Atlanta police reassign longtime LGBT liaison

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One of two LGBT liaisons for Atlanta police is being shifted to other duties within the department after more than four years of serving as a go-between for officers and the city's LGBT residents.

Officer Brian Sharp, named one of the agency's two LGBT liaisons in 2010, will be reassigned to the Filed Operations Division in Zone 5, Atlanta police said Wednesday. Sharp's move is part of a larger shuffling of more than 70 officers that takes effect on Jan. 5, says Sgt. Greg Lyon, an agency spokesperson.

On Wednesday, Sharp thanked friends and supporters in a Facebook post:

It is with much sadness that I write this update. I just got the official word that I am being transferred out of my current position. I just want to say to all my friends and family in the LGBT community in this great city, what a true honor and privilege it has been to serve you. You all have stood by me, supported me, and above all believed in me more than I could have ever dreamed of. At times, more than I believed in myself. We saw one another through tough times. We have laughed, cried, and grown in many ways together over the last four years. We haven't always agreed on everything, but we have always worked towards the common goal of equality for all. We have worked together and we have brought about true change. I am a better person having known each and every one of you.

You all have become my friends, and allowed me to be a part of your family. For that I am truly grateful.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you all.

Brian

Sharp, a talented singer who has performed during Atlanta Pride, was named LGBT liaison in September 2010. He recently spearheaded the creation of new policies to guide the agency's interactions with transgender people.

Sharp most recently represented Atlanta police at Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremonies in November and sang the national anthem at AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run in October, at least the second time he's opened the massive fundraiser. He also marched with LGBT officers and firefighters in the Atlanta Pride parade.

Atlanta police said Wednesday that Officer Courtney Murphy will replace Sharp as an LGBT liaison. She will join Officer Eric King, who was named an LGBT liaison in August.

In July, the department's second-ever LGBT liaison, Officer Darlene Harris, sued the agency in federal court, alleging Atlanta police retaliated against her after she complained of anti-gay remarks aimed at her by a co-worker.

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