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Best Gay And Lesbian Bars In Atlanta – CBS Atlanta
The state of Georgia mostly improved in its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in the years after , when LGBT residents began to openly establish events, organizations and outlets for fellow LGBT residents and increase in political empowerment. The state of Georgia, upon independence from the United Kingdom, retained most laws imposed under British rule, but did not explicitly retain a sodomy law from the period until , when the first sodomy law in the jurisdiction's 85 years was enforced. A further amendment of the law took place in , when "carnal knowledge and connection against the order of nature by man with man, or in the same unnatural manner with woman"  was outlawed on force of life imprisonment with labor. The first sodomy case in the state occurred in , when Hodges v. State reached the State Supreme Court; the case of an appeal against a lower court conviction of a boy "under 14 years of age" for sodomy upon another boy resulted in a two-sentence judgement: "Judgment reversed. In , the state amended its sodomy law, reducing the compulsory life sentence to 1—10 years. The breadth of the law, however, was gradually expanded by both judicial and legislative redefinitions over the decades.
Lesbian groups in Atlanta
Atlanta has one of the largest gay populations in the country and scored full marks in an LGBTQ rights index, but things are far from perfect. Atlanta has one of the largest gay populations in the country — and arguably one of the most politically involved. I think people are vigilant to make sure the city stays the way it is. This was in stark contrast to other parts of the state.
Either way, Atlanta is back to having just one lesbian bar, despite about two dozen bars targeted to gay men. This week, Bellissima, the lesbian bar located at Amsterdam Walk in Midtown, announced its closure after a contract to sell the bar encountered problems. This is down from a heyday of a whopping three lesbian bars in the Atlanta area in , when Paris Decatur closed. A bar can always offer more of this, less of that.