Category Archives: gay

Developer Attacks Queer Community Garden known as the Homostead

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(APN) ATLANTA — A small time developer has attempted to destroy a community garden that plays an important role in Atlanta’s radical LGBTQI community.   On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Ehsan Razavi, owner of RZI Properties, bulldozed most of the garden at Open Space Church, also known as the Homostead, while police stood by and refused to intervene.   “Years […]

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Atlanta’s Midtown to Get Rainbow Crosswalks, but Only Temporarily

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(APN) ATLANTA — The temporary installation of Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks passed the Atlanta City Council at the Full Council meeting on Monday, September 21, 2015; and they are set to be installed in time for Atlanta’s gay pride weekend for 2015.   Much to the dismay of supporters, however, the language of the resolution was changed to make the art […]

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City of Atlanta Held in Contempt in Eagle Raid Settlement


With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — After six years and numerous motions of contempt against the City of Atlanta for not implementing court-ordered changes in training of Atlanta police officers, changes in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and other changes to police culture, now serious sanctions have been imposed on the City of Atlanta.   Today, […]

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FEATURE: The Many Eric Garners of Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — The police murders of Mike Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner of New York may be dominating national headlines–having inspired a diverse national movement against police brutality–but here in Georgia, there has been a long history of the same that has been equally as deserving of concern.   A TIMELINE OF POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDERS   […]

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Outwrite Books to Leave 10th and Piedmont Location

    (APN) ATLANTA — Outwrite bookstore, Midtown Atlanta’s iconic gay bookstore, will be leaving its 10th and Piedmont location within the next few weeks, signaling a key milestone in Midtown’s second-wave gentrification process.  The store opened eighteen years ago, in 1993. “It’s part of the story – as we move into neighborhoods and fix ’em up, we get forced […]

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Alleged Homophobic Fraudulent Robocalls in Milton Election

  (APN) ATLANTA — Alan Tart, the City Councilman in Milton whose election in 2007 was seen as remarkable– given that Tart is an openly homosexual man living in Georgia’s most Republican city–says two robocalls may have led to his recent loss to challenger, Lance Large. Previously, Atlanta Progressive News reported that Tart’s sexual orientation had not become a campaign […]

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Gay Milton Councilman, Alan Tart, Seeks Reelection

(APN) ATLANTA — City of Milton Councilman Alan Tart (Post 6), an openly homosexual man living with his male partner, David, in the most right-wing city in the State of Georgia, is seeking reelection in the upcoming November 2011 General Election. Previously, Atlanta Progressive News, in partnership with the now-defunct Beacon newspaper, reported on the social and cultural significance of […]

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(IPS) Five Nations Execute Homosexuals, Two More Considering It

This article appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: ATLANTA, Georgia, U.S., Aug 31, 2011 (IPS) – Five nations still outlaw homosexuality and carry out executions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, according to a recent report by the U.S. group Human Rights First. Currently, the nations that prescribe capital punishment for homosexuals are Iran, Mauritania, the Republic […]

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Wan, Council Sit Silently Through Anti-Gay Rant

(APN) ATLANTA — At the last Full Council meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, on June 06, 2011, citizen activist, Dave Walker, used his two minute public comment portion to make a series of anti-gay remarks. “Mr. President and Council Members, a couple of weeks ago, a State Representative stood up and proclaimed that he was a gay American,” […]

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Right-Wing City, Milton, Elects Homosexual Councilman Under the Radar

This article first appeared on The Beacon website at: (APN) ATLANTA — Alan Tart is a successful professional employee with the federal government, holds elected office, has a beautiful young daughter — and lives with a male partner named David. Tart lives in the new North Fulton city of Milton, one the most affluent, highly educated and Republican leaning […]

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State Rep. Rashad Taylor Comes Out of the Closet

By Arit Essien, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News, with additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — In a noon press conference today, State Rep. Rashad Taylor, who has worked extensively with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, told reporters, “I am a gay man.” Rep. Taylor stood next to his mother, and was surrounded by supporters and fellow legislators as […]

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EDITORIAL: Article Did Not Cause Lower Eagle Pay-Outs

(APN) ATLANTA — In previous editorials I have written about the interrelationship between media and society.  While the theory of objective media purports that reporters are to sit on the sidelines observing society, in fact news outlets are a part of the society they cover.  One sign of a healthy media is when news articles impact a situation by raising […]

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Phillip Rush Center Emerges as Shared GLBTQI Community Space

  (APN) ATLANTA — Since its grand opening in 2009, the Phillip Rush Center, located at 1530 Dekalb Avenue, has emerged as a new, shared community space for Atlanta’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex community. The facility is named after Phillip Rush, a respected Atlanta activist and philanthopist, who died in April 2009 at age 55. Rush served […]

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