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Darian Aaron

LGBTQ+ Journalist & Editor

LGBTQ+ Journalist & Editor

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Atlanta, GA, USA
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Darian Aaron Biography

Darian Aaron has a career in media that spans nearly two decades. As a writer, his byline has appeared in both print and digital formats. He is currently Communications Director of The Counter Narrative Project (CNP) and Editor-At-Large of The Reckoning, a digital publication covering Atlanta’s Black LGBTQ+ community and a 2021 GLAAD Award nominee. He has also worked in television news, most recently as a general assignment reporter for CBS affiliate WRBL in Columbus, Georgia.

He first gained widespread attention in 2006 after launching the award-winning blog, “Living Out Loud with Darian”—a blog created to provide a platform for stories impacting LGBTQ+ communities of color. In the spring of 2020, he launched “Living Out Loud 2.0,” after demand from his loyal following.

Aaron also authored the Lambda Literary nominated coffee-table book “When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color. He received a Special Recognition award from Pride Index in 2021 for years of journalistic service to the LGBTQ+ community and for championing the increased visibility of Black gay couples in media.

Aaron also made history as the first African-American Editor-in-Chief of Atlanta’s Georgia Voice newspaper. Much of his digital and social justice work has intentionally advocated on behalf of LGBTQ people of color, particularly around the intersection of race, sexuality, and religious intolerance. He has used his voice towards LGBT equality and visibility on television and in print as a contributor to several publications: CLIK Magazine (Staff Writer), The Advocate, The Grio, The Body, The Huffington Post, EBONY Magazine, The Montgomery Advertiser, and Project Q Atlanta among a host of other online platforms.

In his career, Aaron has interviewed everyone from the everyday person to activists, thought leaders, politicians, and entertainers such as Academy-Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, Grammy winner Kandi Burruss, Emmy Winners Uzo Aduba, Wanda Sykes, Billy Porter, to Gina Yashere, Keith Boykin, Mykal Kilgore, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, and Patrik-Ian Polk to name a few.

Aaron was one of a dozen LGBTQ+ leaders selected to attend GLAAD’s inaugural Media Institute in New York City. He received a regional GLAAD award for his work in Atlanta’s LGBT community the following year.

In 2012, he became one of few openly gay Black men to be profiled in EBONY Magazine in the featured piece “Black, Gay and Christian: Where Spirituality and Sexuality Converge.”

In the spring of 2014, as an undergraduate student at Alabama State University, he founded AMPLIFIED, the first-ever LGBTQ+ chartered student organization in the history of the university.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Alabama State University in 2015. He honed his craft as an intern at WSFA 12 News and WVAS FM 90.7 in Montgomery, Alabama. He continued to make history as the first undergraduate student to commute to school by plane.

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, he has called Atlanta, Georgia, home for the last fifteen years.

Aaron is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists.

Darian Aaron Speaking Topics

    • Black LGBTQ Representation in Media
    • Intersectionality of Blackness and Queerness
    • Homophobia in the Black Church
    • HIV Stigma
    • Patriarchy and Black Masculinity
    • Black Queer History Is Black History
    • The Underrepresentation of Black Gay Couples in Media
    • Disrupting Homophobia at Historically Black Colleges & Universities
    • Utilizing Storytelling To Shift Narratives About Black Queer Men

Darian Aaron Videos

  • Darian Aaron 2022 Demo Reel
    Darian Aaron is a journalist and pop culture commentator with a focus on stories impacting the Black LGBTQ+ community.

Darian Aaron Books

  • When Love Takes Over: A Celebration Of Sgl Couples Of Color
    When Love Takes Over: A Celebration Of Sgl Couples Of Color

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