Kasim Reed wants his gay bromance back

Add this share

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.

HRC promises that this year's rankings include six real cities — Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Avondale Estates, Columbus and Decatur — and the same fake one from 2012: North Druid Hills.

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. 


Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...