When a hate crimes bill passed out of a Georgia House committee earlier this month, it was seen as a...
Almost 1,000 transgender people and allies from around the country are expected to gather in Atlanta Sept 4-8 for the 23rdannual Southern Comfort Conference, one of the largest and oldest events of its kind.
Alexis Dee, this year’s conference chair, has worn many hats for Southern Comfort over the years. She attended for the first time in 2005 and began volunteering not long after.
“Going that first year changed my life,” she said.
The Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, an organization for the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal community and allies, will hold its Annual Awards Dinner and honor Vandy Beth Glenn, Kathleen Womack and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys for their continued fight for LGBT equality.
This year’s dinner is slated for Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. This year's honorees:
The Atlanta Pride Committee announced today its grand marshals for its annual parade, those who will ride at the front and give their best royalty waves on Sunday, Oct. 14.
From a trans woman who won a precedent setting case after she was fired from her job at the Georgia General Assembly to a longtime stripper at the Clermont Lounge, the grand marshals are a diverse group.
"We are so proud of our 2012 Grand Marshals. It is going to be really exciting having such a diverse group of individuals representing the LGBT community at the Atlanta Pride Festival this year,” said Atlanta Pride Board Chair Glen Paul Freedman in a prepared statement.
“If you know any of these individuals or members of one of the groups, please congratulate them on this honor…and if you don’t know them, we hope you will show your appreciation of their support for the LGBT community by giving them a wave as they are on the parade route. It is really going to be great day for everyone,” he said.
Getting Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is no easy task, obviously, especially when it comes to the gender identity part. I mean, the anti-gay bigots are frothing at the mouth thinking about who will be using what bathroom.
But today the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee held a hearing on ENDA and included a transgender witness to testify about his experiences. This is the same Congress that likes to discuss birth control with no women present, so no doubt this was a major victory for LGBT and ENDA activists.
A town hall meeting to discuss the impact of the recent federal appeals court ruling upholding a lower court's ruling that transgender woman Vandy Beth Glenn was discriminated against by the state will be held Jan. 10 at the Phillip Rush Center.
Hosted by Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization, the town hall forum will feature Lambda Legal attorneys who worked on the Glenn case. Glenn sued the state after she was fired from her job as a legislative editor when she told her superiors she was transitioning from male to female.
The town hall forum will also be a time to discuss House Bill 630, introduced last year by state Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates). The bill, titled the Georgia Fair Employment Practices Bill, calls for employment non-discrimination for state employees and includes sexual orientation and gender identity. It would cover Georgia’s 174,000 state employees. Currently 21 states bar job discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation, while 12 also ban job bias against state employees based on gender identity, according to Georgia Equality.
2011 was a busy year for LGBT coverage in Atlanta. We were on-hand, and filmed, press conferences, protests, parades, concerts and drag shows. Here are our choices for the top 5 videos of 2011:
LGBT activists rally for immigration reform
Early this year, the Georgia Legislature was putting the final touches on the state's new immigration legislation, modeled after the controversial Arizona law of national fame.
2011 brought several milestones likely to impact LGBT Georgians for years to come. Some are worth celebrating, like Vandy Beth Glenn’s win over transgender discrimination in the Georgia General Assembly, and the first openly gay man to serve in the state legislature.
Others, like the state’s lackluster response to HIV and Shorter College’s anti-gay staff policy, made us shake our heads and wonder how long it will be before LGBT equality comes to the Deep South.
The year also proved pivotal for several well-known local LGBT organizations and businesses — including Outwrite Bookstore, Positive Impact, MEGA Family Project and the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative — that announced major changes this year.