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Wanda Sykes on coming out and coming to Cobb Energy Centre

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Wanda Sykes has been making people laugh her entire life. Her successful career as a writer, author, actress, and stand-up comedienne has garnered a solid following of fans, numerous comedy awards and even an Emmy.

Her public coming out in 2009 at a marriage equality rally and speaking for LGBT rights has earned her the love and admiration of the queer community at large. 

Wanda will be performing her standup routine at the Cobb Energy Centre during Atlanta Pride weekend on Oct. 12. In an interview with GA Voice, Sykes talked about her multilingual family, coming out to her parents later in life and her expectations for the Atlanta show audience.

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GA Voice Pet of the Week: Minnie

Each week we meet a new pet available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations. The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

If you adopt a pet featured as a GA Voice Pet of the Week, please let us know! We’d love to post a photo of you and your new furry family member.

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Join GA Voice tonight at XS Ultra Lounge to kick off Black Pride weekend

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The GA Voice staff will join Traxx Girls and Traxx Atlanta tonight for "First Degree Burn," an official welcome to Atlanta party for Black Pride weekend.

The party is at XS Ultra Lounge, located at 708 Spring St., officially starts at 10 p.m. and will go long into the night and early morning hours and hundreds of people get the weekend to one of the largest Black Pride weekends off to a start.

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GA Voice welcomes new editor in September

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.”

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GA Voice Editor Laura Douglas-Brown bids farewell

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.

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Drag all week long

Atlanta’s gay bars serve up heaping helpings of drag almost every day. Here are some of the biggest shows; you can also find drag personalities hosting everything from Bingo to karaoke.

SUNDAY

Flashback Showgirls with the Lady Shabazz: 8 p.m. @ 10th & Piedmont
The Armorettes: 8 p.m. @ Burkhart's

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Melissa Carter: The truth about women in media

Melissa Carter

Last week was a pinnacle in my radio career. Vikki Locke invited me to speak at a “Women in Media” charity luncheon, and I was introduced by Mara Davis. I have listened to these two amazing women and looked up to them for years. 

The opportunity to speak to my mentors along with a room full of women was an honor.  What I said may not have been that encouraging, but it was the truth.

My speech was titled, “What Was Said to Me When the Microphone Was Off.” That topic could have kept me there all day.  But I limited my speech to three of the most shocking statements that had been made to me during my career.

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Topher Payne: Tag. You’re it.

Playwright and writer Topher Payne

I came out to the customer care lady at the cable company. I’d called because I decided I wanted to watch “The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio,” and my cable box, confused that anyone would wish to see this film, froze up completely.

So I called the help number on my screen, and the representative addressed me by my husband’s name.

I said, “No, this is Topher, his husband. I’m authorized on the account.”

She replied, “Oh, yes, I see. You’re the other Mr. Payne. What can I do for you?”

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GA Voice Pet of the Week: Bob Barker

Pet of the weekEach week we meet a new pet available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta.

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations.

The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

If you adopt a pet featured as a GA Voice Pet of the Week, please let us know! We’d love to post a photo of you and your new furry family member.

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GA Voice Pet of the Week: Alaric

Pet of the week

Each week we meet a new pet available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta.

All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations.

The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

If you adopt a pet featured as a GA Voice Pet of the Week, please let us know! We’d love to post a photo of you and your new furry family member.