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Georgia Tech to pay family of slain LGBTQ student $1 million

The family of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance president Scout Schultz, slain by campus police in 2017, settled with the university this week. Tech officials...

Bakhtiari, Waites, Kamau wins make LGBTQ Atlanta history

Atlanta gets three openly LGBTQ City Council members in the New Year after Liliana Bakhtiari and Keisha Waites won their Tuesday runoffs. In South...

Atlanta perfect on LGBTQ equality for ninth straight year

The City of Atlanta once again earned a perfect-or-better score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for 2021. Other Georgia cities made...

Augusta passes LGBTQ inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

On Monday, Augusta-Richmond County became the 14th municipality in Georgia to put a broad ordinance on the books protecting residents for discrimination by businesses...

Trans student assaulted during school in Cobb county

A transgender girl who recently transferred from the Macon School District to Pebblebrook High School in Cobb County was attacked last week. The district was...

LGBTQ candidate for Georgia lt. governor suspends campaign

Citing recent personal struggles and an abiding love for Georgia, one of two declared candidates to become the state’s first LGBTQ lieutenant governor backed...

Local LGBTQ candidates rack up election wins, fight on to runoffs

A gay former Atlanta City Councilmember will return to his post, the council may gain the first LGBTQ Muslim elected official in Georgia history,...

Atlanta HIV group launches Thrive 365 app to connect Black gay men

Advocacy group Thrive SS launches a new app this week for Black gay and bisexual men living with HIV in metro Atlanta. The "Thrive 365"...

HHS funds inject millions into Georgia’s HIV battle

The federal government awarded over $1 million to three Georgia health clinics last month to expand HIV prevention, treatment, outreach and care. The grants from the...

Georgia Equality endorses seven LGBTQ candidates in local races

Georgia Equality weighed in with endorsements in several municipal races as early voting continues and Election Day approaches on Nov. 2. The endorsements also...

Chamblee official to become city’s first LGBTQ mayor

Chamblee City Councilmember Brian Mock is running unopposed in his race for mayor. Even before Election Day, that secures his spot in history as...

LGBTQ inmates still in peril as DOJ revives Georgia prisons investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice last month renewed an investigation into whether Georgia prisons protect LGBTQ inmates from sexual abuse by staff and other...

Emory gives lifetime achievement award to Atlanta HIV ‘hero’

The Emory Center for AIDS Research honored Atlanta HIV groundbreaker Melanie Thompson as its first-ever lifetime achievement award recipient. CFAR also established an annual lectureship...

Citing city mismanagement, HIV agency threatens to end housing contract

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in an Oct. 4 press release that ending homelessness is one of her administration’s “top priorities.” But one of...

Black LGBTQ Georgia officials join new ‘Good Trouble’ coalition

Four Georgia leaders are among roughly 40 others invited to the first national coalition of Black LGBTQ elected officials. The Good Trouble Network seeks to advance...

Gay-owned trail and outdoor store thrives in Georgia mountains

When Eric Champlin and Rob Sollie opened Trailful Outdoor Company in Hiawassee in 2019, they had no anxiety about being an out and proud...

Atlanta HIV health center gets $2.6 million to fight opioid abuse

The federal government awarded $2.6 million last month to Positive Impact Health Centers to address the opioid epidemic in the metro Atlanta area. LGBTQ...

Gay Atlanta WABE reporter returns to airwaves after heart surgery

WABE radio’s Jim Burress is back on the airwaves after a six-week break to recover from congenital heart surgery. Unfortunately, heart conditions are all in...

LGBTQ lawmaker launches historic run for Georgia lt. governor

Georgia state Rep. Renitta Shannon launched her campaign for lieutenant governor on Monday, setting the stage for what would be a groundbreaking election in...

This small-town Georgia official has been out and proud for 55 years

Hamilton, Ga., Mayor Pro Tem Ransom Farley was around 11 or 12 years old when his grandmother told him he was “special.” He realized what...
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