imageWe were looking for a sign. Now Creative Loafing’s annual “Best of Atlanta” issue says we are a sign, naming Project Q Atlanta as the Best Sign That Gay Media Is Still Alive alongside multiple LGBT winners in other categories. Color us honored.

The nod comes in the edition’s Cityscape section, which looks for signals that even during a tough economy Atlanta, like gay media, will survive.

Even before this year’s shuttering of Southern Voice, the popularity of Project Q stood as evidence that the new media (i.e., a website) can keep the community informed and entertained with breaking news, cheeky columns and pop-culture updates. You gotta love an outfit that titles its daily event listings “The Gay Agenda.”

Other LGBT winners were also among readers’ and critic’s picks for the Loaf’s Best of Atlanta 2010. In the Cityscape section, the Best Evidence of Social Progress went to Atlanta’s preponderance of openly gay elected city and state officials. Amen.

Among other choice LGBT winners and favorites, Best Men’s Clothing Store went to the gay-owned Drew Lewis, Outwrite took Best Gay-themed Store with Brushstrokes as runner up, and Best Person to Hate to Love went to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Nene Leakes.

While several gay-owned restaurants, businesses, arts organizations and LGBT individuals made this year’s cut in multiple categories, here are some of the winners that jumped out at us:

Poets, Artists and Madmen (The Arts)
Freddie Ashley (Actor’s Express), Best Stage Director (Critics Choice)
Kenny Leon (True Colors Theatre), Best Stage Director (Readers’ Choice)
Topher Payne, Best Local Playwright
“Fair Use” (Actor’s Express), Best Play
John Q’s “Memory Flash,” Best Public Arts Performance

After Dark (Nightlife)
My Sisters’ Room, Best Lesbian Bar
Mary’s, Best Gay Bar
Manshaft @ Mary’s, Best Gay Theme night
Swinging Richards, Best Gay Strip Club

We’d like to thank Creative Loafing for the mention and offer our most sincere gratitude to our readers and advertisers for making it possible. In a wide and varied local gay media landscape, we’re glad to be among the options for queer readers. It’s a great way to move into our third year. We just celebrated our second anniversary earlier this month. And in July, readers of the GA Voice named us Best Gay Blog.