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UPDATE: Atlanta Human Relations Commission dormant since 2010

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Founded in 2000, the Atlanta Human Relations Commission is charged with enforcing the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits bias in a variety of categories, including sexual orientation, and covers employment, housing and public accommodations.

Victims of alleged bias can file complaints with the commission, which investigates the claims. If commissioners agree that illegal bias occurred, they can recommend the mayor issue punishments such as fines or the loss of city licenses.

Because sexual orientation discrimination is not banned under state or federal law, the commission is particularly important to gay Atlantans as one of the few available venues to seek justice.

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Atlanta mayor promises to change conversation on gay marriage in Ga.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

When Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called Lee Schreter on Dec. 11 to tell her was announcing publicly his support of marriage equality, she whooped out loud.

“And I had a smile pasted on my face the rest of the day,” she recalled.

Schreter first met Reed about 15 years ago when Reed began working as a new attorney at the same firm where she was a partner. Over the years, Reed became close friends with Schreter and her partner, De Linda Bunnell, who have been together 31 years and were married last year in New York.

Reed credits Schreter with being perhaps the most influential person in his recent decision to support marriage equality rather than just civil unions.

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Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board announces next meeting

The Atlanta Police Department's LGBT Advisory Board will hold its next meeting Monday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall, 2nd Floor, City Council Committee Room 2.

Among the items to be discussed are updated changes to the APD's LGBT Diversity Training and the continued impact of the Atlanta Eagle raid settlement.

The Advisory Board's previous meeting saw members voice support of the Citizens Review Board's recommendation that officers involved in the Atlanta Eagle raid be suspended for three days without pay and receive Fourth Amendment training.