IT IS NOT ENOUGH to simply do something again; we must do it better. Quorum Columbus is entering its second year and I wholeheartedly believe it comes from the determination of the staff to make this statement a reality. We are members of the community wanting to provide others with something uniquely LGBTQA and wonderfully Columbus.
Some have asked about why we chose the name Quorum. When companies set out to make a premium brand, the goal is often to create an exclusive image, an image of only the wealthiest people wearing their brand, or only the most popular people are good enough to be included. Our staff wanted to make a premium product, but one that is for the entire community. To have “a quorum” refers to having sufficient members of an assembly present to make a meeting valid. Those present and engaged in the meeting are the decision makers. Impactful change is driven by those willing to challenge themselves to participate in the discussion. From the first interaction with our brand we want you to feel a connection, which invites you to be an informed decision maker in our community. With this invitation, we have created an inclusive group in which everyone can participate.
I personally have loved watching the evolution of the design and content of each issue. While we’ve gotten many things right, we have missed a few along the way. We are humbled when comments come in from our website. We even love the negative ones! If someone is passionate about our product enough to write a stern
multi-paragraph e-mail about a comma choice or letting us know a layout was distracting from his or her enjoyment of the article, it means people are engaged! It means our readers are invested in being part of the quorum for the community and they too are excited about making our product better. We do our best to answer each comment from our website. We were, admittedly, not equipped to respond to each comment at some points in the year but took each one seriously. Keep them coming!
There are many plans for the coming year to continue our mission. I have learned a lot and promise to continue learning. We want to highlight unique stories that are looking for a voice. I welcome ideas to guide us to diverse topics and content. My favorite moments are when we are able to highlight individuals who happen to be LGBTQ who are doing amazing things. We are many things beyond our sexuality, and through education and exposure we will continue to contribute to progress. Telling the story of LGBTQ successes is our way of building the community up while moving our image forward.
Thank you for letting us entertain your social side, enlighten you with perspectives, and for engaging with us through this tool of connection. We still have a lot to do, but your outpouring of generosity lets us know that together we can and will do much more!
President & Publisher
Isaac Bendele has been a resident of Columbus for nearly nine years. In addition to his work with Quorum Columbus, he works for a national children’s publishing company and is finishing his MBA. Isaac finds inspiration from working with passionate, creative and positive people. His main drivers are figuring out the most efficient and productive ways to enable those same people to do more together. Public relations and marketing allow him to combine his two passions of people and process.