Stuart Dinenno a landscaper and owner of Botanica Atlanta Landscape Design in Atlanta, Georgia, refused service to a gay couple because according to him their marriage is “perverse and foolish” and a “delusion.”
The homophobic bigot Dinenno actually had the nerve to reply to to the review on YELP saying: “Yes, this is an accurate description of what happened. When doing a large landscaping project it is necessary to work with the homeowners closely over several months through the design and installation phases. I can’t do that, all the while going along with the delusion of two men calling themselves a married couple, with one man referring to the other man as his husband. It’s very perverse and foolish, and needs to be called out as such.”
Georgia has some of the weakest civil rights protections for our citizens in the nation. Georgia has no law that prevents private employers from discriminating on the basis of an employee’s race; no law that prevents local businesses from refusing service to patrons because of their religion; and no law preventing landowners from refusing to rent or sell to our citizens based on their sexual orientation or gender identity
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 achange.org petitionto 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!
The Decatur, GA based 373K Telcom company announced it would be leaving via Twitter. Its founders are outraged over the states First Amendment Defense Act, which has nothing to do with the First Amendment and extends legal cover state-wide to individuals and corporations to discriminate against LGBT people and same-sex couples.
373K Client Relations Manager Brian Greene said the company no longer feels comfortable paying taxes in Georgia.
“I’m gay, our CFO is gay, we have people from every walk of life working here,” co-founder Kelvin Williams told NCRM on Saturday. “I’ve got Muslims, Buddhists, atheists here. We’ve got great Christians working for us. They’ve never thought of not serving anyone – that’s not the message of Christ.”
“We don’t tolerate that crap,” he added definitively.
Next up we have the ever hating KKK connected Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council that has the NERVE to play the race card of all people.
“Atlanta’s Kelvin Cochran knows all about fire — but being fired? That’s a whole new experience — one Cochran hopes other Christians never face. The long-time member of the city’s Fire Rescue Department was forced out of the squad in a shocking display of anti-religious prejudice after a distinguished career that [sic] an appointment by the Obama administration as the U.S. Fire Administrator. Unfortunately for Cochran, Mayor Kasim Reed seems intent on making an example of the African-American, who self-published a book — with the permission of the mayor’s office — on biblical morality. After chatting with a handful of Christian co-workers, Kelvin offered them copies of Who Told You That You Were Naked? which includes a chapter on human sexuality that’s consistent with the Bible’s teaching on the subject. Despite the fact that Cochran had his superiors’ approval, and despite the fact that he only gave the book to friends, he was suspended late last year — until yesterday, when the Mayor fired him. Obviously, it’s one thing to use your platform to intimidate subordinates, but the idea that you should have to surrender your First Amendment rights merely for being a public servant is outrageous. What’s to prevent the government from going after another employer or contractor?”
Anyway, what Perkins and Brown aren’t talking about is that the Mayor Reed’s office denies having been notified about the book. And that Cochran “forced his own firing” by going on a speaking tour of churches during his suspension where he declared (to great applause, no doubt) that he would continue to proselytize at the workplace upon his return.
And by the way, Perkins should learn to use Google Search Images. The Mayor Kasim Reed that “seems intent on making an example of the African-American.” is “African American” himself.
The ever crazy right-wing extremist American Family Association hate group is going cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs over the fact that Kellogg’s took out an ad in last month’s Atlanta Pride magazine featuring Tony the Tiger.
Today from the “I Can’t Make This Shit Up “ department……..
Anti-gay Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy whose company has donated thousands upon thousands of dollars to anti-gay LGBT hate groups is receiving an EQUALITY award from the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at its prestigious Equal Opportunity Day Dinner in November.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Champions of Justice and Equality.”
Honorees of the prestigious recognition this year include Congressman John Lewis, who is truly a shining beacon of equality, civil rights, and justice for all and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy. You may remember Cathy and the statements he made against gay marriage that sparked headlines throughout the world and a boycott of the chicken restaurant.
Yes, Dan Cathy has since made amends with gay rights activist groups and has stopped donating to organizations that are overtly anti-gay, but his position on gay marriage remains the same. And the corporation is seemingly still donating large sums to organizations like the Marriage & Family Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which both promote marriage in the ‘biblical sense’ and are strongly and openly opposed to same-sex marriage.
On the June day that the US Supreme Court overturned DOMA, Cathy tweeted and almost immediately deleted this message: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.”
Statement Regarding ULGA Presentation of the Community Empowerment Award to Dan Cathy, President/CEO Chick fil A Foundation at 52nd EOD Dinner
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has received questions and concerns about why Dan Cathy is among the awardees at this year’s annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner on Nov. 16. Cathy, President/CEO of the Chick fil A Foundation is receiving this year’s Community Empowerment Award. The Community Empowerment Award is presented to an organization that has made significant contributions to advance community empowerment. The Urban League of Greater Atlanta is awarding the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Cathy for the Foundation’s significant financial contributions that support programs that empower communities – including funding for a signature program that teaches inner city youth financial literacy, a local community food bank.
We based the award on the following initiatives of the Foundation:
1) The Chick-fil-A Foundation recently made a significant investment in the Foundation’s first major capital project, Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center. It is designed to build financial literacy for Atlanta’s youth.
· The need for financial literacy education is clear:
•High school dropouts are three times more likely to live in poverty.
•One-third of U.S. adults do not pay all their bills on time.
•Nearly 40 percent of adults do not have any non-retirement savings.
2) The Chick-fil-A Foundation invests in the Atlanta Community Food Bank
Knowing children need nutrition to excel in school, the Foundation partners with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides food for food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers. The Chick-fil-A Foundation has sponsored food drives, supplied volunteers and given financial donations.
3) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Youth & Education Programs
The programs support the Foundation’s youth and education projects: Mentoring high school students; bringing camps to financially disadvantaged neighborhoods; providing weekend meals for students in need; and sponsoring college scholarships.
4) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Covenant House
The Chick-fil-A Foundation provides financial support of Covenant House’s services to homeless, abandoned, trafficked and exploited youth. Covenant House offers educational programs that allow our youth to follow dreams.
5) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Community Development Programs.
6) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Raising Expectations
Through providing transportation and financial donations, the Foundation supportsRaising Expectations in their work to benefit the lives of Atlanta youth with their extensive services designed to develop participants’ academic, social and civic abilities.
7) The Chick-fil-A Foundation supports Wellspring Living
The Chick-fil-A Foundation has donated funds to help Wellspring Living expand their facilities to meet the growing need for their programs. The organization helps women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation overcome their broken pasts and move toward hopeful futures.
Please be assured that the Urban League of Greater Atlanta supports and works for equal rights for all people, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or physical ability. This includes the recent Employment Non-Discrimination Act that was passed out of the US Senate this week.
I wonder if Dan Cathy had said about black people what he’s said about gay people, and his company donated to StormFront and other white supremacists groups if the Urban League of Atlanta would still give him this award?
Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta released a statement showing full support of marriage equality. This is even better news as Atlanta has one of the highest population of LGBT. Similar to President Obama’s evolution on same sex rights earlier this year, Mayor Reed credits the people and stories told to him of LGBT couples:
Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality. It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone. Loving couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the right to marry whomever they want. By signing this resolution, I pledge my support to marriage equality for same-sex couples, consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
I believe in tolerance and acceptance, regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. That creed has been a guiding force for me throughout my life, as reflected by my actions and votes as a lifelong Democrat and elected official in the state of Georgia for more than 14 years.
Mayor Reed plans on signing the ‘Mayors for Freedom to Marry’ pledge signed by over 200 city mayors across the country. President and founder for Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson, wanted to congratulate Mayor Reed on publicly furthering his stance on equality:
“Mayor Reed, like the more than 200 other Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, has his eye on the economic growth, prosperity, diversity, and opportunity that the families he serves cherish — and knows that including same-sex couples and their contributions in the community and in marriage strengthens the city and our country. As we build toward more wins in 2013, we welcome Mayor Reed’s support at this crucial time in the freedom to marry movement, and are excited to work with him to make the case for the freedom to marry both in Atlanta and across America.”
Now Mayor Reed professes that his recent evolution is not a part of a political agenda to help further his career.
Looks like the APD is at it again with allegations of discrimination, harassment and misconduct fight at Atlanta’s popular Midtown gay bar Blake’s on Friday which resulted in two arrests and the alleged assault of an off-duty Atlanta Police Department officer.
According to the report released by APD:
Two males were asked by the manager to leave the establishment (Blake’s). They refused. The manager called for the off-duty officer working at Blake’s, who advised one of the individuals they would have to leave. One of the males refused and threw his drink in the officer’s face and then punched him in the face.
“At some point, a call for assistance went out over the radio and several Zone 5 officers and a supervisor arrived on scene. One of the individuals damaged a third person’s vehicle in the parking lot and was charged with Criminal Damage to Property. The first individual that punched the off-duty officer was charged initially with Felony Obstruction. Our LGBT Liaison officers have been notified of the incident.
But Project Q Atlanta is reporting that the APD whle on the scene used undue force with at least one customer and other police officers were calling patrons “sweetie” and “princess.”
Some responding officers called patrons in the gay bar “sweetie” and “princess,” according to the witness. He also alleges that another officer ordered the man to stop recording the scene on his mobile phone, knocked it out of his hand then ordered the man to delete most of what he recorded. “It was really an overwhelming force and they started running into the bar. People were freaking out,” the witness said. “They kept calling us princess, sweetie and being sarcastic and laughing. It was awful.”
On June 28, 2009, the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
In 2009, the APD raided the Atlanta Eagle internal investigations showed that APD officers involved in the Eagle raid used anti-gay language against those in the bar as well as violated constitutional rights. . The city eventually settled a federal civil lawsuit for $1.025 million filed by patrons of the bar. Two other lawsuits are currently pending.
The LGBT Advisory Board is scheduled to meet on Monday at 7 PM at City Hall and is open to the public and is a forum to express interest and to demand answers from our APD Liasons.
Bishop Eddie “I Know What Boys Like” Long has gotten a rude surprise because his woife Vanessa has taken the advice of Ms Gloria Gaynor herself and has kicked Eddie’s downlow ass out the door after “great deliberation” over the fact he has payed off four young men for “alleged” sexual harassment.
Vanessa Long said she had decided to “terminate my marriage” after “a great deal of deliberation and prayer.” “It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously, and fairly,” she said in the statement. “I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter,” she added. “I also ask that the public pray for my entire family during this difficult period of transition.”
Good move kicking the closet cases ass to the curb Vanessa, and we like it a lot, but sorry. No, when you preach that your family values are better than mine, then I’m going to hold you to your own words on family values. You don’t get a pass. And your husbands a homo.