Snow kills LGBT protest of Deal inauguration

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imageThe snowstorm that nailed metro Atlanta on Sunday has jammed up at least two LGBT events planned for Monday. Organizers called off a grassroots protest planned for the inauguration of Gov.-elect Nathan Deal, and the LGBT advisory board for the Atlanta Police Department has also dumped its meeting.

Three LGBT groups – Queer Justice League of Atlanta, MondoHomo and Savannah’s Queer Power Movement – were joining forces to host a kiss-in as Deal took the oath of office on Monday at 2 p.m. Organizers had scores of same-sex couples ready to crash the ceremonies, but as the snow prompted Deal to move the ceremony inside the State Capitol– severely limiting public attendance – organizers of the protest opted on Sunday to cancel it.

Despite the cancellation, the Queer Justice League issued a statement on Monday to “fiercely remind” Deal of the presence of the LGBT community and to demand “our seat at the table.”

On the day of his inauguration as Governor of Georgia The Queer Justice League with support from local organizations MondoHomo and Savannah’s Queer Power Movement as well as national group GetEQUAL want to fiercely remind Governor Nathan Deal and the public of the presence of the Queer community and of our seat at the table. We too are citizens of Georgia.

During Nathan Deal’s primary campaign for governor, Georgia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) community was used as leverage and political pawns. Governor Deal displayed rampant homophobia by running ads against Atlanta organization Youth Pride, which provides outreach services to LGBTQI youth in crisis. Jess Morgan, an organizer with the Queer Justice League stated “The attacks during the primary are the continuation of many years of efforts to discriminate and slander the LGBTQI community both locally and state-wide. We will not tolerate this homophobia or state of complacency.”

The Queer Justice League, Mondo Homo, Savannah’s Queer Power Movement and GetEQUAL will not remain silent and will continue to fight for full equality in Georgia according to Jeff Schade, another organizer with The Queer Justice League. “We demand justice for our community. We will continue put pressure on our elected officials for full social and legal equality. We believe using our community as political pawns is completely shameful and we simply will not allow it to continue.”

“Representing LGBTQI citizens from across the state we plan to put Governor Deal and the state of Georgia on notice that we are watching and will take action to secure our rights,” stated Art Izzard with the Queer Justice League.

The severe weather also prompted the postponement of Monday’s meeting of the LGBT advisory board of the Atlanta Police Department. The panel’s agenda included receiving updates from the police department’s two LGBT liaisons on diversity training for the agency and a discussion with the Atlanta Citizen Review Board. The meeting will be rescheduled.

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