Sunday, September 20, 2015

Georgia Voice hires its first African-American editor

by Chuck Colbert

Atlanta-based Georgia Voice has a new editor. He is Darian Aaron, who joined the staff on August 21.

“I’m humbled by this amazing opportunity to lead one of the premier LGBT publications in the country," Aaron said. "With this new role, I will become the first African-American editor of The Georgia Voice. It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I look forward to returning home to help tell the stories of one of the most vibrant and diverse LGBT communities in the nation.” 

Aaron is an award-winning digital journalist, blogger and author who is best known for his award-winning LGBT blog "Living Out Loud with Darian."

Darian Aaron, new editor of
Georgia Voice
Aaron's journalism experience includes both print and television. He has been a contributor to numerous publications including CLIK Magazine (where he served as a staff writer), the Advocate, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Project Q Atlanta, the Montgomery Advertiser, AOL Black Voices and several LGBT websites including Keith Boykin, Rod 2.0, Pam’s House Blend and Mused Magazine. He recently completed fellowships in television and radio news reporting at WSFA 12 News and WVAS FM 90.7 in Montgomery, Ala. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

"We are extremely fortunate that Darian made the decision to join our staff," said Chris Cash, managing partner of Georgia Voice. "His energy and enthusiasm, combined with his journalistic talent, is an unbeatable combination. It can't be easy to follow in the footsteps of Laura Douglas-Brown and Dyana Bagby, but I have no doubt Darian will prove to be a great asset to us and to the community."

Aaron has volunteered his time and talents to numerous LGBT causes. He has served as a member of the Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition and as an organizer for the annual State of Black Gay America Summit during Atlanta Black Gay Pride. In 2011, he was one of dozens of black gay activists invited to attend the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLAAD’s) first Media Institute in New York City. He received a GLAAD award for his work in Atlanta's LGBT community the following year.

In the spring of 2014, while a student at Alabama State University, he founded AMPLIFIED, the first ever LGBT chartered student organization in the history of the university. 

Aaron is a member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

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