For the second year in a row, requests made by the LGBT community in Georgia to begin International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) have been ignore by Governor Nathan Deal.
Instead of recognizing the LGBT community’s petition, he has instituted May 13 as “Mistreatment Awareness Day” in the state of Georgia.
A petition on Change.org was started to encourage Gov. Deal to reissue a proclamation that recognizes IDAHO and not a proclamation that “sanitizes the word ‘homophobia’.”
“They couldn’t even use the word homophobia,” Couvertier said according to the Georgia Voice. “This [proclamation] is a documentation of homophobia.”
As of May 2, 2013, the petition has 256 supporters.