Author: Equality Wiregrass

What is LGBTQIA+

Highlights A member of Equality Wiregrass dissects the long, cumbersome and growing acronym that represents our community. By: Wesley Trawick   Over the years I’ve heard many complaints about the “alphabet soup” that the diverse community often referred to as just the “gay” community uses to identify itself.  Yes, it’s long. Yes; even many within the community don’t understand what all the letters stand for.  But it’s necessary because this community is made up of a vast number of similar yet different minorities.  Any individual smaller group within the community would be unable, without the support and unity of...

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Federal Judge Halts Mississippi’s House Bill 1523

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Photo Credit Kaylee Bradshaw (AP) JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ ruling blocks the state from enforcing part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law Friday. Reeves is extending his previous order that overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. He says circuit clerks are required to provide equal treatment for all couples, gay or straight. Mississippi’s religious objections measure, House Bill 1523, was filed in...

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HRC Board Member and Dothan Native Vows Fight for Equality in Alabama

Story Highlights Patrick Scarborough was born and raised in Dothan. First Alabama citizen to serve on national board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign Orlando is your town, too Dothan Eagle – Guest Column: By Patrick Scarborough Human Rights Campaign We all have heard the story by now: 49 innocent souls taken in an assault on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It seems surreal to imagine, and it may feel removed from our daily lives, even as further details of the events that transpired continue to flood the news. Yet, for some of us, this heinous attack hits closer to...

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