23 Mar 2013


More than 100 private schools in Georgia accept a combined $170 million in state money each year while openly discriminating against LGBT students.



More than 100 private schools in Georgia that bar openly LGBT students are accepting $170 million in state money each year while continuing to discriminate against students. The schools receive a tax credit program that turn state funds into scholarships for religiously based private schools.The 115 schools, however, explicitly enforce policies that condemn homosexuality, often punishing students who come out by expelling them.

Steve Suitts, the vice president of the Southern Education Foundation, wrote a report for his organization, showing that at least one-third of the state’s private schools that honor the scholarship have antigay policies. Furthermore, two of the seven organizations that provide accreditation to private schools also adhere to antigay policies.

For example, the 500-student Augusta Christian School states that:

“each student of the school shall be of the highest moral character and be obedient to all Biblical principles, including, but not limited to, prohibitions against fornication, drug use, alcohol use, pornography and homosexuality.”

The Cumberland Christian Academy stipulates that:

“Students shall not promote or participate in immorality such as pornography, adultery, fornication, pre-marital sex, or homosexuality.”

The Cherokee Christian Schools in Woodstock, Georgia will punish students for even making the statement of being LGBT “or otherwise immoral.” Providence Christian Academy will not only expel gay students, but also students who support or condone gay rights.

“[P]ublic funds should not support schools that exclude, condemn, and demonize students for who they are and who they accept in their lives,” Suitts wrote. “Tax dollars should go to schools that educate all students. That is the promise and virtue of our democracy.”

9 Feb 2013


Millions of Americans with disabilities have gained innumerable rights and opportunities since Congress passed landmark legislation on their behalf in 1990. And yet advocates say barriers and bias still abound when it comes to one basic human right: To be a parent.

The National Council on Disability recently released a report covering how the U.S. legal system is not properly protecting the rights of parents with disabilities: most states allowing courts to determine that a parent is unfit on the very basis of having a disability. NCD says that terminating parental rights for this reason “clearly violates” what 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act stands for.

29 Dec 2012

Among other things, the trans person’s neighbor, Wilna van Staden, would call her neighbor “it”, routinely tell people of the trans person’s gender change, circulated a petition to get the trans person evicted, and invited visitors to watch her trans neighbor over the bordering fence.

After complaints to the housing management and the police failed to curtail the neighbor’s harassment, the trans person’s attorney took van Staden to court.

Earlier this year South African Magistrate M J Thobela ruled van Staden’s behavior amounted to unfair discrimination and hate speech. Thobela ordered van Staden to pay damage for moving expenses, for the pain, suffering and humiliation she endured as well as counseling expenses. Thobela cited the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000 as the basis for the decision.

The trans person’s attorney Michal Johnson: “People have been allowed to say what they wanted to vulnerable groups of our society for far too long without suffering the consequences. The ruling sent out a clear message that the act afforded protection to victims of hate speech and that the courts would enforce their constitutional rights.”


10 Dec 2012


The Crime of Being HIV Positive

Hundreds of Americans have been arraigned on charges of alleged nondisclosure of HIV statues or transmission of HIV and many have served time in jail — most often in cases where HIV was not transmitted, experts say. Though laws vary by state, there are currently 33 states that criminalize HIV exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…HIV advocates and legal experts are trying to get these laws off the books, saying they do far more harm than good. The laws deliberately discriminate against a specific group of people, they lead to innocent people serving jail time, and are often based on an outdated understanding of how HIV is transmitted…

Powerful video documenting one woman’s story of being prosecuted for being HIV positive. HIV is not a crime. For more information on HIV criminalization, check out: Sero Project and Positive Justice Project

5 May 2012


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color are left vulnerable to cumulative negative health outcomes by a combination of persistent racism and the stigma attached to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Click the link above to read the full pdf document.