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Georgia Voice The Georgia Voice is a media outlet covering Georgia's LGBTQ communities.

The Georgia Voice is an LGBT media outlet that publishes daily online and in print every other Friday. The Georgia Voice is published by The Georgia Voice, LLC, which was co-founded by Laura Douglas-Brown, Tim Boyd and Christina Cash, who together have more than 25 years experience in managing the editorial and business departments of an Atlanta-based LGBT publication. Cash founded Southern Voice in 1988 and Douglas-Brown worked as a reporter there beginning in 1997 and was named Editor in 2006. Boyd worked for Southern Voice in sales in the 1990's. Southern Voice closed on Nov. 16, 2009 and left Atlanta's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities without a voice for the first time in almost 22 years. Profitable since 1993, Cash sold the newspaper was sold to Window Media in 1997 and it enjoyed continued success for almost a decade. Cash, Boyd and Douglas-Brown acted quickly to fill the void left by the demise of Southern Voice and launched GA Voice in March, 2010. We are grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from the community and look forward to serving our readers and advertisers for many years to come.

Mission: The Georgia Voice is the news outlet of record for the state’s LGBTQ communities and their allies. Through ethical, professional reporting, we educate and empower our readers to become informed advocates for LGBTQ rights.

07/11/2020
My name is Maggie Hogan, a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Florida is looking...
07/11/2020

My name is Maggie Hogan, a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Florida is looking for participants for a study she is conducting.

Individuals who identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and/or queer and are age 18 or older, are invited to participate in a research study from the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Florida. Upon completion of the survey, you will be eligible to receive one of twenty $10 Amazon eGift cards. These gift cards will be given to every 15th participant who completes all the questionnaires. Get started by clicking the survey link here: https://bit.ly/HoganOnlineSurvey

Bisexual actress Javicia Leslie will be taking Ruby Rose’s place as the new series lead of the CW’s Batwoman.
07/10/2020
Bisexual Actress Javicia Leslie Takes on Role of Batwoman

Bisexual actress Javicia Leslie will be taking Ruby Rose’s place as the new series lead of the CW’s Batwoman.

Bisexual actress Javicia Leslie will be taking Ruby Rose’s place as the new series lead of the CW’s Batwoman. Following Rose’s departure from the show, Leslie, 33, will be playing Ryan Wilder, a different character from Rose’s Kate Kane. Wilder is described as “likeable, messy, a little go...

In a decision that undermines LGBTQ teachers at religious schools, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed for Catholic scho...
07/10/2020
Supreme Court Makes Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Easier at Religious Schools

In a decision that undermines LGBTQ teachers at religious schools, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed for Catholic schools an expansive ministerial exemption in hiring practices under civil rights law.

In a decision that undermines LGBTQ teachers at religious schools, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed for Catholic schools an expansive ministerial exemption in hiring practices under civil rights law. In the 7-2 decision issued on Wednesday, U.S. Associate Justice Samuel Alito writes religious ins...

House Democrats have written a letter to the military demanding the transgender service member ban be lifted in light of...
07/09/2020
House Democrats Demands Transgender Military Ban Be Lifted in Light of SCOTUS Ruling

House Democrats have written a letter to the military demanding the transgender service member ban be lifted in light of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling protecting LGBTQ from workplace discrimination.

House Democrats have written a letter to the military demanding the transgender service member ban be lifted in light of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling protecting LGBTQ from workplace discrimination. The letter, which was sent by Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and signed by 116 Congressional Democra...

With so much passion for a variety of causes lately, columnist Melissa Carter talks activism and keys to keeping it aliv...
07/09/2020
The Keys to Keeping Activism Alive

With so much passion for a variety of causes lately, columnist Melissa Carter talks activism and keys to keeping it alive in your life for the long haul. Read it here:

With so much passion for a variety of causes lately, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about activism and keys to keeping it alive in your life for the long haul: There’s always bad news to find. If you’re a part of a movement of any kind, you get in this routine of …

The City of Atlanta, in partnership with HRC Atlanta, One Atlanta, and OUT Georgia Business Alliance, is hosting a histo...
07/08/2020
City of Atlanta Hosts Virtual LGBTQ Opportunity Fair

The City of Atlanta, in partnership with HRC Atlanta, One Atlanta, and OUT Georgia Business Alliance, is hosting a historic Virtual LGBTQ Opportunity Fair on Thursday, July 30.

The City of Atlanta, in partnership with HRC Atlanta, One Atlanta, and OUT Georgia Business Alliance, is hosting a historic Virtual LGBTQ Opportunity Fair on Thursday, July 30. The digital event is part of an initiative by Mayor Keisha Bottoms to leverage the power of government, the corporate secto...

David France’s latest film—“Welcome to Chechnya,” which debuted at Sundance earlier this year and is now airing on HBO—i...
07/08/2020
New Documentary Looks at Terrors Facing LGBTQ Community

David France’s latest film—“Welcome to Chechnya,” which debuted at Sundance earlier this year and is now airing on HBO—is a powerful examination of the thousands of LGBTQ individuals dealing with the anti-gay leadership of the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.

Oscar-nominated director David France has been at the helm of some of the most noted LGBTQ-themed documentaries ever made. His “How To Survive a Plague” looked at the AIDS crisis, and his “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” chronicled the late trans activist. France’s latest film—....

Saint Mark United Methodist Church
07/07/2020

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

Unfortunately due to high demand and low supply, we will be unable to offer testing tomorrow, July 8. We’ll keep everyone updated about the weeks to come. In the meantime- stay safe, wear a mask, and wash your hands!

The survey of nearly 2,300 LGBTQ people found that, contrary to popular belief, the pandemic wasn’t worsening depression...
07/07/2020
More LGBTQ People are Experiencing Depression and Anxiety for the First Time Due to COVID-19

The survey of nearly 2,300 LGBTQ people found that, contrary to popular belief, the pandemic wasn’t worsening depression and anxiety for people who already had it but was creating anxiety and depression in LGBTQ people who weren’t anxious or depressed prior.

A new study shows that many members of the LGBTQ community are experiencing anxiety and depression for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic. The survey of nearly 2,300 LGBTQ people found that, contrary to popular belief, the pandemic wasn’t worsening depression and anxiety for people...

LGBTQ internet freedoms may be at risk on a global scale due to the new leadership at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, ...
07/07/2020
Tech Experts Fear New US Broadcasting Chief Could Jeopardize LGBTQ Internet Freedom

LGBTQ internet freedoms may be at risk on a global scale due to the new leadership at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, according to technology freedom experts.

LGBTQ internet freedoms may be at risk on a global scale due to the new leadership at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, according to technology freedom experts. The agency, which operates independently from the U.S. government, oversees five different entities that include Voice of America and Radio...

LGBTQ individuals adore their pets, and some want to show their affection from time to time with special treats such as ...
07/07/2020
Birthday Cakes, Parties Always Popular for Dogs

LGBTQ individuals adore their pets, and some want to show their affection from time to time with special treats such as cakes and birthday parties. A number of Atlanta locations provide those kinds of amenities.

LGBTQ individuals adore their pets, and some want to show their affection from time to time with special treats such as cakes and birthday parties. A number of Atlanta locations provide those kinds of amenities. Taj Ma Hound Bakery for Dogs, located in the neighborhood of Oakhurst in Decatur, is one...

Dragon Con
07/06/2020

Dragon Con

After an exhaustive attempt to consider and uncover every possible option to hosting a safe and much-needed #DragonCon this year, it has become apparent that we cannot, in good faith, move forward with our 2020 event. We are heartbroken to make this announcement, but do so with the support of you, our fans, our partners, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Main Office, and City of Atlanta Government. For that, we thank you.

While we aren’t able to welcome you back in person this September, we will be taking our 2020 event virtual this Labor Day weekend with a free to the universe experience. Keep those calendars marked and stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

We know you have questions. You can find the answers at www.dragoncon.org/updates. Please be patient as the website updates.

In the meantime, we just ask our fans to be like our favorite Mandalorian and never take off your mask in public. Stay safe and we will look forward to seeing you in person next year.

This is the (Dragon Con) way.

The Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, which is headed by Roger Severino, a man the Human Rights Campai...
07/06/2020
Creep of the Week: Roger Severino

The Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, which is headed by Roger Severino, a man the Human Rights Campaign has described as a “radical anti-LGBTQ-rights activist,” issued a rule that narrows what counts as “sex discrimination” in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. In the Trump Administration you’re either strictly a MAN or WOMAN or you’re some kind of freak who doesn’t count. Doesn’t exist.

Even if you know in your heart of rainbow hearts that the president of the United States and the cretins who work for him hate you, you might not realize that this administration is always busy working to further harm LGBTQ people. They’re cruel. But are they “deny transgender people health care...

Almost eight in 10 (78 percent) Gen Z trans people have only come out online while staying closeted in real life. Forty-...
07/06/2020
8 out of 10 Gen Z Trans People Are Only Out Online, Study from Tinder Finds

Almost eight in 10 (78 percent) Gen Z trans people have only come out online while staying closeted in real life. Forty-one percent of Gen Zers who identified as gender fluid said the same.

A large majority of Gen Z transgender people are only out online, according to a report conducted by Tinder. A year after the dating app’s decision to introduce its orientation feature, which allows users to choose up to three sexual orientations to find better matches, Tinder has conducted resear...

Saying goodbye to your furry companion can be hard, but putting them to rest shouldn’t be. Your fur babies deserve the b...
07/06/2020
Ways to Say Goodbye

Saying goodbye to your furry companion can be hard, but putting them to rest shouldn’t be. Your fur babies deserve the best, both in life and after it. There are many ways to send your buddy into the unknown—find the one that’s best for the both of you.

The unconditional love our pets bring into our lives is priceless, but it comes at a cost when their lives reach a bittersweet end. Saying goodbye to your furry companion can be hard, but putting them to rest shouldn’t be. Your fur babies deserve the best, both in life and after it. There are many...

Bree Black, a Black transgender woman, was found dead in her home after a fatal shooting in Florida, making her the 21st...
07/05/2020
Black Trans Woman Bree Black Murdered in Florida

Bree Black, a Black transgender woman, was found dead in her home after a fatal shooting in Florida, making her the 21st known transgender person to be murdered in 2020.

Bree Black, a Black transgender woman, was found dead in her home after a fatal shooting in Florida, making her the 21st known transgender person to be murdered in 2020. Black, 27, was found dead in her home with a gunshot wound after police were called following reports of gunshots, according to th...

Since its inception in 2011, Second Life has been harnessing the power of “resale therapy” to help animals in need. The ...
07/05/2020
Thrift Store Gives Pets a Second Life

Since its inception in 2011, Second Life has been harnessing the power of “resale therapy” to help animals in need. The part-thrift store, part-organization is dedicated to providing grants to local animal rescues that saving homeless pets and preventing unwanted animals from being born through spaying/neutering services.

Since its inception in 2011, Second Life has been harnessing the power of “resale therapy” to help animals in need. The part-thrift store, part-organization is dedicated to providing grants to local animal rescues that saving homeless pets and preventing unwanted animals from being born through ...

While the phrase, “animal therapy,” may conjure images of reclining on a couch while talking to a dog psychologist, most...
07/05/2020
Animal Therapy and the LGBTQ Community

While the phrase, “animal therapy,” may conjure images of reclining on a couch while talking to a dog psychologist, most of us are more likely to encounter an animal therapy team in less stereotypically psychological settings. Georgia Voice interviewed Melissa Saul of CAREing Paws to learn more about how animal therapy works.

Animals help relieve stress and heal injuries to mental health caused by a discriminatory society. Prejudice takes a toll on the LGBTQ community and our mental health, but dogs, provided one is not allergic to them, can be stress relieving. While the phrase, “animal therapy,” may conjure images ...

A month after the murder of George Floyd, the movement against white supremacy remains strong. In Atlanta, a distinctive...
07/03/2020
The Intersectional Atlanta Anti-Racism Protests

A month after the murder of George Floyd, the movement against white supremacy remains strong. In Atlanta, a distinctive feature of the protest movement has been its emphasis on intersectionality, with substantial LGBTQ participation.

A month after the murder of George Floyd, the movement against white supremacy remains strong. In Atlanta, a distinctive feature of the protest movement has been its emphasis on intersectionality, with substantial LGBTQ participation. Just after five in evening on Friday the 26th, a multiracial grou...

Meet the furry friends of the readers and staff of Georgia Voice!
07/03/2020
Readers and Staff Pet Photos

Meet the furry friends of the readers and staff of Georgia Voice!

Archie Owner: Kristy Dermid Archie is a 3-year-old Aussiedoodle mix. He is a trained and registered therapy dog. A proposal was written by Kristy to have him serve in the capacity of a therapy dog at her current school. He comes to work with Kristy three days a week and provides therapeutic support....

This week, Creep of the Week columnist D'Anne Witkowski let her son Gavin share his thoughts on President Donald Trump.
07/03/2020
Creep of the Week: Donald Trump

This week, Creep of the Week columnist D'Anne Witkowski let her son Gavin share his thoughts on President Donald Trump.

The Supreme Court has just ruled that LGBTQ workers are protected under federal employment discrimination law. This is huge. In another world we’d be celebrating this ruling at Pride festivals across the country. But the world we live in right now doesn’t leave much room for celebration. We have...

A new study has revealed that HIV-positive people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) medications have a lower risk of getti...
07/03/2020
HIV Medications May Lower Risk of COVID-19, Study Finds

A new study has revealed that HIV-positive people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) medications have a lower risk of getting coronavirus, experiencing severe symptoms, and dying from COVID-19-related complications.

A new study has revealed that HIV-positive people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) medications have a lower risk of getting coronavirus, experiencing severe symptoms, and dying from COVID-19-related complications. Researchers found that only 0.3 percent of the 78,000 HIV-positive people studied, or 2...

After becoming the first Black gay man to win an acting Emmy and the first male-identified cover star of Allure magazine...
07/02/2020
Billy Porter Makes History with Essence Cover

After becoming the first Black gay man to win an acting Emmy and the first male-identified cover star of Allure magazine, Billy Porter has made history yet again by becoming the first openly gay cover star of Essence magazine.

After becoming the first Black gay man to win an acting Emmy and the first male-identified cover star of Allure magazine, Billy Porter has made history yet again by becoming the first openly gay cover star of Essence magazine. View this post on Instagram At every stage of his nearly 30-year career,....

In apparent defiance of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against anti-LGBTQ discrimination, the Trump administration...
07/02/2020
HUD Appears to Defy Bostock Ruling with Anti-trans Rule for Homeless Shelters

In apparent defiance of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against anti-LGBTQ discrimination, the Trump administration has announced plans to change Obama-era regulations to allow homeless shelters to refuse to house transgender people consistent with their gender identity.

In apparent defiance of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against anti-LGBTQ discrimination, the Trump administration has announced plans to change Obama-era regulations to allow homeless shelters to refuse to house transgender people consistent with their gender identity. Secretary of Housing &....

07/03/20, Vol. 11 Issue 8Welcome to Our Annual Pet’s Issue: Birthday Cakes, Parties Always Popular for Dogs • Choosing t...
07/02/2020
07/03/20, Vol. 11 Issue 8

07/03/20, Vol. 11 Issue 8
Welcome to Our Annual Pet’s Issue: Birthday Cakes, Parties Always Popular for Dogs • Choosing the Best Way for You to Send Your Pet Into the Afterlife • Homemade Treats for Your Pup. In the News: The Intersectional Atlanta Anti-Racism Protests and SCOTUS Blocks Ending DACA and Atlanta Pride Releases Anti-Racism Resolution. Plus, New Documentary Looks at Terrors Facing LGBTQ Community, and more. Check us out online and on stands near you!

Welcome to Our Annual Pet’s Issue: Birthday Cakes, Parties Always Popular for Dogs • Choosing the Best Way for You to Send Your Pet Into the Afterlife • Homemade Treats for Your Pup. In the News: The Intersectional Atlanta Anti-Racism Protests and SCOTUS Blocks Ending DACA and Atlanta Pride Re...

07/02/2020

We're putting out issues bimonthly, so we'll be taking the next week off. We'll be back July 17 with our Aging issue, and you can always find new stories daily at our website, thegavoice.com!

In a move to curtail hate speech on the platform, Reddit has shut down upwards of 2,000 subreddits that have a history o...
07/01/2020
Reddit Removes Subreddits Spreading Hate Speech, Including TERF and Pro-Trump Communities

In a move to curtail hate speech on the platform, Reddit has shut down upwards of 2,000 subreddits that have a history of hate speech.

In a move to curtail hate speech on the platform, Reddit has shut down upwards of 2,000 subreddits that have a history of hate speech. The company introduced their newly revised content policy on Monday (June 29), according to Variety, which explicitly states that groups and users that “incite vio...

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