The papers of some of Atlanta's most well-known gay activists will be donated to Emory University on Thursday during a screening of "Breaking Through," a documentary about openly gay politicians.
Donating their personal papers to Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) are Doraville City Councilmember Brian Bates, state Rep. Karla Drenner, veteran political activist Ken Britt and Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Jones Room at Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Library.
A messy divorce, a gay cousin from DeKalb County who traveled to New York to get legally married, the influence of young Democrats, being a self-proclaimed "bald-head fat redneck" — these are the reasons DuBose Porter, the new chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, gave as to how he evolved on the issue on marriage equality.
Porter spoke about his "evolution" at today's Democratic Party LGBT Caucus meeting where he spoke openly and frankly about his past and what he hopes for the future of the party on progressive issues, including gay marriage.
Avondale Estates, the home of state Rep. Karla Drenner, the first openly gay state legislator in Georgia, has now established a domestic partnership registry for its residents. The registry extends to lesbian and gay couples as well as opposite-sex couples.
While a domestic partner registry does not offer any legal recognition of a couple's relationship due to Georgia's 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the registry does add a level of symbolic recognition to couples and their relationships.
This new resolution should also help boost Avondale Estates' ranking from an 8 out of 100 with the Human Rights Campaign in its next "municipal equality" ranking.