Longtime Atlanta police LGBT liaison transferred

The Atlanta Police Department is transferring Senior Patrol Officer Brian Sharp out of the LGBT liaison unit and into the Field Operations Division in Zone 5, replacing him with Officer Courtney Murphy. The mov...
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Atlanta gay cop needs your help to catch a dream


Officer Brian Sharp, one of the two Atlanta Police Department's LGBT liaisons, is asking for your help. Not to track a thief, but to fund a record album already titled "Against the Grain" he hopes to make this summer.

Sharp unveiled his Kickstarter campaign on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday and is seeking to raise $5,000 in two months to record an EP with at least six songs on it. He's asking people donate in $25, $150 and a $1,000 VIP gift. Those who give at all levels will receive a signed copy of the CD, those who give $150 will also get a t-shirt. And those who donate $1,000 will get to go to Nashville, Tenn., with Sharp and watch as he records his debut CD.

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Atlanta Police LGBT employee group collecting toys for Toy Party

Tis the season for giving and the Atlanta Police Department's LGBT employee alliance group is getting in the spirit by collecting toys for one of the gayest events of the the year — the annual Toy Party.

APD's LGBT liaisons Patricia Powell and Brian Sharp along with other gay employees, as well as straight allies, will be at Brushstrokes in Midtown at 1510 Piedmont Ave. on Nov. 27 and then at the Toys "R" Us at 1 Buckhead Loop Drive in Buckhead on Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at both locations. The Atlanta Police LGBT employee alliance group was formed this year shortly before Atlanta Pride.

They will be collecting unwrapped toys or gift cards worth $25 or more that will then be delivered to the AmericasMart on Dec. 4 for the 9th annual Toy Party and silent auction.

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Grassroots effort underway to find emergency shelter for Atlanta LGBT homeless youth

Community activist Rick Westbrook

The Atlanta chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has set up a fund and help line to find emergency shelter for LGBT homeless youth in Atlanta who are not able to locate immediate housing through other resources, such as shelters and LGBT youth agencies.

The phone numbers, up and running now and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, are 678-8-LOST-25, or 678-856-7825. A Facebook page for the Saint Lost and Found fund has also been created and a website, www.saintlostandfound.org is expected to be live later this week.

At a packed town hall forum Wednesday night at the Phillip Rush Center, gay activist Rick Westbrook, also known as Sister Rapture Divine Cox, announced he and other Sisters were forming the Saint Lost and Found fund to accept private donations to help LGBT homeless youth find a place to sleep and eat when other local resources are not immediately available. Westbrook also does community outreach for Positive Impact.

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Transgender woman robbed in possible Atlanta bias crime

A 16-year old male is under arrest after he allegedly beat a transgender woman and stole her purse in a March 12 incident that is being investigated as a possible bias crime by the Atlanta Police Department.

The victim, 22, whose home address is listed as being in Baltimore, Md., told police the suspect and friends with him shouted "faggot" and "Are you even a woman?" at her, according to the APD police report. 

The LGBT Unit, including Officers Patricia Powell and Brian Sharp, was notified of the incident immediately after it occurred and the APD's Homeland Security Unit is investigating the robbery as a possible bias crime, said Carlos Campos, spokesperson for the APD.