‘If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?’
Can I get an amen? RuPaul’s signature line, with its accompanying “Everybody say love” inspires the Valentine Week issue of Q, celebrating the myriad loves that queers seek and reject, embrace and curse, but ultimately want and need.
Queer Atlanta itself inspires our cover feature, a photo essay by photographer Jon Dean. He points his lens at local LGBTQ couples and throuples in whimsical, sexy, heartfelt, and just-plain gorgeous portraits that are sure to capture your imagination. To inspire you further, he interviews the lovebirds about their unique relationships, their ideal VDay dates, and their secrets to success.
In 10 Queer Things this week, we find 10 ways you can be a better sweetheart, and that includes being a better friend. In the Events section, we find the gay Atlanta Bucks rugby squad offering single gay guys a chance to date their squad of diverse jocks in jocks at a new and kinda naughty fundraising “Meat Raffle.”
But before those kinds of valentines, we need to care for ourselves more. Loving yourself and other people can be hard. Let Life Judge help in this week’s The Q advice column. This week, we meet a former “fat kid” who hates his body, a bitter gay divorcee, and a chickenshit boyfriend caught in a bad romance.
Love of community is never far from our minds, either. Eric Paulk takes us "Beyond Burkhart’s" into Jim Crow: The Club Remix, the ugly underbelly of racism in queer Atlanta. In the spirit of the current #TimesUp climate, Q intends to keep overdue conversations about race on the front burner no matter what happens at the local gay bar currently embroiled in controversy.
Speaking of love, we are also loving Georgia’s best choice in the next election for governor. Meet Stacy Abrams, and find out how the Atlanta Democrat most likely to go all the way can track her vocal LGBTQ support back to lesbian inclusion at Spellman College. She outlines her vision for a better Georgia in the Q News section.
Of course, Q won’t leave you hanging for party pics from nights out on the town, or the Queer Agenda calendar of new opportunities to smile big for our cameras. Q Shots visits the Tossed Salad debut in its new location, Cowtippers’ “Final Herd” of Heifers on its last official day, a “RuPaul’s Drag Race" Watch Party at Las Margaritas, and the LGBTQ professionals of Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
When it comes to the love in this week’s magazine, I’m here for all of it, and I’m here for you. Send me your Q-related thoughts at [email protected].
This article originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below, and pick up your hard copy at LGBTQ venues around town: