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Georgia’s top cop supports LGBT-inclusive hate crime bill

Georgia’s top cop supports LGBT-inclusive hate crime bill

Republican lawmakers vetted their own LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill on Tuesday, a measure that has the backing of Georgia's top law enforcement officer, prosecutors and progressive activists.    READ MORE »

Critics blast Georgia hate crimes bill as tool to persecute Christians

Critics blast Georgia hate crimes bill as tool to persecute Christians

A hate crimes bill that enhances prison sentences for criminals who physically assault LGBT people and protects several other classes of people received a hearing in the Georgia House on Monday.    READ MORE »

LGBT adoption ban moves forward in Georgia Senate

LGBT adoption ban moves forward in Georgia Senate

A 'religious freedom' bill that would allow faith-based agencies to receive public funds and ban adoptions by LGBT people and others cleared a key subcommittee in the Georgia Senate despite staunch criticism and concerns about its legality.    READ MORE »

Georgia lawmaker introduces LGBT adoption, foster care ban

Georgia lawmaker introduces LGBT adoption, foster care ban

Sen. William Ligon introduced a bill that would allow adoption and foster care agencies to ban LGBT people, making good on his promise to push the legislation after it became embroiled in controversy last year.    READ MORE »

Stacey Abrams talks tough on fighting RFRA, HIV, discrimination as governor

Stacey Abrams talks tough on fighting RFRA, HIV, discrimination as governor

Stacey Abrams delivers a one-two punch to LGBTQ voters, pitching her progressive track record to LGBTQ influencers, then to gay media as the Democrat ramps up her campaign for governor.    READ MORE »

Stacey Abrams: I’ll fight discrimination, support LGBT equality as governor

Stacey Abrams: I’ll fight discrimination, support LGBT equality as governor

Stacey Abrams – a progressive Democrat running for governor – met with LGBTQ elected officials, activists and influencers on Saturday to talk equality and pitch her campaign to become the state's next leader.    READ MORE »

Gov. Deal: No reason for ‘harmful’ ‘religious freedom’ bill

Gov. Deal: No reason for ‘harmful’ ‘religious freedom’ bill

Gov. Nathan Deal sent a message to religious conservatives and Republican lawmakers who want to pass 'religious freedom' legislation this session: Don't bother.    READ MORE »

Georgia lawmakers pledge to introduce anti-LGBT adoption bill

Georgia lawmakers pledge to introduce anti-LGBT adoption bill

The Georgia Senate passed a bill to reform the state's adoption laws after removing anti-LGBT language. But Republican lawmakers promised to introduce a new bill that would allow religious agencies to ban adoptions by LGBT people.    READ MORE »

Fayette commissioners back anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill

Fayette commissioners back anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill

The Fayette County Commission stepped into the contentious debate over 'religious freedom' legislation, voting to support a bill panned by critics as anti-LGBT and a threat to the state's economy.    READ MORE »

Gay entrepreneur launches bid for metro Atlanta Congressional seat

Gay entrepreneur launches bid for metro Atlanta Congressional seat

Adam Wynn – a gay Democrat and self-employed entrepreneur – launched a bid for a metro Atlanta Congressional seat, hoping to unseat an incumbent who has condemned LGBT people and cozied up to supporters who do the same.    READ MORE »

Anti-LGBT activists renew fight for ‘religious freedom’ bill in Georgia

Anti-LGBT activists renew fight for ‘religious freedom’ bill in Georgia

Supporters of anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' legislation rallied at the State Capitol on Tuesday, re-igniting a years-long contentious fight by calling on lawmakers to pass their bill.    READ MORE »

Doraville makes history by swearing in two LGBT City Council members

Doraville makes history by swearing in two LGBT City Council members

Joseph Geierman and Stephe Koontz helped Doraville make history Thursday, giving the City Council two LGBT members for the first time and swearing in the only openly trans elected official in Georgia.    READ MORE »

Republican lawmaker introduces hate crimes bill for Georgia

Republican lawmaker introduces hate crimes bill for Georgia

State Rep. Meagan Hanson – a Republican from Brookhaven – will introduce an LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill and attempt to pass a measure that has failed repeatedly to gain traction in past years.    READ MORE »

Mary Norwood finally concedes Atlanta mayor’s race

Mary Norwood finally concedes Atlanta mayor’s race

Mary Norwood conceded the Atlanta mayor's race to Keisha Lance Bottoms late Wednesday, more than two weeks after Bottoms narrowly won the contest to become the city's 60th chief executive.    READ MORE »

Keisha Lance Bottoms wins Atlanta mayor’s race

Keisha Lance Bottoms wins Atlanta mayor’s race

Keisha Lance Bottoms won the Atlanta mayor's race on Tuesday by a slim 759-vote margin over Mary Norwood in a runoff campaign that split LGBT voters.    READ MORE »

All three LGBT candidates lose Atlanta area runoffs

All three LGBT candidates lose Atlanta area runoffs

The three LGBT candidates in runoff elections on Tuesday – De'Andre Pickett, Keisha Waites and Alex Wan – were poised to make history as the first LGBT people elected to their offices. All three lost.    READ MORE »

Mary Norwood gets two LGBT endorsements in mayor’s race

Mary Norwood gets two LGBT endorsements in mayor’s race

Mary Norwood – flush with LGBT supporters and equipped with a lengthy record on equality issues – picked up two key endorsements in the closing days of the Atlanta mayoral runoff. Cathy Woolard and Georgia Equality both gave her a thumbs up.    READ MORE »

Bottoms, Norwood promise to fight HIV, advocate for LGBT issues

Bottoms, Norwood promise to fight HIV, advocate for LGBT issues

Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood pledged to help curb Atlanta's HIV rates and reduce the number of homeless LGBTQ youth during a forum Tuesday, just a week before they face off in a runoff for Atlanta mayor.    READ MORE »

How De’Andre Pickett found his ‘authentic self’ in Georgia House race

How De’Andre Pickett found his ‘authentic self’ in Georgia House race

About to embark on his third campaign, De'Andre Pickett faced a difficult decision: Run as his 'authentic self' and embrace a campaign that could make LGBT history. Or avoid the issue as he had in the past.    READ MORE »

3 LGBT candidates win, 3 others in runoffs across Atlanta

3 LGBT candidates win, 3 others in runoffs across Atlanta

Three LGBT candidates won on Tuesday, giving Georgia its only transgender City Council member, while three others – Keisha Waites, Alex Wan and De’Andre Pickett – face runoffs next month.    READ MORE »

 
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