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The Georgia legislative session ended without passing a bill that would have legalized discrimination against the LGBT community. Much like Indiana and Arkansas, Georgia was considering a 'license to discriminate' bill. It had already passed the Georgia Senate, and was then tabled by the House Judiciary Committee.
For the first time, two openly transgender ministers are scheduled to preach at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Emory's LGBT student organization Sacred Worth organized a week of education, entitled “Trans*forming Christianity.”
Sir Elton John penned an op-ed for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, in opposition to Georgia's Senate Bill 129, or the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act." The bill, which would allow individuals and businesses to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against others—including LGBT Georgians.
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The Counter Narrative of Atlanta was founded out of a commitment to amplifying the voices of black gay men. It hopes to both build political power and simultaneously disrupt problematic narratives around black gay men. Narratives that far too often reinforce and perpetuate the stigma endured by black gay men.
All Access: Taking in homeless LGBT youth for a living
GLAAD's video series, GLAAD: All Access, features interviews with newsmakers, hit-makers, and people making a difference. This week, Rick Westbrook, co-founder and executive director of Lost-n-Found Youth, sat down with GLAAD to talk about taking in homeless LGBT youth for a living.
The "Candlelight Vigil Against Bullying, Jealousy, Hatefulness and for Love & Peace" will be happening on Saturday in Rome, Georgia.