Category:  Commentary & Opinion

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 »

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 »

 
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