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Georgia is the 4th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on January 2, 1788. The state capital is Atlanta, which is also its largest city.

LGBT Rights in Georgia: Constitutional Amendment 1, enacted in 2004, prohibits state-level legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Georgia law does not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Transgender man says police threatened genital search during traffic stop

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Juan Evans
EAST POINT, Ga. -- A transgender man is demanding an apology after being arrested by East Point, Ga., police last week during a traffic stop because they wanted to verify his gender. Juan Evans tells WSB-TV that he didn’t have his driver’s license with him when he was stopped for speeding, and as a result he was ridiculed, humiliated...

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Atlanta police department drafts transgender interaction policy

Saturday, October 11, 2014
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta police have adopted new policies establishing guidelines for officers' interaction with transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming citizens. Chief George Turner said in a statement Thursday that the guideline are meant to ensure that transgender people and others are given the same level of respect and courtesy as others.

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Georgia public health department launches HIV/AIDS website

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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ATLANTA -- Health officials in Georgia have launched an online clearinghouse for information related to HIV and AIDS in the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health announced the launch of the Georgia CAPUS Care Portal.

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Marriage News Watch: More states waiting for Supreme Court on marriage rulings

Monday, September 22, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
A surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court's plans for taking up a marriage case -- or maybe not taking up any. An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state's marriage ban is unconstitutional. Plus: numerous states freeze their marriage lawsuits...

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Study: 24,000 transgender voters could be disenfranchised in November

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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LOS ANGELES – Ten states’ strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” authored by the Williams Institute’s ...

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Gay teen’s viral video drives funding for Atlanta LGBT homeless shelter

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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ATLANTA -- A non-profit organization in Atlanta will convert a more than century-old midtown building into a homeless center for LGBT teens, according to the organization's director. The Lost N' Found organization focuses on helping LGBT teens overcome homelessness.

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Report: Marriage equality would add $78 million, new jobs to Georgia economy

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Georgia would generate an estimated $78.8 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate more than 900 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 21,318 same-sex ...

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Georgia AG wants same-sex marriage challenge dismissed

Monday, July 21, 2014
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ATLANTA — Georgia’s attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Attorney General Sam Olens said in a filing on Monday that the suit takes away Georgia residents’ right to define marriage. Lambda Legal filed the suit in April on behalf of seven people...

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Gay teacher fired over plans to marry partner sues Catholic school for gender discrimination

Thursday, July 10, 2014
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MACON, Ga. — The former band director and music instructor at a Macon, Ga., Catholic school has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming gender discrimination after he was fired over his plans to marry another man. Flint Dollar says he was fired from Mount de Sales Academy in May, where he has taught since 2010, after announcing on Facebook...

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Atlanta man wanted in alleged anti-gay attack on cyclist turns himself in

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Michael Sanders, seen here in images captured from the victims cell phone.
ATLANTA -- An Atlanta man wanted in an alleged anti-gay attack on a cyclist turned himself in on Wednesday. Michael Sanders was charged with battery in the May 23 attack on 24-year-old Quinn Chrzan.

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