Jeff Gra­ham is hav­ing a very good month

GA Voice - - Out Spoken -

It’s a good month to be Jeff Gra­ham. The Georgia Equal­ity ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor has landed on At­lanta Mag­a­zine’s list of the 55 most pow­er­ful peo­ple in the city. The South­ern Jewish Re­source Net­work for Gen­der and Sex­ual Di­ver­sity (SO­JOURN) also an­nounced that Gra­ham would be pre­sented with the Michael Jay Kinsler Rain­maker Award at the group’s 10th an­nual Purim Off Ponce fundraiser next March.

“Th­ese awards are ac­tu­ally about rec­og­niz­ing more than my con­tri­bu­tions, but rec­og­niz­ing the teams of peo­ple I’ve worked with over the years,” says Gra­ham. “Change has been slower and harder than I could have ever imag­ined when I started do­ing this work 30-some years ago, but there is no deny­ing that change has hap­pened.” Gra­ham says he “hopes to lever­age this recog­ni­tion into greater suc­cesses for our com­mu­nity in the years to come.”

Small mi­nor­ity-owned busi­ness makes great strides

Vi­sion­ary Ser­vices, Inc. has been able to make great strides in a short amount of time. Vi­sion­ary was awarded a $3.1 mil­lion con­tract in June 2015 with the United States Coast Guard in Mi­ami, Fl. Cer­ti­fied in the 8(a) pro­gram that pro­vides small busi­nesses ac­cess to ac­quire set aside con­tracts from the gov­ern­ment, ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant Natasha Ford says “this is just the be­gin­ning for Vi­sion­ary Ser­vices.”

Ford rep­re­sented “Vi­sion­ary” as an in­vited guest dur­ing The White House LGBT Pride Re­cep­tion in June and re­ceived an AGLCC nom­i­na­tion for Small Busi­ness of The Year.

Wil­liam Duf­fee-Braun & David Thomp­son launch ‘Go­liath At­lanta’

Lo­cal gay pub­lish­ers Wil­liam Duf­fee-Braun and David Thomp­son have launched At­lanta’s new­est gay pub­li­ca­tion. The pre­miere is­sue of “Go­liath At­lanta” is cur­rently on news­stands. Duf­fee-Braun and Thomp­son de­scribe the life­style mag­a­zine as “the ul­ti­mate cre­ative cul­tural guide for the discerning gay man.”

“I sat down with him (David) not too long ago, asked him to let me fol­low my pas­sions by cre­at­ing a new mag­a­zine and to go along with me. He didn’t even hes­i­tate and here we are,” says Duf­fee-Braun in a state­ment.

“Go­liath At­lanta” will be pub­lished monthly and is avail­able in print and on­line at www. go­liathat­lanta.com.

Stew­art, Persily ap­pointed to GLAAD na­tional board

Lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers Pamela Stew­art and Seth Persily have both been ap­pointed to the na­tional board of GLAAD.

Stew­art, a 15-year- vet­eran with Coca-Cola cur­rently leads the Publix na­tional gro­cery chain ($30B rev­enue re­tailer) in the Na­tional Re­tail Sales or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Coca-Cola North Amer­ica Group. In ad­di­tion to sit­ting on the na­tional board of GLAAD, Stew­art also serves on the boards of Camp Twin Lakes, Ju­nior Achieve­ment of Georgia and AGLCC.

“I have been on a life-long jour­ney to cre­ate mo­ments of in­spi­ra­tion for oth­ers to live their truth, to be com­fort­able in their own skin and to stretch be­yond their own po­ten­tial,” says Stew­art. “My GLAAD work fur­ther ad­vances this per­sonal mis­sion in an even deeper way as we con­tinue to ac­cel­er­ate ac­cep­tance do­mes­ti­cally and glob­ally. It is a priv­i­lege to be a part of that un­der­tak­ing.”

Persily agrees. He tells Georgia Voice that he “couldn’t be more thrilled to have been ap­pointed to GLAAD’s na­tional board.”

“In this role, I will work tire­lessly to ac­cel­er­ate LGBT ac­cep­tance in the South and across the globe through GLAAD’s pro­gram­matic work.”

Persily, a Har­vard Law School grad­u­ate has served on the board of di­rec­tors for Youth Pride and Georgia Equal­ity. He is cur­rently em­ployed by Penn Mul­ti­me­dia.

Georgia Voice sales ex­ec­u­tive Anne Clarke has also been ap­pointed as the new 2016 GLAAD At­lanta co-chair.

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