Atlanta LGBT Pride is here. As in past years, this week will be marked with a festival in the park, a parade, a film festival, religious services, memorials to AIDS victims, and celebratory socializing between friends. The Democratic Party of Georgia salutes the LGBT Community for the advances towards equality and fairness in all aspects of life. At the same time, we realize that we have much work still to do.
Georgia remains one of the states providing no basic protections for LGBT individuals. We can be fired from work, discriminated in housing, and denied basic benefits based solely on whom we love. We still do not have equality in recognition of our relationships of love, be it marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships. While Georgia has one of the largest LGBT populations in the US, our basic rights lag behind most other states.
While we could dwell on the lack of basic rights for the Georgia LGBT Community, we must also look at the positive LGBT journey with the Democratic Party of Georgia and National Democratic Party since our last Pride.
We have accomplished:
While we look at the work within our community, a special thanks go to our allies and friends. Your recognition that LGBT issues touch your families, neighbors, co-workers, and friends, and your unconditional fight for our rights, make this journey a winning one for all of Georgia. We, as Democrats, work as family making our state equal for all.
We invite all Democrats and friends to join us in this week of Pride on Sunday and walk with the Georgia Democrats LGBT Caucus and Young Democrats of Georgia in the Pride Parade. Step off is at 1 PM starting at the Marta Civic Center station. Volunteers are needed for the Democratic Party of Georgia booth at Pride for both Saturday and Sunday. You can sign-up here: Georgia Democrats Pride Booth Volunteers.
The LGBT community thanks you for your support, not just during this week of celebration, but 365 days a year.
Chairperson, Democratic Party of Georgia LGBT Caucus
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