A new state debate on LGBTQ rights and the last decade’s changes: A talk with Rep. Karla Drenner

Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale) during an interview in her Capitol office on Feb. 13, 2015.

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The Georgia Legislature may soon be taking another look at the rights of the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

After several previous efforts failed, Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale) has introduced HB 323, which would ban the state government from discriminating in hiring and promotion against anyone based on sexual orientation.

In a conversation on WABE’s “A Closer Look,” Drenner talked with Denis O’Hayer about the new bill, her efforts to lead on issues in addition to gay rights, and about the changes in how her fellow lawmakers have treated her in the 14 years she has served in the Legislature.