Georgia Hub




24,000 Transgender People May Be Ineligible To Vote In November Due to Voter ID- VIDEO

Voting laws transgender people

Strict voter ID laws in ten states could create barriers to voting and lead to possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November, reports LGBTQ Nation.

MapAccording to the study “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” about 84,000 transgender people across the ten strict photo ID states are estimated to be eligible to vote. The 24,000 transgender voters who may face barriers to voting reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In order for these 24,000 voting-eligible transgender people to obtain the updated photo IDs required to vote in the November 2014 general election, they must comply with the requirements for updating their state-issued or federally-issued IDs.

The study’s author Jody L. Herman, Ph.D, said:

“Some voters may not have the means or the ability to present the required voter identification for a variety of reasons, such as poverty, disability, or religious objection.

Transgender people have unique barriers to obtaining accurate IDs needed to vote.

As these ten states begin planning for their fall elections, educating poll workers is crucial in order to ensure that transgender voters in their states have fair access to the ballot.”

Watch the 2012 National Center for Transgender Equality's "Voting While Trans" campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "24,000 Transgender People May Be Ineligible To Vote In November Due to Voter ID- VIDEO" »


Georgia Teen Disowned After 'Pray the Gay Away' Intervention Now Helping LGBT Homeless Shelter: VIDEO

Daniel Pierce, the Georgia teen who recorded disturbing video of his family's abhorrent and violent reaction to his sexuality during a "pray the gay away" intervention last month, has stopped taking donations to his GoFundMe page and has now asked that supporters instead contribute to Atlanta's Lost-n-Found Youth, a nonprofit organization that helps transition homeless LGBT young people into a permanent living situation.

PiercePierce's update to his GoFundMe page:

I’ve asked my friends to discontinue donations to the GoFundMe page, but if you would still like to give money and help the LGBTQ youth homeless crisis, please visit the Lost-n-Found Youth website at www.Lost-n-Found.org for more information on how you can make a difference for the many other kids in the world like me.

The GoFundMe page was set up to cover Pierce's living everyday expenses and has raised almost $94,000. Pierce has already donated a good chunk of that money to Lost-n-Found Youth.

GaLost-n-Found Youth is currently in the middle of a campaign with a goal of raising $500,000 to support the renovation of a building that would become the groups new home in 2015. The 100-year-old building in Atlanta would provide 18 homelss youth a place to live for up three months.

Watch a CBS46 news report about Pierce and Lost-n-Found Youth's renovation efforts, AFTER THE JUMP.

Once Pierce's family learned that he had published the video of their confrontation on YouTube, they left him a voicemail message asking him to remove it from the website. Since the video (also AFTER THE JUMP) was posted less than two weeks ago, it has garnered nearly 6 million views.

Continue reading "Georgia Teen Disowned After 'Pray the Gay Away' Intervention Now Helping LGBT Homeless Shelter: VIDEO" »


Senior GOP Spokesman Comes Out As Gay: 'Let Me Get Married'

James Richardson, a former spokesman and adviser for the RNC, former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, has come out as gay in an op-ed over at The Washington Post - writing on the important stability that marriage equality could provide for him and his partner and thousands of other same-sex couples in Georgia.

Writes Richardson: 

James richardsonIt’s not always easy to love Georgia, or love in it. Our state constitution explicitly forbids same-sex unions, and the local economy remains defiantly sluggish. Yet in spite of its blemishes, my would-be groom and I are deeply committed to our community, one whose values of faith and family we share.

On Saturday we huddled with 90,000 of our closest friends in approaching-100-degree heat to cheer on the University of Georgia Bulldogs in the season opener. And this Sunday, as those before it, we’ll be in the pews of the same evangelical church we’ve quietly attended for years. We bless our suppers, we pay our taxes, and we own a home in the suburbs. Norman Rockwell would have thought us boring, because, frankly, we are. 

But even if we failed, or refused on principle, to cross straight America’s bourgeois threshold for normalcy, gay people deserve the same the legal and moral considerations — and rights — enjoyed by all others. They are Americans whose rights were granted by God and the grit of their forbearers, yet they are forced to defend their love, and the various planes on which it may be judged (constitutional, cultural and economic), to distressing and revolting ends. [...]

On the foundational question of marriage’s value, to individuals and society, gay couples and the institution’s cultural conservative gatekeepers agree: marriage is deeply special. We wish to participate in earnest, to strengthen the institution that our straight peers are abandoning. Gay couples don’t want to rock the marriage boat — they only want a ticket for two to ride.

Read Richardson's full article HERE

[picture via Twitter]


Georgia Teen Speaks Out About His Family's Horrific 'Pray the Gay Away' Intervention: VIDEO

Pierce

Yesterday, we posted a disturbing video of Daniel Pierce recording his family's heartbreaking rejection of the Georgia teen because of his sexual orientation. In the three days since the footage has been uploaded to YouTube, the video has amassed over 3 million views and a GoFundMe page set up to support Daniel has raised over $90,000. 

Speaking to Atlanta's 11Alive NBC station, Daniel shared more information about his parents' reaction - revealing that he had actually came out last October and that the video footage was of his father, grandparents, step-mother and her sister staging a "pray the gay away" intervention on his behalf. 

Pierce2"I thought for myself, for my own protection if something were to happen it would be best to have it on video. I just hit record. I just hit camera and hit record. I just know that I did it for my protection and it kind of all went from there, and the video really speaks for itself," Pierce said. [...]

"What I hope people take away from watching that is it still happens. A lot of people don't realize that it happens. They see all the positive videos and the negative video never gets seen so if one family maybe watches it and maybe changes their mind in how they are going to handle it about their son or daughter coming out, one family and I will be happy. I want to education people on the issue because it is something going on," Pierce said.

Pierce said he has had no contact with his parents since that moment caught on video. He says, "the ball is in their court" and he "has so much support from other avenues," he doesn't need it.

"The video was not posted for people to attack them. I wouldn't want it to happen to me. I wouldn't want it to happen to them. They are still my family and they are in my heart but what happened in that video is very hurtful," he said.

Pierce also spoke about the help he's received from LGBT support groups such as Lost-N-Found Youth and his plans to donate a portion of the $90,000 raised to help support gay teens in similar situations.

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: autoplay)

Continue reading "Georgia Teen Speaks Out About His Family's Horrific 'Pray the Gay Away' Intervention: VIDEO" »


Republican Congressional Candidate Jody Hice Calls For Legislation Banning 'Discrimination' Against Anti-LGBT Christians: AUDIO

Jody hice

Jody Hice, the wingnut Republican nominee for an open House seat from Georgia, has called on Congress to ban the federal government from “discriminating" against anti-LGBT Christians, reports Right Wing Watch.

Hice’s outburst came last month following President Barack Obama’s executive order banning federally funded organizations from discrimination against LGBT employees.

Hice claimed that the executive order "is almost like a thumbing of the nose of the president at the U.S. Supreme Court, at our First Amendment, at our unalienable rights ... How else do you look at this but a thumbing of those nose of our administration at our First Amendment and our Supreme Court at the same time."

Hice called for a repeal of the executive order and for legislation prohibiting the government “from itself discriminating against any individual or any group or organization, whether nonprofit or for profit, it doesn't matter, to prevent the government from discriminating based on the beliefs about marriage and sexuality."

Earlier this year, Hice alleged the gay community has a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Republican Congressional Candidate Jody Hice Calls For Legislation Banning 'Discrimination' Against Anti-LGBT Christians: AUDIO" »


Anti-Gay, Anti-Islam Pastor Jody Hice Wins Georgia GOP Primary

Hice

We've mentioned Southern Baptist pastor Jody Hice once before, addressing his lunatic theory that gays as a community recruit and sodomize young children. Evidently the constituents in Georgia's 10th district not only don't have a problem with his lunacy but actually endorse it as Hice won the Republican primary, and will likely win the election this coming fall. 

If he goes on to replace his predecessor Paul Broun, Republican congressmen are going to have quite the time trying to salvage what little they can of the GOP's pretty thoroughly wrecked image once Hice starts going on about how Islam doesn't deserve First Amendment protections and it's ok for women to enter politics so long as their husbands gives them permission.


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged