LGBT com­mu­nity loses three idols

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As part of a late-Au­gust lead­er­ship re­or­ga­ni­za­tion at Lost-n-Found Youth, a home­less LGBT out­reach or­ga­ni­za­tion, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Rick West­brook’s ti­tle was changed to “co-founder and direc­tor of out­reach.” The an­nounce­ment was met with a wave of crit­i­cism and was fol­lowed by the res­ig­na­tions of nu­mer­ous board mem­bers. For­mer board mem­bers came out against West­brook, but at the end of the week in a con­tentious board meet­ing open to the pub­lic, he was re­in­stated as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, though that de­ci­sion, too, wasn’t met with­out crit­i­cism: an eighth board mem­ber re­signed on the spot.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­stocked its board of di­rec­tors in the com­ing weeks, but ques­tions about di­ver­sity resur­faced af­ter it was

At­lanta and the greater Ge­or­gia LGBT com­mu­ni­ties cel­e­brated the lives of three ac­tivists, idols and role mod­els this year.

Beloved drag queen Di­a­mond Lil passed away at age 80 on Aug. 9. The Sa­van­nah-born queen over­came the ad­ver­sity of be­ing gen­der non-con­form­ing in the 1950s South to be­come the “Queen of the Juke­boxes” on At­lanta’s LGBT scene. Fel­low Sa­van­nah na­tive The Lady Ch­ablis passed away on Sept. 8 at age 59.

Ch­ablis, a trans­gen­der per­former, gained world­wide fame for her roles in the book and movie ver­sions of “Mid­night in the Gar­den of Good and Evil,” and was an in­te­gral part

A glim­mer of hope came with Sam Park’s elec­tion to the state Leg­is­la­ture. (File photo)

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