Meet the Magic City Acceptance Academy, a school designed to be safe for every 6-12 grade student—coming soon

Mike Wilson of Magic City Acceptance Academy
Founding Principal Dr. Mike Wilson of the Magic City Acceptance Academy. Photo via Mike Wilson

After three rejections from the Alabama Public Charter School Commission, the Magic City Acceptance Center got a 7-2 yes vote, granting them the approval they’d been seeking on November 4, 2020. This new school for students in grades 6-12 opens in Fall 2021 in Homewood, and begins accepting applications in February 2021. Keep reading to learn more about the school with acceptance as  its middle name.

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Celebrate Pride with these local restaurants + businesses, including Rainbow Margaritas & LGBT+ Sandwich

Paul Cordes Wilm’s “Love is Blind” mural at BMA. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art’s Facebook

As you all probably know, June is Pride Month. To show support for Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ community, some local restaurants and businesses are rolling out new items. Whether you’re ready to grub or looking to add to your t-shirt collection, here are unique ways to celebrate Pride while staying local.

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18 organizations that help build bridges between young people in Birmingham

These girls from Girls Rock Birmingham mean business. Photo via Girls Rock Birmingham’s Facebook page

One of the most powerful ways for young people to build bridges is by getting involved in organizations designed to promote friendship, common purpose and cross-cultural understanding. We found 18 such organizations here in Birmingham, and we know there are countless others. Keep reading to find out what we learned and then let us know what we missed.

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What does Birmingham’s recent 100% inclusivity score mean? + 6 LGBTQ-friendly events

You are Beautiful quilt from the Magic City Acceptance Center.
Quilt from the Magic City Acceptance Center. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Birmingham recently got a perfect 100 score on the national LGBTQ+ Municipal Equality Index. The Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Federation gave a record 88 out of 506 cities across the country this score.

To find out what this means to people in Birmingham, we dug into the nuts and bolts of the score, then reached out to four people in the community. And, we put together a list of 7 LGBTQ-friendly events for y’all. Keep reading for all the details.

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September in Birmingham: A Guide to National Observances

There’s a lot of national observances on any given day. Some well known and loved like International Talk Like a Pirate Day, some less so, like Squirrel Appreciation Day. Some are for a good cause, some are just fun, and others have dedicated followings (like Hobbit Day).

If you are looking for a good excuse, however, to drink beer for charity and chow down on some pancakes in the name of patriotism, here is a guide to how to celebrate some of the September observances in Birmingham.

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