East Point, Georgia Adds Protections for Gay, Transgender Workers

December 28, 2009

by April Hunt | Atlanta Journal Constitution

East Point has become just the second city in Fulton County — and one of a handful statewide — to adopt protections for its gay and transgender employees.

The local law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, approved by the City Council earlier this week, is almost an afterthought in a city that has offered same-sex domestic partner benefits for employees since 2005.

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Georgia Elects Nation’s First Black Lesbian State Legislator

December 3, 2009

from GayPolitics.com

Great news tonight from Georgia.  Voters there have elected the first openly lesbian African-American state legislator in the United States, and Atlanta voters elected the first gay man and first Asian-American to the city council.

Simone Bell, a Victory Fund-endorsed candidate, won a runoff election to represent Georgia State House District 58.  She becomes the second openly LGBT member of the Georgia State House, joining Rep. Karla Drenner.  Both are from the Atlanta area.

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Mayoral Candidates Lobby for Gay Vote

September 28, 2009

By Eric Stirgus | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Within hours of an Atlanta police raid of a popular gay Midtown bar this month, the news releases came in rapid-fire succession.

All four leading mayoral candidates — Lisa Borders, Mary Norwood, Kasim Reed and Jesse Spikes — sent statements urging city officials to conduct a fair investigation into the Sept. 10 raid at the Atlanta Eagle and punish any police officers found to have violated the bar patrons’ civil rights.

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Trans Woman Suing Georgia Legislature Will Testify before Congress

September 22, 2009

By Dyana Bagby | Southern Voice

Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who sued leaders of the Georgia General Assembly in federal court after she was fired from her job as a legislative editor, will testify tomorrow at a hearing for the Employment Nondiscrimination Act before a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

Glenn filed the lawsuit filed July 22, 2008, and is represented by gay and transgender legal group Lambda Legal. The suit names Georgia Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram); President Pro-Tem of the Senate Eric Johnson (R-Savannah); Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle; Glenn’s supervisor, Robyn Underwood; and General Assembly Legislative Council Sewell Brumby

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