By the Num­bers 35 per­cent

GA Voice - - Georgia News -

The South is home to more LGBT peo­ple than any other re­gion in the coun­try, but it’s also home to the most anti-LGBT dis­crim­i­na­tion. Not one South­ern state has passed an em­ploy­ment nondis­crim­i­na­tion law, and the re­gion was ground zero for anti-LGBT bills this year, with Ge­or­gia just one of the states to garner na­tional at­ten­tion along with North Carolina, Ten­nessee and oth­ers.

So the LGBT In­sti­tute at the Cen­ter for Civil and Hu­man Rights and Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity (GSU) have part­nered up to con­nect aca­demic re­searchers with LGBT ad­vo­cates across the re­gion to tell the sto­ries of those marginal­ized LGBT South­ern­ers, us­ing not a bull­horn or a protest but a less dra­matic (though no less ef­fec­tive) tool—hard data.

GSU and the In­sti­tute will do so by con­nect­ing with LGBT ad­vo­cates across the 14 states in the re­gion over the next sev­eral months, con­duct­ing a sur­vey in the fall, hold­ing an aca­demic sym­po­sium in Novem­ber and re­leas­ing pre­lim­i­nary find­ings as early as this De­cem­ber.

Com­mu­nity feed­back aids in sur­vey cre­ation

LGBT In­sti­tute ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ryan Roe­mer­man, shown here in front of last fall’s LGBT ex­hibit. (File photo)

By PA­TRICK SAUN­DERS

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