AIDS ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion to open LGBT youth cen­ter in At­lanta

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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.

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