Giv­ing voice to the lo­cals

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“One of the ser­vices that Ge­or­gia Voice pro­vides to the com­mu­nity is giv­ing ex­po­sure to those that need a big­ger spot­light.”

We talk about you con­stantly. It’s true, but be­fore you back away slowly from your screen/news­pa­per and run out of the room to file a re­strain­ing or­der, let me ex­plain.

The Ge­or­gia Voice team is al­ways talk­ing about you, our read­ers, about what you want – what you’re look­ing for, what you want more of, what you want less of. Those con­ver­sa­tions help frame our cov­er­age on­line, in print and on so­cial me­dia.

That be­ing said, you might no­tice some changes that took place. We de­cided to drop a syn­di­cated con­tent ser­vice we’ve been us­ing for quite some time now. The ser­vice pro­vided big-name celebrity in­ter­views, the Creep of the Week col­umn and (as our print read­ers know) an ed­i­to­rial car­toon. To any of you who will miss those fea­tures, we apol­o­gize, but there are ma­jor ben­e­fits.

One of the ser­vices that Ge­or­gia Voice pro­vides to the com­mu­nity is giv­ing ex­po­sure to those that need a big­ger spot­light. The celebrity in­ter­view typ­i­cally ran as the main fea­ture in our A&E sec­tion of the print edi­tion, so with this move, we’ll be able to fea­ture more lo­cal peo­ple in that spot. That means any of you singers, dancers, artists, ac­tors, au­thors, film­mak­ers and oth­ers in the A&E world in Ge­or­gia, we want to hear from you. Email me at ed­i­tor@the­gavoice. com and tell me what you have go­ing on so we can look into get­ting you some cov­er­age. We will still oc­ca­sion­ally have a celebrity in­ter­view, but the op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal A&E cov­er­age have never been greater.

This move will also al­low us to use more lo­cal writ­ers to cre­ate the sto­ries that you read. Plus, we’re con­sid­er­ing adding a new ed­i­to­rial colum­nist at some point. So to all you writ­ers out there, email me and in­clude two or three clips so we can talk about you get­ting started free­lanc­ing for us.

And with that, we’d like to in­tro­duce you to Aj­mal Mil­lar. He’s the first lo­cal A&E fig­ure to grace the cover of that sec­tion since we made this change. Read about his debut solo art show com­ing up tonight and find out what in­spires him as an artist.

As for what else to look out for, it’s our an­nual We Are Fam­ily is­sue! We’ve got the scoop on a new sup­port group for LGBT fam­i­lies, plus LGBT se­niors’ blis­ter­ing re­sponse to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion re­mov­ing them from an im­por­tant gov­ern­ment sur­vey and a look at the sur­ro­gacy process.

Also meet Adam McCabe, the At­lanta semi-pro soc­cer player who just came out and is em­brac­ing his new sta­tus as a role model.

Plus we’ve got two juicy news sto­ries on Ge­or­gia’s gay Repub­li­cans stick­ing by Pres­i­dent Trump 100 days in and on lo­cal Laven­der Grad­u­a­tions – if you haven’t heard the term, you must find out!

And as al­ways, en­joy our amaz­ing colum­nists sound­ing off on pol­i­tics, their per­sonal lives, food and theater.

We hope you like the changes, so let us know!

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