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Charis Books & More, a lesbian-owned business in Atlanta, is the first in the state to declare itself a Buy Spot and Sanctuary Zone as an act of protest against immigration bill HB 87. As a Sanctuary Zone, the Charis group will hang flyers in their window, act as a safe haven for those with nowhere else to go, support organizers working to overturn the law, and encourage customers to boycott businesses that do not offer sanctuary.
Known to opponents as the “show me your papers” law, HB 87 requires businesses with more than 10 employees to verify that employees are working in the country legally and allows law enforcement officers to demand proof of citizenship in certain situations.
“We want people to know that Charis is a safe haven for all folks and that we do not agree with HB 87,” said Angela Gabriel, the co-owner of Charis. [GAVoice]
Weho Hosts LGBT History Conference for the First Time: Last week, the LGBT Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections (ALMS) held their third international conference in Plummer Park to ensure that future generations of gays and lesbians will understand and celebrate LGBT history.
“We’re hoping to get people to understand that a huge amount of LGBT history happened in California and that a significant portion of it happened before Stonewall,” said conference organizer Angela Brinskele. [Patch]
Arthur Laurents Dead At 93: Gay playright Arthur Laurents died on May 5 at the age of 93. He is mainly celebrated for providing the books to West Side Story and Gypsy, directing the original production of La Cage aux Folles, and helping discover and later working with Barbra Streisand. Laurents also wrote two books about his experience as an out gay man in the entertainment industry. [WindyCity]
The ‘Theological Ping’: Rabbi Andrea Myers has written the memoir, The Choosing: A Rabbi’s Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days (Rutgers University Press) detailing her Christian youth, conversion, marriage, family life, and acceptance of her sexuality. [JewishWeek]