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Georgia Senate committee passes anti-LGBTQ ‘free speech’ bill

A Georgia Senate committee advanced a bill that bans “free speech zones” on college campuses despite the University System of Georgia’s objections that the measure could lead to discrimination.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmaker targets doctors with ‘trans panic’ bill

Medical professionals who provide hormone treatments or perform gender affirmation surgery on minors could go to prison for up to 10 years if a new bill filed Thursday becomes Georgia law.    READ MORE »


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Georgia House honors Gwinnett School Board’s first LGBTQ member

State lawmakers honored “remarkable and distinguished Georgian” Everton Blair with a proclamation at the Gold Dome on Tuesday.    READ MORE »


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Georgia House committee passes HIV decriminalization bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on a Georgia House committee unanimously advanced a bill on Tuesday that would modernize the state’s HIV laws.    READ MORE »


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Johns Creek passes LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes law

The Johns Creek City Council adopted an LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes ordinance on Monday that went into effect immediately.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmaker’s bill provides ‘right to discriminate,’ critic says

State Sen. William Ligon wants to ban "free speech zones" on college campuses, and advocates warn it would allow discrimination against LGBTQ students.    READ MORE »


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LGBTQ groups bash judge’s confirmation to Atlanta-based court

The U.S. Senate confirmed anti-LGBTQ Judge Andrew Brasher to Atlanta’s 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, giving him a lifetime appointment on a powerful court that frequently addresses LGBTQ issues.    READ MORE »


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Bi former lawmaker racks up endorsements in Gwinnett chair race

Several elected officials and leaders across the state – including three LGBTQ city councilmembers – endorsed Curt Thompson in his race to become the next Gwinnett County Commission chair.    READ MORE »


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Former Georgia ACLU leader jumps into U.S. Senate race

Maya Dillard Smith said she’s running for U.S. Senate in part to fight for LGBTQ rights, and she apologized for a transphobic video she made four years ago.    READ MORE »


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Medical professionals in Georgia slam anti-transgender bill

A group of six psychologists, nurses and doctors in Georgia joined nearly 300 others across the South to sign a letter “strongly opposing” legislation that makes it a felony to give hormone treatment or perform gender affirmation surgery on transgender minors.    READ MORE »


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Anti-Defamation League knocks ‘immoral’ LGBTQ adoption ban

The Anti-Defamation League said a bill that would allow faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to refuse to place children with LGBTQ couples would also discriminate against Jewish people.    READ MORE »


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Stacey Evans doubles Alex Wan in fundraising for state House race

Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Evans raised $100,000 and jumped out to a sizeable fundraising lead over two LGBTQ candidates in a state House race in metro Atlanta.    READ MORE »


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Republican lawmaker pushes to decriminalize HIV in Georgia

An influential Republican lawmaker in the Georgia House wants to modernize the state’s HIV laws, which activists have criticized as outdated and said stigmatize people living with HIV.    READ MORE »


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Mike Bloomberg hires gay Atlanta man to run Georgia campaign

Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg opened his first Georgia office and launched his LGBTQ platform in Midtown earlier this month.    READ MORE »


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Georgia business groups slam anti-LGBTQ adoption bill

Two of the most influential business groups in Georgia said a bill that would allow adoption and foster care agencies to refuse to place children with LGBTQ couples “sanctions discrimination.”    READ MORE »


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Buttigieg leads Democrats in Georgia fundraising

Pete Buttigieg led the Democratic presidential field in 2019 fundraising in Georgia with over $750,000, according to Georgia Public Broadcasting.    READ MORE »


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Georgia lawmaker introduces LGBTQ adoption, foster care ban

Sen. Marty Harbin filed a bill that would allow adoption and foster care agencies in Georgia to refuse to place children with LGBTQ couples.    READ MORE »


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HRC endorses ‘steadfast ally’ Lucy McBath in U.S. House race

The Human Rights Campaign is backing “pro-equality champion” Lucy McBath in her rematch against Karen Handel in a U.S. House race in metro Atlanta.    READ MORE »


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Georgia knocked for lacking ‘basic equality’ for LGBTQ residents

Georgia was one of 28 states that landed in the lowest-rated category of the Human Rights Campaign’s annual State Equality Index.    READ MORE »


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Gay city councilmember named mayor pro tem in Chamblee

The Chamblee City Council unanimously selected City Councilmember Brian Mock as mayor pro-tem, the second LGBTQ official to be picked for such a post in recent weeks.    READ MORE »

 
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