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Sunday, April 6, 2014

TRUTH WINS OUT: Project Q and TWO:

Many of Atlanta’s gay in-town neighbors are thought to drive up property values with home improvements. But one has his DeKalb neighborhood seeking relief from him. Not because James Avery is a “gay progressive.” Because they think he’s batshit crazy.

You’ve heard about them. You may have them, knock on wood. It’s those crazyass neighbors who leave Christmas decorations up all year, post ranting homemade signs all over their yards, rail against the world and go on vendetta campaigns against neighbors who don’t even live there any more.
DeKalb’s Code Compliance Division has “numerous complaints” on file. A fed-up neighbor sent an appeal directly to DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis to say Avery’s particular brand of nutso is driving down property values and even that “people are afraid to walk past the property.” But the signs and yard rants remain.
Meet James Edward Avery (photo), who’s on a one-man mission to soil the reputation of good gay neighbors everywhere. Residents on Mason Mill Road near Emory are at their wits’ end over the homeowner who fancies himself the rabble-rousing Lorax of Dr. Seuss fame, according to the AJC.




A fresh take on LGBT news, events and photos in metro Atlanta.


The most visited website for gay and lesbian Atlanta offering a fresh take on LGBT news, events and photos.

For gay men, lesbians, transgender people, and all of those that make up our queer village, Project Q Atlanta provides a distinct take on the news, information, events, attitudes — and the juicy dish and buzz — that impact our lives. We combine the authority of traditional journalism with the tone and sensibility of today that makes you feel right at home.

Readers of Southern Voice named us Best Gay Blog in 2009, and we were again named Best Gay Blog in 2010 and 2011 by readers of the GA Voice. Creative Loafing named Project Q Best Sign That Gay Media Is Still Alive in September 2010, and Fenuxe Magazine readers voted us Best LGBT News Source in 2011.

Project Q Atlanta aims to be a major part of your queer media diet by offering breaking news, opinions, fun takes on pop culture and entertainment, an interactive community calendar and event photos for LGBT readers across the metro area and beyond.

And it’s not a one-way affair. We aim to provide an engaging experience that connects and interacts with you. There are stories to tell, and you should participate.

Like the word “queer” itself, Project Q Atlanta is evolved and stands for so much more. It’s a commitment to keep you informed and entertained while you go about living your life.

Project Q Atlanta. It’s gay. It’s today. It’s Atlanta.

The stylized “G” . . . 

in our logo was inspired by the great oak trees that surround our sanctuary.  There’s something about those trees that speaks of strength and stability. Arborists tell us they were planted well over 100 years ago.  Like a tree Jesus talked about in one of his parables, those oaks grew and “the birds made their nests in their branches.” 

Bob, Sr. ThD                              Bert, Jr. MDiv

“…The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing 
homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United 
Methodist Church.” ¶304.3 

We considered the views of other congregations in our North Georgia Conference and those of 
Methodist churches throughout the United States and the world. We also considered whether a 
repeal of the provision could impact the national and worldwide Methodist church. We discussed 
the fact that ordained Methodist ministers are guaranteed a position as pastor in a church and 
whether that factor should be considered relevant to the consideration of the issues raised by the 
retired Bishops’ letter.

After almost a year of meetings, Glenn Memorial drafted a statement of support (see below) and established the Glenn Rainbow Advocacy group to discern Glenn’s continuing role regarding the issue of homosexuality in the church. Recently three listening and learning sessions were held to discuss the possibility of becoming a partner of the Reconciling Ministries Network


Mission Statement

Truth Wins Out (TWO) is a non-profit organization that works to demolish the very foundation of anti-gay prejudice. Our philosophy is simple: We attack the underpinnings of homophobia by debunking harmful lies, discrediting hateful myths, and countering anti-gay organizations. By chipping away at the underlying ignorance that fuels anti-LGBT attitudes, we can ultimately win our fight for fairness and achieve full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people worldwide.

About the Author

Wayne Besen is the Founding Executive Director of Truth Wins Out and author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth” (Haworth, 2003). In 2010, Besen was awarded the “Visionary Award” at the Out Music Awards for organizing the American Prayer Hour, an event which shined a spotlight on the role American evangelicals played in the introduction of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. 
Wayne Besen, Founding Executive Director Wayne Besen is the Founding Executive Director of Truth Wins Out and author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth” (Haworth, 2003). In 2006, Besen was recognized in the Advocate Magazine’s “People of the Year” issue. In 2009, he was named in Instinct Magazine as a “Leading Man”.
Besen has appeared on leading news and political talk shows including: the NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, ABC’s Nightline, ABC’s Good Morning America, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC News with Thomas Roberts, CNN’s Talk Back Live, CNN’s The Point, CNN’s AC360, Fox’s O’Reilly Factor, FOX’s The Sean Hannity Show, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Prior to founding TWO, Besen served as a spokesperson for five years with the Human Rights Campaign. He also worked in corporate communications for Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, and served as a press secretary on a U.S. Senate primary in Maine. In 1992, Besen co-founded Sons & Daughters of America (SDA), a gay and lesbian public awareness campaign based in Fort Lauderdale. Besen graduated from University of Florida in 1993. However, he is best known for stepping outside of academic and media settings to prove that ex-gays are not who they purport to be. Besen has an unprecedented record of exposing ex-gay ministries as a hoax and has a demonstrated record of success:
  • Launched undercover investigation proving Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her husband Marcus own a clinic, Bachmann & Associates, that practices “ex-gay” therapy
  • Organized the American Prayer Hour, an event which shined a spotlight on the role American evangelicals played in the introduction of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
  • Led successful campaign to have Apple remove Exodus International’s “ex-gay” iPhone app
  • Conceived and coordinated the American Prayer Hour
  • In a joint investigation with South Florida Gay News in 2010, Besen exposed JONAH’s Arthur Goldberg as a Wall Street con artist who served time in jail for stealing millions of dollars
  • Photographed Focus on the Family’ “ex-gay” poster boy John Paulk in a gay bar on Sept. 19, 2000. Before his downfall, Paulk had been on the cover of Newsweek, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America and Oprah.
  • Helped Uncover Rev. Jerry Falwell’ personal HIV+ ex-gay leader, Michael Johnston, picking up men on the Internet and having unsafe sexual relations. Johnston also worked with the American Family Association and Coral Ridge Ministries. He was forced to step down and enter a sex addiction facility in Kentucky.
  • Helped orchestrate the public “coming out” of ex-gay poster boy Wade Richards, who was working with right wing activist Peter LaBarbera, Love In Action and Saviors Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT).
  • Revealed that PFOX’ President, the ex-gay therapist Richard Cohen, had been kicked out of the American Counseling Association.
  • Spoken at more than 100 universities, churches, business groups and community organizations on this topic, including University of Vermont, Harvard Law School, Arizona State University, University of Connecticut, and University of Florida.


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It is the policy of TWO to employ and promote personnel regardless of the foregoing characteristics. TWO is resolutely committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all aspects of employee relations, including employment, salary administration, employee development, promotion and transfer.

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