You can now register to vote online! It’s simple and fast. The deadline to register for the upcoming General Election in November is October 6th. Once you register, you should receive a card in the mail within 6 weeks that has your voting location and address. Also remember, you can vote early or by mail using an absentee ballot. For more information visit our Election Center!
Message from Aubrey Walsh of Georgia Mentor:
I am the foster parent recruiter for Georgia MENTOR. Our office is located in Warner Robins but we have offices also in Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, and Savannah.
Georgia MENTOR is a child placing agency that partners with The MENTOR Network, LLC and is contracted through The Department of Family and Children Services of Georgia. At The MENTOR Network, we believe that children belong in families and deserve to live in homes where they can feel safe, valued and loved. Continue reading
In their first public appearance, local Atlanta all-trans band, Exquisite Gender raised $1,700 to support the Joan P. Garner AIDS Watch Scholarship fund, sending a local young person living with HIV to Washington, DC to speak directly with members of Congress and their staffs about the needs of young people living with HIV in Georgia! Our greatest of thanks to all the musicians, singers, dancers, and others who were involved in making the show an absolute success! Read more about Exquisite Gender here. Continue reading
Supporters of LGBTQ families and youth rallied against SB 375 this week, a bill that would allow taxpayer-funded adoption and child welfare agencies to refuse to work with same-sex couples, and would even allow agencies to deny services to LGBTQ youth. Georgians from all walks of life – including state and national advocacy groups, faith leaders, members of the business and entertainment communities, and LGBTQ families and allies turned out in large numbers to express their opposition to the discriminatory bill. Prior to the rally, 80 supporters met with lawmakers from across the state as part of Georgia Equality’s lobby day. A top priority of the lobby visits was to communicate to lawmakers the broad opposition to SB 375. Continue reading
Lawmakers in the Georgia Senate have advanced SB 375, an anti-LGBT “License to Discriminate” bill, by a 35 to 19 vote. The legislation would allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples and even refuse to work with children in need who identify as LGBT. The discriminatory bill stands to impact the approximately 14,000 children in the state’s foster and child welfare system.
SB 375, an anti-LGBT “License to Discriminate” bill that would allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples, advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this morning. The bill could come before the full Senate as early as tomorrow.
“There are no winners with SB 375,” said Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality’s Executive Director. “This bill does not help the thousands of young people in our state’s adoption and foster care system. It does not help loving parents who are looking to open their homes to children in need, either through fostering or adoption. It does not help our state’s economic image – particularly at this crucial juncture in our bid to bring up to 50,000 new and high-paying jobs to our state through Amazon. There are only losers with this bill: children denied permanent and loving homes, and potential parents coldly turned away simply because of who they are.” Continue reading