Georgia House honors Gwinnett School Board’s first LGBTQ member

A group of state lawmakers from Gwinnett honored “remarkable and distinguished Georgian” Everton Blair with a proclamation on the floor of the Georgia House on Tuesday.

House Resolution 1241 cited Blair becoming the first openly gay and youngest-ever member of the Gwinnett School Board. Blair came out in October. 

State Rep. Jasmine Clark, a Democrat from Lilburn, sponsored the resolution.

“Thanks Rep. Dr. Jasmine Clark for the recognition this morning!” Blair wrote on Facebook. 

The resolution also praised Blair’s contributions to education, including his work as director of programs at UnboundEd, which provides free training and resources for teachers.

"I'm just honored to be able to represent voices that have felt unheard and to use my power to make our school system even more equitable, inclusive and outstanding," he told Project Q Atlanta.

A group of Democrats from Gwinnett co-sponsored the resolution, including Donna McLeod of Lawrenceville, Beth Moore of Peachtree Corners, Dewey McClain of Lawrenceville, Pete Marin of Duluth and Sam Park of Lawrenceville. Park is one of five openly LGBTQ members of the legislature. 

Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, a Democrat from Lithonia, congratulated Blair on Twitter and noted that he is the Gwinnett School Board’s first-ever African-American member. 

Blair is one of two black male openly LGBTQ elected officials in Georgia along with Atlanta City Councilmember Antonio Brown. Blair is one of three openly LGBTQ elected officials in Gwinnett, joining Park and County Commissioner Ben Ku.

Queer state Rep. Park Cannon, a Democrat from Atlanta, honored gender nonconforming actor, entertainer and activist Miss Lawrence with a proclamation in the Georgia House in 2019.