Atlanta’s ‘Gay Godfather’ Runs for State House Seat

Atlanta’s ‘Gay Godfather’ Runs for State House Seat

Photo courtesy ProjectQAtlanta.com
Ryan Lee, Associate Writer: News & Current Events

Ken Britt, a 2010 Fenuxe 50 honoree who has been a pillar of gay Atlanta for decades, announced this morning that he will be seeking the state House of Representatives seat for District 56, which runs from Ansley Park, through Midtown and to the Capitol View neighborhood just south of downtown.

The seat is currently held by the lovely LGBT ally Kathy Ashe, who has represented the district and battled on behalf of gay rights since the early 1990s. Ashe has decided not to run for re-election.

Britt has been a tireless champion of LGBT issues, from being instrumental in the early days of AIDS activism to recently chairing the national board of the Human Rights Campaign. He has lent his passion and generosity to organizations from Georgia Equality to YouthPride, and as the executive director of one of the most powerful law firms in Atlanta, Britt defied the notion that you could not be openly gay while excelling professionally.

“Being a gay man in many ways defines who I am,” Britt told Fenuxe last year. “From my personal experience, living in the closet thwarts the development of your personality, limits your ability to fulfill one’s potential, and probably, most damaging of all, it squelches your spirit. The lesson here is an obvious one—always be true to yourself, be proud of who you are, don’t try to live up to the expectations of others, and know that you were created just the way you are for a special reason.”

Wise words from a wise man who deserves our community’s full support in his attempt to become the first openly gay man elected to the Georgia General Assembly (Rep. Rashad Taylor is openly gay, but came out after being elected).

The Democratic primary is July 31, and is expected to determine the winner for the District 56 seat. No other candidates have announced a run yet.

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