Q mag welcomes packed MLK Weekend to queer Atlanta

Seeing, hearing, acknowledging and celebrating every aspect of Atlanta’s queer community isn’t just our mission at Q magazine. In fact, we see it as crucial to the larger LGBTQ movement. You’ve already seen that in our inaugural 2017 issues, and we want you to know that it’s how we’ll go forward into 2018.

That commitment to all facets of our vibrant readership is therefore part and parcel in this, our first weekly edition of the New Year.

There’s no better way to start 2018 than with the local native son that put Atlanta on the civil rights map. To celebrate the national holiday named for Martin Luther King Jr., Q gathers the scoop from multiple queer party promoters and event planners who come together with a mix of reverence and revelry this weekend for what's unofficially called Winter Pride.

But seeing color in the bleak midwinter isn’t always as easy as just opening your eyes. As in other areas of our lives, sometimes you have to pop it. When you’re bundled up to your eyeballs in layers, let your hair provide the interest in trends toward shockingly vivid, totally unnatural, and completely fabulous colors. This week’s photo essay investigates various ways to rock the looks, and at the end we offer suggestions on a few of the LGBTQ-run hair places we love.

To make sure you color your life with a rich downtime to-do list, we also have an expanded Queer Agenda calendar for the week, as well as  Q shots from our roving cameras. See who we caught partying over New Year’s Weekend and beyond.

To keep your beautiful mind just as vibrant this season, Q News, Q Voices and 10 Queer Things are on tap to inform, inspire, enlighten and entertain you. In the news, the state’s latest hate crimes bill is winding its way through the legislature and a metro municipality has Georgia's first city council member. In Voices, find a name you might not know that should be on every queer’s lips, plus what happens when entire groups of people are fetishized.

Our 10 Things roundup tackles several myths and facts in the ongoing struggle against HIV.  Some of these updates on historical facts and medical figures may surprise you

As always, The Q advice column wraps with the colorful questions and even more colorful answers from our Life Judge. This week, it’s ill-informed friends and boyfriends with daddy issues.

Read the full issue below, enjoy, and feel free to share your comments and suggestions with me at [email protected]