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[Video] LGBT History Month Icon for Oct. 23: Irshad Manji

LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month. The month of observance was first organized in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson to coincide with National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11) and was meant to highlight the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement.

In 2006, the Equality Forum began promoting the annual commemoration by featuring a different LGBT icon each day.

“This is the 7th anniversary of LGBT History Month. There are a total of 217 Icons that inspire pride in our heroes and our impressive national and international accomplishments,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum executive director, in a statement.

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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.

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A milestone in our mission

GA Voice first anniversary coverThis issue of the GA Voice marks an important milestone for any small company, and especially a company in an industry that many claim is on the wane: It is Volume 2, Issue 1. Our first year is history, and we are forging full speed ahead into our second.

Like so many things in life, the GA Voice began with an ending. The seeds of the GA Voice were planted Nov. 16, 2009, when the staff of Southern Voice — the city’s LGBT newspaper for more than 20 years — learned that paper’s parent company, Window Media, had changed the locks and filed for bankruptcy.

It was an abrupt end to a long, slow decline brought on by a poor economy, declining advertising sales in print media, and most importantly, Window Media’s drive to expand the chain at all costs.

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Meet the GA Voice staff

GA Voice editor Laura Douglas-BrownLaura Douglas-Brown

Editor and Co-Founder

Laura Douglas-Brown is an award-winning writer and editor with more than a decade of experience covering local and national issues that impact Georgia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. She joined the staff of Southern Voice in 1997 and served as the paper’s editor from 2006 until its closure in 2009. She launched the GA Voice with Chris Cash to help ensure that our community always has a “Voice.” Douglas-Brown is a proud soccer mom who lives with her partner, Donna, and two daughters in northeast Atlanta. She is a card-carrying member of the PTA and, at press time, had 72 Diet Coke cans on her desk.

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Contact Us

The Georgia Voice, LLC PO Box 77401Atlanta, GA 30357(404) 815-6941 Publisher: Tim   Editor:  David Aaron Deputy Editor: Dyana Bagbydbagby@thega...