Gay media assocation bans meetings in Georgia

The National LGBT Media Association (NGMA), composed of the 12 largest LGBTQ publications in the nation including Philadelphia Gay News, recently passed a resolution banning meeting in the state of Georgia. The nation’s largest LGBTQ media association resolved to not hold any of its future meetings in the State of Georgia due to the recent passage of draconian voter suppression laws which primarily affect communities of color.

We in the LGBTQ community built a movement fighting for equality, and we stand with those who fight this “Jim Crow, Part 2” legislation in order to make their voice heard and their vote count. Too many people in power wish to keep marginalized communities invisible and without proper representation in government, and we must be vigilant in fighting against their unjust and unfair discrimination. “With these laws, it is now easier to get a gun in Georgia than to vote.” said Leo Cusimano, co-chair of NGMA. NGMA and its members, which include members in Georgia, will be boycotting all future meetings in the state until it creates fair election laws that ensure all people have equal and fair access to vote.

NGMA members are in: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Orlando/Tampa, Detroit, Boston and Chicago. NGMA consists of the following publications:

Bay Area Reporter; Bay Windows; Between The Lines; Dallas Voice; Gay City News; Georgia Voice; Philadelphia Gay News; Los Angeles Blade; South Florida Gay News; Washington Blade; Watermark; Windy City Times.

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