As President of The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Ted Bruner leads an organization comprised of 350 businesses representing industries from throughout the greater Atlanta metro area. From Ted Turner to Midtown Atlanta to relocating accountants, Ted tells it like it is….
Q. A gay accountant in New York has been offered a transfer to Atlanta, but they don’t know much about the LGBT community, and consequently, he’s not sure if he should make the move. What would you say to him to sell him on moving to Atlanta?
A. I would encourage the gay accountant to cash a few checks and book a trip to Atlanta during the Atlanta Pride Festival. The event is celebrating 40 years of success and mixes serious issues with serious fun. Atlanta wasn’t named the gayest city for nothing and offers great networking, entertainment and access to some of the largest LGBT events in the nation.
Q. If you could change one thing about Atlanta, what would it be?
A. I would like to see more LGBT leaders elected to public office. Councilmember Alex Wan, Representative Simone Bell and others are doing an excellent job to promote the LGBT agenda but strength is truly in numbers. I would also like to see more LGBT events and issues covered in traditional media outlets. Project Q, GA Voice, Fenuxe and others are devoted to speaking for the Atlanta LGBT community and I wished other outlets shared that voice.
Q. Favorite neighborhoods?
A. Hands down, Midtown. The mixture of Atlanta architecture, historical sites, green space and gay friendly businesses (5th Street Café, Outwrite Books, Fresh to Order, Hotel Palomar, etc.) make Midtown one of the best neighborhoods in Atlanta. East Atlanta, Grant Park and East Point are also favorites.
Q. A tale of two Teds: You’ve got a few hours to show off Atlanta to Ted Turner, someone who probably already knows the city well. Where are you taking him?
A. Ted Turner is a huge philanthropist and I would invite him to join me for lunch at the Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center. We would meet the researchers and medical team to learn more about their work on creating an HIV vaccine. Ted Turner put Atlanta on the map with the creation of CNN, imagine what he could do if he helped the Hope Clinic find a cure for HIV.
Q. What’s the AGLCC, and why should someone become a member?
A. The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s prime purpose is advocating equality though economics. Since 1988, the organization has successfully championed several issues and represents more than 350 business members reaching over 3000 employees. The AGLCC was the first recognized Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. and the organization helps members with business referrals, professional insight, educational programs, advocacy and opportunities to reach Atlanta’s LGBT community.