Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, said one of the biggest positives is Reed’s openness about his changing feelings on marriage equality. In late 2011, Reed came out in support of gay marriage.
“Most Americans over the last 15 years have dramatically changed their views on the freedom to marry, and I really do appreciate that the mayor was very open with his own process,” Graham said.
In fact, after marriage equality became the law of the land, City Hall was decorated with rainbow lights.
After former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran released a homophobic book, Reed gave him the boot. He was also strongly against the anti-LGBT House Bill 757, and following the Pulse shooting in June 2016 immediately met with LGBT Atlantans to talk about public safety concerns and attended the city’s vigil in honor of the victims. Reed was also honored by GLAAD.
But some LGBT leaders feel that’s not enough.