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APN Editor sues city of Atlanta, council members

The editor of Atlanta Progressive News is suing the city of Atlanta and members of the Atlanta City Council, including Alex Wan, who is gay and represents District 6.
The lawsuit demands that the City Council make public a vote made during a council retreat about limiting public comments during council committee meetings.

Matthew Cardinale, who is gay, filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court on May 17 alleging the council did not keep an official record of the vote and therefore violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act.

Council members named in the suit are Wan, Ceasar Mitchell, Felicia A. Moore, Carla Smith, Ivory Lee Young, Howard Shook, Joyce Sheperd and H. Lamar Willis. They were served copies of the suit on May 24. Rhonda Dauphin Johnson, municipal clerk, is also named in the suit as is the City of Atlanta.

Cardinale has been writing about the suit on his website.

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Atlanta police want to sweeten relationship with LGBT community

Atlanta's new LGBT Liaison Officer Patricia Powell

Senior Patrol Officer Patricia Powell, the new LGBT liaison for the Atlanta Police Department, has stopped in at least one gay-owned business to introduce herself as part of her new duties.

“My initial thought [of Powell] is I’m impressed,” said Philip Rafshoon, owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, who said Powell dropped into his store about two weeks ago and also attended the Pearl Cleage reading on May 20.

Mayor Kasim Reed pledged earlier this year that Atlanta would have at least two fulltime LGBT police liaisons, but confusion remains as to whether Powell’s appointment truly fulfills that goal.