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City of Brookhaven paid anti-LGBTQ attorney $640,000

The City of Brookhaven has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to an attorney who fought against marriage equality and transgender rights and is closely aligned with an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

Atlanta Beltline knocked for ‘terrible’ Chick-fil-A partnership

The Atlanta Beltline announced a monthlong partnership with Chick-fil-A on Monday, igniting a flood of criticism on social media about the Atlanta-based restaurant chain’s anti-LGBTQ history.

Georgia queer history project launches in Carrollton

The University of West Georgia has joined a multi-state effort to collect, preserve and protect the South’s often-overlooked LGBTQ history.

Push for LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy grows in Macon

A coalition of LGBTQ, social justice and civic groups in Macon plan to rally on Saturday for a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance.

Georgia State wants to study same-sex couples who drink

Some 60 couples have completed a Georgia State University study on alcohol in same-sex relationships, which seeks another 140 couples.

Atlanta health centers, programs get $3.6 million to fight HIV

The Department of Health & Human Services awarded $2 million to Atlanta’s Ryan White Program and $1.6 million to six metro area health centers.

Atlanta Planet Fitness bans rapper Boosie Badazz after anti-trans rant

A Planet Fitness in Jonesboro kicked popular rapper Boosie Badazz out after he posted a vile anti-transgender rant to his nearly 7 million Instagram followers.

Johns Creek poised to pass LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes ordinance

The mayor of Johns Creek is leading an effort to do what the state hasn’t done – pass an LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes law.

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.

Atlanta Dream signs lesbian Georgia native in three-team trade

The Atlanta Dream made a flurry of moves including signing a lesbian point guard and a WNBA All-Star whose relationship with another player hit the headlines in 2015.

East Point weighs broad LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy

East Point is considering an LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination policy but hit some initial resistance from City Council members concerned about its impact.

HIV doctor shortage hits Atlanta hard, experts say

A shortage in the number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who fight HIV in Atlanta will be exacerbated by a federal plan to end the epidemic, according to several local HIV experts.

Grady HIV center ‘bursting at the seams,’ plans $38 million renovation

Grady Health System is planning a “major renovation” of its Ponce de Leon Center in order to help fight Atlanta’s HIV epidemic.

Push for LGBTQ nondiscrimination policy emerges in Tucker

Several LGBTQ appointees to boards and commissions in Tucker want to make the city the latest in metro Atlanta to adopt a broad LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance.

City of Doraville paid anti-LGBTQ attorney $502,000

The City of Doraville – with a gay mayor and two LGBTQ city council members – has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to an attorney who fought against marriage equality and transgender rights.

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.

Baptist group expels Decatur church for being LGBTQ-friendly

The Atlanta Metro Baptist Association ended its 110-year relationship with the First Baptist Church of Decatur over the church’s decision to perform same-sex marriages and appoint LGBTQ members to leadership positions.

Angel McCoughtry leaves Atlanta Dream after 11 years

Out WNBA All-Star and Olympian Angel McCoughtry has said goodbye to the Atlanta Dream and signed with the Las Vegas Aces.

Rep. John Lewis introduces bill to tackle ‘critical’ HIV doctor shortage

U.S. Rep. John Lewis wants to address a shortage in the number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who fight HIV by providing them up to $250,000 in student loan forgiveness.

Meet Fulton County’s first-ever transgender coordinator

The Fulton Board of Health took another step in fighting the county’s HIV epidemic by hiring its first transgender coordinator, who will also oversee career development workshops and work with local trans organizations.
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