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Melissa Carter is a Morning Show Host on B98.5 in Atlanta. She is also a columnist for the GA Voice. The first openly gay morning radio host in Atlanta, Melissa also co-hosted the nationally syndicated Radio with a Twist, the only terrestrial radio show geared toward the gay community.

Melissa underwent a life-saving kidney transplant in 2002 and later established the Melissa Carter Transplant Fund at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. Sales of her song, "Unplugged," available on iTunes and Amazon.com, benefit the Fund.

Learn more about Melissa on her website, Melissa Times.

Entries by Melissa Carter

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Most new parents prepare their nurseries with clothing and stuffed animals. But as I get ready for the birth of my son, I realize I have stockpiled his room with books. As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and...

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My Dad's Everlasting Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 10:05 AM

Valentine's Day is upon us, and this week couples have been making plans for what many consider an obligatory evening of love. Grand gestures like flowers, chocolates, and an expensive dinner will fill up the day. But a recent conversation with my mother about her relationship made me realize that...

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When It Comes to the Olympics, Cheer From Home

(15) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 9:55 PM

Since Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed into law a ban on "homosexual propaganda," there have been calls for the United States to boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Russia's gay ban imposes fines and prison sentences for any speech or behavior that could be seen as advocating...

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Women's Bathroom Etiquette

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Mother Nature's Call.

You hope it comes in the comfort of your own home, ideally before heading to work. However, there are times your body betrays you and you realize during a meeting that you have to use the public facilities to, as we said in pre-school, "go #2."

I...

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The Outdated Role of the First Lady

(8) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:36 PM

During the recent Presidential Inauguration, I couldn't help but notice every time the Vice President's wife was announced she was referred to as Dr. Biden and not the Second Lady, as is her political title. Jill Biden is a college professor and the first Second Lady to hold a paying...

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What's the Cure for Domestic Violence?

(24) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Domestic violence. We all know what it is, and plenty of money and volunteer time have been spent helping victims of that trauma try to heal. But what we have never really made strides in is stopping it before it happens. To do so, we need to focus on the...

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From Batboy to Throwing the First Pitch

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 12:46 PM

Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie.  How much more American can you get this Fourth of July? I'm not sure if Andy Lipman will be eating those delicacies this holiday, but baseball is certainly on the agenda.  That's because Andy will get to throw the first pitch at the Atlanta...

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EXXXcuse My Porn

(6) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Sex toys can be dangerous, whether or not they are in use.  I learned that lesson while running a random errand a few days ago.

Now I am not a sex toy kind of girl, which may come as a surprise to many who assume all lesbians are. However,...

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A 'Thank You' to Pat Summitt

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM

"Confidence is what happens when you've done the hard work that entitles you to succeed."
--Pat Summitt

Any player adorning a University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer jersey had every reason to walk around Knoxville with confidence. The fact that Pat Summitt was their leader inspired the rest of us...

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LGBT Civil Rights March This Weekend

(3) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 2:31 PM

A civil rights march for the gay community. Joe Knudson told me that that idea popped into his head last year after readers of his book, Living the Difference, revealed that they didn't know LGBT citizens were not granted the same rights and privileges allowed all other segments of society.

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Divorce Advice For Those About To Marry

(66) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 1:30 PM

As a lesbian, I am consistently asked how I feel about gay marriage. I respond to those inquiries with the explanation that having a choice is always better, and that I wish I could legally marry in my home state of Georgia. I am often surprised by the number of...

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Twitter Should Never Mean Having to Say #ImSorry

(6) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 9:48 PM

Celebrities love publicity, but not all publicity is good. Especially on Twitter. The famous are learning that just because you say something on Twitter in 140 characters doesn't make it less offensive. Sometimes that lesson comes at a high cost.

Last weekend, Patricia Heaton deleted her account after...

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Conversation With a Dying Man

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 12:16 PM

Neil Millman wanted to give me some pointers about what was ahead of me. As I walked into his hospice room, I knew it could just as easily have been my room.

The cancer that is attacking his body may, in part, be the result of taking drugs for...

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I Owe Michelle Williams an Apology

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 8:02 PM

Michelle Williams, I am sorry. Please let me explain.

My first introduction to Michelle was when I casually watched Dawson's Creek, and it was clear to me that she was the most talented actor on the show. Whether you loved or hated Jen, that character seemed to reflect the friends...

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Charlie Brown and the Lost Art of the Runt

(39) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 5:50 PM

We miss you, Charlie Brown.

One of my favorite holiday traditions is sitting down to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. Like so many others, my girlfriend and I watch it every year at Christmas time and play its soundtrack throughout the holiday. But this time I saw it differently....

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Boob Jobs: Could Lesbians Teach the Rest of Us Something?

(139) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 11:32 AM

"It's not for him, it's for me."

That's the common response I hear whenever I ask a woman why she chose to have breast enhancement surgery. Never once have I heard a woman come right out and admit to going under the knife for her man. Instead, they blame everything...

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