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Jonelle Shields McKenzie
Sandy Springs, GA

Jonelle grew up in Birmingham, Alabama – but she’s called Georgia home for more than a decade now. Today, Jonelle lives with her wife, McKenzie, right outside of Atlanta in Sandy Springs and works in the healthcare administration industry. Jonelle is a strong opponent of legislation designed to grant businesses and individuals a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Like many people, she understands that anti-LGBTQ legislation would leave her entire family vulnerable to discrimination.

“It feels silly to frame something as religious freedom and then to seek to limit the actions of others,” Jonelle said. “It’s a slap in the face of faith and freedom to frame it that way. The ideal of American values is to be a welcoming landing pad so all kinds of people have independence, the freedom to try, and the opportunity for a second chance, to reinvent yourself, and to be successful.”

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