Category:  Commentary & Opinion

Giving yourself an annual review and going beneath the surface

Giving yourself an annual review and going beneath the surface

Here's how to give your personal life an evaluation just like at work, and how it can uncover negativity holding you back or positivity driving you forward.    READ MORE »

When I was 12, I decided to kill myself over being bullied

When I was 12, I decided to kill myself over being bullied

Suicide among kids came screaming back home for one local columnist when Denver 9-year-old Jamel Myles, just entering 4th grade, took his own life back in August.    READ MORE »

Why celebrating Black Gay Pride in itself is activism

Why celebrating Black Gay Pride in itself is activism

“Every time we make the active choice to place shame, fear and rejection on the back burner and live openly as LGBTQ people, we are taking a radical stance.”    READ MORE »

Gemmel Moore was a man, not a cautionary tale

Gemmel Moore was a man, not a cautionary tale

Gemmel Moore died almost exactly a year ago. All who mourn should resist the temptation to fit his life and death into some narrative about race, sexuality and pathology.    READ MORE »

Here’s why ‘religious freedom’ is not a license to discriminate

Here’s why ‘religious freedom’ is not a license to discriminate

'I’m not asking the Muslim cashier to eat the ham. I am asking him to ring it up. I’m not asking the Jehovah’s Witness shopkeeper to celebrate the birthday, just sell me the card.'    READ MORE »

Why Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nannette’ Neflix special is so divisive

Why Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nannette’ Neflix special is so divisive

The debate has been raging on social media. Many straight comedians came out to mock and dismiss it as unfunny and not valuable – not that anyone asked them.    READ MORE »

Finding queer patriotism in a country with a long way to go

Finding queer patriotism in a country with a long way to go

Thanks for climbing Miss Liberty. Thanks for protesting Stone Mountain. Thanks to a gay brother and veteran. And thanks for performing the national anthem in full drag.    READ MORE »

Dos and don’ts of bringing a third into your love relationship

Dos and don’ts of bringing a third into your love relationship

It can feel rough when one party has to abide pre-arranged agreements set by two other people, but fair negotiations in polyamorous relationships is crucial.    READ MORE »

When your queer love is like peanut butter and jelly

When your queer love is like peanut butter and jelly

We are each a unique ingredient. When combined, individual flavors can be enhanced, but don’t get so meshed with Mr. Peanut Butter or Ms. Jelly that you forget who you are.    READ MORE »

Trans Atlanta woman digs deep to find ‘what is mine to do’

Trans Atlanta woman digs deep to find ‘what is mine to do’

If you’re looking for “what is yours to do,” here's one queer tale about living from the heart, which already knew the answer, and how, once I looked within, my purpose found me.    READ MORE »

One black, gay Atlanta man’s story ‘for the love of Andre Leon Talley’

One black, gay Atlanta man’s story ‘for the love of Andre Leon Talley’

As his documentary hits Atlanta, a fashion icon is remembered for his impact on black LGBTQ culture by a local queer advocate with a parallel personal journey to share.    READ MORE »

Why’s it so hard for so many LGBTQs to let bisexuals exist?

Why’s it so hard for so many LGBTQs to let bisexuals exist?

It's Visibility 101. Too many 'act as if bisexuality is somehow the tableside guacamole of sexuality.' We're not entitled to chill while they prove they are bi while we sip margs and judge.    READ MORE »

The LGBTQ disconnect that finds some alone in a crowded room

The LGBTQ disconnect that finds some alone in a crowded room

How is it possible to be surrounded by others and yet feel disconnected? Here's how one gay Atlanta man figured out how you can experience community without sacrificing your hard-won independence.    READ MORE »

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 »

 
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