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Gay Activists In Atlanta, GA Push To Preserve City’s “Historic” Gloryholes

Save the gloryhole, Save the world!

A group of gay activists in Atlanta, GA  are fighting to prevent a popular gay hangout/sex shop Tokyo Valentino from being shut down.

The group believes that the forced closure is a homophobic attack to try and erase their entire gay identity. So they’ve started a change.org petition to stop the closure from happening.

The petition was started by Gay Georgia, Inc. (GAGA), a state-registered PAC that works to “preserve Gay cultural and entertainment locations important to maintaining the identity and safety of gay Georgians.”

“Tokyo Valentino” at Cheshire Bridge Rd is being shut down by the City of Atlanta unless you help! This location is important to our LGBTQ identities as gay Georgians (GAGA). “Tokyo Valentino”, open since 1995, has been a safe harbor for the community allowing us to celebrate our diversity since “The Jungle” is now closed. GAGA cannot afford to lose another landmark establishment. So many of our GAGA locations are now permanently closed, or under attack including “Backstreets”, “Burkhart’s”, “Blake’s”, and “The Eagle”. If we lose our culture then we also lose our identity as gay Georgians! We have fought for acceptance…now we need to fight to preserve it! Please sign the petition to stop the City of Atlanta from closing “Tokyo Valentino”. It will only take a few clicks. We are gay Georgia. We are GAGA!

So far over 6500 people have signed.

Save a glory-hole. Sign the petition today.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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