Stonewall Democrats back Kasim Reed for mayor

Atlanta Stonewall Democrats today threw their support behind Kasim Reed in the race for mayor, indicating a splintering – if not a split – in the contest for the gay and lesbian vote.

Earlier this month, Georgia Equality endorsed Lisa Borders for mayor.

Tim Cairl, a member of Stonewall’s board of directors, conceded that Georgia Equality is the larger group. Stonewall has 1,900 members, while Georgia Equality claims 17,000 statewide.

But Stonewall is made up of political activists, and that could make a difference.

Read the entire endorsement here. But this is the gist:

Kasim Reed has spent the last 11 years representing Atlanta in both houses of the Georgia General Assembly. During that time in office, he has a 100% voting record from Georgia Equality and other LGBT-advocacy organizations.

He has delivered concrete results and advanced progressive policies to level the playing field and give more protections to the LGBT community. As a State Representative, he was the chief House sponsor for Georgia’s Hate Crimes Bill that included protections for LGBT individuals, and fought to keep those protections over the objections of a number of Republican and Democratic legislators.

He secured state funding for an LGBT tourism study for the City of Atlanta, and feels that Atlanta needs to invest in more aggressive marketing to solidify Atlanta’s standing as an LGBT destination in light of strong competition from other cities.

As stated before, Reed – unlike Borders or Mary Norwood – has expressed a religious objection to gay marriage. Say the Stonewall Democrats:

We are aware that Kasim has stated his support of civil unions with full benefits, however, Kasim has proven his commitment to full legal equality for same sex couples when he led the effort in the State Senate against the Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage.

He has also been a key ally working with Rep. Karla Drenner to stop attempts to ban gay adoption in Georgia. During the last legislative session, he sponsored and passed legislation that now requires Georgia to test prisoners exiting the state’s penal system for HIV/AIDS and to provide counseling.

This will help prisoners know their health status and seek the help they need before they are released. Kasim’s statement on the Eagle raid made clear that he would not tolerate a police department that violates the civil rights of any citizen.

Read Georgia Equality’s endorsement of Borders by clicking here.

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32 comments Add your comment

Sasha

September 28th, 2009
5:15 pm

“Kasim Reed has spent the last 11 years representing Atlanta in both houses of the Georgia General Assembly. During that time in office, he has a 100% voting record from Georgia Equality and other LGBT-advocacy organizations.”

Enough said. Kasim Reed for Mayor!

James

September 28th, 2009
5:21 pm

Kasim’s record on gay issues shows real leadership. He is all about performance over promises . . . unlike Lisa Borders.

Amanda

September 28th, 2009
5:24 pm

Wow!! The Borders’ camp is gonna angry about losing this key endorsement. But really . . . what has she actually done to derserve it? She panders . . . that’s about it.

Justin Time

September 28th, 2009
5:29 pm

Kasim Reed is the only person in the race to actually win an election as a Democrat. The others try to hide behind the “its not a partisan election” type of jargon. His political affiliation is on record!! He’s with us!! Borders’ waffles on everything and Mary Norwood voted for McCain and Palin in the last election. The choice is clear . . . Kasim Reed for mayor of Atlanta!!

Concerned LGBT Activist

September 28th, 2009
5:33 pm

I want to know what Georgia Equality was thinking when they endoresed Lisa Borders. Rhetoric should not be enough to get a vote. I need a record on the issues. She has nothing!!

newA

September 28th, 2009
5:33 pm

I’m shocked by the endorsement. I wonder if Georgia Equality will change their support… Reed pulled a coup on this one… The most impressive thing about this article is the fact that Reed stands by his religious beliefs yet makes decisions that are in the best interest of all people.

Mr. Reed, I am truly impressed.

Friends of Karla Drenner

September 28th, 2009
5:34 pm

If Kasim is good enough for Karla Drenner to support . . . I am on board as well. Go, Kasim!!

Kasim Reed Not For Mayor

September 28th, 2009
5:54 pm

Bit.ly/KasimReed

Math Teacher

September 28th, 2009
6:09 pm

Today’s math lesson for everybody who seems to have missed it: 17,000 > 1,900

Always second fiddle, Kasim. Regretting that decision to quit the senate yet?

Michael K.

September 28th, 2009
6:09 pm

Kasim Reed for Mayor in ‘09. Gotta have Pride!!!!!

SynamonSays!

September 28th, 2009
6:41 pm

Reed for Mayor!

Lee

September 28th, 2009
7:13 pm

There are plenty of other issues in the city in addition to gay issues. I think at the end of the day, more gay people will become familiar with Norwood and where she stands. I think she is going to be the lady to beat. The Stonewall Democrat endorsement offends me as a gay man. What were they thinking?

The American Dream

September 28th, 2009
7:19 pm

I am so glad by my homosexual friends have come out in support on this issue. I wish Reed would get in the ring sometime with me.

The American Dream

September 28th, 2009
7:21 pm

Oh I forgot to mention that I will be appearing next Friday night at the Dairy King parking lot in Hiram, Georgia. I will be wrestling none other than Jim “The Pinko” Flamingo and his manager Little Jimmy Willy. Admission is $1.00 in advance and $1.10 at the gate. There will be no restrooms available at this event after what happened at my last bout–thought I would never finish cleaning up that mess. Now let’s all get funky like a monkey and come out to support the American Dream one more time. Nature Boy? Where are you? I think we should meet for some smackdown soon.

The American Dream

September 28th, 2009
7:22 pm

Hey can anyone recommend a repairman that can remove a size 42 stretch pants from a size 65 waist?

The American Dream

September 28th, 2009
7:23 pm

Wow this blog is really dead.

The American Dream

September 28th, 2009
7:24 pm

Bueller? Bueller? Is Ferris Bueller here?

The American Dream

September 28th, 2009
7:25 pm

Jim Galloway looks like the president of the national chapter of Log Cabin Republicans. Give one to the Old Abe for me sometime Jim. The only thing more out of date than Jim is Bobby Cox. How bout them Dawgs! Prediction: UGA 42 Tennessee 0.

Mr. Neutron

September 28th, 2009
7:34 pm

Justin Time: Why do you say that Norwood voted for McCain-Palin? I’m not arguing, just asking — I can find no reference to her ever saying that.

boots

September 28th, 2009
7:34 pm

Jason

September 28th, 2009
7:45 pm

The Atlanta Stonewall Democrats have a smaller membership than Georgia Equality but since only those living in the City of Atlanta get to vote for mayor, does it really matter that a statewide organization made up primarily of people who can’t vote in the election endorsed someone else?

AngryVoter

September 28th, 2009
8:17 pm

Just got home from an out of town trip and found Lisa Border’s campaign literature hanging from my front door. It’s like her campaign put a giant sign on my door so that anyone driving or walking down the street would know I wasn’t home.

How can someone who promises to address our crime issue know so little about safety? How can she expect us to trust her if her campaign has gone out of its way to help the criminals?

The literature was printed with a hole on top just for the purpose of leaving it on the doors of those who might now be home. How wrong is that? Didn’t it occur to anyone on her campain that this was not the way to illustrate safety? I know Borders isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack, but can we really trust our City to someone so careless? The answer for me is a resounding NO.

I emailed the campaign pointing out why this was wrong and specfically demanding they not visit my home again. No other candidates have left unwanted materials on wasted paper at my door, although many have had workers come to my home. Only Borders.

pathetic

September 28th, 2009
8:17 pm

If you havn’t noticed, America is already a hellacious place…getting support and supporting lgbt is about as repulsive as it can be and makes me want to throw up. Who cares is right.

No special interest

September 28th, 2009
8:53 pm

Right on Lee…we have more problems in city to worry about. Not offend by the Stonewall Dem, could care less. Another useless special interest group. Go Mary!

A Political Demographer

September 29th, 2009
9:19 am

Mary Norwood says that she voted for Obama & Biden. No one else was at the touchscreen, so one would have to give some deference to her on that.

A Political Demographer

September 29th, 2009
9:21 am

Anyone who thinks that Kasim Reed is such a good Democrat needs to explain the shamefully reactionary mailers the Senate Democratic Caucus (where Reed as a leader) funded for candidates in rural seats in 2006.

LGBT Atl Voter

September 29th, 2009
3:33 pm

While I appreciate Sen. Reed’s efforts, I’m afraid he falls short on the issue of marriage equality. Therefore I will not be voting for him. I don’t think his bigoted stance is based on his religion. He sees this race a stepping stone for higher office. While a huge number of Atlantans support full equality, those more conservative voters in the “bigger” offices he wants to run for do not (yet).

Reed’s big tactical error is failing to realize how quickly this issue is evolving. Sometime in the future, when we have equal rights, he is going to have to apologize for this stance (if he is still politically viable).

Say No to Reed

September 29th, 2009
3:39 pm

Okay.. now that the Reed campaign and a couple of other nuts have listed multiple posts above, maybe we can hear from the real voters.

I will be voting for Lisa Borders for lots of reasons. I cannot vote for Kasim Reed because of his “separate but equal” views of me. Period.

I’m also very concerned that any group that uses the special name “Stonewall” in their title, could endorse a candidate who is on record as being against us. I could understand if it were Kasim vs. some right wing nut. But this is Kasim vs. other candidates who are clearly better than he on this issue.

Thanks to Georgia Equality for endorsing Lisa! Clearly you put some thought into this!

Matthew W

September 30th, 2009
12:20 am

It’s totally odd to me how Kyle Keyser, the only candidate who actually is gay, evades mention in these articles.

Atlanta Voter

September 30th, 2009
2:14 pm

Kyle might be a good guy, but these articles mainly deal with viable candidates. Until Kyle’s campaign can show that he can get more than one or two percent of the vote, then he’s not viable. If he commissioned a poll that showed he could do better, then I bet the media would do a story or two. Since he lacks the resources to do that (another indication that he is not viable), then I don’t expect to see too much coverage.

Voter

October 10th, 2009
4:30 pm

We do not need a Mayor pushing for the gays.

Joshua B

October 16th, 2009
2:39 pm

Kasim Reed doesn’t support gay marriage and yet courts the gay vote. Let’s face it, the Stonewall Democrats get a great deal of their money from elected democrats in the state legislature, many of whom are choosing to support Kasim Reed in the mayoral race. It follows that to keep the money flowing they had to endorse Mr. Reed who is not half the supporter of LGBT folk that Lisa Borders is. I’ve been to many AGLCC, Georgia Equality, and Pride events and have seen both Norwood and Borders but no Mr. Reed.

Kasim Reed’s new gay-friendly attitude is merely politically convenient. He won’t deliver on it and should not be counted a friend to gay folks.