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Georgia Senate makes last-minute push for anti-LGBT bill

Two Republican senators made a last-ditch effort to push through an anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' bill late Tuesday, another in a string of legislative tricks to try and get the measure passed.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmakers poised to study HIV decriminalization

Advocates for decriminalizing HIV in Georgia saw small wins last week as two measures from state lawmakers that would create committees to study the issue moved closer to passage.    READ MORE »


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House expands medical marijuana law to include AIDS

The Georgia House on Tuesday easily approved legislation expanding access to medical marijuana to include people with AIDS and five other conditions.    READ MORE »


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GOP lawmaker introduces bill to protect LGBT state workers

A Republican lawmaker from Cobb introduced legislation that would protect LGBT state employees, but he left LGBT people out of a second civil rights bill that bans discrimination in public accommodations.    READ MORE »


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Anti-LGBT amendment kills Georgia adoption bill

The Georgia Senate committee tasked with reconsidering an anti-LGBT amendment it added to a bill declined on Thursday, tanking a bill that would modernize state adoption laws.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ business owner launches bid for Atlanta City Council

An LGBTQ business owner and community organizer launched her campaign for the Atlanta City Council, hoping to unseat an incumbent in a district that includes some of the city's most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods.    READ MORE »


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LGBT civic activist loses race for South Fulton mayor

A gay civic activist running to become mayor of the new City of South Fulton lost on Tuesday, placing third in a crowded field of candidates.    READ MORE »


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‘Extreme’ anti-LGBT adoption bill stalls in Georgia Senate

Mounting criticism over an LGBT adoption ban inserted into a bipartisan bill modernizing the state's adoption laws prompted Senate lawmakers to send the measure back to committee.    READ MORE »


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Meet the gay entrepreneur running for Atlanta mayor

Gay entrepreneur Laban King has thrown his hat into the crowded race for Atlanta mayor, arguing that the current political climate shows him that now is the time to get involved.    READ MORE »


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Gov. Deal objects to ban on LGBT adoptions

Gov. Nathan Deal again voiced his opposition to anti-LGBT legislation, this time coming out against changes lawmakers made to a bill that would allow agencies to ban adoptions to LGBT people.    READ MORE »


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Georgia Senate panel approves ban on LGBT adoptions

A Georgia Senate committee amended a bill modernizing the state’s adoption laws to allow agencies to discriminate against LGBT people seeking adoptions.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmakers consider attack on LGBT adoptions

LGBT activists warned late Thursday that a Georgia Senate committee is considering adding language to a bill that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT parents.    READ MORE »


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‘Religious freedom’ backer threatens last-ditch effort for bill

The sponsor of a controversial 'religious freedom' bill says he's trying to amend the legislation to any bill he can in the closing days of the Georgia General Assembly.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmaker introduces LGBT-inclusive hate crime bill

A state lawmaker wants to replace the hate crime law Georgia once had, introducing an LGBT-inclusive bill to spark a conversation about protecting marginalized groups that are targets for violence.    READ MORE »


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Bill would expand Georgia rape law to include men

A bill in the Georgia Senate would expand the state’s definition of rape to include men, a revision that LGBT advocates say would better help victims and aid police in criminal investigations.    READ MORE »


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Macon commission supports LGBT civil rights bill

The Macon-Bibb County Commission on Tuesday called on state lawmakers to pass an LGBT-inclusive civil rights bill and showed support for expanding the county's non-discrimination code.    READ MORE »


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Progressives, LGBTs pow wow over politics and cocktails

Progressive politicos gathered Saturday to hear the latest on legislation in the Georgia General Assembly and to toast LGBT lawmakers and activists who are battling for their issues at the State Capitol.    READ MORE »


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Anti-gay bill stalls, activists warn ‘remain vigilant’

A controversial 'religious freedom' bill failed to clear a key legislative hurdle on Friday, but LGBT activists warned opponents of the measure to remain vigilant until the legislative session ends in late March.    READ MORE »


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HIV tests may soon include details about PrEP

Two bills that deal with sexual health issues – including one that improves HIV education and access to information about PrEP – scored important legislative wins in the Georgia House.    READ MORE »


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Anti-gay lawmaker uses gay student to pass bill

Georgia Rep. Earl Ehrhart – who relentlessly mocks LGBT people – invoked the story of a gay college student to help pass a campus rape bill months after he labeled LGBT students a 'hate group.'    READ MORE »

 
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