Meet 2015’s three most notable gay Georgians

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If it’s happening in business, politics or economic development, Georgia Trend is all over it. Since no finger is truly on the pulse without its gays, the magazine includes shining gay Atlanta stars in its annual shout-outs.

Georgia Trend published its January 2015 Georgian Year issue over the weekend, and three of gay Atlanta’s own make the cut with other influential local and state movers and shakers. Well, at least three make the list: Tyler Perry is on there, and he may or may not add to the gay contingent.

Standing out and proud among the 2015 Most Notable Georgians are Jerry Gonzalez (photo, left), founder and executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; and Lee Harrop (center), program director at the Atlanta BeltLine.

The magazine only lists their titles for your adoration, but they’re a familiar pair to us and other score-keeping gays in Atlanta. Harrop is Georgia’s reigning Construction Engineer of the Year and the BeltLine’s go-to gay for unlocking the trails. Gonzalez got a lot of local news play during the election on the ever-growing Hispanic vote, and he previously bridged the gay divide on Georgia’s immigration law.

Deron Davis (photo, right), executive director of the Nature Conservancy, also got some Georgia Trend love. His inclusion was more longwinded since it landed on the magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians alongside the likes of the governor and Georgia’s U.S. senators.

Deron Davis

Executive Director

The Nature Conservancy in Georgia


Age: 46

During his first year at the helm, Davis and others collaborated to open the 10,800-acre Chattahoochee Fall Line Wildlife Management Area and longleaf pine restoration area. He is also part of the negotiations with neighbor states over water through the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah River Basin Study. – KS

Three cheers for gay movers and shakers! We love it when gay Atlanta tops a list.


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