In 2017, Georgia turned a new corner in the debate on LGBT non-discrimination. For the first time in the history of the state, lawmakers introduced a record 5 pieces of legislation aimed at addressing the problem of discrimination.
Three of those bills are LGBT-inclusive and would take us a step closer to ensuring protections from discrimination across many areas of life. Those bills are still active and up for consideration in 2018. Learn more below and take action.
Senate Bill 119
“A BILL to be entitled an Act to prohibit discrimination under certain circumstances.”
Intent & Purpose
SB 119 a bill that would protect LGBT Georgians from being discriminated against in housing, employment and public places by adding LGBT-inclusive civil rights protections to Georgia state law.
Like HB 488, SB 119 is a historic piece of legislation. Its introduction was the first time in Georgia’s history that such a bill has been proposed to add civil rights protections to state law. With the passage of these laws, Georgia would join most other states, which already protect people from discrimination based on race, religion, and other categories—and it would ensure non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, who are currently not safe-guarded under federal law.
Lester Jackson (D–District 2), Vincent Fort (D–District 39), Horacena Tate (D–District 38), Valencia Seay (D–District 34), Steve Henson (D–District 41), Michael ‘Doc’ Rhett (D–District 33)
House Bill 488
“A BILL to be entitled an Act to provide comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.”
Intent & Purpose
HB 488 is another bill that would write comprehensive, LGBT-inclusive civil rights protections into Georgia state law, protecting all Georgians from being discriminated against in housing, employment and public places—like parks, malls and restaurants—based on their race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Currently, Georgia is one of only a handful of states that have no statewide laws barring this kind of discrimination on the basis of race or religion. And because our laws lack any civil rights protections for LGBT people, gay and transgender Georgians are often the most vulnerable to discrimination. HB 488 would add these protections to Georgia state law for the very first time.
Reps. Stacey Evans (D–Smyrna), Karla Drenner (D–Avondale Estates), Pedro “Pete” Marin (D–Duluth), Sandra Scott (D–Rex), Sam Park (D–Lawrenceville) and Park Cannon (D–Atlanta)
House Resolution 404
“A RESOLUTION creating the Joint Study Committee on Comprehensive Civil Rights Legislation; and for other purposes.”
Intent & Purpose
HR 404 would create a committee of lawmakers from both the Georgia House and Senate who would hear testimony and consider evidence that underscores the need for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws in Georgia.
This committee would be a place for LGBT Georgians who have faced discrimination in housing, employment or public places to share their experiences with lawmakers, and help make the case for a statewide, LGBT-inclusive civil rights law.
Reps. Stacey Evans (D–Smyrna), Wendell Willard (R–Sandy Springs), Sandra Scott (D–Rex), Sam Park (D–Lawrenceville), Karla Drenner (D–Avondale Estates), and Pedro “Pete” Marin (D–Duluth).