National: Q Voices: Commentary & Opinion

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

You said it: The week’s best reader comments

The conversation got heated this week when it came to Senator Chambliss on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Falcons’ Ovie Mughelli on gay rumors, and the continuing saga of two Atlanta LGBT newspapers.    READ MORE »

You said it: The week’s best reader comments

No hold-back on the feedback for Project Q posts this week, especially when it came to another YouthPride ousting, the Eagle 8, crime stories, “Idol” recaps, and UGA’s peanut butter covered fan.    READ MORE »

You said it: The week’s best reader comments

There was no shortage of feedback for this week’s Project Q posts, especially when it came to Vernon Jones, the Eagle 8, Atlanta as the gayest city, Charis changes, and our popular Morning Fix.    READ MORE »

You said it: The week’s best reader comments

No one held back in their comments this week on Project Q posts—especially when it came to U.S. Rep Phil Gingrey, a fired Clayton teacher, "Idol" or "Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian coming out.    READ MORE »

Marietta’s Phil Gingrey fights DC gay marriage

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) is sticking his nose in the recently passed gay marriage measure in the District of Columbia. He and other GOP lawmakers want to put the matter to voters.    READ MORE »

Don’t give Salvation Army bell-ringers a dime

“Then there was the time the Salvation Army caved to the religious right and rescinded domestic partner benefits for its gay employees. These are not nice people.”    READ MORE »

The gay case for Mary Norwood as ATL mayor

"Just like Mary has always been there for me, she’s always been there for all of us–working for our dignity, our families, our neighborhoods and our equality. I know as mayor, she’ll continue this fight."    READ MORE »

The gay case for Kasim Reed as next ATL mayor

"Reed's failure to support full marriage equality is disappointing... but far more disappointing ... have been the efforts by many within our community to portray Reed as an obstacle to gay equality."    READ MORE »

Homophobia, double standards & Adam Lambert

"...The American Music Awards left many of [Lambert's] fans, Christian conservative wing nuts and parents who'd let their young children stay up until nearly 11 p.m. in absolute OUTRAGE!"    READ MORE »

Atlanta  |  pride

‘A buck in the bucket’ to keep Pride alive

COMMENTARY: “Tighten your belt” quickly became the official mantra of 2009, and non-profits felt the pinch. Atlanta Pride was no exception, calling for help even as they roll up their own sleeves.    READ MORE »

The aftermath of Paul McCartney in Piedmont

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

The Piedmont Park Conservancy, known more for its heavy-handed management of Piedmont Park than its sense of humor, probably wasn't laughing Saturday night, either.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Et tu, Perez Hilton?

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

The gay rights movement has always been pockmarked with ‘traitors’ from within (Roy Cohn, anyone?), but the treachery always came from the right, not the left.

That all changed recently when Perez Hilton posted x-rated pics of Dustin Lance Black, a beloved, rising star in the movement. Black won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk," Gus Van Zandt’s ferociously moving bio-pic. He burst into the limelight with a poignant acceptance speech aimed at lonely, isolated gay kids.

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Instant Message: A teenager in trouble

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

I've received my share of criticism for calling for those who are closeted within the black gay community to come out and be more visible.

But the experience I recently had with a 17-year-old gay teenager who reached out to me via Facebook only reinforced the immediate need for their to be same gender loving role models and a safe space for those struggling to deal with their sexuality.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »