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Governor Deal: Reissue a Proclamation for "International Day Against Homophobia"
  • Petitioned Governor Nathan Deal

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Office of the Governor
Governor Nathan Deal
Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications
Brian Robinson

Governor Deal: Reissue a Proclamation for "International Day Against Homophobia"

    1. Petition by

      International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Georgia

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is an international action to draw attention to the obvious and subtle ways LGBTQ individuals are targeted for discrimination and harassment across the globe.

In Georgia, well-known activist Betty Couvertier has been the IDAHO organizer for the last four years. For the second year in a row, Governor Nathan Deal's office has issued a proclamation per Betty's request to recognize the annual Atlanta and Georgia-wide events. Herein lies the problem - the Governor's office refuses to officially address a day against homophobia, instead issuing the vague recognition of "Mistreatment Awareness Day," as they did last year.

By sanitizing the word "homophobia," Governor Deal's office has quite literally engaged in it, by refusing to address the specific concerns of Georgia's LGBTQ citizens. The Georgia House of Representatives recognizes the importance of this event by issuing a correct proclamation, as should the Office of the Governor. 

Please join us in petitioning Governor Deal's office to immediatley reissue a proclamation for "International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia" as it was originally requested. To issue a proclamation as anything else, is to do disservice to the very purpose of IDAHO events, and feed the homophobia worldwide organizers seek to advocate against.


Additionally, we request the following actions:

- In reissuing, that Governor Deal's office mail the official proclamation in an appropriate certificate envelope, to ensure it does not arrive a second time folded and tattered, signifying diminished value by the Governor's office. (UPDATE: Betty has been issued an updated proclamation, with the same title of "Mistreatment Awareness.")

- To include the proclamation as "International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia" on the Office of the Governor's website under the official proclamation page, as all others have been listed. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. South Florida Gay News Article on This Petition

      Petition Starts to Urge Georgia's Governor to Recognize Homophobia

      Georgia Gov Nathan Deal Petition Starts to Urge Georgia's Governor to Recognize Homophobia For the second year in a row, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ignored requests of [...] 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).

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Nathan Deal's Homophobia Hasn't Changed

      Who hates gay people more, Karen Handel or Nathan Deal?

      Karen Handel and Nathan Deal, two of the Republican candidates running for Governor in Georgia, are vying for the title of "most homophobic candidate".

    5. Reached 25 signatures
    6. GA Voice article on this petition

      Petition asks Ga. governor to honor day against 'homophobia'

      He's done it again. For the second time in as many years, Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a proclamation requested by organizers of the International Day Against Homophobia - but only after sanitizing it into Mistreatment Awareness Day and removing any reference to LGBT rights

    7. GA Voice article from 2012

      Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal supports 'Mistreatment Awareness Day' - but not a day against homophobia

      There's no doubt Gov. Nathan Deal is far from a friend to LGBT people. He ran one of the most - if not the most - anti-gay campaign in the state's history. His homophobia reared its ugly head again on the International Day Against Homophobia, recognized in Atlanta and around the world on May 17.

    8. Reached 10 signatures


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