Category:  Q Voices: Commentary & Opinion

A Black Pride Atlanta call to action: Go beyond visibility to liberation

A Black Pride Atlanta call to action: Go beyond visibility to liberation

It can be easy to forget that black LGBTQ lives are under attack, especially in this era of Pose, Lil Nas X and Lena Waithe. Visibility is great, but it’s not the end game. Pride = Liberation.    READ MORE »

Dancing with our depression on LGBTQ suicide watch

Dancing with our depression on LGBTQ suicide watch

They say take time to be grateful, that the act of gratitude will ground you, motivate you and make you appreciate your life more. This is some straight-person bullshit.    READ MORE »

My queer existence as queer resistance

My queer existence as queer resistance

We are the legacy of unapologetically queer community leaders, activists, families, performers and more. Our existence itself is an act of rebellion.    READ MORE »

When pre-conceptions cock block reality of finding a partner

When pre-conceptions cock block reality of finding a partner

"Since I already had an idea of what my partner should look like, I passed up some incredible potential partners because they didn’t fit the mold."    READ MORE »

Dear Straight People: An open letter to those who judge and condemn LGBTQ people

Dear Straight People: An open letter to those who judge and condemn LGBTQ people

Many of you are allies of the LGBTQ community. Thank you. But now I want to address other “straight” persons who wrestle to accept their LGBGTQ brethren.    READ MORE »

One person’s continuing journey to non-binary acceptance

One person’s continuing journey to non-binary acceptance

As a newly out nonbinary queer person, it’s harder moving about in this new world than I anticipated, similar but different to standing firm in my bisexuality.    READ MORE »

A gay man’s internal struggle between dependence and independence

A gay man’s internal struggle between dependence and independence

"I frequently find myself struggling between wanting my independence and wanting dependence too. It is my belief that we need a healthy balance of both."    READ MORE »

Atlanta Dykes, Femmes tell Stonewall QueerStory ‘when we hid’

Atlanta Dykes, Femmes tell Stonewall QueerStory ‘when we hid’

In 1969, everything about us was illegal. Congregating. Being served alcohol. Cross-dressing (“masquerading”). A simple touch could lead to your arrest and your demise.    READ MORE »

Our LGBTQ lives, ‘mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie’

Our LGBTQ lives, ‘mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie’

"I recently “Shazamed” a song that was extraordinarily sung and poignantly lyrical. I stopped to be moved and to identify my own story of loss, love and life.    READ MORE »

A doctor’s reflections on HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

A doctor’s reflections on HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

Dr. Joel Rosenstock, the longtime medical director for AbsoluteCARE Medical Center & Pharmacy, started providing care to people with HIV in 1981 when the disease was first being discovered. He reflects on 38 years of serving patients with HIV.    READ MORE »

Arming ourselves, taking heart as Supreme Court comes for queers

Arming ourselves, taking heart as Supreme Court comes for queers

"We’d all like to live in a world where we can live out and express our truth, but the lack of protections at nearly every level of American government leaves us vulnerable."    READ MORE »

Why some classic rock songs should be relics of our queer past

Why some classic rock songs should be relics of our queer past

Songs like "Lola" and "Walk on the Wild Side" did great things for exposure and legitimately helped some trans women, but now they're an open invitation to make fun of trans women.    READ MORE »

Let go of clingy attachments and accept that nothing is built to last

Let go of clingy attachments and accept that nothing is built to last

Is your relationship permanent? The law of impermanence says no. Let go for more peace and less suffering. Let go and deal better when it all falls apart.    READ MORE »

Fear of butch queen Pete Buttigieg as the Great Queer Hope

Fear of butch queen Pete Buttigieg as the Great Queer Hope

I am not saying that I don’t want another queer president. That is not what this is about. Not at all. And yes I said another queer president, but that is for a whole other column.    READ MORE »

Filling the queer empathy gap makes us better as a whole

Filling the queer empathy gap makes us better as a whole

Superstars among us hold a common thread, and it’s an achievable goal for all of us. The most effective and well-respected queers have an unwavering commitment to empathy.    READ MORE »

Yet another way that genitals don’t make the man

Yet another way that genitals don’t make the man

If you consider it immutable that having a penis makes you a man and having a vagina makes you a woman, that's Gender Essentialism, and here's why I hate it.    READ MORE »

Stereotyping: Every queer’s a victim and most are perpetrators too

Stereotyping: Every queer’s a victim and most are perpetrators too

As a gay man, I’ve been the victim of stereotyping on more than one occasion, as a great home designer, floral designer and quite the fashionista. I am none of those.    READ MORE »

The dreams and promises of sports don’t include transgender people

The dreams and promises of sports don’t include transgender people

The only social events that I ever wanted to participate in were sports, mainly soccer. It helped that in elementary school soccer, teams were made of both boys and girls, but the non-binary system didn't last.    READ MORE »

What poet Essex Hemphill can teach us about Jussie Smollett

What poet Essex Hemphill can teach us about Jussie Smollett

It troubles columnist Eric T. Paulk that so many queers, especially black LGBTQ folks, are so quick to believe the evidence against Jussie Smollett in an alleged hate-motivated attack on him.    READ MORE »

Revisiting a fake Atlanta and its web of cis white lies

Revisiting a fake Atlanta and its web of cis white lies

Maybe coming of age in the late ‘80s and ‘90s as a queer person has shaped my view of the world. Jaded it. But queers in pop culture today feel like an over-correction.    READ MORE »

 
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