Category:  Commentary & Opinion

Tales and characters encountered while dating and aging

Tales and characters encountered while dating and aging

Fun, frustrating and fearful. I never thought I'd be looking at this age, but since I am, I commit to look beyond the surface and not value wrapping over content.    READ MORE »

Her revolutionary path forged in evolutionary, incremental changes

Her revolutionary path forged in evolutionary, incremental changes

Personal stories help normalize experiences of someone perceived as different, and they're especially helpful when it comes to people understanding the transgender experience. Here's mine.    READ MORE »

LGBTs rally for ally Lindy Miller for Public Service Commission

LGBTs rally for ally Lindy Miller for Public Service Commission

The short answer as to why LGBTQ voters should care about candidates running for Georgia Public Service Commission is simple: The PSC regulates the utility industry, so its issues affect us all.    READ MORE »

Jay-Z’s mom champions struggles of black lesbian mothers

Jay-Z’s mom champions struggles of black lesbian mothers

In a recent interview, Jay-Z embraced his mother's coming out to him, bringing home the sad reality that lesbian moms are often erased or excluded from LGBTQ narratives.    READ MORE »

Growing up queer and why ‘authentic’ is better than ‘normal’

Growing up queer and why ‘authentic’ is better than ‘normal’

What’s normal anyway? Navigating so-called ‘social norms’ on the way to your authentic self is wrought with emotional hurdles and societal stumbling blocks for those who identify as 'different.'    READ MORE »

Is PrEP a license to throw caution to the wind?

Is PrEP a license to throw caution to the wind?

To say I was excited is an understatement when the FDA approved an HIV treatment drug as a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). The fear of becoming HIV positive can subside, but too much?    READ MORE »

Expressing ourselves, and why gender isn’t the sum of our traits

Expressing ourselves, and why gender isn’t the sum of our traits

No matter how we try, nobody's gender expression is going to please everyone. When falling outside the 'expected,' it's paramount to serenity to value our own standards.    READ MORE »

How do I navigate my discordant relationship past our differences?

How do I navigate my discordant relationship past our differences?

Tapping divergence as fuel, but knowing when discordant relationships are a good challenge to have, and when your differences are actually dealbreakers worth considering.    READ MORE »

How pop culture helped me find my lost queer tribe

How pop culture helped me find my lost queer tribe

When ‘gay’ and ‘queer’ meant ‘ain’t right,' poring over pop culture imagery for clues helped me find my lost tribe of people who made me feel less alone in the world.    READ MORE »

Are you in a relationship or a ‘RelationSHIT’?

Are you in a relationship or a ‘RelationSHIT’?

Are you and your partner, spouse or significant other prouder of your longevity together than you are the quality of those years? Or is it closer to habit than a mutually enriching experience.    READ MORE »

Bad reactions to Parkland put LGBTQ students in the line of fire

Bad reactions to Parkland put LGBTQ students in the line of fire

The Parkland, Fla. school shooting is a tragedy that'ss become far too common Now shortsighted proposals include overhauling directives to address racial and queer student disparities.    READ MORE »

Queers sacrificing ourselves for loved ones’ feelings over our own

Queers sacrificing ourselves for loved ones’ feelings over our own

Taking too much responsibility for the feelings and actions of others, everyone loses, often over past patterns. Atlanta LGBTQ therapist Alexandra Tyler helps you break the chain.    READ MORE »

Finding your own answer to ‘Why am I still single?’

Finding your own answer to ‘Why am I still single?’

Other people may ask, whether they are being complimentary or annoying, But this Atlanta gay man internalizes the importance and responsibility to face that tough question for himself.    READ MORE »

Can gay and lesbian cultures please stop attacking femininity?

Can gay and lesbian cultures please stop attacking femininity?

'No Fats, No Fems,' Say what? We get enough of it from cishet men. Gay men and lesbians need to end brutal fem-hating standards and rampant rudeness of dating disclaimers.    READ MORE »

How black celebrity silence can equal African American deaths

How black celebrity silence can equal African American deaths

Local columnist Eric Paulk talks HIV criminalization, and why African American celebrities have a responsibility to use their positions of influence for good.    READ MORE »

Make it three: How to bring a third into relationships

Make it three: How to bring a third into relationships

In our second installment on queer polyamory, counselor and columnist Alexandra Tyler finds two who don't see eye to eye on bringing another person into their love mix.    READ MORE »

Stop telling the lie that all queer bars are ‘safe spaces’ for diversity

Stop telling the lie that all queer bars are ‘safe spaces’ for diversity

Out Atlanta comic Ian Aber says we tell ourselves that LGBTQ bars are equal for everyone, but performers and people of color know differently. Aber shows the receipts.    READ MORE »

I’m with them: Boundaries help polyamorous relationships work

I’m with them: Boundaries help polyamorous relationships work

Out Atlanta counselor Alexandra Tyler presents her first in a series of enlightening articles exploring relationships between more than two people, this time on navigating expectations.    READ MORE »

Interracial, Southern and gay: our life in ‘The Swirl’

Interracial, Southern and gay: our life in ‘The Swirl’

Atlanta man reaches out in first column ever to expose his take as part of an interracial gay couple and the unique challenges they face beyond other same-sex relationships.    READ MORE »

New Q wrestles mental health, stomps stigma, and tastes the swirl

New Q wrestles mental health, stomps stigma, and tastes the swirl

No time for butthurt shouldn’t translate to a complete lack of empathy. This week's Q magazine spotlights uniquely queer challenges and fun as only we know how to have it.    READ MORE »

 
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