David Aaron Moore will become editor of GA Voice as of Sept. 3, when editor and co-founder Laura Douglas-Brown steps down to pursue other career opportunities.

“Laura’s reputation in LGBT journalism reaches far beyond Atlanta and the state of Georgia,” said Chris Cash, publisher and co-founder of the newspaper. “She is respected throughout the country both for her skills and her integrity. We have been blessed to have her as an integral part of GA Voice. Laura will be sorely missed and we wish her and her family all the best. I have known David for many years and I am very excited to have him as part of the GA Voice team.”

GA Voice welcomes new editor in September

Moore brings to GA Voice more than 20 years of professional media experience and a long love for the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

“I’m excited about returning to the city and joining the respected team of GA Voice to offer LGBT media coverage for the state,” Moore said. “It’s heartening to reconnect with friends and peers from the past and I’m looking forward to working with many new ones.”

Douglas-Brown worked with Moore at Southern Voice — the Atlanta LGBT newspaper that went bankrupt in 2009, leading her and Cash to launch GA Voice. She believes Moore is the right person to continue the GA Voice mission of providing professional, ethical reporting on LGBT issues.

“I was thrilled to learn of David’s availability and interest in GA Voice as I was making the difficult decision to step down,” Douglas-Brown said. “I am confident that David’s years of editing experience, combined with the talent and dedication of the rest of the GA Voice team, will enable the paper and website to continue to grow and thrive.”

Read more about her reasons for leaving here.

Moore’s career in Atlanta media dates back to 1993 when he served as A&E editor for the LGBT magazine Etcetera. In the years that followed he would later become the editor-in-chief at Jezebel Magazine and eventually come to work for Southern Voice as special publications editor.

After his tenure with SoVo, Moore returned to his birthplace of Charlotte, N.C., where he accepted the position of editor at Q-Notes, the regional LGBT newspaper for North and South Carolina. Following nearly five years with the paper, Moore resigned to pursue various freelance opportunities.

Since that time he has authored the historic non-fiction regional bestseller “Charlotte: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem” (History Press) and has written for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Creative Loafing, FOX News, Yahoo,  Popular Mechanics and numerous other publications and websites. His writings have appeared throughout the United States and Canada. In 2012 his coverage of the Democratic National Convention was carried by The Advocate.

“Georgia Voice is an incredibly important resource for the LGBT community throughout the state,” said Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham.  “I’m very excited David Aaron Moore is coming back to take over the editorial reigns with the paper. He is someone who understands our community and understands the South. He will ensure that there continues to be high quality reporting on the issues that matter most to us all. I’ve worked with David in his roles with other publications — I know he brings with him strong connections to the local community.”

In addition to his work as an author, writer and editor, Moore has appeared as a public speaker and a guest commentator for regional and national television.

“Atlanta is such a great, positive-energy place. I spent much of my 20s and 30s here,” Moore recalled. “That’s a pivotal time when you make so many good friends and important connections with the community around you.  Although Charlotte is my birthplace, Atlanta has always felt like home.”

GA Voice was launched in March 2010 by Douglas-Brown and Cash to fill the void left by the closure of Southern Voice and ensure that Georgia’s LGBT communities would continue to have a newspaper and website dedicated to news, information and entertainment. It has been honored by the National Newspaper Association and the Atlanta Press Club. More awards and honors are available here.