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State of Georgia Denies Proclamation for International Day Against Homophobia

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On April 11, 2011, I submitted a request to the Office of the Governor, State of Georgia for a Proclamation for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Islamophobia from the State of Georgia. On May 3, 2011 I called the office of the Governor to inquire about the status of request and I was told that the request was in the process of approval and that I would be notified when ready. Today May 6, 2011, I received a email...generic at that, with no signature and no way to reply to email...since it was a automatically generated email denying the request for a proclamation from the state of Georgia, informing me that the request was denied due to 'Time Constaints' Proclamation is being received from the City of Atlanta, Resolutions from the County of Fulton, and the State House. Then why not the State of Georgia? The event known as IDAHO is recognized around the world, on May 17, each year for more than 10 years. The insensitivity, and lack of respect is offensive. The reason for denial 'time constraints'. Dan Smith the coordinator for proclamations informed me that a time frame of 45 days prior to event is needed. I submitted on April 11, 36 days prior to event...It is difficult for me to understand why 9 days can make such a difference for such an important event that is recognized around the world. It is time that the State of Georgia joins the rest of the world, recognizing all communities, and issue a proclamation...declaring May 17, 2011...Georgia International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Islamophobia. For more information about IDAHO Please sign this petition and send it to all your we can let the State of Georgia know that we intend to iradicate all phobias in our communties.


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