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Drenner: Resolution honoring Woolard shows ‘acceptance strategy’

Editor's note: This letter was submitted by Rep. Karla Drenner in response to a March 11 editorial by Laura Douglas-Brown titled "Gay state rep honors gay politician and lobbyist — only without the 'gay.'" Click here to read.

Dear Editor,

It was my great pleasure last week to author a resolution in the Georgia General Assembly to honor my longtime friend and colleague Cathy Woolard.

As most readers already know, Cathy is our very own Georgia treasure who has made her mark in this country and on the rest of the world. Her dedication to the needs of women and children, transportation, affordable housing, fair and equal treatment in the workplace, reproductive rights and human rights is remarkable. 

Cathy is also gay.

Because of her sexuality — or maybe in spite of it — Cathy has worked harder to bring fairness and justice to Atlanta, to this region, indeed to this nation. Her tireless efforts during her tenure in Washington, D.C., helped many gay employees realize workplace justice.

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Gay state rep honors gay politician and lobbyist – only without the ‘gay’

Editor's note: State Rep. Karla Drenner has responded to this editorial. You can read her letter here.

The Georgia House of Representatives approved March 3 a resolution honoring Cathy Woolard, the state's first openly gay elected official. But despite being sponsored by our first openly gay state legislator, the resolution never uses the word "gay" and does not mention Woolard's historic first.

Woolard made history in 1997 when she was elected to the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council, becoming the first openly gay elected official in Georgia. She made history again in 2001, when she was elected Atlanta City Council president, the first woman and the first openly gay person to hold the post.

Guess which one of those milestones made it into the resolution approved by the Georgia House of Representatives earlier this month?