LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Bill Introduced in Senate

ATLANTA – State Senator Lester Jackson (D-2) introduced a comprehensive non-discrimination bill today that updates Georgia’s laws to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are protected from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. The concept enjoys popular support in Georgia: A 2016 PRRI survey found that two-thirds of all Georgians back non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, including 59 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of Catholics, and nearly 80 percent of those under the age of 30. Continue reading

Young Professionals Night at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival: Family Commitments

Join Georgia Equality at Young Professionals Night at the Atlanta Jewish Film
Festival, presented by ACCESS, for a fantastic evening of festivities and film!

This exciting event is open to young professionals under 40 of all faith and ethnic backgrounds.

Join us for a pre-party with food and cash bar at the Woodruff Art Center’s Center Space, followed by a screening of the comedy Family Commitments.

WHEN: Saturday, February 11
Pre-party at 7pm
Film screening at 8:40pm
WHERE: Woodruff Arts Center
PRICE: $18 (includes both the pre-party and film)

Tickets will be released on Wednesday, January 18. Please contact Julie Katz at email hidden; JavaScript is required with any questions. We’ll see you at the movies!

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