Atlanta loses Tokyo Valentino appeal, drops anti-gay attorney


A federal court reversed a lower court decision against Tokyo Valentino and restarted a constitutional challenge to the City of Atlanta’s adult entertainment ordinance.

In the wake of the ruling, the city dropped attorney Scott Bergthold from the case. Bergthold’s long anti-LGBTQ record was explored in detail in a story first reported by Project Q Atlanta in April.

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its ruling on Friday, about a month after attorneys for both sides argued their cases before a three-judge panel in downtown Atlanta.

City of Atlanta hires anti-gay attorney to fight Tokyo Valentino


The Florida Coalition for Children has named Bobby Sharp and Everett Kamuchey its “Foster Parents of the Year” for taking in some 20 children since 2013. The two are believed to be the first LGBTQ couple to receive the honor.

Scott Bergthold has spent his career trying to shut down sexually-oriented businesses across the country. He’ll be in federal court in Atlanta on Wednesday arguing against Tokyo Valentino, the self-proclaimed “adult superstore” on Cheshire Bridge Road.

This gay couple was harassed by their neighbors for years. Then they were brutally attacked


A gay couple in Belgium is coming forward to talk about the brutal beating they suffered in their neighborhood. Mauro Padovani, 46, and his husband Tom Freeman, 59, say that they were attacked last Monday near their home in a town outside Ghent. Mauro is Italian and Tom is American, but he was born in Belgium. They met 12 years ago and got married five years ago, and Mauro moved in with Tom in Belgium

Vermont’s Christine Hallquist, first transgender candidate to win major party nomination for Gov…


Christine Hallquist has defeated three other Vermont Democrats in Tuesday’s primary to become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor. Hallquist, 62, is being supported by The Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates across the country, but she says she hopes to be elected on her platform, which includes higher wages for workers in the state, better health care for families and improved education for children.