OUT Georgia Business Alliance is proud to serve Georgia’s LGBTQ+ and allied community by advocating for inclusive and equitable business environments; providing support and resources to fuel economic growth; and driving meaningful community connections and impact across the State of Georgia.
This past March, we joined several other organizations, including Georgia Equality, in calling for Governor Brian Kemp to veto SB 140, which would ban gender affirming care for youth in Georgia. Instead, the Governor signed this dangerous anti-trans legislation into law.
However, four Georgia families filed a federal lawsuit to challenge SB 140. Earlier this week, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction that has stopped portions of SB 140 from going into effect.
Judge Sarah Geraghty’s order said that it is “substantially likely” that these families will be successful in permanently striking down SB 140 as unconstitutional. Her order also prohibits the state from enforcing a ban on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive youth, pending the outcome of the case.
In other words, access to care for transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive youth in Georgia is – at the very least temporarily – restored!
We will continue to monitor this court case along with state-wide and national partner organizations, such as Georgia Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Transgender Equality among others. In the meantime, we’d like to remind OUT Georgia’s 450+ members that gender affirming care IS life-saving care.
And of course, we are also thankful for these four Georgia families for joining the fight against anti-trans legislation like SB 140.
We remain steadfast in our position that gender affirming care IS life-saving care, and that OUT Georgia Business Alliance will remain vigilant in speaking against dangerous and discriminatory legislation that jeopardizes the health and wellbeing of the trans community and their loved ones and the ethical integrity of our state of Georgia.
Courtesy of TGX360 councilmember, Dr. Rhea Debussy (she/her), with support from TGX360 chair Gabrielle Claiborne (she/her), and TGX360 administrator, Andi Monroe (they/them).
About OUT Georgia Business Alliance
OUT Georgia Business Alliance proudly serves as Georgia’s only LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce.
Since 1994, OUT Georgia Business Alliance (formerly the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) has served the LGBTQ+ and Allied business community by advocating for the most inclusive and equitable business environment; providing support and resources to fuel economic growth; and driving meaningful community connections and impact across the State of Georgia.
OUT Georgia Business Alliance is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and is a proud affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact us at OUTGeorgia.org or info@OUTGeorgia.org.