Officer Kristin Knight made her first official public appearance as the Atlanta Police Department’s new LGBT liaison at the HRC Dinner May 5, but she has been out and open on the force since she began working on foot patrol seven years ago.
Knight, 30, said she came out to her family when she was 18 and moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University from Milford, Conn., where she was born and raised.
“I came out when I was 18. It coincided with growing up and moving out, when I felt more comfortable saying who I was,” she said in an interview at Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters.
The reaction from her family when she told them?
Dear GA Voice,
I am writing in response to the article “The Atlanta Police Department names new LGBT liaison” by Dyana Bagby. As an individual who identifies as a transgendered pansexual queer, I was so excited to hear that the Atlanta Police Department was going to bring on a second person in the GLBT Liaison position.
However, I was extremely disappointed and discouraged to see the coverage of the situation that GA Voice provided for our community. The article on your website spent little time devoted to Officer Sharp and this encouraging step by the Atlanta Police Department. The story that should have been reported was overshadowed with the drama of Officer Harris.
The Atlanta Police Department announced the first scheduled meeting of the city’s LGBT Advisory Board.
The panel will meet at Saint Mark United Methodist Church on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.