10th Annual Evening for Equality
Take The Survey
How can you help the Why Marriage Matters Georgia campaign? Start by sharing your story.
We know that what makes the difference in advancing this work is to share the stories of real couples, real families and the real joys and challenges you face. These stories will form the backbone of our educational campaign here in Georgia. While we may share some of this information with our partners, we will not share anything publicly without checking with you and letting you know how we will use this information.
If you would like to participate in this project, please fill out this form: LGBTQ Couples Survey
HB 1023 and SB 377 must be stopped! This legislation
would allow business owners in Georgia to refuse service and employment to gay and lesbian individuals, based on religious beliefs.
These bills both have the title of "Preservation of Religious Freedom Act."
We strongly believe in the freedom of religion and fairness, but HB 1023 and SB 377 go too far. The language in this law is too broad and unclear and could open the door for serious and even harmful unintended consequences for all Georgians.
Click below to take action on our latest action alert and visit our facebook page for frequent updates on these bills.
The Why Marriage Matters Georgia Campaign
Over the past several months, at events, town hall meetings, emails, social networking and community rallies, Georgia Equality has been talking with you about building the movement we all deserve in our home state of Georgia. As part of these efforts, in 2014, we are partnering with our friends at Freedom to Marry to launch the Why Marriage Matters Georgia Campaign.
A recent poll conducted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution showed that support for same-sex marriage in Georgia is growing. The poll found that 48 percent of residents favor gay marriage and 43 percent oppose it (9 percent didn't know or didn't answer). While this is encouraging, we have a lot of work to do to make marriage equality a reality. We are building the infrastructure that is needed to win marriage in Georgia.
We need to raise 50K to launch this campaign. The initial funds raised for the campaign will be used to conduct targeted polling to determine why the numbers have changed so rapidly, to develop strategic and effective messaging, to develop educational materials for the public and to conduct outreach to communities of faith.
The success of the Why Marriage Matters Georgia Campaign ultimately depends on LGBT Georgian's and our allies being engaged in the movement. It will take you staying informed, volunteering your time, investing your money, voting in every election, and writing and calling your lawmakers.
Help build the vibrant and effective infrastructure we need to win the freedom to marry in our home state! MAKE A DONATION TODAY.
Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act
In the 2014 legislative session we will be working to pass the Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA). This legislation, first introduced in 2011, would amend state labor laws to add safeguards from discrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. FEPA is cosponsored by a total of 67 members of the House of Representatives, including 55 Democrats, 11 Republicans and 1 Independent. All 174,000 employees working for the State of Georgia would be protected from discriminatory hiring and firing practices. If the legislation passes, Georgia would join twenty-four states and the District of Columbia that offer similar protections for public employees.
“Georgia state law currently provides no protections for LGBT people, resulting in unfair treatment and many costly lawsuits. The victorious case of transgender woman Vandy Beth Glenn who was wrongfully fired from her job at the Capitol is one example for the need for legislation to prevent these cases from coming up in the first place,” stated Georgia Equality executive director, Jeff Graham. Graham added, “While this legislation does not address private employment in Georgia, it would provide clear instructions to agencies, supervisors and employees to prevent discrimination in public employment and set the tone for the rest of the state’s business sector.”
Join The Campaign For Safe Schools
Including the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" in anti-bullying policies can mean the difference between a teacher intervening when anti-gay taunts are thrown around, or looking the other way to protect their job. It means the difference between a youth feeling safe enough to come out of the closet or waiting for years until "it gets better". It means the difference between a student reporting harassment or keeping it to themselves because they fear nothing will be done.
Because of the hard work and dedication of students, parents, school officials and advocacy, today 38% of public school students in Georgia are now covered with anti-bullying policies that include gender identity and 54% of students covered with policies that include sexual orientation. However, much more work needs to be done for us to ensure that 100% of students are fully protected.
Join the Campaign for Safe Schools in Georgia TODAY
Is Your Family Protected? Download These Important Documents
Same-sex couples can’t marry in Georgia….yet, but until then there are ways to protect your family. In 2007 Georgia Equality led the campaign which resulted in the passage of the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare (click link to download form), a state law securing the right of same-sex partners to ride in ambulances and have hospital visitation, among other protections. These documents are simple, short and easy to understand. Protect your family by downloading and signing them today!
Here’s what the document does:
PART ONE—Health Care Agent. This part allows you to choose someone to make health care decisions for you when you cannot (or do not want to) make health care decisions for yourself.
PART TWO—Treatment Preferences. This part allows you to state your treatment preferences if you have a terminal condition or if you are in a state of permanent unconsciousness. You should talk to your family and others close to you about your treatment preferences.