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Jennifer Barnes Balenciaga, from ballrooms to the halls of power
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Jennifer Barnes Balenciaga, from ballrooms to the halls of power

Serving legislative realness and delivering a mean vogue come in one package for this Atlanta trans woman, HIV activist and LGBTQ liaison at the Georgia State Capitol.    READ MORE »

Georgia House OKs needle exchange bill to fight HIV

Georgia House OKs needle exchange bill to fight HIV

A bill creating a needle exchange program to help reduce HIV rates in Georgia passed comfortably in the House on Monday.    READ MORE »

Georgia House committee passes hate crimes bill

Georgia House committee passes hate crimes bill

A hate crimes bill that would protect people based on sexual orientation and gender was approved by a Republican-led committee in the Georgia House on Tuesday.    READ MORE »

Stacey Abrams heads to San Francisco for lesbian fundraiser

Stacey Abrams heads to San Francisco for lesbian fundraiser

Stacey Abrams is heading to the Castro on Thursday for a fundraiser hosted by a group of lesbian leaders in the technology, political and nonprofit worlds.    READ MORE »

Judge puts gay Atlanta City Council candidate back on ballot

Judge puts gay Atlanta City Council candidate back on ballot

A Fulton County judge reversed a decision by Atlanta’s top elections official to keep a gay longtime City Hall watchdog from running for Atlanta City Council.    READ MORE »

Republican lawmaker files hate crimes bill for Georgia

Republican lawmaker files hate crimes bill for Georgia

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have signed on to a measure that would take Georgia off the list of the five states in the nation without a hate crimes law.    READ MORE »

Two bills tackling HIV epidemic move forward in Georgia House

Two bills tackling HIV epidemic move forward in Georgia House

A pair of bills from Republican lawmakers that would address Georgia’s worst-in-the-nation HIV epidemic advanced in the Georgia House on Tuesday.    READ MORE »

Georgia lawmaker wants free PrEP program to fight HIV

Georgia lawmaker wants free PrEP program to fight HIV

A bill that would provide free PrEP medication to those at a high risk of contracting HIV may soon see a vote by the full Georgia House.    READ MORE »

Gay candidate disqualified from Atlanta City Council race

Gay candidate disqualified from Atlanta City Council race

A gay longtime City Hall watchdog will appeal a decision by Atlanta’s top elections official to disqualify him from a race for Atlanta City Council.    READ MORE »

Georgia lawmaker wants to make best HIV meds more accessible

Georgia lawmaker wants to make best HIV meds more accessible

A bill that would make it easier for HIV-positive Medicaid recipients to receive the most effective medications may soon see a vote by the full Georgia House.    READ MORE »

Lawmaker wants to modernize HIV instruction in Georgia schools

Lawmaker wants to modernize HIV instruction in Georgia schools

State Rep. Jasmine Clark’s first order of business as a lawmaker was to introduce a bill that would ensure Georgia’s K-12 students receive accurate information about HIV during sex-ed classes.    READ MORE »

Gay candidate could be booted from Atlanta City Council race

Gay candidate could be booted from Atlanta City Council race

Atlanta’s top elections official is challenging the residency of a gay longtime City Hall watchdog who is running for Atlanta City Council.    READ MORE »

Gay metro Atlanta lawmaker considers run for U.S. House

Gay metro Atlanta lawmaker considers run for U.S. House

The first openly gay man elected to the Georgia legislature will wait until the legislative session is over to decide if he wants to try being the first openly gay member of Congress from the state.    READ MORE »

Stacey Abrams claps back at Donald Trump: ‘Tell the truth’

Stacey Abrams claps back at Donald Trump: ‘Tell the truth’

LGBTQ Georgians surrounded Stacey Abrams in Atlanta as the former Democratic candidate for governor delivered a nationally televised response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.    READ MORE »

Queer lawmaker honors ‘phenomenal Georgian’ Miss Lawrence

Queer lawmaker honors ‘phenomenal Georgian’ Miss Lawrence

Queer state Rep. Park Cannon honored gender nonconforming actor, entertainer and activist Miss Lawrence with a proclamation on the floor of the Georgia House on Wednesday.    READ MORE »

LGBTQ Georgia lawmaker decries Jussie Smollett attack

LGBTQ Georgia lawmaker decries Jussie Smollett attack

State Rep. Karla Drenner renewed a call for hate crimes legislation in Georgia on Wednesday, citing the attack on black gay actor Jussie Smollett a day earlier.    READ MORE »

Georgia lawmaker files new ‘religious freedom’ bill

Georgia lawmaker files new ‘religious freedom’ bill

A Dalton lawmaker filed the first “religious freedom” bill of this year’s legislative session, possibly igniting a fight over a contentious social issue as Atlanta prepares for Super Bowl 53.    READ MORE »

Atlanta mayor decries ‘dangerous and discriminatory’ trans troop ban

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 »

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

Lawmaker files sweeping bill to protect LGBTQ Georgians
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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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