National: Q Voices: Commentary & Opinion


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Dykes, bikes and a brief history of women riding motorcyles

Today, many women are afraid to ride motorcycles except as a passenger, but motorcycles have been empowering women since the 1800s. These are their stories.    READ MORE »


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The real lives behind trans bans like the one in the U.S. Military

When an entire group of people is barred from any area of public life based on immutable characteristics, society as a whole suffers. James Parker Sheffield in this week's Q Voices.    READ MORE »


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Atlanta gay man asks if monogamy is even possible, or is it hypocrisy?

Vince Shifflett knows gay men in open relationships who seem happier allowing dalliances, and ones in “monogamous relationships” always trying to get into his pants on the down low.    READ MORE »


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When it feels right defending the drag queens we hate

Back in the marriage equality fight of the mid-2000s, before states that allowed same-sex marriage were stacking up faster than empty champagne flutes at a fancy brunch, there was a significant side conversation.    READ MORE »


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Gay Atlanta man dives into marriage with communication as Job One

We were celebrating Valentine’s Day at a restaurant, and I broached the subject. It was nerve-wracking and exhilarating. My heart was beating faster, and my pits were dampening.    READ MORE »


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Her brief queer history of the Ones Who Got Away

I came out in my early twenties roughly 25 years ago. I knew nothing about lesbian relationships, but jumped right in. There were successes. There were failures.    READ MORE »


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Kevin Hart, comedy and what queer audiences should care about more

We are confronted with exclusion, indifference and marginalization, but part of being queer is picking our fights. There's a better way to push lasting change in entertainment.    READ MORE »


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How categorizing queers leaves little room to fall for actual humans

Labels are often used to identify, differentiate and separate people, often with serving to disconnect us from each other and from meaningful relationships. Where's the love?    READ MORE »


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‘Tis the season to stop feeling queer guilt

Holiday guilt can take many forms. People can feel a responsibility for gifts, visits, or especially for LGBTQ folks, bearing seasonal shame and holiday contrition.    READ MORE »


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Sabrina, Super Drags and ‘Chilling’ homophobia on Netflix

Pop Culture can be a minefield for queer people. It's where the mythologies reside upon which we build early identities, so it's where we should keep an eye on our representation.    READ MORE »


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‘I’m with her’: Making the queer case for Stacey Abrams

I am scared, and if you’re scared too, a Stacey Abrams win can help calm very real LGBTQ survival fears in Georgia. We need to vote for her because she leads in a fearless way.    READ MORE »


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Asking yourself the hard questions about ‘True Love’

What exactly is true love? Is it open to interpretation by each individual, or is there only a specific definition? Do we feel it every time we say it, or are they just routine words?    READ MORE »


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What would you go back and tell your closeted self?

Q Voices columnists join forces in this week's Pride issue with advice to their pre-coming-out selves. From light-hearted and simple to serious and nuanced, this chorus strikes the right note.    READ MORE »


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Celebrating real straight allies, not just the self-aggrandizing ones

For Ian Aber, getting straight with straight people means cutting some of the slack he never got as a fabulous but bullied queer kid and realizing at least some things have changed.    READ MORE »


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Giving yourself an annual review and going beneath the surface

Here's how to give your personal life an evaluation just like at work, and how it can uncover negativity holding you back or positivity driving you forward.    READ MORE »


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When I was 12, I decided to kill myself over being bullied

Suicide among kids came screaming back home for one local columnist when Denver 9-year-old Jamel Myles, just entering 4th grade, took his own life back in August.    READ MORE »


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Why celebrating Black Gay Pride in itself is activism

“Every time we make the active choice to place shame, fear and rejection on the back burner and live openly as LGBTQ people, we are taking a radical stance.”    READ MORE »


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Gemmel Moore was a man, not a cautionary tale

Gemmel Moore died almost exactly a year ago. All who mourn should resist the temptation to fit his life and death into some narrative about race, sexuality and pathology.    READ MORE »


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Here’s why ‘religious freedom’ is not a license to discriminate

'I’m not asking the Muslim cashier to eat the ham. I am asking him to ring it up. I’m not asking the Jehovah’s Witness shopkeeper to celebrate the birthday, just sell me the card.'    READ MORE »


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Why Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nannette’ Neflix special is so divisive

The debate has been raging on social media. Many straight comedians came out to mock and dismiss it as unfunny and not valuable – not that anyone asked them.    READ MORE »

 
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