The perks and obligations of building your queer life in Atlanta

With the privilege of living in a urban oasis comes responsibilities. We have to recognize and respect that, just miles outside our blue island of Atlanta, is a red sea of awfulness for too many LGBTQs. And in seeing it, we have to work to change what we can, have difficult, uncomfortable conversations, and further our cause in ways big and small.

Of course, the opportunities also come with living in a welcoming city. Perhaps the most amazing perk of all is the ability to build ourselves into the change we want to see in the world. We are free to become our best queer selves.

Having the freedom to envision, and go for, whatever we want in this queer Atlanta life is a huge advantage, and Q magazine embraces the myriad forms that takes in our village each week. Whether you’re a little person with a big problem, a queer patriot with less to sing about lately, a party queen with a pool party to get to, or a fashion maven in a plain t-shirt, we at the magazine are here for it.

Taking a cue from Hollywood and Rock legends, our cover photo essay strips the color out of your summer wardrobe to let you provide the pops of flavor. Whoever thought plain tees were too basic never saw these LGBTQ badasses working black and white t-shirts in all their glory.

Meanwhile, new columnist Kyle Rose hits the ground running with thoughts on how a drag queen saved Fourth of July, and over in The Q advice column, a self-appointed “pocket queer” tries to buy his own drinks and de-board a plane with some self-respect intact. As they do their thing, every queer in town can find a personal lesson in their examples.

And what would the third week in July be without a teaser for Joining Hearts? The city’s largest gay male pool party of the year goes down on Saturday, July 21, and we celebrate with a decade's worth of archival photos and a new Joining Hearts Drinking Game to play while there or from home. 

We’re Q, so you know this issue also includes Q Shots galleries, the best LGBTQ things to do in the Queer Agenda calendar, and the week’s most titillating news from right here on Project Q Atlanta, where we brew fresh online content every day. Reach out to us anytime on our Contact page, or to me personally via e-mail.

Flip through the latest issue below, and pick up your copy at queer and allied venues around town.