As we celebrate a decade of bringing a voice to the Atlanta LGBTQ community, we think it’s important to highlight some of the notable moments over the past ten years. From politics to entertainment, we’ve been there every step of the way covering what matters the most: your voice!
The Atlanta Police Department’s Red Dog Unit raids the Atlanta Eagle, an action later deemed unconstitutional. The city later settled with patrons of the bar for $1 million and promised to change procedures.
Atlanta Pride returns to Piedmont Park and is held for the first time in October. The Trans March becomes a part of the fest.
Southern Voiceshuts down after the collapse of parent company Window Media. The team behind Southern Voice soon formed Georgia Voice in its place.
Simone Bell becomes first openly lesbian African-American woman to be elected to the Georgia General Assembly.
House member Rashad Taylor comes out, becoming the first male, openly gay member of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse closes down.
A pair of anti-LGBTQ so-called “religious freedom” billsfailed to pass in the state legislature.
Lambda Legalfiles a lawsuit on behalf of nine plaintiffs challenging Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fires Atlanta fire chiefKelvin Cochran after Cochran published an anti-LGBTQ book. Cochran later filed suit against the city and became the face of so-called “religious freedom” bills.
Georgia Voiceunveilsnew logo after five years of covering the Atlanta LGBTQ community.
Senate Bill 129, an anti-LGBT so-called “religious freedom” bill authored by state Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), fails to pass before the end of the legislative session.
Georgia celebrates as the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down same-sex marriage bans nationwide. The state of Georgia followed the law and marriages proceeded across the state, and Atlanta’s LGBTQ community congregated at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue to celebrate well into the night.
Gov. Nathan Deal vetoesHouse Bill 757, a controversial anti-LGBTQ so-called “religious freedom” bill that passed both chambers of the legislature and caused a national backlash.
Beloved drag performer Diamond Lil passes away at age 80.
The Senate passes SB 375, which calls for allowing private adoption agencies receiving state funds to deny adoptions for certain couples or individual parents based on sincerely held religious beliefs. It does not make it through the house.
Soon after taking office, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appoints an LGBTQ advisory board to help shape the city’s policies and engagements with Atlanta’s LGBTQ communities, and serve as a bridge between City Hall and LGBTQ residents.
After nearly a decade of covering the LGBTQ community, Georgia Voice updates its logo and layout for print and online versions.
Atlanta’s favorite gay male strip club Swinging Richards has filed for Chapter 11bankruptcy after five dancers sued for unpaid wages.