Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Services, Employee Benefits, and Legal Protections

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Contact Info
City of Atlanta
55 Trinity Avenue
Suite 5000
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Robin Joy Shahar
Mayor’s LGBT Advisor
Tel: 404.546.4171 

The City of Atlanta is committed to the equal rights and equal treatment of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents, workers and visitors. 

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 Mayor’s Adviser on LGBT Issues counsels on issues arising on the local, state and national levels. She also works with community groups to identify strategies for achieving equal protection and treatment for Atlanta’s LGBT residents, workers and visitors 


LGBT Services

Domestic Partnership:

A Domestic Partnership is a personal relationship between two people who have committed to living together and remaining partners throughout their lives

The City of Atlanta issues Certificates of Domestic Partnership to same-gender and opposite-gender couples who meet all of the criteria set out in Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances, Domestic Partnerships. The Certificate evidences Atlanta’s official, governmental recognition of the relationship as one that meets the uniquely significant qualities of a Domestic Partnership.

Atlanta’s Certification is available to all couples residing in the City of Atlanta and to City employees. Though not equivalent to marriage, the Certification is accepted by many private employers and service providers to qualify same-sex couples for benefits that are otherwise reserved for legally-married couples. City of Atlanta employees may extend their health insurance and pension benefits to their certified Domestic Partners. 

Domestic Partnership Certificates are issued at City Hall by appointment. Couples must complete a Declaration of Domestic Partnership which will be provided at the appointment. Each individual must bring acceptable identification verifying joint residency (acceptable identification includes a passport, Georgia Driver’s License, Georgia voter registration card or other state-issued identification, or a utility bill containing the names of both partners). Individuals must be at least 18 years old, must not have another domestic partner, and must not be legally married or legally separated. If either party has previously entered into a domestic partnership, that partnership must be terminated.  If not, then it must be terminated and the parties will have a waiting period of six (6) months before they can enter into another partnership.  A processing fee of $30 will be charged. 

To make an appointment for certification of a domestic partnership, or to obtain additional information, please contact Sonya Voelkel in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Office of Constituent Services at 404.330.6023.


"It Get's Better" Video 

The Atlanta Police Department created an inspirational It Gets Better video that is part of the international It Gets Better project. The international project communicates to teens that they can have happy, loving and fulfilling adult lives, and that the hopelessness and isolation they feel as teens will “get better”. The City’s video includes remarks from over a dozen openly LGBT Atlanta police officers and commanders, with an introductory message by Atlanta’s Police Chief.

Human Relations Commission:

The City of Atlanta Human Relations Commission attempts to eliminate unlawful discriminatory practices by private employers and by providers of housing, goods and services whose business is located in the City. An individual may file a complaint of discrimination with the City, including a complaint of gender identity and/or sexual orientation discrimination. The Commission has the authority to conduct investigations, hold fact-finding hearings, facilitate peaceful resolution of disputes, and recommend solutions to the Mayor.

Details regarding the Human Relations Commission are set forth in Chapter 94 of the Atlanta Code of Ordinances, beginning in Section 94-10. The procedures for filing a complaint of discrimination are provided in the final Section of Chapter 94, Section 94-121. The Atlanta Code of Ordinances is located online.

Atlanta Police Department LGBT Liaison Unit:

The purpose of the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Liaison Unit is to strengthen the relationship between the LGBT 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. The liaisons are: Officer Eric King, who may be reached at elking@atlantaga.gov or at 404.546.5428; and Officer Acashia Lavigeour, who may be reached at alavigeour@atlantaga.gov or at 404.546.2542. They also may be contacted at the LGBT Liaison Unit phone number, 404-546-LGBT (5428). Additional information about the Unit can be found online.

Employee Benefits

  • Domestic Partnership Health Insurance Coverage
  • Domestic Partnership Pension Benefits
  • Insurance Coverage of Gender Reassignment Surgery

Non-Discrimination Laws 


LGBTQI 101 for Housing Shelters 


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