Ge­or­gia LGBT rights coali­tion calls on new Ge­or­gia AG to drop anti-trans law­suit

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LGBT rights coali­tion Ge­or­gia Unites Against Dis­crim­i­na­tion is call­ing on newly named Ge­or­gia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Chris Carr to with­draw the state from an anti-trans­gen­der law­suit against the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. The suit, filed in May on be­half of 23 states in­clud­ing Ge­or­gia, ar­gues that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had no au­thor­ity to di­rect the na­tion’s pub­lic school dis­tricts to per­mit stu­dents to use the re­strooms that cor­re­spond with their gender iden­tity. The fil­ing fol­lowed guid­ance that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sued for trans stu­dents in the U.S.

Ge­or­gia Unites, a ma­jor force in the fight against the anti-LGBT so-called “re­li­gious free­dom” bill HB757 ve­toed by Gov. Nathan Deal ear­lier this year, writes in an email blast to fol­low­ers, “De­spite the mount­ing ev­i­dence that dis­crim­i­na­tion wrecks lo­cal economies, 23 states—in­clud­ing Ge­or­gia—are shame­fully push­ing a law­suit will the sin­gu­lar goal of rolling back trans­gen­der pro­tec­tions. But our new At­tor­ney Gen­eral Chris Carr has the power to make a dif­fer­ence and halt Ge­or­gia’s in­volve­ment in this heinous law­suit.”

They’re ask­ing their sup­port­ers to sign a pe­ti­tion urg­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Carr to with­draw from the suit, warn­ing, “Ge­or­gia does not need to be the next North Carolina.” That state has been em­broiled in con­tro­versy and taken a mas­sive eco­nomic hit af­ter pass­ing the anti-LGBT House Bill 2.

Carr re­places for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Sam Olens, who took over as pres­i­dent of Ken­ne­saw State Univer­sity de­spite protests from many in the LGBT com­mu­nity.

THEA con­fer­ence re­turned to At­lanta for sec­ond year

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