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Ge­or­gia Equal­ity launches se­ries doc­u­ment­ing LGBT dis­crim­i­na­tion

“All Things Be­ing Equal,” a new video se­ries pro­duced by Ge­or­gia Equal­ity, will fea­ture sto­ries from hard-work­ing LGBT Ge­or­gians who have been fired or de­nied em­ploy­ment, or were re­fused hous­ing or ac­cess to public ser­vices for no other rea­son than their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or gen­der iden­tity. Ge­or­gia is one of 28 states that have no laws pro­tect­ing peo­ple from dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or gen­der iden­tity.

“Many peo­ple across our coun­try and across our state as­sume that it’s al­ready illegal to fire some­one or deny them hous­ing or other ser­vices sim­ply be­cause they’re LGBT, but that’s not true,” says Jeff Graham, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Ge­or­gia Equal­ity, in a state­ment.

“There’s no fed­eral law pro­tect­ing LGBT peo­ple from dis­crim­i­na­tion, and there are no state laws on the books here in Ge­or­gia.

The first video in the se­ries tells the story of Con­nie Gal­loway, from Blue Ridge, Ge­or­gia. Gal­loway iden­ti­fies as les­bian and was fired by an in­terim su­per­vi­sor who made it known openly that she did not ap­prove of her sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

“No one should ever have to live in fear for their liveli­hood just be­cause they’re LGBT. That’s just not right,” says Gal­loway.

Ge­or­gia Equal­ity has also launched an online re­source guide that will as­sist LGBT in­di­vid­u­als who have faced dis­crim­i­na­tion based on their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or gen­der iden­tity.

Faith, equal­ity and ‘re­li­gious free­dom’ leg­is­la­tion ad­dressed at LGBT At­lanta fo­rum

Faith lead­ers and politi­cians came to­gether dur­ing Black Gay Pride this year for a fo­rum on faith and equal­ity, ad­dress­ing so-called “re­li­gious free­dom” leg­is­la­tion, rec­on­cil­ing sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion with re­li­gious be­liefs, and dis­cussing how to ad­dress such is­sues with oth­ers go­ing for­ward.

The fo­rum, hosted by In The Life At­lanta (ITLA) and Ge­or­gia Equal­ity and held Sep. 4 at the Ge­or­gian Ter­race Ho­tel, was mod­er­ated by state Rep. Keisha Waites (D-At­lanta) and in­cluded com­ments from state Sen. Vin­cent Fort (D-At­lanta) and At­lanta City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ceasar Mitchell.

Fort sounded a warn­ing to those in at­ten­dance, say­ing, “The Supreme Court de­ci­sion [on mar­riage equal­ity] is so im­por­tant be­cause it smoked the pro­po­nents of the re­li­gious free­dom act out, be­cause now they’re very clear: [They] want RFRA so [they] can pre­vent peo­ple from get­ting mar­ried. So I hope this week­end we celebrate and have a good time but we need to im­me­di­ately there­after get ready for the fight be­cause it’s go­ing to be what I call a throw down be­gin­ning the sec­ond Mon­day of Jan­uary when the leg­isla­tive ses­sion be­gins and RFRA is pro­posed.”

Traxx Girls’ founder ‘shocked, sad­dened’ over Chris Brown snub

Traxx Girls founder and les­bian party pro­moter Melissa Scott is fir­ing back at R&B singer Chris Brown af­ter he failed to ap­pear at a sched­uled night­club ap­pear­ance over At­lanta Black Gay Pride week­end. Brown took to Twit­ter shortly af­ter Ge­or­gia Voice broke the story to deny ever be­ing booked for the Traxx Girls event.

“We are ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed Chris Brown did not show up to our an­nual Satur­day night party dur­ing Pure Heat, At­lanta Black Gay Pride week­end,” said Scott in a state­ment. “We ne­go­ti­ated a con­tract in good faith and paid the agreed upon de­posit via wire trans­fer. We fully ex­pected Mr. Brown to ap­pear for our ladies and we are shocked and sad­dened that he would deny that we had an agree­ment. At this time, Traxx Girls is re­view­ing its op­tions with le­gal coun­sel.”

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