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Fantastic Beasts LGBTQ powerlifting club

Atlanta’s LGBTQ powerlifting club builds bonds by pumping iron. Meet the Fantastic Beasts.

In the gym are people of all shapes and sizes, ranging in age from college students to professionals in their 50s and 60s. The gym-goers gently critique each other’s form and effusively cheer each other on. These are the Fantastic Beasts, Atlanta’s only LGBTQ powerlifting club—and, according to the organizers, possibly the first of its kind in the world.
Trans journalist Samantha Allen

Real Queer America author Samantha Allen on why Atlanta is the best city in the country for the LGBTQ community

Samantha Allen, a transgender senior reporter for the Daily Beast covering LGBT issues, has a new book, Real Queer America, where she takes a six-week road trip through multiple red states, showing that red states are full of people who care about equality and LGBT rights. Here, an excerpt from her book and a Q&A about the state of LGBTQ culture in Atlanta and America.

Atlanta’s Voices of Note honors the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting by looking forward

Almost one year after the Pulse nightclub shooting, Atlanta will honor those touched by the tragedy, as well as learn a lesson in unity from Pulse survivors, leaders, and responders from Orlando.
The Most Fabulous Story Ever

A new Atlanta theater sets the stage for more LGBTQ shows

Out Front Theatre Company arrived last fall with an ambitious production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. This month the company closes its three-show season with Paul Rudnick’s Old Testament re-do: The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (April 27-May 14), in which Adam partners with Steve, not Eve.
Atlanta Pride

Atlanta Pride marches on

In 1971 about 100 gay activists marched down Peachtree Street. That day marked one of the first pride parades in the country’s history. Since then the city’s LGBTQ community and the annual procession, now the largest parade in Atlanta, have been transformed.
Groundbreakers 2016

SAGE Atlanta

When James* was diagnosed with lung cancer in his 80s, he was in a pretty good place compared to many of his peers. He had a solid network of supportive friends, and he had...
The Prom Alliance Theatre

Alliance Theatre kicks off its new season with The Prom

After director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw helmed Tuck Everlasting on the Alliance Theatre’s stage in 2015, the musical quickly landed on Broadway—one of five such shows that he’s shepherded to the New York stage. To open the Alliance’s new season, Nicholaw is reteaming with Aladdin collaborator Chad Beguelin for the world premiere of a new musical comedy, The Prom.
PrEP Atlanta controversy

HIV prevention pill stirs debate in Atlanta’s gay community

“A lot of gay men were uncomfortable with the growing availability of PrEP because they felt it would increase promiscuity,” says AIDS activist Michael Baker. In fact, almost as soon as Truvada was endorsed by the CDC for HIV prevention two years ago, stories appeared in national media about a “slut-shaming” backlash within the gay community against the drug’s users.

R.I.P., Georgia’s “religious freedom” bill

“In light of our history, it’s ironic those in the religious community feel a need for government to determine religious rights."
Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus join voices for the first time

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus artistic director Kevin Robison: The And Justice for All concert is about struggle. It’s about minorities who have been marginalized around the globe and overcoming adversity. Both groups can relate to those themes.

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