Dee Dee Cham­blee de­mands apol­ogy from East Point of­fi­cial for trans­pho­bic in­ci­dent

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Long­time At­lanta trans­gen­der ac­tivist Dee Dee Cham­blee re­turned to the mu­nic­i­pal court build­ing in East Point on March 23 where she says she was re­peat­edly mis­gen­dered and in­ter­ro­gated about her gen­i­talia by So­lic­i­tor General An­tavius Weems.

Cham­blee orig­i­nally ap­peared in court on Jan. 27 to de­fend a sim­ple traf­fic charge, but tells Ge­or­gia Voice that in the process of her hear­ing she was “whisked away to a pri­vate room, in­ter­ro­gated about her gen­der re­as­sign­ment surgery, lied to about the law and threat­ened with jail time.”

Nearly two-dozen sup­port­ers joined her as she con­fronted Weems and de­manded a pub­lic apol­ogy and thor­ough train­ing on gen­der, sex­u­al­ity and trans iden­ti­ties for all city court per­son­nel.

Weems apol­o­gized for how he made Cham­blee feel but re­fused to apol­o­gize for mis­gen­der­ing her, cit­ing an un­known law as a re­quire­ment for him to ad­dress Cham­blee by the gen­der marker on her gov­ern­ment-is­sued iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in­stead of her pre­ferred pro­noun.

GOP law­maker de­fends anti-gay ‘re­li­gious free­dom’ bill

State Sen. Greg Kirk (R-Amer­i­cus) ad­dressed the me­dia on March 22 to de­fend a con­tro­ver­sial anti-LGBT so-called “re­li­gious free­dom” bill, cit­ing the ef­fect mar­riage equal­ity has had on coun­tries like Canada, Mex­ico and the United King­dom. He also con­firmed specifics about the bill re­gard­ing lo­cal nondis­crim­i­na­tion or­di­nances and called on Gov. Nathan Deal to sign the bill into law. Deal an­nounced on March 28 his in­tent to veto House Bill 757.

Kirk ad­dressed sev­eral is­sues raised by op­po­nents of the bill, in­clud­ing whether the bill would su­per­sede lo­cal nondis­crim­i­na­tion or­di­nances. A clause in the bill says it can’t be used to al­low “dis­crim­i­na­tion on any grounds by fed­eral or state law,” but there are no nondis­crim­i­na­tion pro­tec­tions for LGBT peo­ple in Ge­or­gia on a state or fed­eral level. When pressed on whether the bill would can­cel out those LGBT non-dis­crim­i­na­tion or­di­nances in 60 ju­ris­dic­tions across the state—in­clud­ing At­lanta—Kirk con­firmed the point, say­ing, “Fed­eral law trumps state law and state law trumps lo­cal law. That’s the way it works.”

Kirk re­peat­edly claimed that he had an “open door pol­icy” on dis­cus­sion about the bill but con­firmed that he did not con­sult with Reps. Karla Dren­ner (D-Avon­dale Es­tates), Keisha Waites (D-At­lanta) or Park Can­non (D-At­lanta) be­fore in­tro­duc­ing the re­vised ver­sion of the bill last week. Dren­ner, Waites and Can­non are the only openly LGBT law­mak­ers in the General Assem­bly.

Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights pile on against Ge­or­gia’s anti-gay ‘re­li­gious free­dom’ bill

The We­in­stein Com­pany, Fox, Vi­a­com, AMC (which films the block­buster TV show “The Walk­ing Dead” in Ge­or­gia), Starz, Lion­s­gate and Time Warner are the lat­est me­dia com­pa­nies to op­pose HB 757. Time Warner says the bill “clearly vi­o­lates the val­ues and prin­ci­ples of in­clu­sion and the abil­ity of all peo­ple to live and work free from dis­crim­i­na­tion,” while the We­in­stein Com­pany says it “will not stand be­hind sanc­tion­ing the dis­crim­i­na­tion of LGBT peo­ple or any Amer­i­can.”

The We­in­stein Com­pany also threat­ened to move a Lee Daniels-di­rected biopic of Richard Pryor star­ring Oprah Win­frey, Ed­die Mur­phy, Kate Hud­son, Mike Epps and Tracy Mor­gan.

Dis­ney and its Mar­vel Stu­dios film unit also an­nounced on March 23 that they would pull out of Ge­or­gia per­ma­nently if Gov. Deal signed the bill into law. The com­ments came in a Dis­ney state­ment to the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

Dis­ney’s an­nounce­ment came on the heels of the At­lanta Con­ven­tion and Visi­tors Bureau’s state­ment in­di­cat­ing that over 15 com­pa­nies would con­sider mov­ing their con­ven­tions out of At­lanta if the bill passed, tor­pe­do­ing the city’s con­ven­tion busi­ness by 40 per­cent over the next five years and cost­ing the city’s econ­omy over $6 bil­lion.

The Hu­man Rights Cam­paign also un­veiled a list of en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try lead­ers who pledged to boy­cott the state if Gov. Deal had cho­sen to sign the bill into law. The list in­cluded: Dustin Lance Black, Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Daniels, Anne Hath­away, Seth MacFar­lane, Julianne Moore, Ryan Mur­phy, Aaron Sorkin, Marisa Tomei and Gus Van Sant.

Dee Dee Cham­blee (left) and Holiday Sim­mons (right) lead a march to the City of East Point Mu­nic­i­pal Court. (Photo by Dar­ian Aaron)

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