At­lanta rap­per Young Thug shrugs off gay ru­mors

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When Eris Lovell was elected by her peers to Wal­ton High School’s home­com­ing court last year, it made head­lines see­ing as she ap­peared to be the first trans­gen­der per­son in Georgia to do so. This year, she proved it wasn’t a fluke, as her fel­low se­niors have elected her for a sec­ond time.

Lovell, who last year went by Sage be­fore le­gally chang­ing her name to Eris Am­ber Sage Lovell, tells Georgia Voice that it wasn’t a to­tal sur­prise be­cause the same peo­ple typ­i­cally get elected to home­com­ing court year-to-year.

As for stu­dent and com­mu­nity re­ac­tion to Lovell’s re-elec­tion, it’s been pos­i­tive.

Lovell was one of five se­nior girls on the home­com­ing court, and there­fore el­i­gi­ble to be elected as home­com­ing queen. And while she didn’t take home the honor at half­time dur­ing the Oct. 20 home­com­ing game ver­sus Wood­stock, she doesn’t mind that her friend Carly White won.

“I’m su­per happy for her be­cause she de­serves every­thing,” she says.

Lovell will grad­u­ate from Wal­ton next spring and is un­de­cided on which col­lege she’ll at­tend, but plans on go­ing into in­te­rior de­sign and con­tin­u­ing with trans­gen­der ac­tivism.

At­lanta AIDS Walk and 5K Run marches on for 25th year

The 25th An­nual AIDS Walk At­lanta & 5K Run took over Pied­mont Park and the streets of Mid­town At­lanta on Oct.18. The event, pro­duced by AID At­lanta, is the largest HIV/AIDS-re­lated fundrais­ing event in the South­east.

Speak­ers in­cluded WSB-TV’s Jovita Moore, openly gay city coun­cil mem­ber Alex Wan and ac­tress Sh­eryl Lee Ralph, who fired up the crowd with a spine-tin­gling spo­ken word per­for­mance.

Or­ga­niz­ers set out to sur­pass the $950,000 in funds raised last year and are ac­cept­ing do­na­tions through Nov. 30 to reach this year’s goal of $1.25 mil­lion.

A photo gallery and videos from the big day is avail­able at the­ge­or­giavoice.com.

If you don’t know who Young Thug is, you should ac­quaint your­self. The At­lanta trap rap­per burst onto the scene last year, guest­ing on hit sin­gles from T.I., Tyga and Rich Gang be­fore scor­ing with his com­mer­cial de­but sin­gle “Stoner,” which hit num­ber 16 on the U.S. Bill­board Hot 100.

The Guardian called him “hip-hop’s next ti­tan” in a pro­file from ear­lier this month. It’s in that Guardian pro­file that Young Thug is asked about on­go­ing ru­mors that he is gay. Post­ing a photo of him and an­other man to his nearly 2 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram a cou­ple weeks ago with the caption “My bay!” surely hasn’t qui­eted the spec­u­la­tion.

“I like every­thing that peo­ple say. No mat­ter what they say,” says Young Thug. “You gay, you a punk. You got a nice girl­friend, you’re ugly, you can’t rap, you’re the hard­est.”

It’s per­haps a sign of the times, or just a sign of how lit­tle he gives a damn.

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