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City of Brookhaven Richard Rhodes Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Collection number: ahc.MSS956f

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a copy of the Richard Rhodes Nondiscrimination Ordinance (§ 19-12), as well as the Brookhaven City Council meeting agenda from when the ordinance was approved.


  • 2020


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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

Brookhaven, a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, was established in 2012. In 2020, the Brookhaven City Council adopted a nondiscrimination ordinance against LGBTQ+ individuals (§ 19-12), the Richard Rhodes Nondiscrimination Ordinance, named in honor of Richard "Dick" Grover Rhodes (1937-2019), a LGBTQ+ rights advocate and leader, who helped write the ordinance before his death. Rhodes (1937-2019) was born in Lake Wales, Florida to Grover (1910-2003) and Gertie Johnson Rhodes (1912-2003). He served as the first openly gay delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1988. The same year he and Gil Robison (1947- ) also were the first openly gay candidates to run for the Georgia House of Representatives. He also served as the first openly gay chair of the DeKalb Democratic Party in 1992. In 2012, Rhodes received the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Fenuxe Magazine included him in the 50 Most Outstanding Individuals of Our Community as “The Trail Blazer.” In 2019, the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta awarded him Greeter of the Year. He was also a founding member of the Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), Atlanta Prime Timers, and the LGBTQ+ Archives and Special Collections Committee at the Fulton County Joan P. Garner Library at Ponce De Leon.


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This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2020

Related Materials

Dick Rhodes photographs of the Lesbian/Gay/Transperson Pride March, VIS 411, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022.

City of Brookhaven Richard Rhodes Nondiscrimination Ordinance
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305