Welcome GE’s newest staff member: HIV Policy Field Organizer Eric Paulk

Eric Paulk is the HIV Policy Field Organizer at Georgia Equality. In this role, he manages statewide advocacy and policy related to HIV. Prior to coming to Georgia Equality, Eric served as the Tyron Garner Fellow at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and individuals living with HIV. There, Paulk’s work focused on the intersections of race, class, and sexuality with an emphasis on HIV and the law. Recognized as an emerging leader and passionate advocate for civil rights, Eric has spoken at leading law schools, and national advocacy conferences on HIV criminal reform, the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline on black queer youth, and the intersectionality of race, poverty, HIV, and LGBTQ issues. He serves on the Board of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and is the former board chair of GLSEN New York City. Paulk is also a 2017 Victory Empowerment Fellow. He is a graduate of Pace University Law School, and received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Morehouse College. Eric is most excited about working with our Youth HIV Policy Advisors and helping to empower them to be advocates and advance policy.

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we still have work ahead of us


Over the last few weeks, you’ve heard Amy and Melanie, Kenyatta, Joseph and Steph, and Glen Paul talk about Georgia Equality’s work over the past year. I hope you had a chance to read what they had to say. After all, you and your support are the reasons why Georgia Equality has been so successful over the past year and have contributed to our success over the past several years.

However, despite those successes, we still have work ahead of us.

In January, legislators will return to the State Capitol, and there are already threats that we will again have to fight against efforts to write anti-LGBTQ discrimination into law. Continue reading

Staff Spotlight: Gender Inclusion Organizer Chanel Haley

Wondering what Georgia Equality’s Gender Inclusion Organizer has been up to? She’s going around the state talking to students in Columbus and University staff in Atlanta about the importance of trans inclusion.

On December 11, 2017, Chanel will be speaking to the Gay- Straight Alliance (GSA) at Hardaway High School in Columbus, GA about being resilient and growing up LGBTQ during these contentious times. Continue reading


If you are ready to let your legislators hear from you and you need to know how to reach them – Learn how> Georgia Equality’s Advocacy Training is coming this January.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January 13 at 1PM

This training provided by Georgia Equality staff will provide you with the tools necessary to make an impact on issues you care about.

We will begin with a Legislative Update/Overview for the work ahead in 2018. We will provide training on issues will focus on LGBTQ issues generally, including fighting anti-LGBTQ bills, and pushing for full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Georgians through promotion of a comprehensive and inclusive state civil rights bill, and how to lobby your legislator as well as social media training on how to use and get your message out on Twitter.

We’re holding our first political Advocacy Training for 2018 on Saturday January 13, 2018 at the Phillip Rush Center at 1PM in Atlanta and we want you to be there!

LGBTQ and supportive voices are going to be critical at the state capitol again this year as we push for full non-discrimination protections in state law. We want you with us.

Coffee/Beverages and other snacks will be provided during the training.
Click here to RSVP to the January 13th training.



Supreme Court Hears Landmark Nondiscrimination Case

On Tuesday, December 5, oral arguments were held in the Masterpiece Cake v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. While it’s easy to see this case as simply about the ability for a same-sex couple to receive wedding-related services, the Masterpiece case isn’t about cakes—rather it is an attempt to dismantle our nation’s nondiscrimination laws. The discrimination unleashed if the bakery wins this case would be staggering. The license to discriminate sought by the bakery could allow any kind of business that claims they use an element of creativity—for example, a restaurant, a hair salon, a school counselor, or a tailor—to tell anyone, not just same-sex couples, that “We don’t serve your kind here.” Continue reading