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.”
In 17 years as a journalist covering LGBT Atlanta, I've written literally millions of words. These may be some of the hardest.
In September, I'm leaving GA Voice.
Those words aren't hard because I am worried about either the company or my career; to the contrary, I'm very excited about what the future holds for both. They are hard because of how much I love the people I have worked with and everyone in the community who has allowed me the privilege of helping tell their stories through the years.
Anti-gay group One Million Moms returned to Facebook this week, after taking a week off to attend Vacation Bible School.
The group posted on its return:
Missed you girls! Had an amazing week at VBS (& family time)! Thank you for the prayers! Seeds were planted and many children were saved! To God Be the Glory!
Anniversaries, of every kind, bring up all kinds of feelings. Looking back on our lives has a tendency to make the good events look better than they were and the bad ones look worse.
Lovers and spouses do this. They recall forgotten birthdays and broken promises and assess if they really should be in this relationship. But they also cling to the special moments when it seemed they were the only two people in the world who really know what love is. If they look closer at their relationship, however, they realize that what is most significant about their anniversary and what that date truly represents is survival. They made it through all of the difficult moments and they remain intact.
The same holds true for communities and organizations and businesses. Today, March 16, marks our second anniversary. The last year has been challenging and exhilarating — sometimes both in the same day — for GA Voice and for those we serve.
The issue you are reading is the first edition of our third year of publication. Yes, believe it or not, GA Voice officially turns two on March 16, 2012. If that makes you feel old, welcome to our club.
We launched two years ago in the wake of the demise of Southern Voice which closed its doors in November, 2009. Most of our readers are well acquainted with that story by now, but here is the abridged version for those of you who might not know us that well:
I realize that I direct this letter to the small business owners among you, which is understandable given that is who I am. If you are not a small business owner, however, you can still benefit from the information I share here each month. Running your career, whatever it may be, as if it is a business will enhance both your experiences and profitability. Incorporating some of these ideas now might make 2012 a better year for you.
As an entrepreneur and business owner for the past 20+ years, I have faced many hurdles — lack of cash flow, sluggish sales, ballooning expenses and failed projects among them. But the biggest hurdle by far has been figuring out how to find the time to plan and grow when I am consumed with the day-to-day tasks required to just keep things moving forward. Every business owner faces this dilemma. How you respond to it can make or break you.