Meet the staff of the Georgia Voice

Tim Boyd Co-Founder/Owner and Publisher  Tim Boyd has more than 25 years experience in business and sales, including serving as a sales executive in the early years of Southern Voice. In 1992, Boyd became a...
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Inserection owner seeks to unseat Alex Wan from City Council

Michael Morrison

A brawl may be brewing in the aftermath of the controversial legislation proposed by Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan to oust several adult businesses lining Cheshire Bridge Road.

The council rejected Wan’s proposals in a 9 to 6 vote on June 3, ending months of sometimes bitter debate between residents living in the area and those who own and work at the businesses targeted by Wan’s proposed zoning ordinances. But another battle may just be beginning.

Michael Morrison, owner of Inserection on Cheshire Bridge Road, said he is pleased with the council’s vote, but he is not confident something similar won’t come up in the near future if Wan remains on the council. So Morrison plans to run against Wan, the City Council’s only openly gay member, using his own money if nobody else throws their hat in the ring.

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Black Gay Pride to include Piedmont Park festival

Black Gay Pride in Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park has long been a popular Sunday destination for Black Gay Pride revelers seeking a break from the hectic party schedule of the annual Labor Day Weekend celebration.

Now what began as an organic, informal gathering will become an organized event on the Black Gay Pride schedule.

This year, for the first time, there will be a “Pure Heat Community Festival” in Piedmont Park to include live entertainment, HIV testing, vendors and more.

The event will be sponsored by Traxx Girls and the Vision Community Foundation, a program of the Vision Church. Led by Bishop O.C. Allen — whose partner, Rashad Burgess, is the CDC’s Chief Capacity Branch Director of HIV/AIDS, STD & Tuberculosis — the Vision Church is an affirming congregation that welcomes LGBT worshippers.

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Carl Black: Sharing life via social networks

Carl Black

If you don’t know Carl Black IRL (in real life), then you may follow him on many of the social networks available — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Once the King of Yelp (yes, really), Black, who is gay, always has a cheerful tweet or photo to share with his virtual network as well as an eternal smile he likes to share with close friends and people he meets at various social and volunteering functions.

And if you want to see the places, food and sunsets he loves to share, check him out at

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Yep, I have a mental illness

There are many things to be happy about right now in my life. I have a job I love (and I have a job, period), I’m in love, I have good friends and a family that loves me, and a cat that has adopted me and makes me smile when she rolls over on her back so I will rub her belly. And I don’t have to worry about the basics such as food and shelter.

I can’t complain, people will say. And right now, I really can’t.

But it’s not always like this for me. More than a 15 years ago, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I spent a couple stints in psychiatric wards and struggled ferociously with regaining my sanity.

Those weeks in the hospitals were pure hell, and every night when I take my meds, I am reminded I have a preexisting condition that makes me a threat to health insurance companies.

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Awards and Honors

National Newspaper Association 2011 Better Newspaper Contest • First place, Best Humorous Column, Daily & Non-daily Division, circulation 3,000-7,999: Topher Payne.• Second place, Best Newspaper Web Site, D...
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GA Voice honored for website, news reporting in national journalism contest

The GA VoiceThe GA Voice won two second-place awards in this year's Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the National Newspaper Association.

Deputy Editor Dyana Bagby won second place in the category of Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series, Non-daily Division, circulation 6,000 - 9,999, for her article "Eddie Long scandal 'blows hinges off church's closet doors'."

"Difficult stories like this can follow many paths. Good coverage such as seen here informs the community while providing an opportunity for growth," the judges noted.

The GA Voice website, spearheaded by Web Manager Ryan Watkins, won second place for Best Newspaper Web Site, Non-daily Division.