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After the Atlanta Eagle fire: Owner Richard Ramey reflects on 35 years of LGBTQ+ history

After the Atlanta Eagle fire: Owner Richard Ramey reflects on 35 years of LGBTQ+ history

Shortly before 8 p.m., Atlanta Fire responded to a multi-alarm blaze at the old Atlanta Eagle location at 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, the city’s first designated LGBTQ+ historic landmark. “I’m so full of emotions right now,” Owner Richard Ramey said late Thursday night. “No one wants to see their history erased. So many people who had history there over the last 35 years are heartbroken tonight.”
Remembering Atlanta drag legend Charlie Brown

Remembering Atlanta drag legend Charlie Brown

Mr. Charlie Brown, the reigning queen of Atlanta drag queens, has taken her final bow. The performer died Thursday night at Piedmont Hospital from complications following heart valve replacement surgery. He was 74. For 50 years, the self-proclaimed “Bitch of the South” entertained Atlantans with his bawdy brand of comedy, withering audience monologues, and risqué musical numbers on stage at Lips Atlanta, the Atlanta Eagle, Underground Atlanta, Illusions, and dozens of other nightlight spots.
Anita Bryant Protest at National Teenager Pageant, August 19, 1977

6 Atlanta queer history facts you might not know

Way before there was a rainbow crosswalk in Midtown, Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ scene was flourishing. Queer history tends to focus on large cities like New York and San Francisco, but Atlanta’s actually been a haven for queer and trans Southerners since the early 20th century.
Mrs. P's Atlanta

On Ponce de Leon Avenue, 2 Atlanta LGBTQ+ landmarks are being preserved

The Wylie Hotel has named its restaurant, Mrs. P’s, for an iconic gay bar housed in the building decades ago. Down the street, the Atlanta Eagle has become the city’s first designated historic landmark dedicated to LGBTQ+ history.
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.
What will it take for APD to change the way it polices itself?

What will it take for APD to change the way it polices itself?

Our investigation of thousands of pages of internal-affairs documents raises questions about reform at the beleaguered department.

For the Love of Ponce

Perhaps more than any stretch of pavement in the city, the expanse of Ponce de Leon Avenue between Mary Mac’s Tea Room and the Majestic Diner possesses the historic charm, the culinary creativity, and the total weirdness that makes Atlanta, well, Atlanta. Our ode to Ponce.

StoryCorps seeking Atlanta Eagle raid first-person accounts

Thanks to the power of social media, first-person accounts from the city's infamous September 2009 raid of the Atlanta Eagle on Ponce de Leon Avenue may wind up archived in the Library of Congress. StoryCorps, the national non-profit founded in 2003 and dedicated to recording American oral histories, has a recording studio at Atlanta's WABE-FM. The controversial 2009 gay bar raid by the city's now-disbanded Red Dog Unit was performed by 24 officers who ordered patrons to lie face down on the floor for hours as they performed searches, background checks and shouted anti-gay slurs. Last summer, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed's office released a scathing 343-page independent report on the raid, disclosing that 16 officers later lied or destroyed evidence about the botched raid. Half a dozen APD officers were fired and nine were disciplined in the fallout from the raid.

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