Georgia Equality’s mission is to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and our allies throughout the state. We are two organizations – united with a common vision but serving unique functions in our work to achieve equality. Georgia Equality, Inc. works year-round to pass pro-equality legislation and elect fair-minded elected officials. Through the Equality Foundation of Georgia, we conduct voter registration and educational activities, provide information to decision makers, and work to organize and mobilize LGBT residents and allies to advance equality in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the state.
|In The Life Atlanta Celebrates “20 Years Strong”
In The Life Atlanta, the official organizer of Atlanta Black Gay Pride (ABGP) has the theme this year of “20 Years Strong,” to acknowledge its 20 years of service to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community.
Georgia Equality will be participating again this year throughout the following event schedule for September 1st& 2nd at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Blvd, Atlanta 30313. Georgia Equality will also be participating in the health fair on Saturday and will table at the Pure Heat Festival on Sunday.
ATLANTA BLACK GAY PRIDE TOWN HALL & DISCUSSION SERIES SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 1st
8:30am – TOWN HALL – “A More Perfect Union – The Need for Comprehensive Civil Rights”
Moderator Leah Ward Sears – Former Ga Supreme Court Justice
10:00am – THRIVING WITH HIV – “Overcoming the Stigma that Prevents Us from Ending the Epidemic “
10:00am – ORLANDO – “Lessons Learned”
12:00pm – Women’s Empowerment Purple Ribbon Luncheon — LGBTQIA Anti-Bullying Campaign
Celebrating Audre Lorde and her contribution to women as a feminist and activist.
2:15pm – QUEER CONVERSATIONS
2:15pm – Domestic Violence – “Love shouldn’t hurt like this”
Friday, September 2nd
8:30am – SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCUSSION – OUR LIVES MATTER
8:30am – SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCUSSION – THE INSIDE GAME
10:00am – MEDIA & FILM: IMAGES OF A CHANGING LANDSCAPE
10:00am – THE EQUALITY MOVEMENT – Politics, Law & Race
11:30am – FAITH & EQUALITY DISCUSSION
2:00pm – TRANSGENDER EMPOWERMENT
2:00pm – CAMPUS EQUALITY – Living & Learning
3:30pm – HIV INCLUSION – In It Together
3:30pm – SPORTS & LGBTQ EQUALITY
To learn more information contact: www. Inthelifeatlanta.org
As Georgia students return to school, five LGBT advocacy groups have introduced a new resource called the Georgia Transgender Student Rights Watch. Lambda Legal, Georgia Equality, Anti-Defamation League, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, and GLSEN Atlanta (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) have created the platform in a joint effort to monitor the discrimination transgender and gender nonconforming students experience across all schools, from elementary schools to college campuses.
If you are a transgender student and you are being denied access to facilities at school, we want to hear from you. If you are being forced to use a separate restroom or changing area away from your peers because of who you are, we want to hear from you. If you are the parent of a transgender or gender nonconforming student, and your child has not been treated fairly or equally, we want to hear from you. Separating transgender students from other students by forcing them to use separate restroom and locker room spaces is demeaning and can be emotionally damaging. It also violates the law.
Georgia Trans Student Rights Watch can be found at: http://www.lambdalegal.org/trans-student-rights-watch
Georgia Equality has partnered withGeorgians for a Health Future and The Health Initiative to help Georgians who have faced discrimination in health care report it so we can help stop it from happening again. Thanks to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, LGBT Georgians, who experience unique challenges and barriers in obtaining health care coverage and accessing care, now have protections from discrimination in coverage and care. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you can file a complaint online with the Office for Civil Rights. Please also tell us about your experience so we can help you navigate the complaint process and identify systemic issues that should be addressed through public policy advocacy.