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Atlanta  |  

Columbus ‘aggressively’ seeking LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy

Columbus officials — including a Republican city councilmember — are laying the groundwork to become the latest city in Georgia to adopt broad LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Alex Wan endorsed by Victory Fund in state House race

Former Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan nabbed the endorsement of the Victory Fund in a competitive race to replace state Rep. Pat Gardner in House District 57.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Meet the queer commissioner shaking up Athens-Clarke County

Mariah Parker won a seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission by just 13 votes in 2018, and the queer activist and hip-hop artist doesn’t expect any challengers when she runs again in May.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Georgia faith leaders call for LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes law

A prominent faith leader was among elected officials and other religious leaders who urged lawmakers in Georgia to join 46 other states across the U.S. and finally pass a hate crimes bill.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Trans city council member named mayor pro tem in Doraville

The Doraville City Council unanimously selected City Councilmember Stephe Koontz as mayor pro-tem on Wednesday, further solidifying LGBTQ political representation in the city.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Queer civic activist jumps into state House race in Atlanta

Kyle Lamont launched a bid for the House District 57 seat in Atlanta, pitting him against a gay former Atlanta City Councilmember and a former gubernatorial candidate.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Clarke School Board appoints first-ever openly LGBTQ member

The Clarke County School Board named bisexual entrepreneur Antwon Stephens as its newest member, as the 23-year-old beat out four other candidates for the District 2 seat.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Gov. Kemp pushes adoption reform, avoids LGBTQ concerns

Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans to overhaul Georgia’s adoption and foster care system, but sidestepped the issue of anti-LGBTQ efforts that killed reform legislation in past years.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Gay politico jumps into state Senate race in Atlanta

Devin Barrington Ward has launched a primary challenge against longtime state Sen. Horacena Tate as he looks to become the chamber’s first black openly LGBTQ member.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Georgia House Speaker knocks ‘offensive’ LGBTQ adoption bans

House Speaker David Ralston slammed efforts to allow faith-based agencies to deny LGBTQ adoptions and called anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” bills “a solution in search of a problem.”    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Athens activist pushes for hate crimes law in state House bid

The founder of an Athens anti-discrimination group wants to unseat a Republican lawmaker who voted against an LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes bill.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Doraville swears in first openly LGBTQ mayor

Former Doraville City Councilmember Joseph Geierman took the oath of office on Monday to become the city’s first-ever openly LGBTQ mayor.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Canton swears in first openly LGBTQ mayor

Marketing firm owner Bill Grant (photo center) took the oath of office on Thursday, becoming Canton’s first-ever openly LGBTQ mayor.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Gay candidate sues Fulton elections chair over East Point ‘farce’

A gay candidate for East Point City Council sued the chair of the Fulton County Elections Board and asked her to reveal the vote totals in the race.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Gay civic activist, former lawmaker face off in state House race

Former Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Evans will square off in the Democratic primary for House District 57 in Atlanta in May.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Georgia lawmaker wants to ban trans athletes from public facilities

A state lawmaker from Sharpsburg introduced a bill that would ban transgender youth from competing in athletic events at public facilities.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Kelly Loeffler backs anti-gay bill as Georgia’s new U.S. senator

Business executive and Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler voiced support for “religious freedom” legislation as she nears taking over Johnny Isakson’s seat in the U.S. Senate.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Gay Democrat jumps into state House race in Savannah

Democratic Party activist Andrew Niquette is running for a Georgia House seat in Savannah to fight for veterans, the environment and LGBTQ rights.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

Georgia Equality praises new federal LGBTQ civil rights bill

Georgia’s most influential LGBTQ advocacy organization applauded the introduction of a new federal LGBTQ-inclusive civil rights bill, but cautioned that such protections are still urgently needed on the state level.    READ MORE »


Atlanta  |  

‘Stalwart’ LGBTQ ally giving up Atlanta-based state House seat

State Rep. Pat Gardner is leaving the state legislature after nearly 20 years of fighting for same-sex marriage rights, increasing funding for HIV drugs and denouncing anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” legislation.    READ MORE »

 
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