Petition Starts to Urge Georgia’s Governor to Recognize Homophobia

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For the second year in a row, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ignored requests of the LGBT community to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Instead, Gov. Deal has decided to sign a proclamation recognizing May 13 as “Mistreatment Awareness Day” in the state of Georgia.

A petition on was started to encourage Gov. Deal to reissue a proclamation that recognizes IDAHO and not a proclamation that “sanitizes the word ‘homophobia’.”

“By issuing the proclamation as 'Mistreatment Awareness Day' instead of the requested, 'International Day Against Homophobia,' the Governor's Office has done a great disservice to the very purpose of IDAHO events and the worldwide organizers who seek to advocate against homophobia,” the petition reads.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Georgia organizer Betty Couvertier was the one who petitioned the Governor’s office last year for the proclamation, and the one who was most disappointed in what the proclamation read.

“They couldn't even use the word homophobia," Couvertier said according to the Georgia Voice. "This is a documentation of homophobia."

Georgia Voice Editor-in-Chief Laura Douglas-Brown also reports Gov. Deal ran a homophobic campaign citing the governor’s unwillingness to support gay adoptions and domestic partner benefits.

The petition has 144 supporters as of publication time.

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