The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the 320-month prison sentence against former Grady Memorial Hospital emergency room physician Adam Wayne Lebowitz, according to a story in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Lebowitz, who is gay and HIV positive, was an Emory medical student when he worked at Grady Memorial. He was arrested, charged and convicted for coercing a minor to engage in sexual acts. He also produced child pornography. Lebowitz was arrested after an undercover sting operation that included a 15-year old boy who worked with Coweta County law enforcement. >>
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It’s that time of year when people from Atlanta’s diverse LGBT communities nominate one or more grand marshals to lead Atlanta Pride’s annual parade. Nominations are being accepted now until May 28. Atlanta Pride is scheduled for Oct. 13-14 at Piedmont Park to coincide with National Coming Out Day. The parade, the highlight of the fest, takes place on Sunday, Oct. 14. “Being asked to serve as a grand marshal is the highest honor that Atlanta Pride can bestow upon someone in recognition for their support of the LGBT community,” said Glen Paul Freedman, board chair of the Atlanta Pride Committee, in… >>
Reuben Lack, the Alpharetta High School student who sued the school after being removed from his position as the school’s Student Body President after introducing an LGBT-friendly prom resolution, will not regain his position before the end of the current school year, a federal judge ruled today. The ruling likely means that Lack will end the school year before finalizing his suit. Lack, a senior, graduates in May. Lack went before U.S. Judge Richard Story of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Thursday, March 29 to plead his case. Just one day later… >>
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It was Sine Die at the Gold Dome on Thursday and the day that Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) introduced a hate crimes bill in the House. Taylor announced at a rally in February he would introduce the bill following the beating of a gay man. Brandon White, in southwest Atlanta by gang members who repeatedly called him “faggot.” A video of the beating went viral and made national headlines. Four men have been charged in the beating and a federal investigation continues to determine if the attack is a hate crime. Taylor said today he was hoping to… >>
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Linda Ellis, executive director for the Health Initiative , is heading to the White House with her family to partake in the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 9. “It’s very exciting to be a part of this year’s event. My family and I look forward to representing LGBT health and wellness for Georgia on the lawn of the White House,” Ellis said in a statement. Ellis and her partner, Lesley Brogan, and their two sons will join more than 35,000 people on the South Lawn of the White House for the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll that will include games… >>
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Gilbert’s to move into former Outwrite building; promises to honor legacy of corner of ‘gay and gay’
Gilbert’s Cafe and Bar , the gay-friendly restaurant, is ready to take over the space at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue where former gay landmark Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse was once located. On the Facebook page named Gilbert’s Expansion — 10th and Piedmont , Gilbert’s owners Gilbert and Sean lay out their future plans, including honoring the space — long dubbed the corner of gay and gay — that has been an iconic location for LGBT Atlanta for more than a decade. “The corner of 10th and Piedmont has been a beacon of progressive attitudes, acceptance and respect, we wish to… >>
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The latest numbers are staggering: 61 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S. are among gay and bisexual men, although this population accounts for only 2 percent of the country’s population, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Among black gay and bisexual men, the numbers are even more dire, with the CDC reporting a 48 percent increase in new HIV infections ages 13-29 between 2006-2009. But funding for HIV prevention and research for gay and bisexual men is about half what it should be, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, the CDC’s director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis… >>
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Atlanta is one of more than three dozen cities participating in a global march for LGBT equality on Saturday, April 21. Organizers hope the event, billed as the “2012 Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March,” will draw thousands of LGBT people and their allies to the streets to demand full equality and to raise awareness of ongoing LGBT issues. The marches are the brainchild of Joe Knudson, an author based in Oklahoma City. Knudson said in a phone interview that the idea for a worldwide event came to him about a year ago when he created a Facebook campaign to draw… >>
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MondoHomo, the queer alterna-fest, returns to Atlanta this Memorial Day Weekend, but pre-festival events are already underway. The third annual Wig Out event will be held at the Atlanta Eagle on Saturday, April 7, from 2 – 8 p.m. This year’s theme, “Queer Justice, Queer Beats!” will be a celebration of wigs, dancing and drag, according to event organizers. “It’s a play on ‘no justice, no peace,’ the classic protest cry,” said MondoHomo co-founder Kiki Carr. “MondoHomo is all about art and fun and politics. It sort of pulls that all together very well,” Carr continued… >>
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Those working at the Names Project Foundation, home of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, get asked the same question over and over, according to staff member Jim Marks: “When is the Quilt going back to Washington, D.C.?” A benefit on Saturday, March 31, at Mixx will benefit “Quilt in the Capital 2012,” also coincides with the Quilt’s 25th anniversary. The event is hosted by Ms. Patty Cakes and will include an appearance and performance by Bubba D. Licious, Marks’ alter-ego. It features a silent auction, personal quilt stories and a display of quilt panels. >>
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