Two activists taunt Atlanta mayor over Eagle raid

Add this share

Gay activists from the Queer Justice League, likely unhappy with the doughnut selection at a cop-tastic breakfast fundraiser on Tuesday, protested when Mayor Kasim Reed took to talking.

Or maybe the civil disobedience was over this whole Eagle raid shitstorm.

Either way, once the two activists — Art Izzard and Laura Gentle (photo) — stood and unfurled their signs, officials with event organizer Atlanta Police Foundation asked them to leave their “Crime is Toast Breakfast.” Guess they weren’t impressed with the sloganeering: “How much $ will APD cost taxpayers” and “Fire officers from Eagle raid.”

“We are still waiting for the mayor to take the ‘swift action’ to resolve issues stemming from the raid that he promised several years ago,” Art Izzard of the Queer Justice League says in a press statement after the breakfast.

Atlanta police spokesperson Carlos Campos tells the GA Voice that the protesters didn’t disrupt the breakfast and that they complied with a request to leave. That’s better treatment than the Eagle raid patrons received.

The Eagle raid led to two investigations that provided sweeping indictments of police conduct, the firing of six officers and disciplinary action against others, and led police Chief George Turner to task a newly-promoted deputy chief to clean up the mess. But some activists, including Gentle, want more cops fired.

The Queer Justice League says Tuesday’s protest is part of a ramping up of actions that will include a Nov. 1 town hall about the Eagle raid that’s scheduled to include Reed and Turner. It’s not an idle threat. QJL tangled with state Rep. Bobby Franklin over an anti-gay rant and with U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss over a staffer’s anti-gay threat. Taking on Chick-fil-A didn’t go so well, though.

Ironically, Reed’s comments during the breakfast on Tuesday included mentions of his work on LGBT issues. A spokesperson for Reed could not be reached on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy Queer Justice League


Gay Atlanta apparel retailer ABETTERBUZZ debuts first physical store

Popular gay-owned online store ABETTERBUZZ Brand Goods reached a milestone this month with the opening of its first brick-and-mortar store. ABETTERBUZZ was one of three...

HHS funds inject millions into Georgia’s HIV battle

The federal government awarded over $1 million to three Georgia health clinics last month to expand HIV prevention, treatment, outreach and care. The grants from the...

Longterm love, short-term disagreements and queer life passing you by

Whether it's longterm love, short term disagreements or queer life passing you by in the closet, everyone encounters moments when what they thought was, well, thought wrong. The Q offers advice.

Georgia Equality endorses seven LGBTQ candidates in local races

Georgia Equality weighed in with endorsements in several municipal races as early voting continues and Election Day approaches on Nov. 2. The endorsements also...

The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Kiss the weekend hello with LGBTQ events everywhere you turn. Even with a full week to go, Halloween creatures are already stirring as well. Keep...