New Q mag paints queer Atlanta into a cool summer oasis

It’s already a hotter summer than usual, but fortunately, there’s plenty in the LGBTQ-ATL this week to keep us properly distracted from the scorching indencies of Dante’s Humidity Inferno.

Queer artist Roberto Hernandez, who is well known for murals all over town, is grabbing deserved attention for his detailed body paintings. In this week’s Art photo essay by the talented James L. Hicks and cover story by writer Dustin Shrader, we hear Hernandez’s inspiring personal story and see the amazing results of his hours-each work on beautiful local bodies.

Also keeping our attention off the sweat-slinging temps are perfect summer reads in a decidedly literary version of the 10 Queer Things feature. Same goes for the summer season at Out Front Theatre Company. The former brings fantastic fiction, non-fiction and picture books to curl up with, and the latter finds the compelling play “Dog Sees God” with Atlanta’s LGBTQ thespians. Both keep your mind on things more pleasant than the heat.

No matter the season or the heat index, love is always in Atlanta’s queer air, and Q regularly includes its many splendored twists and turns. This week, local writer Vince Shifflett compares your situation to peanut butter and jelly in Q Voices, and The Q advice column offers tips for those who tend to live our significant others' lives without as much regard to our own: When you always do what they want with no reciprocation, it’s time to talk.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an issue of Q without the Q Shots galleries, the Queer Agenda events calendar and Q News to consume as summer sizzles ever-onward.

Flip through the page-by-page digital version below, pick up your copy around town, and check in here on Project Q Atlanta for fresh content daily.