At­lanta rain­bow cross­walks be­come a re­al­ity just in time for Pride

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Other LGBT politi­cians fea­tured in­clude U.S. Sen. Tammy Bald­win (D-Wis­con­sin), Hous­ton Mayor An­nise Parker, for­mer U.S. Con­gress­man Bar­ney Frank and many more.

A crew of pain­ters took over the in­ter­sec­tion of 10th and Pied­mont on Oct. 8 to bathe the cross­walks in the col­ors of the Pride flag, mak­ing the At­lanta Rain­bow Cross­walks pro­ject a re­al­ity.

The pro­ject’s founder, Robert Sepul­veda Jr., was on hand to paint a cer­e­mo­nial stripe be­fore the pain­ters took over, work­ing all night to fin­ish the as­sign­ment. While the rain­bow cross­walks will need to be re­moved by Oct. 16, Sepul­veda’s goal is to even­tu­ally make them per­ma­nent.

A sum of $44,000 was raised for the pro­ject via do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity, which has led to some crit­i­cism from those who be­lieve the money could have been bet­ter spent on other LGBT causes—the most fre­quently men­tioned po­ten­tial re­cip­i­ent be­ing LGBT home­less youth or­ga­ni­za­tion Lost-N-Found Youth.

Case closed: Ge­or­gia’s same-sex mar­riage law­suit is history

It took some time and some ne­go­ti­at­ing, but it’s fi­nally of­fi­cial: the case is closed on the fed­eral class ac­tion law­suit chal­leng­ing Ge­or­gia’s same-sex mar­riage ban.

Many Ge­or­gians might have as­sumed that had al­ready hap­pened fol­low­ing the June 26 de­ci­sion by the U.S. Supreme Court strik­ing down same-sex mar­riage bans na­tion­wide, but there was still some vi­tal house­keep­ing to do.

Judge Wil­liam Duf­fey asked the plain­tiffs and de­fen­dants to file a joint sta­tus re­port by Sept. 15 with their de­ci­sion, and af­ter some dis­cus­sions be­tween the two, Lambda Le­gal was able to get them to agree to an en­try of fi­nal judg­ment.

‘Drunk­town’s Finest’ re­turns for spe­cial en­gage­ment

The 2014 Sun­dance Of­fi­cial Se­lec­tion and Out on Film jury award-win­ning film, “Drunk­town’s Finest,” re­turns for a spe­cial en­gage­ment at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Movies ATL. Les­bian film­maker Syd­ney Free­land’s story of three young Na­tive Amer­i­cans striv­ing to es­cape the hard­ships of life on an In­dian Reser­va­tion—a re­bel­lious fa­ther-tobe, a trans­gen­der woman and an adopted Chris­tian girl, has gar­nered crit­i­cal ac­claim. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit The Trans Jus­tice Fund­ing Pro­ject. Tick­ets can be pur­chased online at fan­dango.com.

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