Category:  Q Voices: Commentary & Opinion

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 »

‘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.

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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.

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Stage set for next marriage fight in Calif.

imageContributing blogger Patrick Saunders is a freelance copywriter and LGBT activist in Atlanta.

A quick word on the Proposition 8 decision today.

Short term, the California Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold Prop 8 is disappointing. But long term this might actually be a good thing for LGBT rights.

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Choke a duck, smack a gay—it’s all OK

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.

If ever you need a reminder that gay folks who live within the city of Atlanta exist on an island of political blue in a sea of red, consider this.

Homosexuality is a dangerous lifestyle and therefore gays shouldn't be graced with legal protections.

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Hit me and I’ll hit you back

imageAlix B. Golden started her life as a Carolina Girl, but matured into a Georgia Peach. This freelancer dishes on sex, relationships and dating often revealing more than she should about her own life. Read more from her at A Brown Girl.

Before my first girlfriend was my girlfriend, she was my friend. Wait, that might be a bit of a stretch. She was an associate. A classmate, in fact.

I saw her everyday and while I didn’t pay a lot of attention to her, I did notice when she would come to class with swollen eyes. Her girlfriend would smack her around a little. She was beyond a whore, the supreme and ultimate flirt and her girlfriend felt that she had to smack her in order to keep her in line.

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Dwight from ‘Real Housewives’ bi, engaged?

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.

Now for the most ridiculous item of the day.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-star Dwight Eubanks and best friend to breakout reality star NeNe Leakes has confirmed to Essence Magazine that he is engaged to be married to -- drum roll please -- a biological woman.

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Michael Musto to Tyler Perry: Come out!

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.

Atlanta resident Tyler Perry's latest film “Madea Goes to Jail” may have topped the box office with more than $40 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend, but that's not the only thing that has Hollywood talking.

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Transgender vets find VA tough to crack

imageContributing blogger Monica Helms has been an activist for the transgender community since 1998 and has lived in Atlanta since 2000. She is a co-founder and president of the Transgender American Veterans Association and blogs at Trans Universe.

For the first time in the history of the Transgender American Veterans Association, a mainstream print media outlet presented the stories of transgender veterans and the problems they face.

Journalist Carol Ann Alaimo conducted more than three weeks of interviews, research and education to create a two-part, 3,500-word article on our veterans.

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Morehouse’s ugly marriage to homophobia

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.

A new op-ed appearing in Morehouse College's the Maroon Tiger newspaper by student writer Gerren Gaynor is sure to fan the flames of homophobia once again on a campus that has had it's share of anti-gay attacks and bullying.

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