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No Georgia hospitals rated ‘top performers’ by HRC

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay political group, released its annual Healthcare Equality Index on June 7. Two Georgia hospitals, both in Atlanta, were among the 178 facilities rated on policies affecting LGBT patients and staff.

Emory University Hospital received credit for having an equal employment opportunity policy that includes sexual orientation.

Piedmont Hospital received credit for having a gay-inclusive Equal Employment policy, as well as visitation policies that give same-sex couples the same access as opposite-sex couples and next of kin, visitation polices that give same-sex partners the same visitation for their minor children as opposite-sex partners, and cultural competency training that includes healthcare issues that impact LGBT people.

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LGBT immigration forum focuses on Asian Americans

The public is invited to the Phillip Rush Center on June 9 to discuss the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigration with a panel of experts ranging from attorneys to individuals who have dealt with immigration issues. The discussion will cover federal law as well as Georgia laws.

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Ga. Senate race pits longtime ally against gay-friendly newcomer

State Senate contendees Graham Balch and Vincent Fort

In the Democratic primary for state Senate District 39, one of the strongest LGBT allies in the Georgia General Assembly faces a challenger who is also drawing gay support.

The district, currently represented by Sen. Vincent Fort, stretches from East Point to Buckhead, includes much of Midtown, and is home to one of the largest concentrations of gay voters in the city.