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Georgia’s AIDS drug program funds ‘in the balance’ as legislature comes to a close

More than 1,000 people are currently on Georgia’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting list and funding for the program is threatened with cuts, according to Georgia Equality.

In an email today titled "ADAP funds in the balance," Georgia Equality said that as of April 1, there were 1,278 people waiting to receive life-saving drugs to treat HIV and AIDS. ADAP provides the medication to low-income people who have no other options for receiving medical care.

When the state House passed its version of a budget, members cut $600,000 from ADAP. However, that money was restored by the Senate but now the funding issue sits in committee to see if the program will retain this money or not. The Georgia legislature is set to finish up April 14.

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State employment non-discrimination bill to be introduced in Ga. General Assembly

Dee Dee Chamble of La Gender, Inc.

A Georgia Employment Non-Discrimination Act including transgender protections will be introduced in the upcoming legislative session, it was announced at this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance at the State Capitol.

Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, told the some 100 people attending TDOR at the state Capitol that a bill was being worked on to be introduced. Currently it is legal for a person to be fired in Georgia simply for being gay.

Graham cited the federal court victory of Vandy Beth Glenn as the reason now is the time to try to get such a bill introduced.

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Atlanta LGBT groups finalize NOM counter-protest plans

The National Organization for Marriage protests in Indianapolis

The Queer Justice League of Atlanta, Georgia Equality and MEGA Family Project are finalizing plans for a counter-protest to an anti-gay marriage group’s planned demonstration in Atlanta.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) will make its way to the Georgia Capitol on August 7th as part of a national “marriage tour.”