November 25, 2013
I am proud to be mayor of the first deep Southern city to achieve a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index, an evaluation of municipalities on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.
Atlanta’s history of civil rights leadership is rooted in the belief that our diversity makes our city stronger. Our commitment to equality includes outlawing discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, Atlanta is home to one of the largest and most vibrant LGBT communities in the country.
Last week, I was honored to join Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Atlanta Councilmember Alex Wan, Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta’s LGBT Liaison Robin Shahar and Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham at Atlanta’s City Hall for a press conference to celebrate the launch of the 2013 Municipal Equality Index.
I look forward to continuing my efforts to achieve equal protection and equal treatment of Atlanta’s LGBT residents, workers, and visitors.