Category:  Q Voices: Commentary & Opinion

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 »

Dykes, bikes and a brief history of women riding motorcyles

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 »

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

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 »

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

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 »

When it feels right defending the drag queens we hate

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 »

Gay Atlanta man dives into marriage with communication as Job One

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 »

Her brief queer history of the Ones Who Got Away

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 »

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

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 »

How categorizing queers leaves little room to fall for actual humans

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 »

‘Tis the season to stop feeling queer guilt

‘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 »

Sabrina, Super Drags and ‘Chilling’ homophobia on Netflix

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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