imageIt’s our birthday, and you get all the presents. Project Q Atlanta is proud to unwrap the easier-to-use redesign of our scrappy online destination for Atlanta queers.

That’s right, the Q in our name is for queer, and we have some exciting changes to celebrate our first birthday. Not only did the site get a makeover with you in mind, but Founder Matt Hennie (top photo) has brought in veteran gay Atlanta journalist Mike Fleming (bottom photo) as a business partner.

The partnership paves the way for our continued growth as the site begins its second year providing Atlanta queers with the information that impacts your lives—with a touch of approachable attitude. 

“The changes add to our ability to employ the latest innovations in social media to deliver the information, photos and calendar listings that our readers have come to expect since we launched a year ago,” Hennie says.

imageProject Q’s new design not only looks good, it makes more of the content you want accessible from the homepage, including the latest posts, photos and events. The redesign also unveils a cutting-edge comment system that allows you to share comments through other social media that you already use, like Facebook and Twitter, and follow the conversation through email updates.

New features also include a rundown of the most popular posts, recent comments and the site’s Twitter feed. New tabs at the top of the page also make it easy to find stories and events in specific categories by clicking on Community, Sports, Nightlife and News

We also refined our powerful interactive calendar to provide the most dynamic event listings in queer Atlanta. You can create your very own personal calendar of events, and set e-mail and text reminders for events you don’t want to miss. You or your group can also submit your own events. Just click on the Events tab to get started.

The debut of the PQA 2.0 coincides with the addition of Fleming, who comes to the company as an equal partner with experience in both the business and journalism sides of the media industry. The collaboration also brings longtime colleagues and friends together again on a project to serve Atlanta’s LGBT audience. 

“I’ve known Mike for almost 12 years and worked side-by-side with him for nine of those, so to be together again in this partnership is exciting for what it means to me personally and for the future growth of Project Q,” Hennie says.

Fleming’s input will double the effort to update the site’s content throughout the day and build the already-successful advertising and sponsorship programs.

“As a friend, I’m really proud of Matt’s ability to build such a recognizable success from scratch,” Fleming says. “As a gay man, I’m thrilled that Project Q is available for our community. Now I’m doubly excited just to be a part of it.”

Fleming’s career spans 22 years in editorial and managerial posts at media outlets, as well as copywriting positions for web, public relations and advertising agencies. He served as Features Editor at Southern Voice for seven years and as editor of David Atlanta magazine for three and a half years. He currently is a freelance writer, publicist and the Communications Chair for the Atlanta Pride Committee.