Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants his gay mojo back, or at least wants gay Braves fans to forget what happened last week. So he's hosting a group of LGBT leaders on Wednesday to brag how well the city treats its gays.
At least let's hope he can brag when HRC President Chad Griffin, Georgia Equality's Jeff Graham and gay City Council member Alex Wan join him in a City Hall press conference to unveil Atlanta's scored in HRC's 2013 Municipal Equality Index. Last year, Atlanta scored a surprisingly low 82, though that was tops among cities in Georgia.
Reed's office is teasing that there's something to celebrate:
Mayor Kasim Reed, Councilmember Alex Wan, HRC President Chad Griffin, and Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham will host a press conference to launch HRC’s 2013 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), announce Atlanta’s MEI score, and celebrate the achievements in LGBT equality that are made possible by the combination of local, state-wide and national efforts.
Last year, the report ranked three cities in Georgia and a municipality that doesn't really exist on 47 criteria that include non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment practices, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement and city leadership. No Southern city received a perfect score.
But when the men gather on Wednesday, maybe Griffin will invite the mayor to the HRC gala dinner in Atlanta and ask why Reed skipped it
again this year in years past. Or Wan can see if Reed wants to rekindle their bromantic past or offer up a reason for again skipping the Pride parade in October. Or they can all hold hands, smile at the city's new LGBT page on its website, and talk marriage, which Reed now backs. That's something.
UPDATE | An earlier version of this post stated Reed did not attend the HRC dinner in May. In fect, the mayor did attend, marking the first time he joined the event since 2009.
Photo: Mayor Kasim Reed (center) with City Council member Alex Wan (right) and U.S. Rep. John Lewis preparing for the Atlanta Pride parade in October 2010.