At­lanta may­oral can­di­dates on LGBT is­sues

We ask, ‘In what spe­cific ways do you plan to pro­tect LGBT cit­i­zens from both dis­crim­i­na­tion and bod­ily harm?’

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Peter Aman


Keisha Lance Bot­toms

DEMO­CRAT DEMO­CRAT IN­DE­PEN­DENT *de­notes openly LGBT can­di­date ** com­ments edited to fit in space al­lot­ted

John Eaves


“Found within the book­let ‘Born Free and Equal: Sex­ual Ori­en­ta­tion and Gen­der Iden­tity in In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Law,’ is­sued by the United Na­tions, are rec­om­men­da­tions I will fol­low as mayor: ‘To pro­tect peo­ple from ho­mo­pho­bic and trans­pho­bic vi­o­lence. In­clude sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity as pro­tected char­ac­ter­is­tics in hate crime laws. Es­tab­lish ef­fec­tive sys­tems to record and re­port hate-mo­ti­vated acts of vi­o­lence. En­sure ef­fec­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of per­pe­tra­tors and re­dress for vic­tims of such vi­o­lence.”**

“I be­lieve in solutions, not pun­ish­ment. Our po­lice depart­ment’s sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing, li­ai­son ap­point­ments and Cit­i­zen Re­view Board will be en­hanced. As mayor, I will ex­pand our pre-ar­rest di­ver­sion pro­gram, cre­ated as a so­lu­tion to pre­vent push­ing trans­gen­der peo­ple into jail. I will part­ner with AGLCC to ex­e­cute a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment pro­gram to ex­pand con­sid­er­a­tion of LGBTQ en­trepreneurs for all city con­tracts, es­pe­cially at Harts­field-Jack­son In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Dis­crim­i­na­tion in any arena will not be tol­er­ated.”**

“A Nor­wood ad­min­is­tra­tion would speak out force­fully against hate speech, hate crimes and dis­crim­i­na­tion; en­cour­age the Gen­eral As­sem­bly not to pass dis­crim­i­na­tory reli­gious lib­erty laws; re­vamp At­lanta Po­lice Depart­ment train­ing on LGBT is­sues and en­cour­age mem­bers of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity to ap­ply for jobs; co­op­er­ate with Ful­ton County on HIV/AIDS ed­u­ca­tion; adopt safe and bias-free ed­u­ca­tional poli­cies for LGBT stu­dents; raise aware­ness that LGBTQ youth [are at high risk for sui­cide, home­less­ness and sex traf­fick­ing].”**

“As mayor, I will of­fer [At­lanta Po­lice Depart­ment] re­sources to our schools so that they can learn best prac­tices in re­duc­ing bul­ly­ing and sui­cide rates for LGBTQIA stu­dents. I will lobby City Coun­cil to man­date trans­gen­der work­place tran­si­tion guide­lines for city em­ploy­ees. We will up­date the city ap­pli­ca­tion for HIV/AIDS relief to re­move gen­der bi­nary, while ex­pand­ing trans­gen­der in­ter­ac­tion train­ing poli­cies for our po­lice force. And, we will do more to com­bat LGBTQIA home­less­ness.”

“I will ap­point a LGBT ad­vi­sory board that will have more than just a seat at the ta­ble. It will help de­velop pol­icy en­sur­ing that LGBT cit­i­zens are safe, se­cure and thriv­ing. I have ap­pointed LGBT cit­i­zens at all lev­els of Ful­ton County; I will do the same at City Hall so voices of equal­ity are heard. I will en­sure we have sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing as we ex­pand the num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers on the street.”

“I will use my of­fice to op­pose any reli­gious free­dom act, RFRA-type leg­is­la­tion as I did while I served in the state Sen­ate. As a sen­a­tor in 2016, I made the mo­tion in com­mit­tee to slow down the RFRA bill … I au­thored the state’s first hate crimes law. With that in mind, I will make sure the At­lanta Po­lice Depart­ment works to dili­gently pre­vent and in­ves­ti­gate hate crimes di­rected at the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.”**

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