Q finds Joining Hearts, swimwear, bar wars and one salty Cracker

Keeping up with y’all is not without its challenges, but it comes with rewards great enough to balance the constant hectic pace and occasional tricky situation. This week’s Q offers so many hits from so many corners of the LGBTQ village that your head will spin from the variety, but in only the very best ways.

When one our contributors comes out as non-binary, another meets a nationally recognized queer designer for a photo shoot, still another rounds up 32 years’ worth of Joining Hearts photos for a preview, and yet another is interviewing queer candidates in local races, it’s a another amazing week in queer Atlanta. 

Oh, and don't forget Miz Cracker, party pics from bears to doms, the Gender Blender crew to the Atlanta Mayor, as well as a stunning display of homophobia and racism at a local bar.

Bentley Hudgins reveals his journey so far as a non-binary person and sheds light in Q Voices. Photographer James L. Hicks shoots designs by NoRal, and Patrick Saunders meets two candidates hoping to put a Q on ATL politics. And that's not even counting all the other local queer news.

For my part, I compiled pics into the Joining Hearts Drinking Game, pulled the best events of the week into the Queer Agenda calendar, and offered my hot take on a recent altercation in The Q advice column

You know what’s better than all that? That there’s so much more to come with it. The LGBTQ coverage train never stops around here, so go take the Q Sex Survey and look for the results in our Aug. 8 Sex Issue. 

In the meantime, keep on living that fabulous life that makes it so easy to find content fodder, smile for our cameras when you see our photographers, visit us for new content every day online, and shoot me a note with your ideas at [email protected].

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