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ENDA advances out of committee, faces full Senate test next

Sen. Todd Harkin

Gay rights supporters in Washington have been trying to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for years, but renewed momentum thanks to two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage cases have put a new focus on workplace protections for the country's LGBT workers.

The U.S. Senate's committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today passed H.B. 815, the 2013 version of ENDA.

ENDA, in its current form, would prohibit employers from firing, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against workers solely based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Atlanta Pride announces pre-festival lineup

The Atlanta Pride festival and parade

The Atlanta Pride Committee has released the Stride into Pride schedule of events. The events will lead into the 2012 Atlanta Pride Weekend (Oct. 13-14) and kick off this weekend.

"We are excited that there are so many events surrounding the Pride Festival,” said Glen Paul Freedman, Atlanta Pride Committee board char. “These activities offer a wide range of options for anyone who may build their vacation around the Pride Festival, or for those local residents looking to get involved in a community activity prior the festival weekend."

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New generation of Atlanta LGBTQ youth speaks out

JustUsATL

“My mom met my boyfriend today,” Gabriel Haggray said, seated at a patio table at Savage Pizza in Little Five Points with friends Chris Kontopidis and Casey Geyer. “She gave him a hug.”

A huge grin allowed a flash of his blue-tinted braces to shine. This was a huge step for Haggray, 24, a psychology major at Georgia Perimeter College who once had dreams of a ballet career and now hopes to become a criminal profiler for the FBI.

When Haggray came out in the 11th grade, his parents were a bit reluctant to understand and accept. It’s a different story today. Haggray said the support he receives from his family, especially his older sisters, is monumental.