In our May 1 issue, qnotes profiled the efforts of some local LGBT leaders who are seeking to build a better relationship with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Some of their efforts include discussions on better and more LGBT-inclusive police education and a possible LGBT liaison position for CMPD.

Just three hours southwest of us, Atlanta’s LGBT community is having their own discussion over issues with their police liaisons.

The Georgia Voice (composed of staff from the old Southern Voice) have been working the story ever since the police raid on the Atlanta Eagle last year.

In our article on CMPD issues, we chatted with the Voice’s editor, Laura Douglas-Brown. She said the relationship between the police department and community could be better. Now, it seems, Atlanta police officials are trying desperately to make that happen.

Charlotte — both the LGBT community and police department — should follow Atlanta’s lead and work toward closer, better-maintained relationships.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.