GLAAD will honor Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on October 26 at GLAAD Atlanta.

Reed will receive the group's Local Hero Award, which is given to “an individual who has had an important impact on the local LGBTQ community.”

Reed was an outspoken opponent of a proposed Georgia bill which critics say would have allowed businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community. He also met with leaders from the Atlanta LGBT community to discuss public safety concerns after a mass shooting in an Orlando gay bar that left 49 people dead and injured dozens.

“Mayor Reed has time and again shown his stalwart support for the LGBTQ community, both in Atlanta and across the nation,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “By taking a firm stand against discrimination, he has sent a clear message of acceptance and set a powerful example for city leaders around the country.”

GLAAD Atlanta will be hosted by local radio personality Melissa Carter with a special performance by Grammy award-nominated country music artist Ty Herndon.

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