Meet Q magazine, the next generation of queer Atlanta media

And then there were two. Meet the runoff candidates out for LGBTQ Atlanta’s votes in four key races including our next mayor, meet a trans prepper resisting Trump, a Who’s Who of post-Jungle gay bar owners to find out what’s next, and Q magazine, the next generation of local queer print media.

“Q is for Queer. You already know that.” Those were the first words I ever wrote for Project Q Atlanta in 2008. Nine years and millions of words later, we’ve grown exponentially and embrace that Q even more. Our content, our character, and the trademark letter that inspired our name have undergone several metamorphoses and become part of local queer culture.

Today finds our next expansion and the next generation of LGBTQ Atlanta Media: Q magazine.

The diversity of answers to what it means to be queer continue to change since our inception, too. That’s why we believe it’s time to put our Q on local queer media in a new way. As we expand our dependable takes on news, events and buzz into print, we also extend our reach and our concept, broadening the options for local LGBTQ readers with a glossy print product unlike any that queer Atlanta has ever seen.

As you turn the pages on the magazine – which is being distributing to local queer spaces on Wednesday and Thursday – we hope you want to take home and spend time reading, not just flip through and discard. We also aim to bring you coverage that you’re just plain not used to finding in the Old Guard of gay and lesbian print media, one that embraces all the communities in the LGBTQ village.

Q magazine gathers more than a quarter-century of media experience each for myself and fellow publisher Matt Hennie. We were both daily newspaper men, became editors at Atlanta’s Southern Voice and its affiliates in the ‘90s and early 2000s, and we were the driving forces behind the Project Q digital product and only the best years of David magazine. We’re ready to bring it all together in this new publication. Our co-publisher Richard Cherskov brings decades of experience running other successful businesses.

Speaking of Richard, this week’s issue includes his personal take on the end of an era: The closing of his Jungle Atlanta club after a blowout Final Dance party on Nov. 11. In our premiere issue of Q, read his answer to “Are gay dance clubs just over in general?” and find out his plans for the future of LGBTQ nightlife.

With a trusted team of media professionals, and a core group of supporters with whom we have built relationships over decades, we are ready to raise the bar on what you’re used to picking up.

But Q magazine is much more than that. This and every weekly issue includes Q Voices like that prepper we mentioned, Q People profiles like Atlanta artist and queen Corian Ellisor, Queer Culture pieces like this week's 10 Ways to Fuel Your Own Revolution, and our weekly The Q questions and advice. Our first editon of The Q: How do I handle my best friend’s s/o hitting on me?

The issue also includes the most popular coverage from Project Q Atlanta: Q Shots photos, Queer Things to Do This Weekend, and Q News roundups.

That’s right: Project Q isn’t going anywhere. The website will continue posting news, events and buzz as we have for nine years, and Q magazine will complement it every Thursday.

That means your Q is on the street every week and online every day. Both can still be found on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Plus, our new Podcast Q is now on iTunes, Google Play and wherever you find audio content.

And please, for the record, let comparisons to, and perceived competitions with, other publications in town die here. We’re not thinking about them. We run our own race. We wouldn’t slow ourselves to look back to see where they are. Let them do them. We do us.

We’ll do you too, with as many voices and smiles as we can find to share, and as many stories we can find to tell. To that end, professional writers, photographers and readers with pitches for unique LGBTQ-ATL coverage, email me at [email protected]. Let’s do this.