State Reps. Park Cannon, Sam Park and Matthew Wilson join Project Q Atlanta founder Matt Hennie to discuss the 2021 session, their goals and how they plan to further LGBTQ equality at the Gold Dome. Join the latest episode of Q Conversations on Friday at noon.
As the legislative session opens, the LGBTQ Caucus is growing in numbers and influence. Two new LGBTQ lawmakers take office next week, including Georgia’s first LGBTQ state senator. House Democrats recently added Cannon to its leadership team by electing her House Minority Caucus Secretary.
In 2020, LGBTQ lawmakers helped pass the state’s first-ever LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes law and supported efforts in the state House to revise HIV criminalization laws. They honored a transgender activist, blasted a lawmaker’s “hateful” ant-trans rant and criticized a “free speech” bill for discriminating against LGBTQ students. They also opposed efforts to allow adoption and foster care agencies to refuse to serve LGBTQ people.
This year, Wilson said he’ll again propose a ban on conversion therapy. LGBTQ advocates want lawmakers to pass a statewide nondiscrimination law and make it easier for trans people to change their driver’s licenses and other state documents.
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This event is made possible by a grant from the Election SOS Rapid Response Fund.