Georgia Equality’s mission is to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and our allies throughout the state. We are two organizations – united with a common vision but serving unique functions in our work to achieve equality. Georgia Equality, Inc. works year-round to pass pro-equality legislation and elect fair-minded elected officials. Through the Equality Foundation of Georgia, we conduct voter registration and educational activities, provide information to decision makers, and work to organize and mobilize LGBT residents and allies to advance equality in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the state.
Columbus Ga – COLGAY Pride hosted the 3rd annual Town Hall in Columbus, GA on Thursday November 5th at the Columbus Public Library Auditorium. A panel discussion on Transgender issues was the focus. Chanel Haley, Transgender Inclusion Organizer for Georgia Equality attended to support the event as one of the invited panelist.
The purpose of the town hall was to make the public aware of the struggles and accomplishments of the LGBT community.
“We are part of the general community. We have the same values. We just want to be able to work and have fair housing health care and be able to use the restroom that aligns with our gender. It’s about equality. We’re not looking for any special treatment just equal treatment,” said Chanel Haley.
Local media covered the event – http://www.wtvm.com/story/
Georgia Equality’s Youth HIV Policy Advisors’ Program
In response to high and increasing HIV rates among youth in Atlanta, Georgia Equality launched the Youth HIV Policy Advisors Program in April of 2015. This program matches selected elected officials with youth advocates who will serve as their Special Advisors on Youth HIV. Youth works one-on-one with policymakers to address policy barriers to HIV prevention.
On October 14, the participants held their first youth-led successful educational event luncheon with local elected officials and community leaders, Here Are The Facts, Have Our Backs. The YHPA participants were able to tell their stories of the realities of living with HIV in Atlanta and educate their elected officials on needs and recommendations moving forward
See more event photos at https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaHivAdvocacyNetwork?fref=ts
The Youth HIV Policy Advisors Program offers an extensive training series to youth advocates throughout the summer and involves three educational sessions with elected officials and community leaders October-December. It concludes on World AIDS Day- December 1st- with the second annual World AIDS Day- Atlanta Policy & Action Luncheon where youth will announce their 2016 Youth HIV Prevention & Care Policy Agenda. Save the Date – December 1st for another amazing event!
Georgia Equality had two booths at Atlanta Pride last weekend! All weekend, volunteers and staff members were collecting signatures on our petition to the Governor, asking for his support of legislation that protects the LGBT community in Georgia rather than targeting it.
We had a great weekend, and got over 850 petition signatures! On Sunday – we marched in celebration of our 20 year history. See more and photos here: https://www.facebook.com/georgia.equality