Political candidates aplenty at gay firm’s party

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imageWhen gay attorney Randy New and his partner, Russell Tippins, throw a party in their Ansley Park home, expect a long list of boldface names to make appearances.

That was the scene Saturday when the couple hosted the annual party for Kitchens New Cleghorn, the law firm New (photo, right) founded in 2001 with Joyce Kitchens. Mid-way through the evening, there was Mary Norwood on the front porch, one of two mayoral hopefuls who worked the crowd at the event. (The other was Lisa Borders.)

There was also Charlie Stadtlander, a gay candidate for the Atlanta Board of Education. Inside were candidates for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council, including Alex Wan, Liz Coyle and Steve Brodie.

Other candidates also made their way to the event, too, including Simone Bell (top photo, left), a lesbian hoping to win the District 58 seat in the state House. Not to mention the long list of LGBT activists, including Ken Britt, Chuck Obina and Michael Grover.

Kecia Cunnigham, the only lesbian member of the Decatur City Commission, and Brian Bates, a gay member of the Doraville City Council, were also on hand.

imagePolitics, though, was not the central focus of the evening. The firm was celebrating the addition of gay attorney Seth Persily and Michelle Harris, along with the hiring of lesbian attorney Rebecca Glatzer as an associate. Glatzer works in family law and domestic partnership agreements. Jeff Cleghon (bottom photo), a gay attorney who became an equity partner in 2007, works in general civil litigation, family law and domestic partnership agreements.

The full-service firm works on family legal services, business and employment law and individual legal issues.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event.

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