Discrimination’s Price Tag: New Study Finds Lack of Legal Protections Costs GA Economy Approx. $147 Million Annually

ATLANTA – A new Williams Institute report has found that anti-LGBT discrimination and inequities is costing Georgia’s economy. The report, released today, highlighted Georgia’s weak civil rights protections and the associated stigmas and stresses that vulnerable legal standing creates for LGBT people. The report estimates that reducing those stresses by even just a quarter among Georgia’s LGBT workforce would gain the state’s economy upwards of $147 million in revenue. Another red flag raised in the study: Georgia’s weak – and sometimes hostile – laws, making the state less attractive to young, talented workers. In fact, the report estimates the state loses more than $9,000 for each employee that changes jobs or leaves the state. Continue reading

New Report Highlights Urgent Need for Comprehensive and LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Protections for Georgia Residents

 Georgia’s current civil rights protections are among the weakest in the nation

ATLANTA – Civil rights and religious leaders from across Georgia gathered at the Capitol today to release a new report detailing the growing need to update and strengthen Georgia’s existing non-discrimination protections. The report, Liberty and Justice in Georgia: Protecting Our Heritage and Growing Our Competitive Future, was commissioned by Georgia Unites Against Discrimination and includes an executive summary authored by former Bush and Reagan administration official Joe Whitley. The report details the legal need and economic imperative to ensure all Georgians are uniformly and explicitly protected from discrimination. Continue reading

Join the Georgia LGBTQIA Contingent for the Women’s March on Washington!

Saturday, January 21, 2017, starting at 10 a.m.womens-march-2016-square

Washington, D.C.

Calling all Queers throughout Georgia: no matter how you identify along the gender identity/sexual orientation LGBTQIA spectrum, your families, your health, your jobs, your housing, your fundamental rights are threatened by the Trump administration. We hope to mobilize at least 500 of us for the March on Washington.

This march is for all of us, recognizing the powerful intersectionality that guides our peaceful protest. To quote from the national mission statement for this march, “We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgment and do our best to lead without ego.” All are welcome; all are needed.

Here’s a link for bus transportation to the event: http://tiny.cc/wmowgabusroutes. There will also be scholarship money available for those with financial need.

Please sign up here if you plan to attend: http://tiny.cc/500GAQueers. It’s important you provide a valid email, which we promise not to share with anyone, in order to stay informed about where our LGBTQ contingent will meet. We will also share information about activities and events occurring before, during, and after the march. We need volunteers starting December 2nd to distribute flyers at bars, coffee shops, churches, gyms, community meetings, wherever we queers gather, as well as to get the word out via social media.

If you have any questions or if you want to be volunteer, please contact Phred Huber at email hidden; JavaScript is required or Julie Stoverink at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

GE Hosts HIV Decriminalization Community Conversation as part of World AIDS Day 2016 programming

As part of Living With, Georgia Equality hosted a community conversation on the importance of HIV decriminalization in Georgia today. The conversation was moderated by SisterLove’s Dazon Dixon Diallo. Panelist included Charles Stephens with the Counter Narrative Project, and past and present members of GE’s Youth HIV Policy Advisors Program Nina Martinez and Xae Jones.  Continue reading

‘Living With’– GE’s World AIDS Day art exhibit wows crowds

The newest addition to Georgia Equality’s World AIDS Day Atlanta programming was Living With— an experiential art-as-advocacy exhibit featuring a curated collection of multi-sensory, interactive art installations that told the intimate and complex stories of life with HIV. These installations, “Living Spaces,” were modern interpretations of the largest piece of community folk art in history- The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The exhibit also featured installations and individual pieces from people living with HIV and nationally renowned artists.  Continue reading