As a member of city council, it’s important for me to celebrate and build on the things that make Doraville special. One of these assets to our city is its diversity – we’re home to many different people from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds. We also have a large LGBTQ community, which I am proud to be a part of.
In 2018, I led an initiative to get our city to participate in Atlanta’s gay pride march, and helped organize many of our residents – and the majority of our council – to participate in that effort. It was a great event, and I think raised the profile of our city in a positive way. It also helped set the stage for us to approve the non-discrimination ordinance that Councilwoman Koontz introduced the following month – we are only the second city in Georgia to pass such an ordinance, and the first one to pass one in nearly 20 years.
After passing the ordinance and marching in Pride, it would be easier to just run on auto-pilot and continue doing the same thing year after year. I think it’s important to keep building on our momentum, though. On February 16, a group of 20 folks got together at the Doraville Library to start planning Pride Events for Doraville in 2019. In addition to marching in the Metro Atlanta parade, there were some other good ideas – including screening a movie under the stars and hosting an arts festival. Other folks are going to work on educating businesses about the non-discrimination ordinance, and encouraging them to post stickers on their door promoting the fact that they do not discriminate.
If you are interested in getting involved, send me an email. You can also join the Doraville Pride Facebook group. I’m excited about what our community will put together this year, and hope you’ll be a part of it!