11/20/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2020 10:55
Mayor's Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Mayor Bottoms Elevates LGBTQ Affairs with a Director-Level Position and New LGBTQ Advisory Board Members
ATLANTA-Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms created the City's first-ever Director of LGBTQ Affairs position and has appointed additional members to the Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Board. These appointments build on the Bottoms Administration's equity agenda and commitment to making City Hall more open and inclusive. Atlanta is among only a handful of cities in the country to establish a full-time position that advises the Mayor and senior City Officials.
The City of Atlanta's LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator, Malik Brown, will now serve as Director of LGBTQ Affairs. Brown will work with and advise the Mayor and City departments on policies, programs and initiatives affecting LGBTQ residents, City employees and visitors, including cultural humility training.
Brown, a lifelong Atlanta resident, is an established LGBTQ advocate and an Executive Committee member of the Human Rights Campaign's National Board of Governors, the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the country.
'Since taking office, our Administration has prioritized the well-being and advancement of Atlanta's large and diverse LGBTQ community and municipal LGBTQ affairs,' said Mayor Bottoms. 'By creating a Director-level LGBTQ Affairs position in the Mayor's Office and continuing the work of the Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Board, we are creating institutional support for LGBTQ Atlantans.'
Mayor Bottoms also announced the latest members of the Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Board, composed of citywide LGBTQ civic leaders, influencers, and advocates. New members of the Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Board represent many of the diverse voices in Atlanta's LGBTQ community, including trans and non-binary people, LGBTQ people of color, healthcare professionals, straight allies, Jewish residents, and more. The Director of LGBTQ Affairs will serve as the City's liaison to the Board.
The Bottoms administration has achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index (MEI) every year since taking office. Key LGBTQ-related accomplishments include providing the first-ever City allocation of funds to combat HIV, leveraging private funding for trans- housing, and creating City of Atlanta's first-ever LGBTQ resource website. Most recently, Mayor Bottoms virtually hosted the first-ever Mayor's LGBTQ Opportunity Fair which connected more than 800 people with affirming employers, offered vital LGBTQ community resources, and provided free trans-specific cultural humility training to over 20 of Atlanta's leading employers.
Focus areas of the Director of LGBTQ Affairs and the Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Board include:
Members of the Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Board include:
Co-Chairs: Pamela Stewart (Chair of the Board of Directors, GLAAD; President, West Zone Operations - North America, The Coca-Cola Company); Matt Keith (Senior Vice President, Business Strategy & Initiatives Executive, Bank of America)
For more information on the Mayor's LGBTQ Advisory Board, please visit ATLGBTQ.atlantaga.gov/board.