In 2014, Atlah Church in Harlem began posting words on its marquee like “All Churches that support homos, cursed be thou with cancer,” and “Harlem is a sodomite free zone.” And Atlah’s pastor, James David Manning, has been preaching those words for years. The church is about a million dollars behind on its bills and next week it is scheduled to be up for foreclosure auction – which Atlah says their non-profit status prohibits. The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT Youth started a crowdfunding campaign to buy the church, and has already reached its goal. But that’s not the only group trying to reclaim that space for LGBT people. Erin Golackson spent time with an inclusive church called Rivers of Living Water that’s also trying to buy Atlah.
It’s only February, but the boys of summer are heading back to work. That’s right, it’s spring training for Major League baseball. Both New York teams are back to camp, with pitchers and catchers going through their first official workouts today. And probably the biggest news is this: the Yankees pitching rotation got an upgrade over the winter.