ABOUT DARIAN AARON
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 has also worked in radio and television news; most recently as a general assignment reporter for CBS affiliate WRBL in Columbus, Georgia. He first earned 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.
Darian 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 as seen in his previous blog and coffee-table book, “When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color.”
Darian 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 LA Times, The Huffington Post, EBONY Magazine, Project Q Atlanta and The Montgomery Advertiser among a host of other online platforms.
In 2011, he was one of a dozen LGBTQ leaders selected to attend GLAAD’s first Media Institute in New York City. He received a 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 LGBT 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 made history as the first undergraduate student to commute to school by plane.
A native of Montgomery Alabama, he has spent the last fifteen years in Atlanta, GA, but now calls Miami, FL home where he resides with his fiancé.
Darian is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists.