2016 GLAAD nom­i­na­tions have Ge­or­gia ties

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Law­mak­ers with of­fices on the east side of the Ge­or­gia State Capi­tol will have quite a show to watch across the street in Lib­erty Plaza in early Fe­bru­ary, as Ge­or­gia’s LGBT com­mu­nity and al­lies con­verge there for a rally against a slew of so-called “religious free­dom” bills on Feb. 9, fol­lowed the next day by a “prayer rally” in the same lo­ca­tion head­lined by evan­gel­i­cal preacher Franklin Gra­ham that is ex­pected to draw mul­ti­ple GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates.

First up is the Rally To Stop LGBT Dis­crim­i­na­tion on Tues­day, Feb. 9 at noon, or­ga­nized by bi­par­ti­san LGBT rights coali­tion Ge­or­gia Unites Against Dis­crim­i­na­tion, of which Ge­or­gia Equal­ity is a mem­ber.

This year, there are six dif­fer­ent so-called “religious free­dom” bills un­der con­sid­er­a­tion in the state leg­is­la­ture that would have po­ten­tially trou­bling ef­fects on the LGBT com­mu­nity.

On Feb. 10 at noon, Gra­ham will ap­pear at the plaza to rally in sup­port of such bills as the six men­tioned above.

GLAAD an­nounced the nom­i­nees for its an­nual Me­dia Awards on Jan. 27, and the list wasn’t with­out a lit­tle Ge­or­gia LGBT flair.

“Bessie,” the HBO film that premiered last sum­mer star­ring Queen Lat­i­fah as leg­endary blues singer Bessie Smith, was nom­i­nated for Out­stand­ing TV Movie or Lim­ited Se­ries. It was filmed in At­lanta and also starred Mo’Nique, who taped her talk show, “The Mo’Nique Show” here dur­ing its two-sea­son run.

And there were two Ge­or­gia con­nec­tions in the Out­stand­ing Dig­i­tal Jour­nal­ism— Mul­ti­me­dia cat­e­gory. Huf­fPost Live got a nod for “Freed Trans Woman Ash­ley Di­a­mond On Life Be­hind Bars In Men’s Prison.” Di­a­mond was the trans­gen­der Ge­or­gia in­mate who filed a fed­eral law­suit against the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Corrections al­leg­ing that she had been de­nied med­i­cal treat­ment for gen­der dys­pho­ria and had been sex­u­ally as­saulted by other in­mates. She was freed from prison early last Au­gust.

Join­ing the Ash­ley Di­a­mond piece in the cat­e­gory was “Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” by TV per­son­al­ity Clay Cane. The hour-long BET.com doc­u­men­tary premiered last Novem­ber and fea­tured sev­eral of At­lanta’s churches, sights and LGBT com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing the Lost-N-Found Youth shel­ter in the West End, Vi­sion Church of At­lanta, Ebenezer Bap­tist Church and Vic­tory For The World Church in Stone Moun­tain.

Ge­or­gia LGBT groups score grants from El­ton John AIDS Foun­da­tion

The El­ton John AIDS Foun­da­tion an­nounced on Jan. 27 more than $5.4 mil­lion in new grants to sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions ad­dress­ing the HIV/AIDS epi­demic, with sev­eral Ge­or­gia-based or­ga­ni­za­tions among those to land on the list and the state haul­ing in nearly half a mil­lion dol­lars in grants alone. The Equal­ity Fed­er­a­tion of Ge­or­gia (Ge­or­gia Equal­ity’s sis­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion), SPARK Re­pro­duc­tive Jus­tice Now and Sis­terLove were among the lo­cal LGBT groups that scored grants from EJAF.

In this grant cy­cle, the Foun­da­tion re­newed 38 grants and funded 32 new or­ga­ni­za­tions, with 7 of those grants go­ing to Ge­or­gia groups for a to­tal of $455,000.

The com­plete list of grant re­cip­i­ents can be found on­line at www.the­gavoice.com.

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