A coalition of activist groups is calling on the city to denounce and demote Tallahassee, FL, Police Chief Lawrence Revell after he spoke at a Christian retreat in September.

Revell took part in a law enforcement conference last month at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in North Carolina.

The activists call the BGEA “one of the nation’s most notorious anti-LGBTQ+ Christian right groups,” WCTV reports.

“Chief Revell’s public leadership as Chief of Police at such an event furthers an atmosphere of discrimination, intimidation and harassment against the LGBTQIA+ and non-Christian population in Tallahassee,” according to the groups.

The activists plan to hold a news conference Thursday at city hall, calling on the mayor and city commissioners to denounce Revell’s actions, and asking that he be removed as police chief.  Groups involved include the Tallahassee Community Action Committee, Florida Coalition for Transgender Liberation, Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society, Tallahassee National Organization for Women, Florida Council of Churches, Planned Parenthood, Gender Odyssey at FSU, and Islamic Center of Tallahassee.

Revell says he appeared at the conference on his own time, and he is entitled to his religious beliefs.

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