President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal includes severe cuts to many HIV and related programs.
$59 million cut to Ryan White Programs
Elimination of AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC)
Elimination of Special Programs of National Significance (SPNS)
A nearly 20% cut to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s, HIV prevention programs.
An unprecedented $630 million cap on Medicaid spending
$26 million cut from HUD’s Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program
Elimination of the Minority AIDS Initiative fund
These cuts will weaken our state’s already fragile social safety net and have catastrophic consequences for Georgians living with HIV. Communities already disproportionately impacted by HIV, particularly African-Americans, will be particularly vulnerable. We must respond.
Join Georgia Equality, Counter Narrative Project, Lambda Legal, THRIVE SS and other community leaders and organizations for a community roundtable on the following topics:
– Updates on the current impact of HIV on metropolitical Atlanta and Georgia communities.
– Overview of proposed budget cuts to Ryan White, CDC and HOPWA and how this will impact services going forward
Georgia Equality joins our colleagues and friends in Augusta, GA and across the country in mourning the tragic loss of Rowan Feldhaus. Rowan had recently become a member of Georgia Equality’s Board of Directors after taking the courageous step to work with Lambda Legal and appeal an anti-trans decision from a judge who denied his petition to change his name. Continue reading →
Volunteers are critical to our success. Whether helping out in the office, representing Georgia Equality at festivals as part of our Equality Crew, canvassing or phone banking on a crucial political campaign, engaging in voter registration or sharing your experiences with the community as part of our speakers’ bureau, we can find a way for you to make a real difference for Georgia’s LGBTQ community! Continue reading →
On Tuesday, April 18th dozens of Macon-Bibb citizens came out to a county commission meeting to show support for an ordinance dealing with the county hiring or promoting gay and transgender people. In a six to three vote, commissioners took the first step in adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the county code as part of anti-discrimination language regarding appointments, employment and promotions. More than 200 people gathered in the Government Center and witnessed Bibb Commissioners approve the anti-discrimination measure. Since this ordinance deals with changing the county charter, it has to receive approval again at the next full commission meeting on May 2nd.