In a new op-ed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Atlanta resident Elton John is speaking out against the state's proposed anti-LGBT "license to discriminate" legislation and warning the bill could open the door to even greater stigmatization and discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS.
I’m proud of the progress we have made, particularly in the South, in treating people living with HIV equally and compassionately. But we still have a long way to go. People living with HIV are still discriminated against in Georgia, and indeed, all across the United States. The rates of HIV/AIDS among LGBT people of color and low-income people remain disproportionately high, especially in the South.
That’s why I’m so opposed to SB 129.
Simply put, this bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It promises religious freedom, but let’s be clear: No one’s religious freedom is at risk! Both the Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution very explicitly protect this right.
What SB 129 will really do is institutionalize the hate some people hold in their hearts against other people. It will turn back the clock on the progress we have made — not only in the fight against HIV, but also in the struggle for a more equal and just society.
Read the full op-ed HERE.
The bill passed the Georgia Senate last week. A similar House bill remains in committee.