Each year at their Annual Awards Dinner, the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia awards individuals who's work has advance LGBTQ+ equality or advance LGBTQ+ participation in the legal profession. This year the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia selected Council Member Stephe Koontz to receive their Outstanding Service to the Stonewall Community Award!
Council Member Koontz was presented the award by Stonewall Bar Association Member, Judge Mike Jacobs. In his remarks Judge Jacobs reflected on all the work Council Member Koontz has done that earned her this award. From her historic election as the first openly transgender elected official in any office within the Southeastern United States to her commitment to our youth for whom she serves as a mentor and tutor. But her work on a non-discrimination ordinance for the City of Doraville and over a dozen other municipalities has earned her this award.
In 2018, Council Member Koontz worked to draft and introduce a non-discrimination ordinance for the City of Doraville that would address discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations for all residents, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Once adopted by the City of Doraville, Council Member Koontz worked with municipalities all over the state to help them draft and pass similar non-discrimination ordinances. This work has also earned Council Member Koontz recognition from Georgia Equality, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award, and a place on the board of directors of the Georgia Municipal Association.