Just before we were going to wag our finger and chastise you for not helping Georgia Equality meet its modest fundraising goal this week, you went and screwed it up. Yep, your last-minute donations pushed the non-profit past its $15,000 goal.
On Monday, Georgia Equality’s executive director, Jeff Graham, told us in an interview that the statewide LGBT advocacy group was $1,400 short of its $15,000 goal. That was the day they hoped to reach their $15,000 goal to coincide with the opening of the Georgia General Assembly.
With lawmakers back in session, Georgia Equality asked for the funds to support their lobbying efforts at the State Capitol, advocacy training for citizen lobbyists and education efforts about a legislative proposal that would put in place workplace protections for LGBT state employees.
The funds would also help to swat down Gold Dome bigots such as state Rep. Judy Manning and Sue Ella Deadwyler. One is afraid of the gays who marry; the other says Georgia Equality’s workplace bias ban is an effort to protect pedophiles, cross-dressers and people who engage in bestiality and necrophilia.
“We are close but it is not too late for people to support equality in Georgia,” Graham said on Monday.
Apparently you were just on drag queen time. By Wednesday, you came through and prompted Georgia Equality to tweet this about their annual Gold Dome fundraising campaign:
We just met our $15,000 fundraising goal!!! Thanks to all who supported the fundraising drive!!! The work continues, so follow and donate!
So instead of wagging our finger in your face, we applaud your charitable contributions. The funds certainly help as Georgia Equality works on its two priorities at the Gold Dome – passing House Bull 630, the workplace bias ban, and pushing for increased funding for the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Georgia now has the largest ADAP waiting list in the nation, meaning more than 1,200 low income HIV-positive people can’t get access to HIV medications.
Now that you’ve opened your wallets and checkbooks for Georgia Equality, there’s this: The group hosts its annual Citizen Advocacy Lobby Training on Jan. 28. That’s where the experts teach you how to lobby your elected officials so they support LGBT-friendly proposals and efforts. The four-hour training session is free, but pre-registration is required.