Back in the saddle again

Finito. My first three weeks back at QNotes flew by like a flash. My first issue back as editor hit newsstands yesterday and is online today. Check out all the great content, as well as my returning “Editor’s Note” column.

After about four months of absence, it’s quite amazing how easy it was to resettle into my old routines. It’s almost as if I’d never left. I’m happy to be back, and glad to have come to my own personal conclusion on where I fit best. As I noted in my welcome back commentary on June 23:

In the short time since, I’ve had the utmost pleasure and distinct privilege to work with Campus Pride, the Charlotte-based, leading national non-profit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer and more inclusive college and university campuses for LGBT students, faculty and staff. My time there gave me the opportunity to work with a wide and diverse variety of organizations, people and national media organizations. Yet, something was amiss. The deep, long yearning that I felt for community service and community journalism was too strong a pull. And, so, here I am, penning yet another column for you as both former and now-incoming editor of QNotes.

My time away from this editor’s chair has been short, but it has been time enough to learn where I find my truest personal and professional passion. I am deeply committed to honest, objective and relevant community journalism. I hope you will welcome my second tenure as editor of your community newspaper, where I might strive to provide voice to the important issues that affect each and every person in our LGBT community.

There’s a lot of things still left to figure out, like keeping this blog and SexCashandPolitics.com up and running. In the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing some changes here at InterstateQ.com and at Sex, Cash & Politics. Unlike my first stint at the paper, I want to maintain my own online homes where I might offer personal commentary and insight. Work is fun, but there must be balance. A dormant personal blog is unacceptable.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy your summer. Don’t let the heat zap all your energy and fun. Before you know it, we’ll be back in the cold, blustery days of winter.