Politics

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

This small town in North Georgia loves its first LGBTQ mayor

When Liz Ordiales became the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Hiawassee in 2017, there was some resistance in the city of 900 people in...

Mayoral candidate Antonio Brown’s fraud case cleared for trial

A federal judge advanced the federal fraud case against LGBTQ city council member and Atlanta mayoral hopeful Antonio Brown to the trial phase. The...

Five frontrunners for Atlanta mayor talk LGBTQ issues

With less than two months before Atlanta elects a new mayor, LGBTQ and allied voters face a crucial decision about who leads the city...

Fulton library renamed for LGBTQ pioneer Joan Garner

Beloved community organizer and former Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner was immortalized on Monday with the renaming of the Ponce de Leon Library in...

LGBTQ corporate trainer takes on incumbent for city council

One of 11 openly LGBTQ candidates running for Atlanta City Council in November, corporate trainer and neighborhood advocate Jason Hudgins is the sole challenger...

Democratic socialist wants to be South Fulton’s first LGBTQ mayor

South Fulton’s first LGBTQ city councilmember wants to become its first LGBTQ mayor. Khalid Kamau said it would mean more to happen in what...

Midtown city council seat opens up, two LGBTQ candidates qualify

In a last-minute scramble, former Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan and small business owner Courtney DeDi will square off for an open Atlanta City...

Gay veteran jumps into race for Atlanta City Council president

U.S. Army veteran Mike Russell “went through a lot of hell” as a gay man under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. But...

LGBTQ former lawmaker Keisha Waites runs for Atlanta City Council

A former state legislator is now one of eight LGBTQ candidates in the November races for Atlanta City Council. Former state Rep. Keisha Waites...

Gay political strategist launches run for Georgia lt. governor

Democratic strategist, author and entrepreneur Kolbey Gardner wants to become the first openly gay lieutenant governor of Georgia. Gardner, 30, said that elected officials in...
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