Write a letter: SB 64 needs your support

by Joshua Trey Barnett on Mar.28, 2009, under Articles

Legislative Action Alert

There is an important bill being held in the Georgia Rules Committee regarding HIV testing for our state’s prisoners. The bill is important because, as many of you know, Georgia has the eighth highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS - more than 33,000 people. And this number continues to grow.

SB 64 would allow prisons to test incarcerated citizens before they are released. Those who test positive for HIV will receive counseling. Please send an e-mail today to the chairman of the Rules Committee and ask him to send the bill to the floor for a vote.

E-mail Rep. Earl Ehrhart at earl@earlehrhart.com. Click “continue reading” sample letter that was sent today from GayInAthens.com.

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Our Hope MCC Potluck

by Joshua Trey Barnett on Mar.28, 2009, under Events, Religion

April 5, 2009 11:00 am

Our Hope MCC is hosting a potluck lunch after service on April 5 and invites you to attend.

Our Hope Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) invites the public to join them in worshiping God next Sunday, April 5, at 11 a.m. The service will be followed immediately by a potluck lunch. Below is the message from event coordinator Dondi Vickers.

“We would love everyone to join us for morning service (starting at 11:00 am) - the potluck will begin immediately after. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish and join us for delicious food, fun, and fellowship - hopefully, the Spring weather will be nice & sunny!”

- Dondi Vickers

Our Hope MCC is an LGBT-friendly church serving the Athens area. For more information about the church,


History or mystery?

by DLish on Mar.27, 2009, under DLishous Advice, Relationship Advice

For this metaphor to work on this site, just imagine the woman is a man!


Dear DLish,

I have been dating this guy for about a year-and-a-half, and we have gotten along OK. We live together. I have always been somewhat hesitant about some aspects of him, such as his smoking pot and general lack of enthusiasm about life, such as not knowing what he wants to do when he graduates.

Recently, I have started meeting new people. There is this one guy that I really seem to have developed a crush on. He’s smart, cute, opposes drug use, and seems to be a lot more settled in his decisions for the future. Objectively, he is more what I want in a relationship, but just came along later.

If I had to pick from the two without a history, I would pick the second guy, but I have the history with the first guy and am still dating him. What should I do?

- Stuck in the Middle


Dear Stuck in the Middle,

What’s wrong with a little recreational drug use every now and then? I mean, c’mon, even our president toked up. Honestly though, I would sit down and make a list of the pros and cons of each person to see where they stack up with what you want. Remember that you’re not going to want to throw away a relationship that you’ve had for a year-and-a-half for some random guy that you think you could get along with better.

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Athens first LGBT Master Calendar Online!

by cdrake on Mar.27, 2009, under Calendar

Hi everyone! After much work we finally have an actual calendar up for you to keep track of of the many LGBT events in Athens. It is also possible to subscribe to the calendar using our iCal feed located on the calendar page.

It is still a little rough and will be improved and polished gradually!

Athens LGBT Calendar

If you have an event you would like added to our calendar please use our event submission form


LGBTQ summit at Kennesaw State University

by Joshua Trey Barnett on Mar.27, 2009, under Events

April 18, 2009 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

U cant hides from meez!

Kennesaw State University will host the 7th Annual LGBTQ Student and Organization Summit on Saturday, April 18, 2009. The Summit will begin with registration at 9 a.m.

The purposes of the Summit are to: (1) Build a support network of high school, college, and university LGBTQ and LGBTQ-supportive students, faculty, allies, and organizations, and (2) Provide panels, workshops, and discussion groups on key LGBTQ issues.

Who should attend? LGBTQ university, college, and high school students and allies; university, college, high Sschool and middle school educators, administrators, staff, parents, and allies interested in gaining a better understanding of issues facing LGBTQ youth and young adults; leaders and members of LGBTQ advocacy groups interested in helping improve educational and life experiences for LGBTQ students and young adults.

For more information, visit Jennifer Miracle at the UGA LGBT Resource Center is looking for UGA students interested in attending. E-mail jmiracle@uga.edu for details.

A good week for gays; legislative recap of the week

by Joshua Trey Barnett on Mar.27, 2009, under Political Interests

National gay politics.

Let’s take a look at the good things that happened for gays this week in legislatures all over the country. If we keep working diligently these things will happen in Georgia, too.

New Hampshire: The New Hampshire House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill permitting gay marriage after first saying no to it. Now it moves onto the Senate, and eventually the state’s governor. The governor is openly opposed to gay marriage, but he has not yet said whether he will veto the bill.

Vermont: On Monday, the Vermont Senate approved a same-sex marriage bill.

Delaware: Gays were doubly accepted by leaders in Delaware this week. Senators defeated a state constitutional ban on gay marriage and Representatives passed a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Here are a few updates on where other states are with gay related issues:

California: The California State Supreme Court is still deciding whether to repeal Proposition 8. After the hearings in early March, the judges were given a 90-day window to make their decision.

Georgia: Georgia Equality and other groups are working towards hate crimes laws that include LGBT persons.