Gather picnic

This Atlanta company can help you throw a picture-perfect picnic

When married couple Emily and Drew Hecht dreamed up their entertaining company late last year, they had no idea that small outdoor gatherings would be all but the rule for seeing friends in 2020.
Beltline Cat Guy Atlanta

Jeremy Smith—aka BeltLine Cat Guy—explains life with a feline sitting shotgun

"People see the cat and they see me on the bike, and they get happy. It makes me feel like I have some influence in my life with other people to make them feel happy and maybe even feel a little bit of peace, rather than just negativity."
Eyedrum returns

Eyedrum endures: The grandmother of Atlanta’s DIY scene reboots, but the mission remains

Just when it looked like it might be gone for good, Eyedrum announced a new headquarters on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, set to open in spring 2021.
Lisa Herring APS

Q&A with APS Superintendent Lisa Herring: “The work that is in front of me is vividly clear.”

Atlanta Public Schools’ new superintendent Lisa Herring on starting a new job during a pandemic, the challenges of online learning, and using APS as a force for good.
AIDS in Georgia

Atlanta remains a hotspot for new AIDS/HIV cases

For years, Georgia has been near the top of states with the highest rates of HIV/AIDS cases. In parts of Atlanta and the metro region, rates are as much as eight times the national average, and researchers say they rival levels found in some developing countries.
The Rainbow crosswalk at 10th and Piedmont

A half-century of LGBTQ+ milestones in Atlanta

The first Atlanta Pride was held in Piedmont Park 50 years ago to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Our LGBTQ+ community has made many strides over the last half-century. But we have far to go.

The rise of Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride

Atlanta has reigned supreme on the national Black LGBTQ+ Pride circuit by attracting stars like Nicki Minaj and Brandy and by evolving into a bona-fide summer festival with food and retail vendors in Piedmont Park—as LGBTQ+ families sprawl across picnic blankets like they once did in Henri McTerry’s backyard.
Two patrons at Bulldogs

Bulldogs: Atlanta’s little gay bar that could

Just one story tall and tucked between 7th and 8th streets on Peachtree, a tiny gay bar has built a reputation that towers over many of the skyscrapers that surround it.
Hussain and Weaver ask, “Izzy Gay?”

How a tiny gay activist group defied the odds to push the Olympics out of Cobb County

I was told by many friends not to get involved in this because there was no way we could possibly win. This was a global entity. It would be like kicking a giant in the toe. That response mystified me. I said, "I didn’t know we chose our battles according to the ones we knew we could win."

The bond between Saint Mark Methodist and Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community

“I have always been very clear on this. I do not believe being gay is a sin. This is the way people are born. God doesn’t mess up. We are all a part of God’s creation and need to be celebrated as such.”

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