Will Atlanta elect its first openly LGBT mayor?

Cathy Woolard is used to being first and she intends to keep it that way. She was the first candidate to declare in the upcoming Atlanta mayoral race, the first openly gay official in Georgia history when elect...
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Lost-N-Found Youth drop-in center for Atlanta homeless LGBT teens to open Dec. 2

Lost-N-Found Youth, a metro Atlanta helping LGBT homeless youth get immediately off the streets, plans to open a drop-in center on Dec. 2.

The drop-in center will be located within the 13,000 square feet of space that houses the organization's newly opened thrift and consignment store located at 2585 Chantilly Drive, Atlanta, near Cheshire Bridge Road and Interstate 85 in Midtown, said Rick Westbrook, executive director of Lost-N-Found Youth.

The non-profit organization is also set to open a new shelter in Midtown:

Lost-N-Found Youth, a volunteer-led organization founded two years ago, is hoping the thrift store will bring in approximately $100,000 annually. The group's annual budget is currently $100,000 funded 80 percent by individual donations.

UPDATE: Mary Norwood wins back seat on ATL City Council

UPDATE: Mary Norwood is the winner, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County election office, winning 53 percent to 47 percent. She issued this statement Wednesday morning:

I am so grateful to you all! Our campaign was a tremendous TEAM effort, with Atlantans from all over our city coming together and supporting my return to City Hall to serve you again.  What an exciting, action-packed campaign we had! Each of you was amazing in your dedication and determination to have me represent you—your commitment of time and resources made the difference in our win and I appreciate every single effort–-knocking on doors, talking to friends, sending contributions, making phone calls, displaying yard signs – WOW! It’s a GREAT DAY, Atlanta! And I’m ready and excited to work for you all again!


Former Atlanta City Council member and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood defeated incumbent Aaron Watson in the Post 2 At-Large city council seat, a seat she once held before running for mayor in 2009.

With all of the precincts reporting, Norwood 24,628 votes for 53 percent while Watson got 22,005 for 47 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County election office.

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Politifact finds gay Atlanta City Council candidate Matt Rinker’s accusations ‘mostly false’


A heated race in Atlanta City Council District 5 took an interesting turn this week when the incumbent, Natalyn Archibong, took two of her opponents to court — openly gay Christian Enterkin and Matt Rinker — and accused them of slander and libel.

The judge threw the lawsuit out on Friday, but the accusations made by Rinker that Archibong has missed some 80 to 90 percent of City Council meeting between 2011 and 2012 was found to be "mostly false" by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Politifact.

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Atlanta gay Republicans defend Mary Norwood — for being accused of being Republican



The Log Cabin Republicans came out in full force defense of City Council Post 2 At-Large candidate Mary Norwood after the Democratic Party of Georgia took out ads accusing the former council member and mayoral candidate of, well, perhaps being a Republican — a similar tactic, and ad, used against her mayoral run in 2009.

In a tough battle for the City Council against incumbent, and Democrat, Aaron Watson, the state Democratic Party felt there was enough of a threat to put out an ad and remind people that Norwood just might be a Republican. Of course, it should be pointed out that the City Council races are non-partisan. The election is Nov. 5.

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Atlanta City Council Post 3 At-Large: Lamar Willis challenged by newcomer Andre Dickens

Allegations of fraud followed by being disbarred by the state Supreme Court has Atlanta City Council Post 3 At-Large incumbent Lamar Willis facing an uphill battle to hold onto the seat he's held since 2001. This election has big names jumping into the fray — Mayor Kasim Reed continues to back Willis despite the disbarment while former Mayor Shirley Franklin and former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard held a recent press conference to endorse first-time candidate Andre Dickens. Woolard, the first openly gay elected person in Georgia when elected to the council in 1997, is also a lobbyist for Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization.

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Atlanta City Council Post 2 At-Large: Aaron Watson challenged by former post holder Mary Norwood

Atlanta City Councilmember Aaron Watson is endorsed by staunch LGBT advocate U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and also the gay political group the Georgia Stonewall Democrats in his re-election bid in which he's being challenged by Mary Norwood.

Four years ago, Norwood was on the cusp of beating Mayor Kasim Reed to become the city's top leader, but lost by slightly more than 700 votes. She did win the heavily gay District 6, in part because she was a full supporter of marriage equality while, at the time, Reed only supported civil unions. Reed now supports full marriage equality.

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Atlanta City Council District 6: Alex Wan challenged by political newcomers



Alex Wan is seeking his second term on the Atlanta City Council and faces competition from two LGBT friendly straight candidates. As part of our election guide coverage, we asked each extensive questions related to LGBT communities and the city. Here are their responses. While the election is non-partisan, all candidates were asked for their party affiliation to provide more information to readers.

District 6 includes: Ansley Park, Atkins Park, Brookwood Hills (effective Jan. 1), Candler Park, Druid Hills, Lindridge/Martin Manor, Midtown, Morningside/Lenox Park, Piedmont Heights, Sherwood Forest, Virginia-Highland.

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Georgia Equality announces endorsements in Atlanta City Council, other city races



Georgia Equality is endorsing two openly gay incumbents as well as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in the Nov. 5 election, but takes a pass on backing anyone in the Atlanta City Council District 5 race that has drawn three openly gay challengers of an LGBT friendly incumbent.

The state's largest LGBT advocacy organization also gives "favorable ratings" in Atlanta Council races to the incumbents and their challengers —  to Atlanta City Council Post 2 At Large incumbent Aaron Watson and his challenger, Mary Norwood; and also to Lamar Willis, Atlanta City Council Post 3 At Large incumbent, and his challenger, Andre Dickens.