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Local gay activists plan protest of Chick-fil-A

The Chick-fil-A cows

Atlanta LGBT activists plan to cook up an old-fashioned protest at Chick-fil-A’s Leadercast Conference coming to the Georgia World Congress Center on May 6. Protesters plan to urge the Christian-based company to implement a workplace equality policy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.

Chick-fil-A has come under attack for its stance against gay marriage and donations to anti-gay institutions like Focus on the Family.

GetEQUAL GA and Atlanta’s Queer Justice League are joining forces to organize the protest at the World Congress Center. It will include protesters dressed in chicken costumes and sandwich boards — mocking the iconic chicken restaurant’s mascots — as well as passing out flyers to attendees noting that workplace equality is important for all major corporations.

Coca-Cola CEO and board chair Muhtar Kent is slated to be one of the Leadercast’s “Voices of Service” speakers. Paul Schappaugh of GetEQUAL GA said he plans to write Kent a letter informing him that Coca-Cola’s stance on equality for all employees clashes with Chick-fil-A’s philosophy.

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LGBT activists protest inequality on tax day

Demonstrators protest inequality on tax day

As you undoubtedly know, today is tax day. For some procrastinators, this is one of the most dreaded days of the year.

For married LGBT taxpayers, filing taxes is just another reminder of the inequality same-sex couples face every other day of the year. Because the Defense of Marriage Act requires the federal government to recognize a marriage as "one man and one woman," same-sex couples must file their federal taxes separately, despite the fact that they may be legally married in their home state.

Demonstrators from national LGBT advocacy organization GetEqual, like the ones pictured above in Washington D.C., are taking to the streets to highlight the lack of rights afforded to LGBT couples versus their straight counterparts. According to GetEqual, similar demonstrations are taking place all across the country today.

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NOM rally shows how we will win our fight for equality

Atlanta rally against NOM protest

We did it, Atlanta.

In August, hundreds of us braved soaring temperatures to stand across the street from the State Capitol, bearing witness against the National Organization for Marriage’s “Summer for Marriage” tour.

Of course, it was really a “Summer Against Gay Marriage” tour, complete with overwrought predictions of what would happen if (gasp) gay couples are legally allowed to say “I do.”

Alveda King — the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and a disgrace to her uncle’s legacy of inclusion and civil rights — told the assembled crowd redefining marriage by allowing gay couples to legally wed amounts to “genocide” and will lead to the “extinction” of the human race.

Um, the assembled crowd of 35. And I generously counted their speakers, performers, volunteers and even the media who stood on their side of the street.

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ATL gay promoters and activists honor legacy of MLK

Atlanta HIV / AIDS activst Craig Washington

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. noted that the gulf between different groups of people was widened not only by outright racism, but also by the unspoken acceptance of the status quo. Although the white and black gay populations in King’s hometown have gained tremendous vibrancy and clout since his era, modern Atlanta’s gay social scene can sometimes feel as segregated as 1950s lunch counters and water fountains.

“We’re creatures of habit, and we tend to stick to things and people that we are accustomed to,” says Gregory Allen, CEO of Xtreme Entertainment, which hosts “The Lion’s Den” parties. “We tend to stay in our own neighborhoods, we tend to party in our own circles.

“There are so many subsets of the LGBT community, and without actually taking the initiative or making the effort to really bring the cultures together, everyone just goes to their own corner — African-Americans partying in their own circle, Caucasians partying in their own circle, Hispanics partying in their own circle,” he adds.

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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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Queer Justice League preps for Friday’s holiday LGBT rights rally

Atlanta’s Queer Justice League is meeting tonight at First Existentialist Congregation to make signs ahead of their planned rally this Friday.

The “All I Want For Christmas Is Equal Rights” rally is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Lenox Road in Buckhead. The intersection is near Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza.

QJL is asking for volunteers to help provide supplies and help to make the signs. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and is scheduled to go until the final signs are made.

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‘All I Want for Christmas is Equality’ rally targets holiday shoppers

The Queer Justice League of Atlanta has planned a Black Friday rally at one of the city’s busiest shopping districts to push for equality on the local, state and national levels.

The QJL will meet Friday, Nov. 26, at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Lenox Road in Buckhead. The intersection is near Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza.

The rally, titled “All I Want For Christmas Is Equal Rights,” is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.