Charlie Stadtlander (photo left), a 28-year-old gay teacher, formally announced his bid for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council this week, a move he hopes will unseat Anne Fauver, a two-term incumbent and the council’s only openly gay member.
Stadtlander made the announcement on Wednesday during an event at Cowtippers in Midtown, which sits inside the heavily-gay district he hopes to represent. The election is in November. Fauver has said she will seek a third term and the race may also include Steve Brodie, a gay man who lost a tight race to Fauver in 2005.
Stadtlander came out swinging during a brief speech on Wednesday, criticizing Fauver’s “missing-in-action approach to equality rights.”
But Stadtlander this week had to backtrack from remarks he made three years ago when he said transgender people and drag queens were on the fringe of society and hurt the gay equality movement. He apologized for those comments in an interview with Project Q Atlanta, but stopped short of fully embracing non-discrimination legislation that includes gender equity among its protected categories along with sexual orientation if it meant the measure might not gain approval. That received additional criticism from some transgender activists.
View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event.