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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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Know where your money goes

In the wake of last month’s Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage, Georgia Equality and Lambda Legal teamed up to host a discussion of the potential impact of the cases.

Georgia Equality streamed the event live for those who could not come to the Phillip Rush Center in Atlanta, and the opportunity for online attendees to chat proved interesting.

At one point, one online attendee asked if Georgia Equality is basically a local chapter of the national Human Rights Campaign, receiving money from HRC. The answer, of course, is that Georgia Equality (our state’s largest LGBT political group) and HRC (the nation’s largest LGBT political group) are two completely separate organizations, with no shared funding.

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Where the LGBT journalists are this weekend…

From bloggers to newspaper editors, LGBT journalists are converging on Philadelphia this weekend to learn about ways to broaden our coverage, plus put faces to the names we all read each day.

The fourth-annual LGBT Media "Convening" is hosted by Bil Browning of the Bilerico Project, sponsored by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, and paid for by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.

I'm thrilled to be among the attendees, along with journalists from LGBT media outlets around the country and prominent blogs like Feministing, New Civil Rights Movement, Towleroad, Think Progress, Joe.My.God, Mombian, and many, many more. Atlanta's own Mark King, whose columns from his blog My Fabulous Disease sometimes appear on our website, is on the list too.

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GLAAD plans second Atlanta Gala to honor community leaders

Fran Drescher

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will host its second annual gala Oct. 6 to recognize local LGBT leaders who’ve done work to advance social change.

Some 28 honorees, including GA Voice Editor Laura Douglas-Brown, will receive awards.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by GLAAD and this award is shared with all of the staff who work so hard on GA Voice every day,” Douglas-Brown says.

Other honorees include Q100 morning DJ Bert Weiss, actress Fran Drescher, local fundraising drag troupe Armorettes and nightlife stalwart Blake’s on the Park (see sidebar for full list of honorees).

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GA Voice enters third year of publishing

GA Voice issue vol 3 issue 1

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:

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Podcast: Health and Fitness

GA Voice editor Laura Douglas-Brown was featured on AM 1690 | The Voice of the Arts this week in a bi-weekly segment highlighting upcoming arts and entertainment events and LGBT community news featured in our upcoming issue.

In this week's segment, Laura discusses our second annual Health and Fitness issue, Bernice King's surprise speech at Atlanta's MLK Day rally, the ongoing financial crisis at YouthPride and more.

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Podcast: The GOP’s anti-gay circus

GA Voice editor Laura Douglas-Brown was featured on AM 1690 | The Voice of the Arts this week in a bi-weekly segment highlighting upcoming arts and entertainment events and LGBT community news featured in our upcoming issue.

In this week's segment, Laura discusses our cover story, an in-depth preview of the 2012 GOP primary elections, previews Atlanta's upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend events and highlights the new Focus Features film "Pariah."