Watch: ‘Queer Eye’ season three has first lesbian makeover

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Queer Eye” dropped the trailer for its anticipated third season which shows that there are still plenty of firsts to be had for the reality show.

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness leave Atlanta, where the first two seasons took place, and head to Kansas City, Missouri to lend a helping hand.

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Abrams makes historic appearance at Atlanta LGBT parade

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ATLANTA (AP) | Stacey Abrams has become the first major-party nominee for the Georgia governorship to participate in the Atlanta Pride Parade, one of the largest LGBT parades in the Southeast.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Democrat rode atop a white Jeep on Sunday afternoon during the annual celebration as supporters chanted her name.

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World transgender bodybuilding competition comes to Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) | It’s been twenty years since Charles Bennett took the stage to compete in bodybuilding. But at the age of 63 he’s now done something he’s never done before — compete as a man for the first time in what’s billed as the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition.

Bennett and seven fellow competitors went before a crowd on October 6 in the annual International Association of Trans Bodybuilders competition at a theater in Atlanta.

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Louisiana library plans ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ for children

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) | Residents are defending a Louisiana public library’s plan to host fraternity brothers who are going to read to young children while dressed as drag queens.

All but one of the 20-plus citizens who spoke at Tuesday’s Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting said they support the Oct. 6 “Drag Queen Story Time,” The Advertiser reported . The event is being planned by a provisional chapter of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Police: Trans man fatally shot during argument in Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say the suspects in the fatal shooting of a transgender man in Atlanta remain at large.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 36-year-old Nino Fortson was found with multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday and died at a hospital.

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Amazon search for HQ2 linked to LGBT rights?

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A rendering of Baltimore’s Port Covington neighborhood, one of many contenders for the new Amazon HQ2. Image courtesy Plank Industries.

In a little-noticed development, Amazon’s surprise announcement in September that it plans to open a second headquarters has prompted growing speculation on whether the corporate giant will consider a state or city’s laws on LGBT issues as a factor in choosing the location of the new headquarters.

Based on the size and scope of its current corporate headquarters in Seattle, observers familiar with the tech company say the new headquarters will likely result in a workforce of 50,000 and a $5 billion boost to the local economy of the city and state Amazon chooses.

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Judge rules against Atlanta chief fired for distributing anti-gay book

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran sued after he was fired for distributing anti-gay literature. Photo public domain.

A former fire chief’s lawsuit against the City of Atlanta challenging his termination for distributing anti-gay literature on the job yielded mixed results in a court decision Wednesday — although the judge ruled against the major freedom of speech and religion claims he presented.

U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May, an Obama appointee, denied relief for Kelvin Cochran — who distributed a book saying men who engage in homosexual or extramarital sex are “un-Godly” and “wicked” sinners and their deaths would be celebrated — on his basis of his freedom of speech, association and religion claims.

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Transgender woman fatally shot in Georgia

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) – A transgender woman who was shot just outside Atlanta has died.

College Park police Maj. Lance Patterson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 32-year-old Troy “TeeTee” Dangerfield was shot in her car outside an apartment complex in College Park early morning July 31. She was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

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New Orleans favored to host All-Star game after NBA drops North Carolina

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New York (AP) – A person close to the situation tells The Associated Press that New Orleans has emerged as the favorite to host next year’s NBA All-Star game. The person said the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the details of the discussions have not been publicly announced.

The league moved the game out of Charlotte on July 21 because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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Hate crime reporting not up to par

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Atlanta (AP) – Brandon White was jumped outside an Atlanta convenience store by a group of young men yelling gay slurs. He was punched and kicked, and a tire was thrown at his head.

State prosecutors eventually filed charges in the February 2012 attack. And yet in its reports to the FBI, the Atlanta Police Department said it didn’t investigate any hate crimes between January and September that year. And the department didn’t submit any information at all for the final three months of 2012.

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Atlanta museum focuses on LGBT civil rights

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ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of an Atlanta museum want the space focused on modern and historic civil rights to contribute to a national push to ensure LGBT rights, particularly in southern states.

Sept. 2 marked the formal launch of the LGBT Institute, housed at the Center for Civil and Human Rights less than 15 months after the museum opened.

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Gay students attacked by peers at Atlanta school

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Atlanta – Two gay students who attend Carver School of the Arts in Atlanta were attacked by a number of peers and authorities are saying the attack was not a hate crime.

Timothy Jefferson, 16, and Zyderryo Brown, 17, said that a mob of 20 teens attacked them, including one who used a screwdriver, and another 100 kids watched after school on April 20. Jefferson believes the attack was premeditated because of his sexual orientation.

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