LGBT group launches fundraiser for non­prof­its, art project

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Lambda Le­gal asked the US Supreme Court on Sept. 7 to review the case of Jameka Evans, a Sa­van­nah se­cu­rity guard who was re­port­edly phys­i­cally as­saulted, ha­rassed, de­nied equal pay and forced to leave her job be­cause she is a les­bian. The goal of the pe­ti­tion is a na­tion­wide rul­ing that sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion dis­crim­i­na­tion vi­o­lates Ti­tle VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In April 2015, Evans filed suit against her for­mer em­ployer, Ge­or­gia Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, claim­ing it vi­o­lated Ti­tle VII via gen­der-based dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“My su­per­vi­sor … did not like that I was a les­bian who didn’t fit his stereo­type of how a woman should look,” Evans said in a prior state­ment. “It is heart­break­ing to know that no mat­ter how good I was at my job, be­ing a les­bian with a short hair­cut meant I would never be good enough.”

The US District Court in Ge­or­gia dis­missed her com­plaint, say­ing Ti­tle VII does not of­fer gen­der-based pro­tec­tions. In Jan­uary 2016, Lambda Le­gal filed an ap­peal on Evans’ be­half, and in March 2017, a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Cir­cuit de­nied the claim again. Lambda Le­gal then asked the whole Eleventh Cir­cuit court to re­hear the case, but that re­quest was de­clined.

At­lanta peer men­tor­ing group Rain­bros launched a fundraiser this month for a new art in­stal­la­tion at the in­ter­sec­tion of 10th Street and Pied­mont Av­enue that could, if enough money is raised, lead to the city’s first tran­si­tional hous­ing ded­i­cated to the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity.

The build­ing wrap on the wall in be­tween G’s Mid­town and 10th and Pied­mont restau­rants would read “Still Too Busy To Hate,” with the let­ters spell­ing “hate” filled with mes­sages of love from the fundraiser’s donors.”

The to­tal cost of the project, mi­nus ser­vices and sup­plies do­nated by gay-owned At­lanta busi­nesses KEYLAY De­sign and Prima Print­ing, would be $7,800, ac­cord­ing to Rain­bros. All ad­di­tional funds raised be­yond that, and a PayPal pro­cess­ing fee, will go to five so­cial jus­tice or­ga­ni­za­tions: Trans Hous­ing At­lanta Pro­gram, Lost-n-Found Youth, Ge­or­gia Latino Al­liance for Hu­man Rights, The Link coun­sel­ing Cen­ter and The At­lanta Women’s Foun­da­tion.

Rain­bros set an over­all fundrais­ing goal of $25,000 by Sept. 26. There are four lev­els of giv­ing, start­ing at $100 for a per­son­al­ized heart on the build­ing wrap. For $250, donors can choose the lo­ca­tion of their heart. At the $500 level, donors’ names will be in­cluded on all pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial, and those who give $1,000 will re­ceive a pub­lic thank-you at the un­veil­ing on Oct. 7.

Jameka Evans

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