Category:  Commentary & Opinion

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 »

Jolly? ‘Super Crip’? Misconceptions while dating, queer and disabled

Jolly? ‘Super Crip’? Misconceptions while dating, queer and disabled

Tameeka L. Hunter, an Atlanta scholar with cerebral palsy, talks about having to balance society’s misconceptions and misunderstandings with her own desires and desirability.    READ MORE »

TERF Wars: How ‘trans envy’ stunts lesbian community’s growth

TERF Wars: How ‘trans envy’ stunts lesbian community’s growth

It’s not just rhetoric or conjecture. TERFs (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists) and outright trans envy definitely exist in lesbian circles, along with harsh judgments about transgender people in general.    READ MORE »

How this queer succeeds playing his own worst enemy

How this queer succeeds playing his own worst enemy

Every year, I make them. Every year, they ping that voice inside that says I can't. This year, I make the same resolutions, but they are a total sham. A con. This year, I’m playing dirty.    READ MORE »

Say his name: Why the LGBTQ movement must remember Tyron Garner

Say his name: Why the LGBTQ movement must remember Tyron Garner

The unsung hero quashing sodomy laws, the way he was milked in the process, and how the movement for LGBTQ rights is sometimes paved over the backs of our most beautiful misfits.    READ MORE »

Trans woman dodges ‘chasers’ before saying, let’s get (or not get) physical

Trans woman dodges ‘chasers’ before saying, let’s get (or not get) physical

Atlanta writer discusses "trans chasers" who fetishize her make meaningful connections tough, and suggests ways to avoid being one of them.    READ MORE »

LGBTQ pastor on why Atlanta turns away church’s efforts to feed the homeless

LGBTQ pastor on why Atlanta turns away church’s efforts to feed the homeless

A local gay pastor of an LGBTQ church doing outreach is spreading the word: Did you know Atlanta won’t let his congregation– or anyone? – feed the homeless without a permit?    READ MORE »

It is about race: A call for justice in the LGBTQ rights movement

It is about race: A call for justice in the LGBTQ rights movement

There must be recognition that racial justice, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and the murdering of black people by police are LGBTQ rights issues. Now is the time.    READ MORE »

Genitals are none of your business, and other rules of trans support

Genitals are none of your business, and other rules of trans support

Dos & Donts of supporting our transgender brothers and sisters might sound obvious, until even members of our own LGBTQ community mess them up. Here are some rules of thumb.    READ MORE »

Dodging homophobia and paranoia to save a dog named Beyonce

Dodging homophobia and paranoia to save a dog named Beyonce

Either this foster dog mom was as homophobic as a straight person can get, or I was being paranoid that the adoption people were gas lighting me. Or both. Either way, I was getting that dog.    READ MORE »

How does Queer Atlanta create the community we deserve?

How does Queer Atlanta create the community we deserve?

In a personal reflection about the state of LGBTQ Atlanta, a local woman looks at demographics, capitalized indie culture and the city itself for clues to how the community can survive and thrive.    READ MORE »

At the intersection of black, pansexual and disabled

At the intersection of black, pansexual and disabled

In high school, I was talking with two people I thought were my friends about our futures, and I wanted to go to college, have a career in higher education, and get married.    READ MORE »

Dolly Parton, you can do better than Splashgate

Dolly Parton was happy to take money from her gay fans in metro Atlanta on Wednesday, but the country superstar is totally botching the handling of her lesbian Splashgate.    READ MORE »

Should we starve shallowness out of gay life?

"He's hot," I thought as I rifled through a local magazine. But my panting turned to laughing when I saw it was a friend posing shirtless in the cheese-whiz of local gay magazines.    READ MORE »

You said it: The week’s best reader comments

You're never at a loss for words. This week set keyboards ablaze with Mayor Reed's transition team, Georgia's anti-bullying bill, the long "Idol" auditions, and the ever-unpopular Senator Chambliss.    READ MORE »

 
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