AIDS service organization to open LGBT youth center in Atlanta
face of threats to him and his family.
“You don’t just rewrite the law because you think you know better. If you don’t like the law get the law changed,” Woolard said.
Then on Nov. 17, Woolard continued her criticism of Reed, zeroing in on his decision to use $142.5 million in taxpayer funds to renovate Philips Arena.
“As a city we are assuming all of the risk for these investments and we are getting none of the revenue that comes as a result of that,” she told the AJC. “That’s accruing to the business owners. I think that formula needs to be disrupted pretty tremendously.”
Reed fired back at Woolard, issuing a statement to the AJC saying, “Unfortunately, Cathy Woolard is engaged in yet another desperate attempt to draw attention to her failing Mayoral campaign, which follows her failed attempt to run for Congress after quitting on the people of Atlanta when she resigned her seat as City Council President to run for another office.”
Woolard is part of a very crowded field of candidates seeking to replace Reed, who is term-limited and cannot fun for re-election in 2017.
The National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities (NAESM) is opening a drop-in center in downtown Atlanta for young members of the LGBT community.
NAESM representatives tell the Georgia Voice that the center, called The Hangout, will be a safe haven for those in the community between the ages of 16 and 29. The Hangout will cover services in three priority areas: basic survival needs, health and wellness, and mental health. The group will provide food, clothing, showers, games, conversation and other programs that cater to the community.
The group is having the official grand opening of The Hangout on Dec. 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to mark World AIDS Day. The address of The Hangout is 448 Ralph D. Abernathy, Jr. Blvd., Suite 16. Music, food and drinks will be provided.
The operating hours for The Hangout going forward will be Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
NAESM was created in 1990 in an effort to counteract the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color.