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Paul Hinson

Paul Hinson

Under the able leadership of John Christensen and Sid Jones, Atlanta Prime Timers (APT) just completed a summer canned food drive benefiting Lost-n-Found, Inc., a local Atlanta nonprofit organization providing a wide range of services to homeless gay youth. Once the agency qualifies a client for participation, services offered range from temporary housing, counseling, healthcare, and legal services referrals, to job placement and career counseling.

 

by Paul Hinson


I'm writing this the Monday after yet another exhilarating Atlanta Pride weekend. In keeping with our tradition, APT staged a booth again at Pride this year, funded in whole by contributions raised by the sale of raffle tickets at our monthly meetings over the past year. We had more than 50 individuals sign our guest register, and we handed out hundreds of cards to potential members. It was a great weekend, thanks in large part to the hard work of each and every member who passed out cards, greeted visitors, or just stopped by the booth. Special thanks go out to Gary Uitvlugt, Daniel Hyland, and Charles Stevens for coordinating our presence at this year's event.

Just as it's good to celebrate where LBGT people stand today with regard to contemporary issues such as marriage equality now largely impartially reported upon in the headlines of major newspapers across the country, it's just as instructive to remember not too long ago, those headlines were a bit different. In May of 1953, the New York Times ran an article entitled "Perverts Called Government Peril: G.O.P Chief Says They Are As Dangerous as Reds."

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