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Atlanta mayor decries ‘dangerous and discriminatory’ trans troop ban

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hit back at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing President Trump’s ban on transgender troops to go into effect.    READ MORE »


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Shirley Franklin knocks Gov. Brian Kemp on ‘legal discrimination’

Shirley Franklin called anti-LGBTQ 'religious freedom' bills discriminatory as Gov. Brian Kemp — a supporter of such legislation — sat just feet away during a ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr.    READ MORE »


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Lawmaker files sweeping bill to protect LGBTQ Georgians

State Rep. Sandra Scott filed a broad civil rights bill that would protect LGBTQ people and others from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.    READ MORE »


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Record number of LGBTQ lawmakers take office in Georgia House

Matthew Wilson was sworn into the Georgia House on Monday, making him the fifth LGBTQ member of the legislature — the largest number of openly LGBTQ members the Georgia legislature has ever had.    READ MORE »


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Georgia House Speaker: RFRA ‘tears at fabric of state’

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said that anti-LGBTQ 'religious freedom' legislation 'is a solution in search of a problem,' and he acknowledged the severity of the state’s HIV epidemic.    READ MORE »


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Architects of anti-LGBTQ ‘religious freedom’ push nab state jobs

The main forces behind Georgia’s 'religious freedom' fight couldn’t convince voters they deserved to stay in office, so now they’re joining the staffs of incoming statewide officeholders instead.    READ MORE »


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Gov. Deal issues parting shot at ‘religious freedom’ bills

Gov. Nathan Deal took aim at controversial 'religious freedom' legislation in the final days of his administration, saying the bills make Georgia look 'weak.'    READ MORE »


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New Georgia lawmaker ready to revive ‘religious freedom’ fight

A West Cobb lawmaker who defeated a PFLAG mom in her election to the Georgia House said she’s ready to push for 'religious freedom' legislation once she takes office this month.    READ MORE »


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Ben Ku makes history as Gwinnett’s first LGBTQ commissioner

Friends, family and elected officials were on hand to witness Ben Ku get sworn into a spot on the Gwinnett County Commission — the first Asian-American and first openly LGBTQ person to do so.    READ MORE »


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Georgia House speaker shoots down ‘religious freedom’ bills

House Speaker David Ralston said he has “serious concerns” about anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” legislation and undercut the main argument other GOP lawmakers have made in support of it.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ lawmaker boycotting ‘hateful’ Brian Kemp’s speech

Bisexual state Rep. Renitta Shannon said Brian Kemp ran a “campaign of hate” in the gubernatorial election, so she’s boycotting the Republican’s first major speech as governor-elect.    READ MORE »


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Gay civic activist running for Atlanta City Council

A gay civic activist announced a run for an Atlanta City Council seat left vacant after the death of a sitting member. If he wins in the March special election, Matthew Cardinale (top photo) would become the only openly LGBTQ person on the council.    READ MORE »


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Georgia legislature gears up for new ‘religious freedom’ fight

The state senator behind a failed anti-LGBTQ adoption bill went after the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and “global business elites,” calling their opposition to anti-LGBTQ bills a “charade.”    READ MORE »


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Gay Atlanta couple to throw $5 million fundraiser for Donald Trump

A gay Atlanta couple who once strongly supported Clinton and Obama are now planning a $5 million fundraiser for Donald Trump and crowing about having the president's sons on speed dial.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ ally Lindy Miller says runoff race ‘is about justice’

LGBTQ ally Lindy Miller frames her arguments for a seat on the public service commission in terms of justice. Miller faces Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton in the Dec. 4 runoff.    READ MORE »


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Brian Kemp appoints anti-LGBTQ activist to transition team

Georgia Gov.-elect Brian Kemp reiterated his plans to sign a “religious freedom” bill into law, and unveiled a transition team that includes a gay Republican and an anti-LGBTQ activist.    READ MORE »


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Josh McKoon: Kemp win guarantees ‘religious freedom’ bill

The face of Georgia’s 'religious freedom' bill fight says the anti-LGBTQ legislation is 'finally going to happen' now that Brian Kemp is going to be governor.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ activists arrested during election protest at Georgia Capitol

State Sen. Nikema Williams and several LGBTQ activists were among 15 people arrested during a demonstration at the State Capitol on Tuesday.    READ MORE »


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Gwinnett’s new gay commissioner wants to expand anti-bias policy

When Ben Ku becomes the first openly gay member of the Gwinnett County Commission, he wants to add sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to the nondiscrimination policy.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ allies prep for December runoff in Georgia

As the governor’s race and a metro Atlanta congressional race enter the court system, LGBTQ activists are sounding off on the importance of two statewide races heading to a Dec. 4 runoff.    READ MORE »

 
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