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Georgia Voice | February 23, 2019
Miley Cyrus recently married her longtime boyfriend Liam Hemsworth but she has also been vocal that she identifies as pansexual and gender-fluid. In an interview with Vanity Fair, she delved into how she feels being a queer person in a hetreosexual relationship. “The reason that people get marr...
Georgia Voice | February 23, 2019
A federal judge on Thursday denied the State Department’s request to stay his ruling in favor of an intersex person who was denied a passport because they do not identify as male or female. The State Department had requested Judge R. Brooke Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Co...
Georgia Voice | February 23, 2019
A California judge granted U.S. citizen to the twin son of a binational gay married couple who didn’t share a blood relationship with his American father, reported the Los Angeles Times. Two-year old Ethan Dvash-Banks was originally denied U.S. citizenship because he only shared DNA with his fathe...
Georgia Voice | February 23, 2019
Legislation that would have barred K-7 teachers from teaching about gender dysphoria, often the experience of being transgender, died in the South Dakota legislature on Friday. The bill, House Bill 1108, was approved in South Dakota House last week by a vote of 39-30. On Friday, however, a Senate co...
Atlanta Tribune | February 22, 2019
By Kerri Anne Renzulli Aspiring entrepreneurs take note: You don’t need millions from angel investors or venture capitalists to launch your own business. Instead, a small cash pot and the right attitude can get you on the right track. At least that’s according to entrepreneurs polled rec...
Atlanta Tribune | February 22, 2019
Dr. David A. Thomas will be installed as the 12th President of Morehouse College at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, Morehouse’s 152nd birthday. The Presidential Inauguration will launch the beginning of Founder’s Week activities at the College. The festivities will include alumni events, a conc...
Atlanta Tribune | February 22, 2019
Registered voters will have one day to cast a ballot for the March 19 Special Election. Voters wanting to cast a ballot in either the Atlanta City Council District 3 race or the City of Hapeville Alderman at Large race will have to vote at their designated poll location on March 19. Visit www.mvp.s...
News Briefs: Election Day holiday; Public Trust Task Force; Chastain amphitheater’s new name | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 22, 2019
Atlanta City Councilmembers Amir Farokhi, Jennifer Ide and Matt Westmoreland introduced legislation Monday that would declare Election Day an official holiday for city employees. The bill’s sponsors believe that the measure would offer relief to workers who find it hard to balance busy schedules w...
The Big Picture: New Cyclorama reveals restored ‘Battle of Atlanta’ painting | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 22, 2019
What famous work of art is 132 years old, stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field and weighs 10,000 pounds? That would be “The Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama painting, which is once again on view after four years of painstaking restoration at it’s new home at the Atlanta History...
Atlanta Tribune | February 22, 2019
“Is School Choice the Black Choice?” is the second stop on a 10-city national tour on education equity The 74 and award-winning journalist Roland S. Martin will host their second education town hall event in their national tour, “Is School Choice the Black Choice?” on February 22nd, ...
Atlanta Tribune | February 22, 2019
Michael Russell, CEO of H. J. Russell & Company, was recently elected to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, serving a term from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021. The board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta oversees the m...
Georgia Voice | February 22, 2019
President Trump seemed unaware on Wednesday of his administration’s own global initiative calling on nations to decriminalize homosexuality. Trump was apparently unaware the initiative during a gaggle with news reporters in the Oval Office with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who’s visiting ...
Georgia Voice | February 22, 2019
“Golden Girls” fans can soon set sail on a theme cruise designed just for them. Flip Phone Events is organizing “Golden Girls at Sea,” a cruise on the 2,170 passenger cruise ship Celebrity Infinity, CNN reports. The cruise departs on Feb. 24, 2020 for five nights with stops in Key West, ...
Georgia Voice | February 22, 2019
The final showing of Bad Seed Theatre’s “The Vagina Monologues” will be on Sunday, February 24 at Out Front Theatre at 5 P.M. “The Vagina Monologues” is an award-winning production inspired by interviews of over 200 women that celebrates the sexuality and strength of women and raises aware...
Georgia Voice | February 22, 2019
Sharon Bottoms Mattes, the woman who fought to overcome LGBTQ discrimination in a custody battle for her son in the 1990s, died at age 48, according to WTOP. Sharon lost custody of her son to her mother in 1993 after a court ruled her same-sex relationship made her an “unfit parent” Sharon divor...
Georgia Voice | February 22, 2019
Jussie Smollett has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report, reported the Gay Times. On January 29, the Empire star claimed he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack, where two attackers placed a noose around his neck and poured an unknown substance over him while yelli...
Georgia Voice | February 22, 2019
The final showing of Bad Seed Theatre’s “The Vagina Monologues” will be on Sunday, February 24 at Out Front Theatre at 5 P.M. “The Vagina Monologues” is an award-winning production inspired by interviews of over 200 women that celebrates the sexuality and strength of women and raises aware...
Georgia Voice | February 21, 2019
Transgender troops and Trump administration officials are set to testify before Congress on February 27 about President Trump’s transgender military ban, the Washington Blade has learned. The House Armed Services Committee announced on Tuesday as part of it weekly scheduling announcement the perso...
Georgia Voice | February 21, 2019
LGBT groups in the United States working to advance LGBT rights overseas and major LGBT groups in Europe weren’t invited to the international summit in Berlin on the Trump administration’s new global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality, the Washington Blade has learned. Three LGBT rights g...
Georgia Voice | February 21, 2019
Country star Dolly Parton discussed her opinions on pansexuality, bisexuality, and gender-fluidity in an interview reported by The Sun, calling the identities “fashionable.” While the gay icon said that if she had been a boy, she would’ve “been a drag queen because I love all the flamboyant ...
Georgia Voice | February 21, 2019
Tennessee has become the first southern state to protect transgender individuals from hate crimes, reported the Tennessean. Tennessee attorney General Herbert Slatery issued a statement confirming trans people are included in existing legislation that protects people from hate crimes motivated by ge...
Opening of largest Whole Foods in southeast set for April 5 | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 21, 2019
Attendees of the Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting at the Fox Theatre on Feb. 19 got the news that the massive new Whole Foods Market is set to open in April. Bobby Turner, South Region President for Whole Foods Market and Midtown resident, discussed the company’s decision to move its regional h...
Atlanta Tribune | February 21, 2019
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the appointment of Carmen Chubb as the new Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta. Chubb is the current Deputy Commissioner for Housing at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, where she has served for more than 25 years. During her tenure with the State, ...
Theatre Review: ‘The Wedding Singer’ at Atlanta Lyric Theatre | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 21, 2019
Atlanta Lyric Theatre is producing the musical “The Wedding Singer,” directed by Jessica De Maria, running through Feb. 24. Based on the 1998 film with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and the 2006 Broadway musical, the show features songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin with a book by Mr. Beg...
City Council wants injury data to help strengthen scooter regulations | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 21, 2019
Atlanta City Councilmember Dustin Hillis introduced a resolution at this week’s meeting which would request scooter-related injury data on a quarterly basis from hospitals, urgent care facilities, and other healthcare providers. The move comes as hundreds of injuries have been reported by peop...
Atlanta Tribune | February 21, 2019
FedEx Corp.  announced the launch of its seventh annual Small Business Grant Contest. This year, the contest offers grants and services to ten U.S. based small businesses, distributing a collective prize pool of $220,500—the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012. In addition to th...
Atlanta BeltLine acquires another key piece of Westside property | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 20, 2019
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has acquired a “major piece of property” near the Atlanta BeltLine Westside corridor, according to a media statement released this morning. The three-quarter-mile line is an unused railroad corridor stretching from Joseph E. Boone Boulevard to Donald Lee Hollowell ...
Georgia Voice | February 20, 2019
Several major U.S. airlines have announced they will soon offer a non-binary gender option on their tickets for passengers, reported AP News. The gender option on airlines sites will soon include “undisclosed,” “unspecified,” or “Mx. Six airlines have confirmed they’ll offer these choice...
Georgia Voice | February 20, 2019
Independent senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will be running for president in the 2020 election, reported Gay Star News. Sanders ran in 2016 as a Democrat, despite being an independent democratic socialist. He was Hillary Clinton’s closest contender for the Democratic nomination, but eventu...
Georgia Voice | February 20, 2019
The Trump administration is launching a new initiative to encourage nations to decriminalize laws against homosexuality, according to NBC News. The initiative is reportedly set to kick off Tuesday evening in Berlin, where the U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strateg...
Queen of Cream and Revelator Coffee plan joint expansions | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 20, 2019
Queen of Cream and Revelator Coffee Company have announced a joint expansion plan, partnering on three new locations opening this month and in March. Coffee & Ice Cream is expected to open any day now at Lenox Square in Buckhead. Like the original Queen of Cream in Old Fourth Ward, the shop will...
Atlanta Tribune | February 20, 2019
By Derrick P. Alridge, University of Virginia As a historian who studies W.E.B. Du Bois – and as someone who once lived in nearby Athens, Georgia – I’m struck by the significance of Atlanta hosting the Super Bowl at this moment in the country’s history. When Du Bois lived in Atlanta in the l...
Georgia Voice | February 19, 2019
Anonymous sources claim gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged his own hate crime, reportedly shifting the trajectory of the investigation by Chicago police. Brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo were arrested last week because of “probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged ...
Georgia Voice | February 19, 2019
Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday in Paris. He was 85. Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1933 to businessman Otto Lagerfeld and his wife Elizabeth Bahlmann, a lingerie saleswoman. In 1955 Lagerfeld won a coats design competition and was hired as Pierre Balmain’s ass...
Georgia Voice | February 19, 2019
Dashir Moore, a transgender man living in Colorado, was denied insurance coverage of chest surgery after already undergoing the procedure. The ACLU has pressed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to examine the case and filed against Moore’s former employer, reported LGBTQ Nation. Moore, a Georgi...
Atlanta Tribune | February 19, 2019
By Jarred Schenke, Bisnow Atlanta With Super Bowl LIII in the rearview mirror, Atlanta may have finally exorcised the ghost of Ray Lewis. Atlanta’s coming out party to the world was the 1996 Summer Olympics, which might be best remembered for the bombing that killed one person and injured hund...
Atlanta Tribune | February 19, 2019
Ban-the-box initiative designed to close gender pay gap and prevent wage discrimination  The City of Atlanta has removed the salary history question on employment applications in an effort to ensure fair hiring practices. “The City of Atlanta has taken a critical step toward the elimination of pa...
Steady Hand Beer to open new Westside taproom in March | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 19, 2019
Atlanta beer lovers will soon have a new destination as Steady Hand Beer Co. opens its Westside taproom on March 9. A grand opening event will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at the new space, located 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. During the grand opening event, guests will enjoy access to special beers...
Early voting begins Feb. 25 for District 3 special election | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 18, 2019
Early voting begins Monday, Feb. 25 for the Atlanta City Council District 3 special election. Early voting will take place weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 15. There will be no weekend early voting. Early voters can cast a ballot at the Fulton County Government Center, located at 130 ...
News Briefs: Peachtree roadwork; Gulch legal fight; city application change | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 18, 2019
If you commute along Peachtree Street/Road, expect delays into next year thanks to the relocation of utility poles along an 8-mile stretch from 14th to Roswell Road at Windsor Parkway. According to the AJC, the Georgia Department of Transportation is moving 100 utility poles from the curb to further...
Georgia Voice | February 18, 2019
This article was written with Ernesto Valle.  A transgender woman who the U.S. deported back to her native El Salvador died earlier this month after she was attacked outside the country’s capital. Asociación Aspidh Arcoiris Trans, a Salvadoran trans advocacy group, told the Washington Blade that...
Georgia Voice | February 18, 2019
The Democratic Party’s support for LGBT rights and the election of a record number of LGBT people — nearly all Democrats — to public office in the 2018 midterm elections were widely discussed at the Democratic National Committee’s 2019 Annual Winter Meeting held Feb. 14-16 in D.C. Among thos...
Georgia Voice | February 18, 2019
Transgender man Jesse Vroegh was awarded $120,000 in a discrimination lawsuit against an Iowa prison, according to the New York Times. Vroegh, who is a registered nurse, was working at a prison in Iowa in 2015 when he asked his employers, The State Department of Corrections, if he could use the men...
Georgia Voice | February 18, 2019
Avengers actor Don Cheadle showed solidarity with trans youth while hosting Saturday Night Live on February 16, according to PinkNews. In a segment toward the end of the show, Cheadle introduced musical guest Gary Clark Jr. while wearing a t-shirt with the words “protect trans kids” written acro...
Theatre Review: ‘Porcelain’ at Out Front Theatre | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 18, 2019
Out Front Theatre, Atlanta’s only LGBTQ theatre, is presenting the Southeastern premiere of Chay Yew’s play “Porcelain,” directed by Matt Huff and running through Feb. 23. In its short life Out Front has produced mainly lighter fare such as “Buyer and Cellar,” “The Rocky Horror...
Photos: BeltLine Eastside Trail now open between Edgewood and DeKalb | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 17, 2019
The section of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail between Edgewood and DeKalb avenues is now open. The trail is flanked on both sides by North American Properties’ Edge on the BeltLine featuring apartment homes and forthcoming retailers and restaurants like Shake Shack. The sculptures dotting the...
Georgia Voice | February 17, 2019
President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in order to secure funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He made the announcement in the White House Rose Garden before he signed a spending bill that will keep the federal government open through the end of the current fiscal year. ...
Georgia Voice | February 17, 2019
According to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), 18 percent of LGBTQ youth in the U.S. have been forced to perform unwanted sexual acts. The Black and African American LGBTQ Youth Report, which takes information from the 2018 HRC LGBTQ Youth Report, specifically looks at the experienc...
Atlanta Tribune | February 17, 2019
By Katrice L. Mines, Editor Kmines@atlantatribune.com One thing remains constant about Atlanta — it’s an opportunity hub for the “self-starter.” Ranked the No. 3 city in the United States for startups, entrepreneurs built Atlanta and it’s entrepreneurship that fuels the state capital. And ...
Georgia Voice | February 16, 2019
Switzerland has moved one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage, according to PinkNews. The House of Representatives Legal Affairs Committee voted in favor of a draft law legalizing same-sex marriage. A consultation process will be launched on the issue. Currently, same-sex marriage is illegal...
Georgia Voice | February 16, 2019
Chicago Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the alleged attack against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. It was reported that two Nigerian brothers were questioned by police and considered “potential suspects” on Thursday. Early on Friday, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Gugli...
Atlanta Tribune | February 15, 2019
By Carlyn Pounders The black tech ecosystem is poised to become a formidable force with the launch of a brand new venture aimed at increasing the success rates of black-led tech-enabled startups. The firm aptly named Collab, LLC hosted its launch party — CultureShock — during the Super Bowl LII...
Atlanta Tribune | February 15, 2019
By Vincent Adejumo The financial crisis of 2009, the worst since the Great Depression, was hard on all Americans. But arguably no group felt its sting more than African-Americans, who were already the most economically and financially vulnerable segment of the population going into it. Even today, a...
News Briefs: Public Trust Task Force; Nonprofit Center for Change; LifeLine $1 million donation | Atlanta INtown
Atlanta INtown | February 15, 2019
Legislation introduced by Atlanta City Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet to create the city’s first-ever Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust passed out of the Finance/Executive Committee on Wednesday. “The city of Atlanta has worked tirelessly over the past 13 months to restore pub...
Georgia Voice | February 15, 2019
As legislative sessions continue across the country, South Dakota is leading the way with anti-LGBT bills through its recent advancement of a ‘Don’t Say Trans’ bill — but at least 78 anti-LGBT measures have been introduced in other states. The South Dakota House of Representatives on Monday ...
Georgia Voice | February 15, 2019
William Barr, President Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday (February 14). The vote for the most part followed party lines, with Republicans voting to confirm and Democrats voting against. However, three Democrats voted in favor of Barr, according...
Georgia Voice | February 15, 2019
According to a study done by sociologists Michael Rosenfeld and Sonia Hausen of Stanford University and Reuben Thomas of Arizona State University, almost 60 percent of American LGBTQ couples met online, compared to only 20 percent who met in a bar or restaurant. The study looked at data from the How...
Georgia Voice | February 15, 2019
Nashville on Monday became the first city in the South to recognize LGBT-owned businesses. Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order including LGBT Business Enterprises certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in contracting and procurement opportunities throughout the city. T...