice
SPEAKING OUT
Atlanta police still need
to apologize for Eagle raid
Re: “Atlanta police want to sweeten relation-
ship with LGBT community” (News, May 28)
Of course they want to sweeten the relation-
ship. They are tired of being sued.
Except for [GA Voice Deputy Editor Dyana
Bagby’s] astute, articulate articles, and [Eagle
lawsuit attorney] Dan Grossman’s comprehen-
sive legal expertise, there has been no sense that
anyone, including the APD, the City of Atlanta,
or our local LGBT so-called leaders have had
the slightest clue about the seriousness and le-
galities of what happened at the Eagle. If the
police and the city had, even after the fact, real-
ized the gravity of their actions, they wouldn’t
have taken the “underwear dancing” case to
trial. And the police would have apologized
formally by now for their Gestapo-like actions
in September.
We need to insist on the police having “sen-
sitivity training,” and we need to insist that the
police spend some time helping with Gay events
and causes, so they will get to know us as “nor-
mal citizens” and not as “freaks with problems.”
Bullying bill a good frst
step, but more needed
Re: “Governor to sign anti-bullying bill”
(thegavoice.com, May 27)
A day for everyone to celebrate. Now if we
can just get it enforced. Bullying is more than
“getting beat up.”
Wonderful news. Hurray for Rep. Mike Ja-
cobs and Gov. Sonny Perdue!
One small step for the “lost” governor of
Georgia, but the bill still does not say anything
about sexual orientation or gender identity.
Georgia’s second most
LGBT-friendly city is…
Re: “What Georgia city should get second
place as the best for LGBT residents?” (Dis-
cussion at facebook.com/thegavoice, May 23)
Decatur. And no Decatur is not Atlanta.
Since Decatur is so close to Atlanta, I would
have to go with Savannah.
Augusta is having its frst large-scale Pride
on June 19. We have a long way to go before
we’re anybody’s Mecca, but hey, we’re trying!
East Point. Yes, we are a separate city.
Decatur (despite being surrounded by Atlan-
ta). Savannah is also decent; gay people always
fnd a niche in any city basically run by old
white women who control the old white men
they married… Meet any real Steel Magnolia
and you know who sets the pace in any South-
ern city or town. And Steel Magnolias all have
gay friends; they admire our class and “spunk”
as my late aunt used to describe gay men.
LETTER
HRC award winner is
trans, but not ‘activist’
To the Editors:
Re: “HRC Dinner seeks equality ‘Every
Day’” and “Out of the ballrooms and into the
streets” (news and editorial by Laura Douglas-
Brown, May 14)
I want to voice my disappointment that the
Human Rights Campaign seemed not to be able
to fnd a transgender person more worthy to
award the “Community Service Award” to, and
your Laura Douglas-Brown to apparently see
this as deserved and calling Vandy Beth Glenn
an “activist” of all things!
This a further spotlight on the division of the
“privileged” from those who are “in the trench-
es” for transgender rights. Vandy Beth has not
been an activist for any transgender rights but
her own.
Her face has, however, become known as
the “privileged” who lost it when she lost the
job it allowed her when she began transition.
She has eschewed participation in any activities
that would strive toward advancement of other
transgenders but herself, while quietly accept-
ing public support from other transgenders.
What “community service” has she pro-
vided, besides her image as the “Poster Trans-
gender” for job discrimination? I suppose she
would/should be “humble,” Ms. Douglas-
Brown!
Cheryl Courtney-Evans
Atlanta
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As a gay, black, HIV-positive man, Michael
Morgan finds solace in his art.
From his painting “In the Garden” that de-
picts the shame of being gay and resorting to
finding sex in Piedmont Park, to his “Jack in the
Box” series with dolls caged behind chicken
wire to symbolize struggles with drugs, sexu-
ality and poverty, Morgan wants the African-
American community to address taboo topics
and not hide from them.
“The last eight years I started focusing my
work on my environment, things that have af-
fected me for so long. I did a lot of artwork on
social commentary, civil rights and the family,”
he says.
“Then I turned it around — I wanted to see
me projected, my life projected in what I did. So
I started focusing on more social commentary
on gay life and being black and a minority.”
Morgan’s work is currently on display at the
Hammonds House Museum with the works of
Daryl Harris, a straight artist who also tackles the
social taboos of contemporary African American
culture, explains Hammonds House Museum
curator Kevin Sipps. The exhibit, “Incendiary
Exposure: The Works of Daryl Harris & Michael
Morgan,” continues through June 27.
‘Thug mentality’ and
men having sex with men
Morgan, 54, loved art as a boy growing up
in the public school system of Charlotte, N.C.
When he became a senior in high school, he
wanted more, so he transferred to North Caro-
lina School of Performing Arts in Winston-Sa-
lem. In 1976, he moved to Atlanta to study at
the Atlanta College of Art, now known as the
Savannah College of Art &Design.
The black men Morgan paints and draws are
often sad, angry and indifferent. They reflect the
young men he says he sees on the streets near
his home on North Avenue — often mixed up in
drugs and alcoholism as well as having sex with
men and women. But these men don’t want to be
labeled gay or bisexual, Morgan says. They just
don’t care who they have sex with.
Oppression and repression contribute to the
malaise of many of Morgan’s characters, who
are desperate for understanding and acceptance
but feel trapped in a culture where they cannot
be who they truly are.
Many of the men Morgan meets on the
streets, who have a “thug mentality,” are in-
telligent and compassionate, he says, but are
afraid to show their true character because of
the rough environment in which they live.
The black church also makes appear-
ances in Morgan’s “Jack in the Box” series,
where a pastor may be preaching damnation
to homosexuals but in the
background has his own
group of young men
who are his lovers. The
hypocrisy is blatant,
Morgan says, and con-
tributes to the confusion
many young, gay black
men grapple with.
Repression of
desire lurks as
dark figure
In Morgan’s paint-
ing “In the Garden,” a
dark figure hovers in
the background while
another shadowy figure
stands to the side. In
the foreground are men
openly having sex. The
shame and guilt of being
gay, of wanting to love
another man, lurks in the
background for many as
they seek to express their
desires.
“This piece ‘In the Garden’ is dealing with
sexuality and shame around sexuality we, I, ex-
perienced growing up as a gay male,” he says.
Morgan, who used to live near Piedmont
Park, recalls seeing men going in and out of the
park seeking sex.
“When you repress a lot of stuff, he [the
dark figure] appears. I was thinking in the park,
meeting in the park, how some men don’t feel
safe, don’t have enough esteem to form a rela-
tionship in a so-called ‘normal’ way.”
And while Morgan has been out to friends
and family for more than 30 years, he says “com-
ing out” is still an ongoing process in his life.
“I’m still learning about myself as I go on,”
he says.
For Sipp, the curator, combining Morgan’s
work with Harris’ work was meant to provoke
dialogue in the African-American community as
well as the community at large about how black
people express themselves in today’s society.
The friction in the African-American com-
munity about homosexuality — how some
black people believe the gay rights movement
is superceding the civil rights movement while
the progressive black community is accepting
— was something Sipp wanted to address.
“In my opinion the gay rights movement is
rooted in ancient scripture,” says Sipp, who is
straight. “It is much older — it is one of the ear-
liest civil rights movements. And both artists are
dealing with racism and sexism. They were both
speaking to social taboos and confronting them
head on and not burying them under the rug.”
With immigration phobia, homophobia and
people believing we live in a post racial country
with Barack Obama as president, there is still
plenty of discrimination and racism going on
that is causing people harm, Sipp says.
“Of all the problems we have in the world
the last thing we need to be doing is basically
discriminating against people who want to love
another. We have so many other problems in
the world,” he says.
Black gay artist tackles
homophobia head on
Gay artist Michael Morgan, whose work is currently on display at the
Hammonds House Museum in West End, depicts the struggle against
homophobia among African Americans in many of his pieces. (Photo
by Dyana Bagby)
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Debi Lowry is already a bit of a legend
in gay Atlanta: a fxture on dance foors and
at charitable fundraisers, a surrogate mother
to the dozens of gay men who affectionately
know her as Mama Deb. As much as Lowry
revels in her popularity and being able to of-
fer a compassionate shoulder to those who feel
turned away from their biological families, she
was unsatisfed by the thought of her legacy be-
ing limited to her being a social butterfy.
“When I’m gone, when I die, I want to have
had an impact on someone else’s life — I don’t
want it to be just, ‘Oh, she was a really nice
person’ or ‘She made me laugh,’” Lowry says.
“If I can change their lives for the better, I ab-
solutely have to do that.”
Lowry, the heterosexual mother of two adult
children, one of whom is gay, is on a crusade
to remind other parents about unconditional
love, and to challenge the subtle and aggressive
ways that they deny their children happiness.
She recently published her frst book, “Three
Grim Fairy Tales and a Happy Ending,” which
she hopes will be “a tool to start the dialogue”
about parents being more accepting.
“I wanted to talk with parents, I wanted to
knock on their doors and say, ‘How come you
don’t get it? What do you see as wrong with
your child?” Lowry says. “When they were ba-
bies, you loved them and you never questioned
your love and affection and your loyalty for
your child, and so when they become sexual
beings, why does that stop?
“What’s important to remember is when
they were babies, when they were learning to
walk, when they were learning to talk, when
they went to elementary school,” Lowry adds.
“Those are the milestones you remember and
cherish, and then they go, ‘I’m gay.” How do
you wipe the slate clean and say that that was
all good but now you’re different? No, they’re
still the same person.”
All proceeds from “Three Grim Fairytales
& a Happy Ending” are being donated to the
Atlanta-based For The Kid in All of Us and
CHRIS Kids’ Rainbow Program, and the Gay
& Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The
book is divided into two sections, with the frst
part chronicling heartbreaking stories of some
of the gay men who Mama Deb bonded with
over the years.
“The frst one was someone who lived his
entire life pleasing his parents, and in the end
was still so unhappy and couldn’t be true to
himself and show his parents who he was, and
he committed suicide,” she recalls. “The ex-
tremes that people go through emotionally to
avoid or mask themselves based on what they
perceive the expectations are from their family
are very painful to me.”
The will be a July 7 book signing at Outwrite
for “Three Grim Fairy Tales,” which is aimed
not only at openly hostile parents, but also those
who take a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” approach to
their children’s sexual orientation, Lowry says.
“Sexuality is only a part of who they are,
but it does affect who they give their heart to,
and so it’s a major part of who they are,” she
says. “If you fall in love with somebody, how
do you not tell your mom?”
However, the themes in “Three Grim Fairy
Tales” transcend sexual orientation, and “apply
to everybody who doesn’t meet their parent’s
expectations.”
“Parents need to remember in regards to
their children, my ambitions for you are not
your ambitions, and that doesn’t change the fact
that you’re an amazing person,” Lowry says.
Debi Lowry, AKA Mama Deb,
spreads message of
unconditional love in new book
Motherly wisdom
BOOKS
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MORE INFO
‘Three Grim Fairy Tales & A Happy Ending’
By Debi Lowry, $12.95
www.mamadebatlanta.com
Book Signing
July 7, 7:30 p.m.
Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse
991 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-0082
www.outwritebooks.com
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There are certain Mexican restaurants in
Atlanta that have a great vibe plus stellar food,
and Taqueria Del Sol is definitely one of them.
As summer heats up, who doesn’t like Mexican
food on a patio with a tasty cold beverage?
As an Atlanta native, I remember when the
only Mexican food you could get was at El Chi-
co and Chi Chi’s. We didn’t even know what a
Taqueria was and now thankfully upscale Latin
food is everywhere.
Don’t be put off by the long line you are
likely to encounter at any of Taqueria Del Sol’s
locations. It moves quickly, and you will be re-
warded with some of the best Mexican/South
Texas/Taqueria fare in Atlanta because it’s chef-
driven by the very talented Eddie Hernandez,
who creates creative from-scratch cuisine.
Taqueria Del Sol has one of those menus
where you can’t go wrong. This is not a Mexi-
can place where you order the number 21. The
menu is inexpensive ala carte
so you can have as much or
as little as you want. I love the
$3.20 enchiladas with tender
shredded beef brisket, topped
with an addictive deep red beef
chili sauce, which is paired
with a roasted chicken enchi-
lada topped with green chili or
a melted gooey cheese version
with a light cream sauce.
The chain also has artisanal
$2.19 street tacos like the crispy
fried chicken taco paired with
cool jalapeño lime mayo, and the Memphis taco
with smoked pork, crunchy jalapeño slaw and a
tequila barbecue sauce. There are also daily spe-
cials and vegetarian options.
Whatever you order, start with chunky fresh
guacamole or creamy rich shrimp and corn
chowder and their special West Side margarita.
You know how some margaritas taste like sour
dishwater that burns your stomach? Available
by the glass or pitcher the TDS margarita is
smooth and strong — like I like my men — be-
cause our people hate weak margaritas.
There is also an enormous tequila selection
if you feel crazy and want to do shots, and we
all know how those nights end. They also have
a good beer selection and a small but effective
wine selection. Alcohol prices are inexpensive,
and if you don’t drink you can have an amazing
meal for under $10.
The people-watching scene in Decatur is, of
course, more family oriented during the week,
but features plenty of spicy ladies on the week-
end. The Westside location has a postcard view
of the city and has a mostly straight crowd, es-
pecially at lunch. Here, you can see hot guys in
designer suits relaxing with a delicious meal.
The Cheshire Bridge location is likely the
most popular with the gay set, and particularly
popular for those seeking a light meal before hit-
ting the clubs. I was on the patio at the Cheshire
Bridge TDS on a recent weekend and the vibe
was kinetic, but not rowdy.
It was mainly gay men, but also peppered with
some straights and lesbians. But really, no one
cared who was who. It’s amazing when a group of
strangers laugh and connect with each other after
having superior food on a beautiful day.
So the food is terrific, on a nice day or night
the patio scene is happening, plus you just
might meet Mr. or Ms. Right. What are you
waiting for? Vamanos!
Other Latin restaurants
with hot summer patio scenes
Las Margaritas (Cheshire Bridge): The
gayest patio in the city; food is good but the
people watching is better.
Pure (Inman Park): Mixed scene; amaz-
ing crab fritters, chipotle mussels and Baja
fish tacos
Frogs Cantina (Midtown): Very gay, friend-
ly cute staff, excellent inexpensive Tex-Mex
Agave (Grant Park): Mixed scene, small
patio, the absolute best Southwestern in the
city, great first date place
Raging Burrito (Decatur): Eclectic scene,
huge inexpensive burritos and Tex-Mex
Great food, scene
make Taqueria del Sol
perfect for summer
Best tacos under the sun
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www.taqueriadelsol.com
Westside
1200-B Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA
404-352-5811
Decatur
359 West Ponce De Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA
404-377-7668
Cheshire Bridge
2165 Cheshire Bridge Road
Atlanta, GA
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WRIGHT, continued from Page 16
her. This isn’t going to be easy, but I am going
to come out to her.”
You made a statement when you were
on Oprah where you were talking about the
gay children in this country who are hearing
churches preaching that they are damaged
goods and that their parents are echoing that
in their homes.
Do you think that if the parents and church-
es would just let these children know that they
are unconditionally loved and accepted, they
wouldn’t grow up thinking that they must at-
tempt a “normal” life where innocent people
are dragged into their attempts to “be normal”
like this poor man and his family?
The parents are quite as culpable as the
church. When parents take a child to a church
and say, “This is my baby, help me raise them,”
they’re well-intentioned. I don’t want to point
fngers but I do want to identify where we
are going wrong. We need to start looking at
churches where kids are hearing this message
of “You are broken.” This whole “Love the sin-
ner, hate the sin” — I’m so tired of that. That’s
a problem for me. Isn’t that so empty?
Yes, because a gay person rarely, if ever,
sees any “love” from someone who uses that
phrase.
Sin is decision-making. I don’t have a choice
to love a man. It’s a sin for me to try to love a
man. I will mess a man up. I will mess me up
and I will leave a wake of carnage behind me.
Do you get the feeling that country music
was ready for your coming out?
Not entirely. People who are supportive are
so excited that there is someone who has f-
nally stepped out. That’s been so amazing that
people are posting positive comments on my
Facebook page.
On the other side, people really hate quietly.
Let that not go unnoticed. Some of the most
damaging hate in history has been done pri-
vately behind closed doors or with hoods over
their heads.
For the frst time in 10 years, my char-
ity concert, “Reading, Writing and Rhythm,”
[on June 8] isn’t sold out. Only about half the
tickets have been sold. It could be that because
Nashville had the food, people might just be all
charitied-out.
I can tell you this, though: We’ve been beg-
ging the other acts to please put the event on
their social networking sites. That’s never been
a problem in the past to get them to help us
advertise it to their fans. Other than Rodney
Crowell, SheDaisy and Jann Arden, nobody
else is telling their fans that they are performing
at my event.
That’s eye-opening.
Isn’t it? I think that they don’t want to cancel
because what would it say about them if they
canceled? So they just want to quietly slip in,
sing their few songs and get out of there.
Next week is Fan Fair in Nashville. [The of-
fcial CMA Music Festival is June 10-13.] Are
you expecting to get a better feel for the reac-
tion from country fans when you’re there?
Nashville whispered about me for years. I
didn’t come out to confrm it to the people in
Nashville who had heard that I was gay. I came
out for the 14-year-old kid sitting in church be-
ing told, “Don’t be that, because you’re doomed
to a life of ruination. You’re not going to be a
good human being if you’re going to be that.”
When you and your dad recently ap-
peared on Oprah, your dad spoke of his im-
mediate change of heart when you came out
to him.
When I told my dad that I was gay and he
heard that word “gay” next to his daughter’s
face, name and heart, it changed that word for
him. My dad was more effective in moving a
million small mountains on the Oprah show
than I was.
Oprah asked him, “Stan, what changed? You
went from thinking that gay meant sinful, per-
verted and sick to being accepting the moment
Chely said she was gay. What changed?”
He looked at Oprah and he said, “I know
her heart.”
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For out performer Tony Vierling, the news
that “Little House on the Prairie” was being
adapted into a stage musical came as something
of a surprise — at first.
“I was surprised but after thinking
about it, it made total sense,” he says. “As
literature and as a TV show it has such a
legacy. The stories were written so well
and were so successful. I’m very excited
to be part of it.”
Like millions, Vierling read Laura In-
galls Wilder’s “Little House” books, first
published in 1932, as a child. He was not
a regular watcher of the television series,
although he did see certain episodes.
Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura
for 10 years in the series, has come full
circle and is playing “Ma” in the produc-
tion. The musical tells of the family’s
pioneering spirit as they settle into their new
home in Kansas.
Vierling admits to being a longtime fan of
Gilbert and says her contributions to the show
have been invaluable.
“What she brings to it is a sense of history,
a real sense of connection,” he says. “We
worked together for many months before the
tour began and now we are all a family. She is
so down to earth.”
Although Gilbert’s professional singing ex-
perience has been limited, Vierling feels she has
nailed that aspect.
The beloved character of Nellie Olsen also
appears.
“She shows up about halfway through the
first act,” Vierling says. “She is the comic relief,
the levity of show.”
“Little House on the Prairie” has its darker mo-
ments, such as elder daughter Mary going blind
and the family struggling with a long winter.
“It has an epic quality, but it’s not in the line
of something as dark as ‘Les Miserables,’ Vier-
ling says. “You need to have dramatic effects to
show the struggles with the prairie life.”
The musical premiered in 2008 in Minne-
apolis where it promptly sold out for 12 weeks.
As a member of the ensemble, he has played
virtually all the male characters at one time or
another. He is also the show’s dance captain.
Gays and lesbians can especially relate to
“Little House,” Vierling says.
“We can certainly appreciate the struggle of
finding a new home, creating a family and feel-
ing safe,” he says. “That is universal.”
‘Hedwig’ comes to LeBuzz
AtlantaLite Entertainment and the Marietta
gay bar LeBuzz host a one-night version of
John Cameron Mitchell’s musical “Hedwig and
the Angry Inch” as a fundraiser for AID Atlanta
on June 25.
“I’ve loved this show, the movie, forever,”
says Nicholas Koperski, who plays the lead in
the musical.
“Hedwig” tells the story of a gay man who
seeks to marry another man but must have a sex
change to do so. The surgery is botched, how-
ever, leading Hedwig, a punk singer, on a jour-
ney of self-discovery.
“The story, the music, the idea of search-
ing for your other half but in essence that is in
yourself is completely original,” Koperski says.
“That idea of being comfortable in your own
skin by giving up a piece of yourself — literally
doing so in this production — and this spiritual
journey you go on is what struck a rich chord
with me.”
“Madonna had her ‘Evita’ and I have ‘Hed-
wig,’” he adds with a laugh.
Koperski, one of the Atlanta Eagle patrons
in the bar the night it was raided, has never per-
formed on stage before but knew this role was
made for him.
“I’ve been singing since I could open my
mouth and performing is something I’ve al-
ways loved, but this is the first musical/play
I’ve been in,” he says. “And once I got the
role, I started digging deeper and deeper into
the character and a force greater than me has
taken over.”
‘A Funny Thing’ at Lyric
Atlanta Lyric Theatre opens “A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”
this weekend with a gay touch: Both its di-
rector Alan Kilpatrick and main actor Glenn
Rainey are gay. Rainey stars as Pseudolus,
a role he first tackled back at GSU when he
was 25.
“It’s such a timeless show, with vaudeville
shtick type comedy and great music by Stephen
Sondheim,” he says.
Rainey and Kilpatrick worked together in
Aurora Theatre’s recent “Kiss Me Kate” and
will share the stage in the Lyric’s upcoming
version of “Hairspray” in July.
“We’ve known each other for a long time
and as an actor too, he has a great feel for what
works on stage,” says Rainey.
Gay performer says ‘Little
House’ may have special
meaning for LGBT fans
Melissa Gilbert (center) played Laura Ingalls in the iconic television
series ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ and portrays Ma Ingalls in the
musical. (Photo by Carol Rosegg via Theater of the Stars) Nicholas
Koperski plays the lead in LeBuzz’s production of ‘Hedwig & the
Angry Inch.’ (Photo courtesy Koperski)
MORE INFO
‘Little House on the Prairie’
June 15 – 20 at the Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
800-982-2787, www.theaterofthestars.com
‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
June 25 at LeBuzz
585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067
770-424-1337, www.atlantalite.biz
‘A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum’
June 11 - 27 at The Strand Theatre
117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
404-377-9948, www.atlantalyrictheatre.com
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Out on the ‘Prairie’ stage
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Georgia
celebrates
Pride month
By Laura Douglas-Brown
lbrown@thegavoice.com
The Atlanta Pride Festival, by far the
largest Pride festival in Georgia, may not
take place until October, but there are
plenty of other events around the state to
mark June, which President Obama off-
cially declared as LGBT Pride Month.
“As Americans, it is our birthright that
all people are created equal and deserve
the same rights, privileges, and oppor-
tunities. Since our earliest days of inde-
pendence, our Nation has striven to fulfll
that promise. An important chapter in
our great, unfnished story is the move-
ment for fairness and equality on behalf
of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-
gender (LGBT) community,” the presi-
dent’s proclamation reads.
Pride month is observed in June to
mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stone-
wall Riots, when patrons of the Stonewall
Inn, a New York City gay bar, fought
back against police harassment.
The rebellion is frequently seen as the
launch of the modern gay rights move-
ment, and in 1970, activists in cities
around the country began holding march-
es and rallies during the last weekend in
June to commemorate it.
“This month, as we recognize the
immeasurable contributions of LGBT
Americans, we renew our commitment
to the struggle for equal rights for LGBT
Americans and to ending prejudice and
injustice wherever it exists,” Obama’s
proclamation declares.
The East Point Possums Show on June 19 kicks off
Stonewall Week in Atlanta. (Courtesy photo)
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Stonewall Week
Saturday, June 19
The East Point Possums Show
8 -11 p.m.
Downtown East Point, on the Commons across
from City Hall at 2727 East Point St.
East Point, GA 30344
www.eastpointpossums.com
Wednesday, June 23
Out and OutLoud: Stories of Love & Community
7-9 p.m. at Radial Café, 1530 Dekalb Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
www.storycorps.org
Thursday, June 24
Evening for Equality
6:30 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn
275 Baker St, Atlanta, GA 30313
www.georgiaequality.org
Friday, June 25
Out on Film Screening: “Stonewall Uprising”
Tentative times 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30308
www.outonflm.org
Saturday, June 26
Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community Brunch
11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Central Presbyterian Church
201 Washington St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
‘Be Visible, Make a Statement’
Rally & Community Photo Shoot
2-3:30 p.m. at State Capitol
100 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30334
www.atlantapride.org
Stonewall Pride Picnic
3 p.m. at Piedmont Park
In the meadow by Park Tavern
www.queerjusticeleague.net
Out on Film Screening: “Stonewall Uprising”
7 p.m. at Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308
www.outonflm.org
Panel discussion about Eagle bar raid follows
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Atlanta’s Stonewall Week honors Pride’s beginnings
By Dyana Bagby
dbagby@thegavoice.com
It all started in someone’s backyard 13 years
ago over the Fourth of July weekend and has
now grown into one of the largest drag shows
in the Southeast, organizers say.
The 13th annual East Point Possums Show
kicks off Atlanta Pride’s Stonewall Week on
June 19 in East Point with, well, a sashay —
perhaps a clumsy sashay at that.
Rick Westbrook, a.k.a. Shenitta Lott, is one
of the founding members of the show along
with his partner, John Jeffrey (a.k.a. Prissy Cil-
la), Chuck Jenkins (a.k.a. Rococo Baroque) and
Chesley Thurman (a.k.a. Dina Daintymouth).
For Westbrook, the show’s popularity is a testa-
ment to people’s desire to come together for a
good time and for a good cause.
This year, all money made at the Possums
show will be donated to the Atlanta Pride Com-
mittee and the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative.
“Last year we made $11,000 and this year
we’re hoping to make $20,000,” Westbrook says.
And people tip well at the Possums show —
but you just don’t know where the money’s been.
“I can’t tell you how many $20 and $50 dol-
lar bills I’ve pulled from the crack of my ass over
the years,” he says. “This is unlike any other drag
show — this is good work through bad drag.”
The show includes 20 to 30 acts and include
favorites like Ginny Tonic, a drag legend who
now only performs at the Possums show, and
Alexandria Martin and her infamous roller
skates, as well as new acts from such shows as
Sukeban, now held at My Sister’s Room.
“This show is off the hook,” Westbrook
promises.
There will be surprises, he adds, including a
“rumor” that the Atlanta Pride Committee itself
will perform a number.
The crowd for the show grows each year
with East Point residents as well as those from all
over metro Atlanta attending. And women like to
make their husbands dress in drag just to watch
the shownumerous families — gay and straight
— gathering as well to help LGBT causes.
“This is truly a community event, and at the
same time, we are proud to promote that our
event has now become the largest drag show in
the Southeast,” boasts Thurman.
Remembering 1969
Stonewall Week continues through June
26 with a host of events to celebrate the 1969
uprising at the Stonewall Inn, a gay New York
City bar, that is credited with starting the mod-
ern gay civil rights movement.
A new organization is joining in this year’s
activities with a picnic in Piedmont Park on
June 26. Named the “Queer Justice League,”
the group is made up of anonymous young ac-
tivists who are asking people to join them in the
park that afternoon for food and fellowship.
“They are an anonymous group of young ac-
tivists — they are not about any one individual
and are about coming together for the good of the
community,” says Westbrook, who said he was
asked to speak for the Queer Justice League. “We
need to put together a united front.”
The picnic is the Queer Justice League’s
“coming out” event — the frst of many it hopes
to hold in the future, Westbrook says. But the
picnic is simply a way for people to gather on
the day of Stonewall and “celebrate our libera-
tion,” Westbrook adds.
The picnic in Piedmont Park on June 26 fol-
lows a full day of activities beginning with the
frst Sylvia Rivera Community Brunch spon-
sored by Transgender Individuals Living Their
Truth (T.I.L.T.T.) and the Juxtaposed Center for
Transformation, in conjunction with the Atlanta
Pride Committee.
The brunch is named for trans activist Ri-
vera, a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall uprising.
The community brunch includes speakers Tra-
cee McDaniel, founder of the Juxtaposed Center,
and Cheryl Courtney-Evans, founder of T.I.L.T.T.,
both noted Atlanta transgender activists.
Courtney-Evans recently was a panelist
at the frst Matthew Shepard & James Byrd
Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act community
conference at Georgia State University on May
18 and spoke about the violence transgender
people face for simply being who they are.
McDaniel also recently spoke at the frst In-
ternational Day Against Homophobia in Atlanta,
organized by Betty Couvertier and her LGBT ra-
dio show, “Alternative Perspectives,” that airs on
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First Augusta Pride draws well-known
entertainers, support from mayor
The frst Pride festival in Augusta got off to a
rocky start earlier this year, when some citizens of
the city on the border of South Carolina contacted
the mayor to protest a gay event in their town.
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver respond-
ed by seeking a legal opinion confrming his
belief that the First Amendment would prevent
banning an LGBT event on city streets and
property. And since then, it’s been full steam
ahead for planning the June 19 parade and fes-
tival, according to Christopher Bannochie, PR
and marketing director for Augusta Pride.
“There has been no further public response
to the parade and festival,” Bannochie says,
noting that “no requests for a protest demon-
stration permit have been received by the sher-
iff’s offce.”
Copenhaver has also issued a proclamation
declaring June 19 as “Augusta Pride Day” and
urging “all citizens to recognize and applaud
the numerous contributions of the Augusta
Pride Committee as well as all gay and trans-
gender community members.”
“Gay and transgender citizens contribue to
the fabric of diversity within our community,”
states the proclamation, which also notes that
LGBT people “contribute to the success of our
employers and businesses,” “donate their time,
talent and labor to community organizations,”
and “express the full range of faith traditions as
other members of our community.”
Bannochie said Pride organizers are plan-
ning for about 2,000 attendees, and some 60
vendors are scheduled for the festival.
The event begins with a parade that steps off
at 10:30 a.m. from 10th and Jones Street, com-
ing down 10th Street along Broad Street to 6th
Street, where it will disband at Reynolds for the
festival to start at the Augusta Commons.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with
a variety of theater performances, musicians
and guest speakers, including Elke Kennedy,
whose son, Sean Kennedy, was killed by an at-
tacker who used anti-gay slurs.
“American Idol” Frenchie Davis and Gram-
my winner Thelma Houston headline the festi-
val. Davis performs at 4:45 p.m.; Houston takes
the stage at 6 p.m. to close out Augusta Pride.
And with all that is scheduled, Bannochie
says he is most excited just that “it is fnally
happening.”
“There has been tremendous growth in the
overall community in accepting this event and
by the LGBT community in coming forward
and supporting it,” he says. “We’re already
working on making 2011 Augusta Pride bigger
and better.”
— Laura Douglas-Brown
East Side Pride seeks to unite LGBT
community beyond Atlanta
Lorrie King jokingly describes herself as “a
drag queen trapped in a bio woman’s body,” and
more seriously as an LGBT rights advocate. So
when her husband, Adam White, was elected to
the City Council in Clarkston, the couple saw
the opportunity to help unite gay residents of
the area.
“We wanted there to be a recognized pres-
ence of the LGBT community,” King says.
The result is the frst-ever East Side Pride, a
picnic and potluck set for June 26 that focuses
on Clarkston, Avondale Estates, Tucker, Stone
Mountain and other areas east of Atlanta.
King says she reached out to her friend,
Georgia Equality Jeff Graham, who offered to
send out information about the picnic to mem-
bers in those cities.
“The response we got was amazingly pos-
tive,” King says. “Come to fnd out there is an
awesome, thriving LGBT community on the
east side that wants to be active socially, and it
just took somebody to say, ‘Hey, let’s do it.’”
Last year, Clarkston added sexual orienta-
tion and gender identity to its non-discrimination
policy. King says the “old guard” in Clarkston
still might not be excited about the Pride event,
but it is drawing some support from city leaders.
According to King, while the city declined
to offcially sponsor the picnic and list it on the
city calendar, Mayor Howard Tygrett has said
he will attend, as will another City Council
member in addition to White.
The picnic is mostly informal, with attendees
asked to bring items to grill and a side dish to
share. There will also be a DJ, door prizes, and
remarks from Georgia Equality’s Graham and
State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale), who
was Georgia’s frst openly gay state lawmaker.
“This is our frst event out of the chute, so
we will use it as a yardstick for how we will do
it again next year,” King says. “We want it to be
a regular thing.”
— Laura Douglas-Brown
East Point declares June as
Gay & Lesbian Pride month
Close to a dozen gay and lesbian East Point
residents gathered around Mayor Earnestine
Pittman as she read a proclamation at the May
17 City Council meeting declaring June 2010
as Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.
“The city of East Point embraces diversity
and understands that the Gay and Lesbian com-
munity is an important part of East Point’s diver-
sity...” Pittman read as part of the proclamation.
The mayor also thanked residents Erik Friedly
and Joel Tucker for their help in helping write the
proclamation. The two openly gay men are also
on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission and
Tucker serves also on the Ethics Board.
The proclamation was Pittman’s idea, Friedly
and Tucker said.
After the acceptance speech was fnished,
Eric Morrow, who ran unsuccessfully for East
Point City Council last year, presented Pittman
with a Pride rainbow fag.
“The mayor has done a great thing for our
community,” Morrow said.
— Dyana Bagby
WRFG 89.3 FM. McDaniel spoke of transpho-
bia that is rampant in society, not just homopho-
bia, and often talks about how many people re-
fuse to see transgender people as humans.
But it cannot be forgotten, or erased, from
the history of the LGBT movement that trans
people were at the forefront, including at Stone-
wall, both women often stress.
After the brunch, the public is invited to
gather on the steps of the state Capitol for
the “Be Visible, Make a Statement” rally and
community art project. Pride photographers
will be on-hand to take pictures of attendees,
which local artists will turn into a work of
art that will be displayed at the 2010 Atlanta
Pride festival in October. Participants are en-
couraged to bring their own materials.
Other events taking place during Stonewall
Week include the Out & OutLoud StoryCorps,
an oral history project, on June 23 at Radial
Café from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. StoryCorps, part of
National Public Radio, has collected thousands
of life stories LGBT people and their families
and friends.
On June 24, Georgia Equality hosts its
premiere event and fundraiser, “Evening for
Equality,” at the Ventanas atop the Hilton Gar-
den Inn. This year’s honorees are Ken Britt,
Phillip Rush Community Builder Award;
Fulton County Commissioner Nancy Box-
ill, Guiding Star Award; Maru Gonzalez and
Austin Lauferweiler, Champions for Equal-
ity Award; and state Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-
Atlanta), recipient of the frst Allen Thornell
Political Advancement Award, for his work
in gaining bipartisan support in the passage
of the anti-bullying bill this year, now signed
into law by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Out on Film will screen “Stonewall Up-
rising” on June 25 at the Midtown Art Cin-
ema. Told by those in attendance of the 1969
Stonewall Inn raid, including patrons and po-
lice, the flm looks at the political and social
climate that led to the raid.
The movie will also be shown on June 26
and after the 7 p.m. screening that night, a
public discussion will take place at the theater
with patrons and employees of the Atlanta Ea-
gle, who will discuss how the bar’s police raid
on Sept. 10 compares to Stonewall, says Jim
Farmer, executive director of Out on Film.
And while Atlanta Pride now takes place
in October, the Atlanta Pride Committee
knows the importance of commemorating
the Stonewall Riots through events that build
community, says JP Sheffeld, executive di-
rector of Atlanta Pride.
“If we look at where the movement has tak-
en us since Stonewall, we can see the growth
of a variety of causes championed by the queer
community,” he said in a statement.
STONEWALL, continued from Page 25
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Augusta Pride
June 19
Parade: 10:30 a.m., assemble at 10th & Jones Street
Festival: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Augusta Commons
www.prideaugusta.org
East Side Pride
Saturday, June 26, 1-5 p.m.
Milam Park, Pavilion One
3867 Norman Road, Clarkston, GA 30021
awhite@cityofclarkston.com
www.theGAVoice.com
June Prides heat up around Ga.
Thelma Houston and Frenchie Davis headline Au-
gusta Pride on June 19. (Publicity photo)
MILESTONES
Erica French and Nina
Gooch were joined in holy
union (married) 21 years
ago on May 20, 1989, at the
Metropolitan Community
Church of Boston. They
have been together since
they met over 25 years
ago as interns at the
Virginia Stage Company in
Norfolk, Va.
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Evolution Center, a project of AID Atlanta,
is a community center created for young black
gay men ages 18-28. Located on Auburn Av-
enue, the center is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday through Thursday.
Evolution Center was founded in 2006. In
addition to free HIV and STD testing, it offers a
variety of social and support groups designed to
empower young black gay men, who often face
both high degrees of discrimination and high
rates of HIV.
“Throughout the City of Atlanta, young
black gay men are emerging as a diverse culture
with complex identities, backgrounds, talents
and aspirations,” the Evolution Center explains
on its website.
“Like other historically oppressed groups,
they are often in conflict with the dominant cul-
ture that imposes unjust social, cultural, sexual,
religious and political barriers.”
Activities at Evolution Center include
professional development, leadership develop-
ment, art classes, a book club and game night.
The center hosts Brother 2 Brother, a peer-led
discussion group, as well as Brothers Speak,
a professionally moderated group that is “fun,
friendly and fabulous.”
“The primary goal of the Evolution Project
is to address the prevailing rates of HIV infec-
tion among young black gay men,” the project
states. “Utilizing a science-based methodol-
ogy, the project will address HIV prevention,
testing, and treatment in a way that is culturally
competent, sound and engaging to the program
participants.
— Laura Douglas-Brown
The Journey Metropolitan Community
Church holds services at 10 a.m. on Sundays in
Conyers. The congregation is part of the Metro-
politan Community Churches, a denomination
founded in 1968 by Rev. Troy Perry to provide
an inclusive church for LGBT Christians.
The Journey MCC was founded as an out-
reach of First MCC in Atlanta. The church’s
mission is to reach people in Conyers, Coving-
ton and other cities south of Atlanta.
“We believe in the call of Jesus to make
disciples of all nations; we believe there are
many outside of the Metro Atlanta area who
want and need to hear the message of God’s
all-inclusive love as only MCC can deliver,”
the church states on its website.
The Journey MCC is led by Rev. Renne
Shawver, who served as pastor of Atlanta’s
Christ Covenant MCC before joining the pas-
toral staff at First MCC, and Music Director
Gregg Tomlinson.
In 2009, the church moved to its current, larg-
er and more accessible location. They also “re-
ceived their first Sunday offering over $1,000 to
help them meet their obligations,” the MCC Im-
pact newsletter reports in the May 2009 issue.
In addition to Sunday services, the Jour-
ney MCC fields a softball team in the Deca-
tur Women’s Sports League and hosts events
like potlucks.
GEORGIA SPOTLIGHT
Evolution Center
MORE INFO
The Journey MCC
Sundays, 10 a.m.
1509 Suite C General Arts Drive
Conyers, GA 30012
www.thejourneymcc.org
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Evolution Center
250 Auburn Ave., Suite 601, Atlanta, GA 30303
404-524-5441, www.evolutionprojectatl.org
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Friday, June 11
Enjoy coffee and dinner with the Southern Bears &
Friends. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Starbucks, 3983 LaVista Road,
Tucker, GA 30084, 770-270-0611, southernbears.org
Congregation Bet Haverim, founded by gay and
lesbian Jews, celebrates 25 years with a “Silver
Jewbilee.” Early members will be honored and
stories of the congregation’s origins shared. 7 p.m.-9
p.m., Central Congregational UCC, 2676 Clairmont
Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, 404-315-6446,
www.congregationbethaverim.org
First Metropolitan Community Church presents
the “Spirit of Broadway,” a production of Broadway
show tunes set in an original story line. 8 p.m.-9:30
p.m., 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-325-4143, www.firstmcc.com
No rest for DJ Vicki Powell as she spins at the
Blackout Party. 10 p.m. at Bellissima, 560 Amster-
dam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. 404-917-0220,
www.myspace.com/bellissima_lounge
Friday, June 11-Sunday, June 13
SouthEast LeatherFest continues through the
weekend with workshops on piercing and sadistic
bondage as well as how to bootblack and erotic
waxing. There will be speakers, parties and numer-
ous other events for those who embrace the
leather lifestyle as well as competitions to select
the next SouthEast Master/slave, Mr. SouthEast
LeatherFest, SouthEast LeatherFest boy, Ms.
SouthEast LeatherFest,and SouthEast Bootblack.
SELF is held at Holiday Inn Select – Decatur, 130
Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, secure.
www.seleatherfest.com
The 2010 Indiegrrl Fest will be in North Georgia
at Jonica Gap Campground. Weekend pass is
$60 for adults, $30 for children 6 to 17, free for
children ages 5 and younger. Musicians participat-
ing include Vicki Blankenship, Renee Mixon and
Virago. Jonica Gap Campground is located at 1412
Haygood St., Mineral Bluff, GA 30559, 706-374-5465,
www.jonicagapcampground.com
Saturday, June 12
The 15th annual Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow
Festival includes entertainment as well as vendors in
arts, fashion, food and beverages. The Wheelbarrow
Festival is the Reynoldstown Neighborhood’s biggest
fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the festival
go to senior programs, youth programs and public
safety. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Reynoldstown Neighborhood at
the intersection of Gibson and Kirkwood,
www.wheelbarrowfestival.com.
The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta’s LGBT
community orchestra, holds its Summer Pops con-
cert. Tickets are $20 and $15 at door. 7:30 p.m., North
Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road,
Decatur, GA 30033. www.atlantaphilharmonic.org
The Armorettes present “Wild Cherry Sucret: This
Is It?” to honor the retirement of Wild Cherry Sucret,
aka Tony Kearney, after 10 years with the popular
camp drag troupe that raises funds for HIV/AIDS orga-
nizations. 8 p.m., Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta,
GA 30324, www.armorettes.com
The queer-friendly third annual “Art B Que” in Avon-
dale Estates opens tonight including a performance
by local band Snagglepuss. 9:30pm, The Alcove Gal-
lery, 2852 East College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030,
www.alcovearts.com
It’s a Hot Mess with DJ Homosexual spinning the
beats to make you gay. 10 p.m., Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood
Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com
LeBuzz hosts a party for a screening of “8: The
Mormon Proposition” with hostess Nicole Paige
Brooks and a photo booth for partiers to have their
pictures made with the movie logo. The movie hits
theaters June 18 and is an in-depth look at the Mor-
mon Church’s participation in the passage of Prop 8
in California that made it illegal for same-sex couples
to marry. 9 p.m., 585 Franklin Road SE,
Marietta, GA 30067, 770-424-1337, thenewlebuzz.com
Hotlanta Soccer hosts a beer bust and fundraiser
while cheering on the USA as they play their first
game of the 2010 World Cup against England.
Meet the team and learn about soccer. $10 bottom-
less beer, $6 Patron margaritas. 5:30 p.m., F.R.O.G.S.
Cantina, 931 Monroe Drive #A107, Atlanta, GA 30308,
www.hotlantasoccer.com
Sunday, June 13
“Splish 2010,” a fundraiser for GLAAD, will have
DJ Brian Beck spinning and models wearing the
latest trends in swim wear from Boy Next Door. $20
suggested donation includes open bar. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.,
388 4th St., Atlanta GA 30308. www.glaad.org
The men of Second Sunday invite the public to at-
tend a special discussion of the new book, “Visible
Lives,” a tribute to groundbreaking black gay au-
thor E. Lynn Harris. The book contains three original
novellas by authors Stanley Bennett Clay, Terrance
Dean and James Earl Hardy and the authors will be
on hand for the discussion. While Second Sunday of
Atlanta is typically geared toward black gay men,
this meeting is free and open to everyone. 2 p.m.,
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The popular Premiere Party returns
with DJ Chris Griswold spinning and
an open bar included with admission.
Proceeds benefit CHRIS Kids and its
programs to help LGBT homeless youth
transition to self-sufficient adults.
Festive white attire is suggested. After
party at Las Margaritas. $60 at the door.
6 p.m.-10 p.m. Mason Murer Fine Art, 199
Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324.
www.premiereparty.org
Saturday, June 12
Augusta holds its inaugural Pride
event in the downtown Commons area
with three blocks of festivities over-
looking the Savannah River. A parade
begins at 10:30 a.m. coming down from
10th Street along Broad Street to 6th
Street and disbanding on Reynolds
Street where the festival takes place. A
free concert featuring Grammy winner
Thelma Houston and Grammy nominee
Frenchie Davis closes Pride. 11 a.m.-7
p.m., www.prideaugusta.org
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Friday, June 18
Held the third Friday of the month, “Who?”
is a live artist showcase and dance party. This
month’s artists include Eryn Woods, Catherine
Striplin, Jed Drummond, Sunni Stephens and
members of Le Sexofl ex. Also performing will
be Barry Brandon and JLR. $6 cover. 10 p.m., My
Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA
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Fulton County Central Library (basement level), 1
Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-
730-1700, www.secondsundayatlanta.org
SUNsets on the Patio @ Noni’s returns with DJ
Vicki Powell, DJ William Roman and a special early
set by DJ Kyle Keyser. 5 p.m., 357 Edgewood Ave.,
Atlanta, GA 30312. www.nonisdeli.com
Monday, June 14
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Com-
merce hosts a business builder luncheon. $20.
11:55 a.m., Cowtippers, 1600 Piedmont Ave. NE,
Atlanta, GA 30324, www.atlantagaychamber.org
Front Runners Atlanta, a gay running, walking and
social club, meets for its weekly Monday run at 7:15
p.m. at 905 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30309. www.
eteamz.com/frontrunnersatlanta
Tuesday, June 15
A memorial for Phil Hickman, former doorman at
Blake’s on the Park, will be held at the popular gay
bar. Hickman worked the door at Blake’s for about 10
years, ending in 2005. He died May 27. 9 p.m., Blake’s
on the Park, 227 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.
www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com
Wednesday, June 16
AID Atlanta’s Gay Men’s Outreach Group hosts
“The Writings on the Wall: A Look at Public Sex.”
Discussion will center on the historical precedence
for public sex in the gay community, its decline due
to increased visibility and acceptance and the recent
incidences of police crackdowns. 7 p.m. Free. Call
Steven Igarashi at 404-870-7763 or email steven.
igarashi@aidatlanta.org for more information. 1605
Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.aidatlanta.org
Thursday, June 17
The Atlanta Executive Network and Stonewall Bar
Association partner to host openly gay State Rep.
Simone Bell at the monthly AEN meeting. 6:30 p.m.-7:30
p.m., Alston & Bird, 1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309
Caroline Aiken, Dede Vogt and Caroline Herring
perform together at Eddie’s Attic from 8 p.m.-11
p.m., 515 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,
www.eddiesattic.com
Friday, June 18
Enjoy cocktail hour with the piano stylings of David
Reed from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont
Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Grammy-nominated storyteller and Atlanta native
Milbre Burch presents “Changing Skins: Folktales
about Gender, Identity and Humanity.” Sponsored
by the congregation’s LGBTQ and Allies Interweave
group, the gender-bending tales from around the
world are aimed at adults. Tickets for “Changing Skins”
($10 in advance and $15 at the door) may be reserved
by calling 404-634-5134 ext. 216. Event at 8 p.m. at
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff
Valley Way, NE, on the I-85 access road just north of
North Druid Hills Road. www.uuca.org
Fortify Fridays is presented every Friday by Wassup-
NAtl with DJ Truz and MC Scotty. Doors open at 11 p.m.
Free admission. Steel, 950 West Peachtree St., Atlanta,
GA 30309, 404-246-9000, www.wassupnatl.com
Saturday, June 19
Stop and Smell the Rosés is a wine tasting
fundraiser to benefit the Audubon Nature Institute
and it efforts to care for the wildlife affected by the
oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Tickets are $15 for one,
$20 for two. Raffles include prizes from the Georgia
Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Horizon Theatre, Six Feet
Under and Watershed. 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Whole Foods at
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. Call 404-
853-1681 for more information.
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Wednesday, June 16
Movie and TV star Pam Grier, known for her starring roles including “Foxy Brown,” “Jackie Brown” and Showtime’s “The L Word,” signs her book “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts” from 5 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www. outwritebooks.com
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Families trust Sunrise as their
choice for Senior Living.
Sunrise of Decatur 404-377-6111 920 Clairemont Avenue
Assisred Livinq º Memory Core
My mother has been lovingly cared for at Sunrise of Decatur
for ten years now. There is an inexpressible comfort to
know she is happy, peaceful, content and lovingly cared for
in the safety of Sunrise of Decatur. It has been such a bless-
ing to my partner and me to see my mother’s contentment
and happiness. It allows us to sleep well at night knowing
she is “at home” and that my partner, our son and I are
always welcomed and communicated with as a family.
-Cathy Luce, Magical Meals Personal Chef Service, www.mychefsite.com/magicalmeals
Call 404-377-6111 to schedule
a personal tour today!
For more information and a FREE online newsletter, visit www.sunriseseniorliving.com
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EVENTS
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Michelle Malone Banned CD release party. Doors
open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic,
515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030,
www.eddiesattic.com
Traxx Girls presents Secret Party hosted by Twee
and DJ M every Saturday. Free before 11 p.m. and $5
before midnight. Endenu (aka Inferno), 393 Marietta
Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, www.traxxatlanta.com
Sunday, June 20
Traxx Atlanta presents Scores @ Underground
every Sunday. 10 p.m. 50 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta,
GA 30303, www.traxxatlanta.com
Wednesday, June 23
Dine at La Tavola and 20 percent of the night’s
food sales will be donated to For the Kid in All of
Us, the non-profit behind the annual Toy Party and
Backpack in the Park. 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., La Tavola,
992 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306, latavolatrat-
toria.com, www.forthekid.org
The Queer Literary Fiction Group discusses “Sa-
cred Country” by Rose Tremain. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.,
Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta,
GA 30307, www.chariscircle.org
The popular NPR StoryCorps invites LGBT
residents to record their stories and have them
archived. Hosted by John Lemley of WABE’s City
Café. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Radial Café, 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE,
Atlanta, GA 30307, www.storycorps.org
Thursday, June 24
Georgia Equality holds its annual Evening for
Equality Awards & Silent Auction. General admis-
sion is $75, VIP and Host Committee: $150- $250.
5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Ventanas atop the Hilton Garden
Inn, 275 Baker Street Atlanta, GA 30313. To purchase
tickets, visit www.georgiaequality.org
Indulge with the hottest men at the W Midtown At-
lanta Hotel. Held every Thursday by Chris Coleman.
9 p.m., 125 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,
www.chriscolemanenterprises.com
Friday, June 25
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will be performed
at LeBuzz with proceeds benefiting AID Atlanta.
Purchase $5 tickets online at www.atlantalite.biz. 8
p.m., 505 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067
Out on Film screens “Stonewall Uprising.” Told by
those in attendance of the 1969 Stonewall Inn raid,
including patrons and police, the film looks at the po-
litical and social climate that led to the raid. 7 p.m. and
9 p.m., Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta,
GA 30308, 678-495-1424, www.outonfilm.org
UPCOMING
Saturday, June 26
The Sylvia Rivera Stonewall Community
Brunch brings together the Juxtaposed
Center for Transformation, the Atlanta Pride
Committee and Transgender Individuals Liv-
ing Their Truth to highlight transgender com-
munity involvement in the 1969 Stonewall
Riots. $5 suggested donation. Proceeds go to
the 2010 Transgender Day of Remembrance
and the 2011 Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Com-
munity Breakfast. 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Central
Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St. SW,
Atlanta, GA 30303
“Be Visible, Make a Statement” rally and
community art project is held at the State
Capitol following the Stonewall Community
Brunch. Participants are asked to dress for a
photographic project “that represents all our
queer colors” with the final results displayed
at Atlanta Pride in October. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
The new Queer Justice League presents
“Stonewall Pride: Picnic in the Park” at
Piedmont Park. Bring your own food and
blankets and enjoy a day of fellowship.
Gather in the meadow near Park Tavern. 3
p.m.-6 p.m., www.queerjusticeleague.net
Join the Flaming Sugarbaker Sisters for
“Stonewall, Sisters and Spirits!” $10
bottomless beer and raffles. 4 p.m.-8 p.m.,
F.R.O.G.S. Cantina, 931 Monroe Drive #A107,
Atlanta, GA 30308
Sunday, June 20
Join HRC Atlanta to watch the premiere
of the new Showtime reality series ‘The
Real L Word’ — from the creator of the
original ‘L Word’ lesbian series, but with
actual L.A. women. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with
the show starting at 6 p.m. 502 Amster-
dam Ave., Atlanta, Ga., 30306
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