Several gay Atlantans have been named to a working panel to try to find ways to reduce prostitution in the city following backlash over a proposed ordinance to "banish" prostitutes.
Some on the list will not come as surprises to those who followed the controversy, including Peggy Denby, president of the Midtown-Ponce Security Alliance — the only person who spoke out in favor of banishing prostitutes at public hearings. Denby has said she has a particular problem with "men" prostitutes. These include cross dressers and transgender people.
Gay leaders are part of the mix, too, including Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality.
Controversial YouthPride ED named to city of Atlanta’s working group to reduce prostitution
The group also includes controversial YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul, whose questionable leadership practices have fueled community concerns about the stability of the organization founded to serve LGBT young people.
There is no representative from the transgender community on the working group, although several transgender woman spoke out against the banishment legislation.
We’ve asked city officials how McPhaul was selected for the board and are awaiting a response. According to a city of Atlanta press release, the members of the Working Group were appointed by the City’s Chief Operating Officer, Duriya Farooqui, and Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, chairman of the Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee.
Check back for more details as they become available.
The full list of the working board:
Kristin Wilson, Innovation Delivery Team, City of Atlanta
Candace Byrd, Chief of Staff, City of Atlanta
Melissa Mullinax, Public Affairs/Office of Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta
Amber Robinson, Law Department, City of Atlanta
Lt. Scott Kreher, Atlanta Police Department, City of Atlanta
Alice Johnson, Atlanta Police Department, City of Atlanta
Raines Carter, City Solicitor, City of Atlanta
Rosalie Joy, Public Defender, City of Atlanta
Stephanie Davis, Executive Director, GA Women for a Change