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Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion

MKLB PRIDE

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City of Atlanta are committed to the fair treatment of all Atlantans, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) residents, workers and visitors. The LGBTQ capital of the South, we are proud that a diverse and thriving LGBTQ community chooses to call Atlanta home. We work hard to best serve all LGBTQ individuals who live, work, and play in Atlanta.

In addition to the many services and cultural opportunities available in Atlanta, from arts and culture to dining, nightlife, and community events, the City offers employment benefits tailored to the needs of its LGBTQ employees and has a comprehensive set of non-discrimination laws, which prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by business establishments, by commercial housing agents, and by service providers in Atlanta. We were proud to install the permanent Rainbow Crosswalks (intersection of 10th St NE & Piedmont Ave NE) in 2017, dedicated in remembrance of the 49 LGBTQ+ lives lost in the horrific 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.

Since 2013 Atlanta has had the proud distinction of having a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. In 2018, Atlanta also achieved MEI “All-Star” status—the only Georgia city to do so—for scoring above 85 despite being in a state with no LGBTQ-inclusive state-level protections. See our most recent results here.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appointed the City’s first full-time LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator in early 2018. The Coordinator works with City of Atlanta officials and the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board to better the LGBTQ community.

Malik Brown, LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator
(404) 546 – 2235
mkybrown@atlantaga.gov

Malik

Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board 
The LGBTQ Advisory Board to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is composed of citywide LGBTQ leaders and advocates.     The 34-member body makes recommendations to the Mayor that help shape the City’s policies and engagements with Atlanta’s LGBTQ communities.

Contact The Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board At: 
LGBTQ@atlantaga.gov

MAYOR’S LGBTQ ADVISORY BOARD NEW

 

 

Board Co-Chairs: 

Kirk Rich, Principal, Avison Young


Pam Stewart, Chair of the Board of Directors, GLAAD

 


Advisory Board: 

Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, Founder, Vision Church Atlanta

Tracee McDaniel, Executive Director, Juxtaposed Center for Transformation 

Kia Barnes, Community Organizer

Josh McNair, Community Activist

Emily Halden Brown, Atlanta Coalition for LGBTQ Youth (ACFLY) 

Daniel Newman, Actor, Walking Dead

 

State Representative Park Cannon, GA House District 58

Rev. Dr. Joshua M. Noblitt, Saint Mark United Methodist Church


Philip Rafshoon, Former Owner, OutWrite Book Store & Coffeehouse 

Gabrielle Claiborne, Co-Founder, Transformation Journeys Worldwide

 

Ryan Roemerman, Founding Executive Director, LGBT Institute

 

Paul Conroy, Founder, Out Front Theatre

 

Jonathan Russell, Director of Development, Woodruff Health Sciences Center

 

Tori Cooper, Prevention Specialist, Positive Impact Health Centers

 

Brigid Scarbrough, National Board of Governors, Human Rights Campaign

 

Jamie Fergerson, Executive Director, Atlanta Pride

 

Melissa Scott, Owner, Soul Bar At Pals Lounge

 

Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Georgia Equality

 

Fred Smith, Atlanta Leadership Circle, Lambda Legal

 
 

Rickie Smith, President, In the Life Atlanta 

 

Roshelle Darlene Hudson, MSW, Co-Founder, Annual Rustin Lorde Breakfast

 

Alex Wan, Former Atlanta City Council Member, District 6

 

Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Founder, Southern Jewish Resource Network (SOJOURN)

 

Craig Washington, Co-Founder, Southern Unity Movement

 

Ivette Lopez, Board of Directors, Latino LinQ

 

Miss Lawrence, Actor, Star (FOX)

 

Kelly Wentworth, Muslims for Progressive Values

 
 


Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and Corrections Department 
LGBTQ Liaisons

The Atlanta Police Department (APD), Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) and Atlanta Department of Corrections all have LGBTQ Liaisons. The purpose of the LGBTQ Liaison roles is to strengthen the relationship between the LGBTQ community and the Department. By establishing an ongoing dialogue, the Liaison Unit hears directly from community members about concerns, works collaboratively with the community to identify solutions, and educates about recommended safety measures and available resources.


APD LGBTQ Liaison: 

 Senior Police Officer Eric King 
(404) 546 - 5428
ELKing@AtlantaGa.Gov
Officer Lynadius Joseph
(404) 546 - 5428
LJoseph@atlantaga.gov 


AFRD LGBTQ Liaisons:  

Captain Latia Posey 
(404) 853 - 4464
LPosey@AtlantaGa.Gov


Firefighter Anare Holmes 
(404) 546 - 7000
AVHolmes@AtlantaGa.Gov

 


Corrections LGBTQ Liaison: 

Captain Kamula McKnight-Butler
(404) 865 – 8039 
KMcKnight@AtlantaGa.Gov

Non-Discrimination Laws:

All City of Atlanta non-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, parental status, familial status, national origin, age and disability. The non-discrimination laws are set forth in Atlanta’s Charter and Code of Ordinances.  

The City’s non-discrimination laws apply to a multitude of situations, including the following:

  1. All City of Atlanta decisions and actions 
    City of Atlanta Bill of Rights and numerous sections of the Atlanta Code of Ordinances, including Sections 114-121, 114-452(5), 114-166(a), 3-502 and 142-12(b)(1)
  2. Employment decisions by private employers located in Atlanta who have at least ten employees 
    Atlanta Code of Ordinances Sections 94-111 and 94-112
  3. Housing decisions, including real estate sales and rentals, where the individual or company making the decision owns at least four properties for sale or rent in Atlanta 
    Atlanta Code of Ordinances Section 94-91 thru Section 94-97
  4. Decisions about selection or treatment of customers by businesses that provide goods or services to the public (often referred to as “public accommodations”) in Atlanta, including hotels, restaurants, bars, banks, theaters and amusement parks. 
    Atlanta Code of Ordinances Section 94-68 and Section 10-224(a)
  5. Decisions regarding potential exhibitors or patrons by anyone leasing the Atlanta Cyclorama or the Atlanta Civic Center.
    Atlanta Code of Ordinances Section 46-1(b) and Section 46-37
  6. Employment, subcontracting and union membership decisions by contractors doing business with the City. 
    Atlanta Code of Ordinances Sections 2-1381, 2-1414 and 2-1466
  7. Decisions regarding sale of alcohol or other products by an individual or company licensed to sell alcohol in the City. 
    Atlanta Code of Ordinances Section 10-223

Human Relations Commission: 

The City of Atlanta’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) investigates and hears complaints regarding discrimination, makes recommendations on how to resolve such complaints, and initiates activities in keeping with its mission. The HRC focuses its efforts on the elimination of discrimination in public accommodations, private employment and housing. Some of its functions are as follows:

  • Receive, investigate, and make recommendations to the Mayor and the appropriate City agency for the resolution of complaints alleging discrimination 
  • Initiate actions to test, investigate, and file complaints regarding violations of the Human Relations Code
  • Conduct studies and recommend needed ordinances and resolutions
  • Develop human relations plans and policies for the City of Atlanta
  • Investigate conditions that may lead to tension and conflict among racial, religious, and national groups and recommend remedial actions as may be needed
  • Convene conferences on public accommodations, private employment, and housing and work with leaders in these fields in developing programs of voluntary compliance and enforcement of the Human Relations Code

To report acts of discrimination in public accommodations, private employment and housing, please fill out the Human Relations Commission Complaint Form and return it to the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services.  

LGBT 101 for Housing Shelters

Homeless shelters located in the City of Atlanta must provide services to individuals and families without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The LGBTQ 101 for Housing Shelters is a training manual that assists shelters with understanding and abiding by LGBTQ non-discrimination requirements. The manual was developed by the City of Atlanta, in conjunction with a team of religious and secular leaders who specialize in providing homeless and/or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) services. The Atlanta Human Relations Commission and Georgia Equality have transformed the manual into a training, which is being presented to emergency shelters across the City.

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