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Gay rabbi joins televised MLK Commemorative Service in Atlanta

Rabbi Joshua Lesser, who is gay, was among the speakers at today’s televised Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Lesser is a social justice activist and leader of Congregation Bet Haverim, a gay-founded Reconstructionist synagogue in Atlanta. He may be the first openly gay speaker at the Ebenezer service, according to friend Glen Paul Freedman, also a longtime gay activist in Atlanta.

This year marks 25 years of the King Day national holiday. Ebenezer Baptist Church was King’s congregation, and the annual commemorative service routinely draws national and state political leaders.

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Gay city councilmember joins Public Safety Committee

Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan

Gay Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan will sit on the Public Safety Committee during the 2011 session. The first scheduled meeting of the Public Safety Committee was this morning.

Glen Paul Freedman, Chair of the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Advisory Board, said today that Wan’s addition to the Public Safety Committee was a welcome move by the City Council.

“This will be helpful to the members of the LGBT APD Advisory Group and our community to have Alex's voice on this important committee,” Freedman said in a statement released today.