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Mayor Kasim Reed Meets with LGBT Community to Discuss Public Safety

Post Date:06/21/2016 5:00 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2016

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Meets with LGBT Community to Discuss Public Safety

Mayor Reed fulfills promise to meet with LGBT community after shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that Mayor Kasim Reed met with 35 leaders and business owners from the LGBT community to discuss public safety concerns in light of the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida. Mayor Reed was joined by Robin Shahar, Mayoral Advisor on LGBT issues and Deputy City Attorney, Police Chief George Turner, Chief of Staff Candace Byrd and Senior Advisor Melissa Mullinax at the meeting. 

“Atlanta has a rich and storied history as the cradle of the Civil Rights movement, of upholding human rights and providing equal opportunity to all people,” said Mayor Reed. “Our city recognizes that providing equal opportunity to the LGBT community means creating an environment where people feel safe and supported in living openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. I look forward to continuing this important conversation and working together with our LGBT community to ensure their safety and security.”

As a result of the meeting, Mayor Reed committed to scheduling active shooter presentations with members of the LGBT community, establishing a fund to supplement security costs at locations identified by the LGBT community, and agreed to establish a separate committee to maintain regular communication with the LGBT community on public safety concerns. 

Mayor Reed’s commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Georgia LGBT community dates back to his time as a Georgia state senator, where he was a chief sponsor of an LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill. He also led opposition to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Under the Reed Administration, the City provides a number of services to the LGBT community, offers employment benefits tailored to the needs of its LGBT employees, and has a comprehensive set of non-discrimination laws that prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by business establishments, by commercial housing agents, and by service providers in Atlanta.
The City of Atlanta has also earned three consecutive perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI rates 408 municipalities around the country on their local protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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