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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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Activists push Georgia lawmakers to end LGBTQ equality ‘crisis’

With the days in the 2019 legislative session waning, faith leaders, business leaders and gay conservatives joined together to call on Georgia lawmakers to pass an LGBTQ-inclusive civil rights bill.    READ MORE »


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Georgia Senate panel OKs PrEP pilot program

A bill that would create a three-year pilot program to provide free PrEP medication to those at high risk of contracting HIV got the unanimous approval of a Georgia Senate committee on Wednesday.    READ MORE »


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Gay civic activist finishes seventh in Atlanta City Council race

A gay civic activist’s bid to go from City Hall watchdog to a sitting member of the Atlanta City Council fell short on Tuesday.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmakers explore banning conversion therapy

Georgia lawmakers vetted a proposed ban on conversion therapy for minors during a first-ever legislative hearing in the state about the controversial issue on Tuesday.    READ MORE »


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Georgia Senate panel OKs needle exchange bill to battle HIV

A bill creating a needle exchange program to help reduce HIV rates in Georgia passed unanimously in a state Senate committee meeting on Monday.    READ MORE »


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Atlanta to fight HIV epidemic with new public health officer

Facing continuing high rates of new HIV infections in Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is creating a chief health officer in her administration to bolster the city's efforts at fighting the epidemic.    READ MORE »


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Queer lawmaker filing ‘men’s reproductive health’ bill

A queer lawmaker is hitting back at the passage of a bill outlawing abortion in Georgia by proposing a measure that would require men to tell police when they’ve had sex.    READ MORE »


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Sponsor of Georgia ‘religious freedom’ bill not giving up fight

The author of an anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” bill is holding out hope he can still pass it this year by attaching it to another piece of legislation.    READ MORE »


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Abortion bill debate prompts queer lawmaker to recall sexual assault

LGBTQ lawmakers spoke out forcefully against a bill that would effectively outlaw abortion in Georgia, with one being removed from the well of the Georgia House of Representatives by security.    READ MORE »


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Georgia House passes ‘historic’ hate crimes bill

A hate crimes bill that would protect people based on sexual orientation cleared a major hurdle on Thursday by passing in the Georgia House.    READ MORE »


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Gay lawmaker wants to ban conversion therapy in Georgia

A broad coalition of local and national groups is backing an effort by a gay lawmaker to ban conversion therapy for minors in Georgia.    READ MORE »


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Evangelical groups help stall Georgia hate crimes bill

A bipartisan effort to bring a hate crimes law to Georgia is reportedly being held up by evangelical opponents, who claim the legislation would lead to the arrest of anti-gay pastors.    READ MORE »


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Anti-LGBTQ ‘religious freedom’ bill stalls in state Senate committee

The chances of an anti-LGBTQ 'religious freedom' bill passing this year dimmed as the bill’s sponsor delayed a scheduled hearing at the last minute.    READ MORE »


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Georgia House passes PrEP bill to tackle HIV epidemic

A bill that would create a three-year pilot program to provide free PrEP medication to those at high risk of contracting HIV passed overwhelmingly in the Georgia House on Friday.    READ MORE »


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Bisexual man makes historic run for U.S. House seat in Georgia

Entrepreneur Antwon Stephens hopes to overcome the odds by beating a four-term Republican in Georgia’s 9th Congressional District race taking place next November.    READ MORE »


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‘Shameful’ anti-LGBTQ ‘religious freedom’ bill filed in Georgia Senate

A relatively quiet year for anti-LGBTQ legislation was upended on Wednesday when an anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” bill was introduced in the Georgia Senate.    READ MORE »

 
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