Elevating LGBTQ Affairs: Announcing The Director of LGBTQ Affairs, Atlanta

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has created the City’s first-ever Director of LGBTQ Affairs position and has appointed additional members to the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board. These appointments build on the Bottoms Administration’s equity agenda and commitment to making City Hall more open and inclusive. Atlanta is among only a handful of cities in the country to establish a full-time position that advises the Mayor and senior City Officials.

City of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator, Malik Brown, will now serve as Director of LGBTQ Affairs. Brown will work with and advise the Mayor and City departments on policies, programs, and initiatives affecting LGBTQ residents, City employees, and visitors, including cultural humility training. Brown, a lifelong Atlanta resident, is an established LGBTQ advocate and an Executive Committee member of the Human Rights Campaign’s National Board of Governors, the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the country. He previously served with AID Atlanta, the largest AIDS Service Organization in the Southeast, and is a member of the upcoming LEAD Atlanta Class of 2022.

Additionally, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces the latest members of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, composed of citywide LGBTQ civic leaders, influencers, and advocates. New members of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board represent many of the diverse voices found in Atlanta’s substantial LGBTQ community, including trans and non-binary people, LGBTQ people of color, healthcare professionals, straight allies, Jewish residents, and more. The Director of LGBTQ Affairs will serve as the primary staff partner for the Board.

Members of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board include:

  • Co-Chairs: Pamela Stewart (Chair of the Board of Directors, GLAAD) and Matthew Keith (SVP, Business Strategy &
  • Initiatives Executive, Bank of America)Lynn Barfield, Operations Manager, Atlanta Pride
  • Kia Barnes, Event Producer
  • Melissa Carter, Media Personality
  • Gabrielle Claiborne, Co-Founder, Transformation Journeys Worldwide
  • Paul Conroy, Founder, Out Front Theatre Company
  • Lisa Cunningham, CEO, Atlanta Film Partners
  • Travis Currie, Public Relations Manager, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Morgan Darby, Director of Equity and Inclusion, The Children’s School
  • Jon Dean, Owner & Editor-In-Chief, Wussy Mag
  • Bill Dickinson, Founding Partner, C3 Leadership
  • Dr. T.C. Elliot, Founder & Physician, Elysium Health and Wellness
  • Jason Feldman, Board of Directors, Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
  • Marshall Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Police Foundation
  • Matthew Garrett, Human Capital Senior Managing Consultant
  • Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Georgia Equality
  • Dr. Jodie L. Guest, Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Pierce Hand, Staff Attorney, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Roshelle Darlene Hudson, Co-Founder, Rustin/Lorde Breakfast
  • Dionne Kettl, Co-Founder & Deputy Director, TRANScending Barriers
  • Logan Kirsch, Public Health Advocate
  • Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Founder, Southern Jewish Resource Network
  • Ivette Lopez, LatinoLinQ
  • Chris Lugo, Executive Director, Out Georgia Business Alliance
  • Tracee McDaniel, Board of Directors, Trans Housing Atlanta Program
  • Jaye Meggs, CEO & Founder, Trans Gentlemen of Excellence
  • Sandy Mollett, Founder & CEO, Equal Footing LLC
  • Selima Morrow, Director of Outreach & Community Housing, Chris180
  • Rev. Dr. Joshua M. Noblitt, Minister, Saint Mark United Methodist Church
  • Philip Rafshoon, Former Owner, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse
  • Dr. Alieizoria Redd, Executive Director, Covenant House Georgia
  • Aaron Rice, Director of Business Engagement, United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • Brigid Scarbrough, Board of Directors, Human Rights Campaign
  • Melissa Scott, Owner, Soul Bar at Pals Lounge
  • Reverend Kimble Sorrels, United Church of Christ
  • Feroza Syed, Trans Activist
  • Hillary Thomas, Associate State Director Advocacy and Outreach, AARP Georgia
  • Alex Wan, Former Atlanta City Council Member, District 6
  • Matthew Wilson, State Representative, Georgia House District 80
  • Erica Wright, Founder, Project U First


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