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Georgia Republicans embrace lesbians to oppose Equality Act

The U.S. House passed the Equality Act on Friday, despite Georgia Republican representatives recruiting a new ally to fight the bill — anti-transgender lesbians.    READ MORE »


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Teresa Tomlinson touts LGBTQ record in run for U.S. Senate

When former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson officially launched her campaign for U.S. Senate on May 1, it was a long time coming for the LGBTQ ally.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ lawmakers: Abortion ban a ‘death sentence’ for Georgia women

LGBTQ lawmakers vowed to hold Gov. Brian Kemp accountable for signing an abortion ban into law, saying that he 'failed the women of Georgia.'    READ MORE »


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Kemp signs bill creating PrEP trial program in Georgia

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a package of healthcare bills into law, including one that creates a pilot program to provide PrEP to people at high risk of contracting HIV.    READ MORE »


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Gay Chamblee official opens up about depression, suicide attempt

A recent suicide in Chamblee prompted City Councilmember Brian Mock, one of Georgia’s few openly LGBTQ elected officials, to speak publicly about attempting suicide as a child and battling depression.    READ MORE »


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Atlanta City Council swears in first black LGBTQ member

Entrepreneur Antonio Brown took the oath of office on Monday, becoming the Atlanta City Council's first-ever black bisexual member and the only open LGBTQ person on the council.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmaker wants to decriminalize HIV

A Republican lawmaker introduced a bill that would modernize Georgia’s HIV laws, which activists say are outdated and stigmatize people living with HIV.    READ MORE »


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Chamblee passes extensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance

The city of Chamblee joined a regionwide effort to make metro Atlanta a safe space for LGBTQ people by passing a sweeping nondiscrimination ordinance on Tuesday.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ entrepreneur scores upset win in Atlanta City Council race

Bisexual entrepreneur Antonio Brown pulled off a surprise victory in the District 3 Atlanta City Council race, becoming the first-ever black openly LGBTQ member of the council.    READ MORE »


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Atlanta calls on state to ban ‘dangerous’ conversion therapy

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta City Council sent a message to the state on Monday: end conversion therapy and the 'persecution and suffering' it brings to LGBTQ Georgians.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmakers close ‘historic session for LGBTQ rights’

When the gavel fell late Tuesday, Georgia lawmakers ended a 2019 legislative session that saw successful efforts to fight the state’s HIV epidemic, the defeat of “religious freedom” legislation and a hate crimes bill go farther than it’s ever gone.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmaker says trans equality ‘nullifies women’

U.S. House Rep. Doug Collins joined other conservative lawmakers in denouncing a federal LGBTQ rights bill by claiming it hurts women.    READ MORE »


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Clarkston passes sweeping LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance

The regionwide effort to make metro Atlanta a safe space for LGBTQ people continued with the passage of a sweeping nondiscrimination ordinance in Clarkston.    READ MORE »


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Georgia legislature passes bill creating PrEP trial program

A Republican-sponsored bill that would create a pilot program to provide PrEP to people at high risk of contracting HIV passed unanimously in the Georgia Senate.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ lawmakers: Georgia abortion ban bad for business

LGBTQ lawmakers, activists and political operatives are calling on Georgia’s business community to speak out against a bill that would effectively ban abortion in the state.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmaker kills LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes bill

A Senate committee chairman assured that Georgia will wait at least another year before leaving the ranks of the only five states in the nation without a hate crimes law.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmakers kill bill expanding access to HIV meds

A bill making it easier for HIV-positive Medicaid recipients to receive the most effective medications is now dead, thanks in part to its $12 million cost to the state of Georgia.    READ MORE »


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Georgia legislature passes needle exchange bill to combat HIV

Gov. Brian Kemp will now decide the fate of a Republican-sponsored bill that creates a needle exchange program that could help reduce HIV rates in Georgia.    READ MORE »


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Gay lawmaker chatting on phone, cruising alone in HOV

State Rep. Sam Park got a dose of social media justice after being spotted violating Georgia’s ban on holding your cell phone while driving – all while driving alone in an HOV lane.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ entrepreneur makes Atlanta City Council runoff

A bisexual business executive emerged from a crowded field of nine candidates to make a runoff election for a vacant Atlanta City Council seat.    READ MORE »

 
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