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Voter suppression laws are a tool of the Republican party to limit ballot access for communities that they deem undesirable. We know voter ID laws create disproportionate barriers to black and brown voters, but a 2020 study demonstrates that members of the LGBTQ+ are particularly impacted as they face unique challenges obtaining ID that reflects their gender identity and in how they are treated at the polls.

 

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For me, Pride month is always full of surprises ever since I was a part of that very first New York Pride back in 1970 when I was 18 years old. Everyone seems to want to share a piece of it, and I’m always happy to oblige. I love speaking about that time and helping people understand what it was like. I especially enjoy the pleasant surprise when an organization who I never would have expected asks me to speak. But I was not prepared for one of the surprises that came my way this year.

 

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While this country has been paralyzed by both the pandemic and the political circus we call the 2020 election (led by the lead clown Donald Trump) the LGBT movement towards equality goes on. 

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December 1st is World AIDS Day - our annual commemoration of the HIV pandemic, the deadliest public health crisis of the past 40 years.More than 75 million people have contracted HIV and the more than 36 million deaths from it have shattered the lives of individuals, families and communities across the globe.

 

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This column could be filled with the names of those in the LGBTQ community who expect or should be considered for position in the Biden/Harris administration. But there’s something even more important at the moment that needs to be addressed. There are two runoff elections for the United States Senate in Georgia which will decide who controls the US Senate. The Democratic candidates in those elections are Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. We need to elect both of them on January 5th.

 

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