Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Longtime Midtown GLBT retail store announces expansion plans; National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change - opens in Atlanta on Wednesday.
In December, Midtown's gay variety store Brushstrokes celebrated its 23rd anniversary. This month, the Midtown GLBT (gay lesbian bisexual transgender) retail store at 1510 Piedmont Avenue announced that it is expanding. Its adult store, Brushstrokes Pleasures, will take over contiguous space formerly occupied by the King and I Thai restaurant in the Ansley Square shopping mall in March. The King and I Thai has two units and will be vacating the unit that Brushstrokes Pleasures will expand into while the restaurant will continue operating in its original space. The store began in a tiny Highland Avenue hallway space 1989 with greeting cards, T-shirts and a tanning bed. With the recent addition, the combined stores will total 7,000 square …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
City ranks ninth in The Advocate's 2013 list of the Gayest Cities in America. Also, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Conference is coming to Atlanta this month.
Is Atlanta becoming less gay? Or is it the same as it ever was? On Wednesday, The Advocate released its annual list of the “Gayest Cities in America” and Atlanta, which had topped the list just three years ago, retained its 2012 ranking as the ninth gayest city in the country. Tacoma, Wash., was named the gayest city in the nation, one of three cities in the top five from the Evergreen State. Among the criteria listed factoring in the ranking included, “LGBT elected officials, HRC Corporate Equality Index 100s, Concerts by Scissor Sisters, Uh Huh Her, Girl in a Coma, and cast of Glee, Fabulous shopping, Transgender protections, Gay rugby, Bisexual resource groups, Roller Derby, and Marriage equality.” From The Advocate: Atlanta (pop. 432,…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Officers from the department's Community Services Division will be providing proactive crime prevention information to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community on Friday night.
The Atlanta Police Department's Community Services Division will conduct a community safety seminar on Friday, Aug. 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, located at 781 Peachtree Street. The seminar is open to anyone, but will focus primarily on discussions specific to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. The Department’s LGBT liaisons, Senior Patrol Officer Brian Sharp and Officer Kristin Knight, will provide information on basic safety tips on proactive crime prevention. There will also be a “Meet and Greet” for Major James Whitmire, commander of the Zone 5 precinct that includes the downtown and Midtown areas. All three will be on hand to offer proactive, collaborative and solutions-…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
President Barack Obama said that he supported gay marriage last week. Now a local LGBT activist says Atlanta's mayor should do the same.
Gay marriage came to the forefront of the 2012 presidential campaign last week when President Barack Obama said on ABC's Good Morning America that he personally supported gay marriage. "You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently," Obama said in the interview with ABC. Obama's support for gay marriage came one day after North Carolina passed an amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, the Huffington Post Reported. Republican …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Officer Kristin Knight has previously served Zone 5 as a patrol officer and in the department’s Community Liaison Unit in the Community Oriented Policing Section.
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner has named Officer Kristin Knight as the newest LGBT liaison to serve the department. Officer Knight will join Officer Brian Sharp as one of two LGBT liaisons for the department. She replaces Senior Police Officer Patricia Powell, who is moving on to a new position with the department’s Background & Recruitment Unit. “I’m looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department,” Officer Knight said in a release. “As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding. The LGBT liaisons are …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In this Feb. 6 post, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse founder Philip Rafshoon looks at the past, present and future of Atlanta's LGBT community following the closing of Midtown's landmark independent gay and lesbian bookstore.