One great thing about being us — and we count several among Project Q Atlanta’s blessings this year — is having online resources to tell us exactly what draws reader attention throughout the year.
Online outlets like us don’t have to guess at how many people we’re reaching. Our ever-growing number of unique visitors and page views are logged automatically, so your clicks tell us exactly how interested you are in each post, ad, headline, calendar entry and photo.
No matter what we think the top stories might be this year, your clicks are your voice and make this list easy. Here’s what the numbers say about which local news topics caught Atlanta’s queer eye in 2010.
Eddie Long calls charges false; photos emerge. After four former parishioners of the DeKalb megachurch daddy (top photo) filed lawsuits in September accusing the bishop of coercing them into gay sex, twists and turns in the cases top our year, including a hilarious reaction from the Atlanta Bucks gay rugby team.
Staunch LGBT volunteer Greg Barrett dies at 43. The longtime Operations Chair of Atlanta Pride was found dead June 3. Barrett left behind a partner and a legacy of support for community groups including the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and the Atlanta AIDS Walk & Run.
Atlantans turn out in force to thwart anti-gay rally. The Atlanta stop on the National Organization of Marriage’s anti-gay marriage tour drew a crowd of nearly 300 local counter-protesters (second photo) who dwarfed the 30 or so who showed up to support the rally.
Gays caught in crossfire of “Screen on the Green” melee. Bedlam forced an early closing of summer’s popular “Screen on the Green” one Thursday in Piedmont Park as groups of teens fought and harassed movie-goers. Critics pointed out the difference between that incident, where there were no on-duty police officers, and the paramilitary police presence at a small gay park gathering a week beforehand.
Ga. parents kick gay son out over prom flap. When we first reported that gay Cochran teen Derrick Martin (third photo) fought for and won the right to bring his boyfriend to prom, readers rejoiced in March. When his parents kicked him out of the house for the attention it brought, he became a statewide hero. Read more about how support for Martin built to a crescendo, including a special Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus concert in his honor.
Weird science: Is Atlanta the gayest U.S. city? We had fun with the Advocate’s poorly thought-out system for determining the nation’s top honor. Apparently, our gay bars and cruising spots outweigh — or at least, balance out — our lack of LGBT equality.
Gwinnett police arrest gay group’s president. AEN Board president and Atlanta Cotillion benefactor Brent Jon Fogleman, 38, was jailed in August on charges of stealing a former employer’s car. He then faced more charges in Clayton County for violating his probation from a past first-degree forgery case.
YouthPride hits back at Nathan Deal over anti-gay ads. Georgia’s governor-elect, then a candidate, drew the ire of Atlanta’s LGBTQ teen center when his GOP primary campaign ads criticized — and mischaracterized — past support of the group by Karen Handel. Not to be outdone, Handel (fourth photo) herself was by then dissing gay parents in an anti-gay screed.
SoVo, David assets sold to Gaydar publisher. That’s the headline that started a year’s worth of poor choices, angry employees and general bad publicity for the new publishers of Southern Voice. Revisit the multi-faceted pitfalls here.
Gay couple robbed at gunpoint in Piedmont Park. Rev. Josh Noblitt (fifth photo), the social justice minister at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown, and his boyfriend were crime victims in July. Six men were arrested, and Noblitt turned his personal story into “Take Back the Park.”
Former Blake’s doorman Phil Hickman dies at 64. A longtime gay resident of Atlanta and popular former doorman at Blake’s, Hickman was found dead in May in his Midtown home with a plate of food and his dog Cricket nearby.
Reed calls Eagle lawsuit ‘threat to city.’ The 2009 bar raid case that took all year to settle was a big topic for us and a big headache for the city. Go story-by-story on the APD raid of the Eagle and its fallout.
What else were you clicking?
Well, that would be Atlantans on the national stage, national celebrities on Atlanta stages, plus our weekday Afternoon Headline Rambles and famous hotties gracing our Morning Fix of male eye candy. Our weekly TV recaps of the Q Factor on “Project Runway,” “American Idol” and “True Blood” also proved popular.
Here’s a quick list of the other most visited posts.
HGTV moves sexy John Gidding to Atlanta (bottom photo)